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2021 Challenge Winners

Dynamic. Transformative. Impactful. These are just a few words that describe this year’s project submissions for the inaugural Seeding the Future Global Food Challenge – an initiative that seeks to inspire and support innovative, diverse and multidisciplinary teams to create products and solutions that will help to transform the food system.

At the conclusion of the inaugural year of the annual Challenge, more than $1 million in prizes and grants were awarded to winning teams whose projects stood out among the nearly 900 applications that were submitted from startups, nonprofits, universities, research institutions, and multi-organization collaborations from more than 60 countries. The vast and varied interest demonstrates the significance and drive to create a more resilient and sustainable food system to feed the world’s growing population. Information about the Challenge’s grand prize and grant winners is featured below.

On behalf of IFT and the Seeding The Future Foundation, a well-earned congratulations to this year’s winners and deep appreciation to all Challenge participants for their important work to address the critical issues facing our global food system. We encourage all teams who work on impactful innovations that make our food system more sustainable, healthy and equitable to mark your calendars for the second Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge. The application process will open in June 2022.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge!

Grand Prize Winners

Awarded for innovations that are scalable, economically feasible, trusted, and compelling to consumers, and have demonstrated major impact potential to transform the food system.

Growth Grant Winners

Awarded for demonstrating their innovation is doable and has projected both economic feasibility at scale and high impact potential to transform the food system.

Seed Grant Winners

In addition to the Grand Prize and Growth Grant winners, IFT also awarded eight Seed Grants. Recipients include:


Center for Nanoscience and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (Supported by O-PSA to GoI)

EatWell Meal Kits

INMED Partnerships for Children

Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute

Tanzania Environment Management Catalyst

University of Missouri

World Wildlife Fund

Challenge Funding

Funded by the Seeding The Future Foundation, the Challenge focuses on scalable and high impact innovations that reside at the intersection of three domains: safe and nutritious food for a healthy diet; sustainably produced; and accessible, appealing, affordable, and trusted by consumers.