IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has designed the IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ to help emerging and investment-ready companies gain visibility and make strategic connections to help advance the science of food and its positive impact on the sustainability of our global food supply. Competition winner receives $25,000.

“The presentation in front of the audience made connections with both packaging companies and media that have lead to partnerships and opportunities.”

- Greg Clark, Inductive Intelligence

The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ Offers Participants

  • An exciting opportunity to pitch your idea, product, or innovation to get high profile exposure  
  • Capital and resources to help fund and advance your innovation   
  • An opportunity to be mentored by industry’s leaders who can help you navigate the start-up landscape 

2021 Finalists

IFT is excited to announce the Food Disruption Challenge finalists!  These 4 finalists will participate in the pitch competition event at IFT FIRST. Congratulations to: 

2021 Round 3 Finalists


Learn More About the Competition

This exciting opportunity will identify 5 finalists and culminate with a virtual pitching competition. Exacts dates of the pitch competition are being determined and will be announced soon.  

Prestigious judges representing influential sectors of the food industry, will select a finalist to be the recipient of the IFTNEXT Food Disruptor of the Year™ award including a $25,000 cash prize. Competition audience attendees will also be asked to select an IFTNEXT Food Disruptor People’s Choice awardee for a cash prize of $5,000.00. In addition to the cash prizes, other services and products helpful for entrepreneurial advancement will also be included.

The application period has closed.

How to participate

Get the skinny on how your company can apply to be a finalists for next year’s competition.

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Important Dates

There are three application phases for the challenge competition.

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Competition Judges

Judges provide unique entrepreneurial perspectives coupled with in-depth experience and insights.

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Past Winners & Finalists

See the great line-up of innovative winners and finalists from prior competitions.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Align your brand with food innovation and ingenuity. Support the future of food and food sustainability.

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Start Up Alley

Exhibit at Start-Up Alley

Entrepreneurs showcase your innovative product at IFT’s renowned Annual Event and Food Expo for the fraction of the cost.

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Do you have questions about the competition or application process? Contact us at [email protected]