“The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge was an amazing springboard to get our message out to the food technology community.”
The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™ provides a high-profile opportunity for entrepreneurs working in fields related to the technology, food, and science of food. Entrepreneurs can share, pitch, and be recognized for their unique innovations and disruptive solutions in front of an audience of motivated and influential investors and mentors, not to mention potential customers.
Applications are now closed. Check back for information on 2021 applications.
The IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM competition is for entrepreneurs developing innovative products in the food and technology related fields from:
Technology Startups Are Also Welcome
This competition is not only for food science and technology entrepreneurs, but is also open to startups companies who represent any component of technology related to food, such as internet, mobile, clean tech, web-based applications, cloud, ERP, SaaS, etc.
Criteria for participating in IFTNEXT’s Food Disruption ChallengeTM:
There are three stages of review prior to being selected as a finalist for the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM.
IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM competition participants are required to submit their Stage 1 application via the IFTNEXT Disruption ChallengeTM online submission form no later than January 9, 2020. Applications must be completed and submitted to be considered (partially completed or "in-process" entries will not be considered). There is no cost to apply or present at the final pitching competition.
All applicants who complete the initial application (1 application per company) will get:
All applicants from Stage 2 will be informed about the status of their submission by email. Advancing applicants will be asked to complete the Stage 2 online form. A link to this form will be provided in the notification email. At this stage applicants will be evaluated on the following:
All applicants who advance and complete the Phase 2 application will receive:
All applicants from Stage 2 will be informed about the status of their submission by email. Finalists from Stage 2 will be invited to participate in a virtual session with a panel of judges. More details on this session to be provided closer to date.
All applicants who advance and complete Phase 3 will receive:
Finalists will be selected and invited to participate in group and individual pitch coaching, designed specifically to prepare the founders for the live pitch event at IFT20. Each of the finalist companies will be awarded a $1,100 stipend for travel related expenses, with 2 complimentary registrations to IFT20.
All applicants who move on and compete in the final pitch event at IFT20 will receive:
IFT20 PITCH PRESENTATIONS:
Finalists will be asked to present their 4-minute pitch as part of a Food Disruption ChallengeTM featured session at IFT20. IFT20 will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 12-15, 2020. Prior to the live IFT20 featured pitch session, finalists will be required to submit their final pitch presentation in PDF format only. If animations are used, slides will need to be replicated and formatted for static PDF viewing and sent at least one week before the live event. Details regarding this session will be sent to finalists upon notification of their finalist status.
PLEASE NOTE: IFT reserves the right to disqualify submissions not adhering to the application requirements at any stage of the competition. In some instance, IFT may request resubmission in the event that application criteria are not met.
Applications now being accepted. Deadline to enter is January 9, 2020.
In addition to competition application and selection criteria, please note the following:
The IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM competition will award two high-profile awards.
All the IFTNEXT Food Disruption ChallengeTM finalists, including awardees, will also receive other prizes offered by our sponsors. Examples of services being considered include: legal services, tech services, financial services, and additional mentoring services.