Last year I had the privilege to work with a great team to launch the first ever IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge™, which focuses on showcasing the innovative work of emerging and investment-ready food and food-related companies developing products contributing to the advancement of the science of food.
The inaugural class of finalists included: C-fu FOODS Inc., Inductive Intelligence LLC , Nebullam, LLC, Renewal Mill, RISE Products, and Re-Nuble. These companies represented breakthrough solutions across food ingredient, packaging, agriculture, and processing applications. Since the pitch event, these excellent entrepreneurs have gone on to participate in multiple incubator and accelerator programs like TechStars and Y Combinator, elevate their company profile, engage with key partners and potential customers, and increase funding to support further development of their solution to. The IFTNEXT Food Disruption Challenge “gave us a megaphone to blast a new message to future customers, partners, and fellow innovators” shared Lee Cadesky, one of last years finalists.
On June 4, 2019 at IFT19 in New Orleans the final pitch event will include: En Solución, a designs innovative technology and methods to improve the efficacy, environmental impact, and expense of existing postharvest wash processes; Chinova, Bioworks who has developed a new, natural, clean label preservative extracted from mushrooms called chitosan; Gabanna, who develops products and ingredient solutions exploiting the East African Highland green cooking banana; Heliponix who disrupts the way consumers obtain produce by converting highly perishable goods to non-perishable pods through an IoT enabled device; and Yarok Microbio who Developed a breakthrough technology for fast detection of dangerous bacteria (E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) for the food industry.
I hope you’ll join me in the audience to see who will be crowned the 2019 IFTNEXT Future Food Disruptor of the Year™.
IFT's IFTNEXT initiative is IFT's purpose-driven commitment to bringing provocative ideas and discoveries together to inspire thoughtful, important conversations that challenge conventional approaches with the goal of informing global issues related to the science of food.