Got an idea that could feed the world? We’ll give you support and startup cash to make it happen. That’s the offer Thought For Food Challenge (TFF) makes to university students through its yearly competition. Its aim is to spark game-changing food security ideas and nurture them into viable startups to help solve one of the greatest challenges of our time: how to feed an extra 2 billion people by 2050 as the world’s population expands.
TFF brings together young inventors, dreamers and doers from over 100 countries – and challenges them to “uproot assumptions” in favor of unconventional solutions to food security. Student teams pitch their wildest outside-the-box concepts to a summit of entrepreneurs, innovators and radical thinkers. The best ideas – ground-breaking, startling, but with practical promise – don’t just win prizes. They’re developed into workable businesses. Some of the teams that come to compete at TFF’s annual Summit will go on to build startups that make profits by helping to sustain our planet.
Winning teams receive startup capital – there’s $25,000 available this year – and world-class mentoring. “The Thought For Food Challenge disrupts the standard development of food security solutions by incentivizing and rewarding radical innovation by young innovators,” says Christine Gould, Founder and CEO of the Thought For Food Foundation. “They deliver tangible impact with some of the most robust and inspired ideas of our generation.”
Sponsored by Syngenta since 2013, the TFF Challenge has already helped launch more than 20 student-founded startups. And they’ve attracted over $1 million in additional investments. Among them are FoPo, making powdered ingredients and flavorings from waste fruits and vegetables in the UK. C-fu Foods in the US offers insect-based protein products. Brazilian agricultural technology firm Agrosmart makes precision agriculture more accessible. Kulisha in Kenya processes larvae into sustainable feed for fish farms. And Biteback turns insects into a replacement for palm oil in Indonesia.
The deadline to register teams for the 2016/2017 TFF Challenge has been extended to November 30, 2016.
For more information, visit: www.tffchallenge.com