Join us in rethinking food for the future

Win a share of a $2m prize pool to advance your start-up in the UAE

Submission deadline extended to July 8th 2022

About the FoodTech Challenge

The FoodTech Challenge seeks to find the next wave of technology innovations that are on the cusp of transforming food and traditional agriculture practices, efficiently and sustainably. Targeted at early-stage start-ups, ranging from international university-based research teams to individual entrepreneurs and small firms, the competition invites innovations related to two critical areas: ‘food production’ to address the availability and abundance of food and explore ‘next gen’, nutrient rich alternatives, and ‘food loss and waste’ to ensure sustainability across the food supply chain and the planet more broadly.


The total prize pool is valued at US $2 Million and consists of cash awards, incentive schemes, start-up acceleration, and R&D support.

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Our Partners

The FoodTech Challenge has partnered with leading local entities that are driving forward the UAE’s food security agenda through advanced R&D, start-up support, investment, policy, education, and more.

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The Inaugural FoodTech Challenge Report

In 2020, the FoodTech Challenge teamed up with Accenture as the competition’s Knowledge Partner to produce a report on advancing food security through technology and innovation.

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Danielle Nierenberg

President, Food Tank

“The FoodTech Challenge is an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop food systems for the UAE that are nourishing and equitable, and can help solve the climate crisis. I was so excited to see the innovation during the first challenge and look forward to this year’s submissions!”

Ryan Lefers

CEO, Red Sea Farms (FTC Winner)

“The FoodTech Challenge was huge for us in terms of building our company profile in the UAE, increasing external exposure overall, and developing a pipeline for business development. The process had more depth than other competitions we’ve participated in previously."