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 AWARD

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

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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UAE Food Security

Food security exists when people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

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Be Inspired by Previous Winners

HAS ALGAE

Australia

An algae-based superfood rich in omega-3 and protein that can be grown in seawater

QS Monitor

UAE

A monitoring platform that supports efforts to ensure food sold in the UAE meets all necessary safety standards

RED SEA FARMS

KSA

A greenhouse system that uses saltwater as the primary input, providing a solution that can reduce freshwater use in crops by up to 90%

SafetyNet Technologies

UK

A polarised LED lighting solution that helps fishermen catch the right fish and avoid bycatch

Judges

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HE Mariam AlMheiri

Minister of Climate Change & Environment

UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment

Rima Al Mokarrab

Chair

Tamkeen LLC

HE Faisal Al Bannai

Secretary General

Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC)

Dr. Agnes Kalibata

President

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Danielle Nierenberg

President

Food Tank

David Rosenberg

CEO and Co-Founder

AeroFarms

Dr. Uma Valeti

CEO

UPSIDE Foods

Badr Al Olama

Acting CEO

Hub71

Abdulaziz Al Mulla

Founder and CEO

Madar Farms

Cinar Kurra

CEO

Catalyst

Damian Malins

Venturing Projects Director

Fera Science Ltd

Dr. AbdulMonem Al Marzooqi

CEO

Elite Agro

Dr. Hanan Afifi

Lead Researcher

Abu Dhabi Agriculture & Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA)

Dr. Jennifer Tung

Senior Scientist

UPSIDE Foods

Dr. Merle Jensen

Professor Emeritus

University of Arizona

Dr. Neta Lavon

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of R&D

Aleph Farms

Feroz Sanaulla

Partner

Roland Berger

Gil Adotevi

Executive Director, Food and Agriculture

ADQ

Hana Barakat

Associate Director

startAD

Kamal Rasool

Director of R&D

Responsive Drip Irrigation

Khuloud Al Nuwais

Chief Sustainability Officer

Emirates Foundation

Mahmoud Ward

Head of Community and Operations

Hub71

Muhra Al Mulla

Senior Associate, Disruptive Investments platform

Mubadala

Nicole Thorpe

Co-Founder and Director

Cultinova

Penny McBride

Strategic Advisor

Penny McBride Consulting

Qussay Abdul Wahab

SME Expert

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development

Salvatore Lavallo

Head of FDI

Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)

Stuart Oda

Founder & CEO

Alesca Life Technologies