The Red Sea Farms Team in a mentorship session with Dr. Merle Jensen.
Pictured in the photo (clockwise from top left): Dr. Merle Jensen, Jana Hubbard, Mark Tester, Ryan Lefers

Our Finalist Teams are hard at work refining their pitch presentations with their mentors in preparation for the final Awards Ceremony. One of our Finalist Teams, Red Sea Farms, hosted a virtual meeting with Dr. Merle Jensen, one of our mentors, to discuss his feedback about their business case. Many thanks to Dr. Merle and all our mentors who continue to support the FoodTech Challenge and provide valuable insights and advice to our finalists.  Our mentors are local and global experts in agriculture and food technology in industry, academia, and policy circles. You can find out more about their profiles here

We are also excited to announce a new page we’re launching on our website titled Discover Other Opportunities. Here, we suggest additional resources for entrepreneurs such as yourself to identify opportunities beyond the FoodTech Challenge to help you establish a food or agriculture business in the UAE. We invite you to take a look!

Stay fresh,
The FoodTech Challenge Team

Food for Thought

iFarm, Palm Co. win 'The CovHack Virtual Innovation Challenge' on circular food economy
WAM, by Hassan Bashir & Mohd Aamir

Innovate4Good (I4G), a platform for the impact entrepreneurship ecosystem, has announced the winners of The CovHack Virtual Innovation Challenge. iFarm and Palm Co. won the Startup and Team Challenge categories, respectively.

Regional experts gather to address food security challenge in the MENA region

Logistics Middle East


A regional virtual conference addressing the challenge of food security in the Middle East region took place in Dubai to discuss the latest trends in agriculture and the opportunities in improving the quality of domestic production.  

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Fazenda Futuro enters the UAE, increases production capacity from 115 to 600 tons per month



Brazilian food tech company Fazenda Futuro, also known as ‘Future Farm’, is now distributing its burgers in the UAE. To meet the demand in the UAE, Future Farm has expanded its production capacity from 115 to 600 tons per month. 

Forum highlights woman's role in agricultural entrepreneurship

Gulf Today


Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE’s Minister of State for Food and Water Security, officially opened the "Agricultural Entrepreneurship Forum" organised by the Ajman Business Women Council. 

Fun Food Facts
Alternative meat - or food from vegetarian or vegan ingredients made to approximate the qualities of meat - is a fast-growing industry with a long history.

The first recorded use of meat alternatives was around 200 BC – 200 AD in China, where tofu was referred to as “small mutton”. Today, alternative meat can be made with gluten-based ingredients, fiber, and pea protein.
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