Previous judges and mentors

H.E. Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi
Director-General
Abu Dhabi Investment Office
Maria Helena Semedo
Deputy Director-General
Food and Agriculture Organization
Danielle Nierenberg
Co-Founder and President
Food Tank
David Rosenberg
CEO and Co-Founder
AeroFarms
H.E. Rashed Al Shuraiqi
Senior Advisor for Agriculture
Al Dahra Agricultural Company
Nicole Thorpe
Founding Director
Cultinova
Kieran Dowd
Vice President of Sourcing Solutions; General Manager
Emirates Flight Catering; Emirates Crop One
Dr. Hanan Afifi
Lead Researcher
Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority
Abdulaziz Al Mulla
Co-Founder and CEO
Madar Farms
Dr. Ramesh Jagannathan
Managing Director
StartAD
Feroz Sanaulla
Partner
Roland Berger
Cinar Kurra
Chief Executive Officer
Catalyst
Dr. Rami Zurayk
Professor
American University of Beirut
Dr. Dionysia Lyra
Halophyte Agronomist
International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
Stuart Oda
Co-Founder and CEO
Alesca Life
Penny McBride
Vice-Chairwoman
Farmtech Society
Dr. Merle Jensen
Professor Emeritus
University of Arizona
Dr. Dino Francescutti
Sub-Regional Coordinator for the GCC States and Yemen
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Omar Al Jundi
Chief Executive Officer
Badia Farms
Hana Barakat
Assistant Director
startAD
Dr. Raman Bhaskaracharya
Assistant Professor in College of Food and Agriculture
United Arab Emirates University
Georg Czerny
General Manager
Al Dahra BayWa Agriculture
Fatima Al Suwaidi
Analyst, Development and Investment
Masdar

Congratulations to our Top 4 winners!

Has Algae, QS Monitor, Red Sea Farms, and SafetyNet Technologies are the winners of the FoodTech Challenge, each winning a share of the $1 million prize pool! Thank you to all our finalists, judges, mentors, partners, and attendees for joining us for the awards ceremony.nn n

nWe want to hear from you: what are your ideas to achieve food security in the UAE? We will share your idea with our sponsors and partners who may be interested in investing in your business proposition! The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2020.

The FoodTech Challenge

The FoodTech Challenge is a global competition that seeks innovative solutions to address food security. It invites early-stage start-ups to identify and implement sustainable, technology-driven, commercially-viable solutions in inputs and production, consumption, and waste management.n

THE 2020 WINNERS

What is food security?

Food Security, as defined by the United Nationsu2019 Committee on World Food Security, is u201cthe condition in which all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifeu201d.

What is Food Security?

Food Security, as defined by the United Nationsu2019 Committee on World Food Security, is u201cthe condition in which all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food, that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifeu201d.

HOW TO SUBMIT nYOUR IDEA

To be part of the FoodTech Challenge, you will need to submit a detailed business case proposal, as well as a one-minute pitch video.

Click the button below to register on our Entries website and to read more about the competition rules.

How to submit your idea

1. Applications for the FoodTech Challenge are accepted from September 2019 to February 2020.

2. A panel of experts will select the finalists entries, who will then be invited to present their business case in-person in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

3. The finals will be a three-day food and agriculture technology event, including workshops and panel discussions, networking sessions, and the final award ceremony.

4. Four winning teams will share prize money of up to $1M USD, which includes cash prizes as well as eligibility for a UAE-based accelerator programme.