Join us in rethinking food for the future

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

30 Shortlisted teams for the 2022 edition of the FoodTech Challenge have now been selected
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About the FoodTech Challenge

The FoodTech Challenge awards offer financial and in-kind prizes to ensure our winners have the support they need to have a soft landing in the UAE agri-tech ecosystem.

The winners of this year’s FoodTech Challenge will have the opportunity to access a $2M award pool consisting of a cash prize, startup incentives, acceleration services, innovation grants, localization support, mentorship programs and more.

The 2022 application window closed on 8th July. Applications are now being evaluated by the FoodTech Challenge technical and commercial judges.

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."