Foodtech challenge

Finalist Teams

Following the conclusion of Level 3 interviews, 12 finalist teams have been selected from the 30 incredible shortlisted start-ups!

5 of the proposals were focused on tackling food production – with a focus on insect farming and aquaculture, plant-based solutions, and vertical farming. Applications addressing food loss and waste solutions account for the other 7 of the shortlisted start-ups – which featured food waste tech, food sharing platforms, and traceability as key themes.

Finalists will undertake a six-week virtual Mentorship Program featuring informative virtual sessions delivered by representatives from leading UAE-based entities across the food security ecosystem. These sessions will provide insight into the country’s agri-foodtech ecosystem and business environment and prepare the teams for the final stage of the competition.

The teams will then travel to the UAE to participate in Level 4 of the competition, where they will meet the FoodTech Challenge team and partners, pitch their solutions to the Finale judging panel, and participate in an awards ceremony.

Food Loss and Waste

Name Description City Country
Food ATM Preventing food wastage by providing affordable meals for lower income communities & workers Ajman UAE
Fotortec Upcycling vegetable waste into sustainable protein ingredients to help food producers deliver products better aligned with consumers health, environmental, and social expectations Mission Viejo, California USA
NATURPOD A product that keeps fruits and vegetables fresh for longer Barcelona, Catalonia Spain
Neolithics High visibility, non-destructive, industrial quality control systems for fresh produce supply chain to maximize value and minimize waste Tel Aviv Israel
Orbisk AI image recognition technology leveraging automation to quantify food waste in professional kitchens seamlessly, reducing food waste and improving sustainability and profitability Utrecht Netherlands
Revoltech A unique patent-pending freezing technology that keeps cells alive Dubai UAE
Uvera An IoT device that increases the shelf-life of food within only 30-seconds, with an AI-powered app that builds an online food inventory and predicts food spoilage Jeddah KSA

Food Production

Name Description City Country
Airponix A smart, soil-less and sustainable game changing fog-based technology to grow nutritious food crops locally with 95% less water Cambridge, England UK
Aquagrain A cleantech soil improver produced from food waste that delivers more crops with less water Ipswich, England UK
Circa Biotech Improving organic waste management in urban cities by converting food waste into protein, oil and organic fertiliser for nutritious chicken and fish feed, and fertilizer Abu Dhabi UAE
Insect Feed Technologies Converting food waste into sustainable, all-natural insect products for food production. Singapore Singapore
Sustainable Planet Growing plant-based protein (water lentils) on non-arable land and creating a protein isolate from the fastest growing plant on our planet London, England UK