09-15-16 Thought For Food Global Challenge Launches its 4th Competition to Compel Student Innovators to Tackle Food and Nutrition Security

tff-thought-for-food-logoThought For Food Global Challenge Launches its 4th Competition to Compel Student Innovators to Tackle Food and Nutrition Security

Teams of university students are invited to compete for funding to develop their big ideas into breakthrough solutions for food security

New York, September 14, 2016 — The Thought For Food (TFF) Global Challenge kicked off its 2016-17 edition today, calling on young student innovators to develop game-changing ideas to tackle the challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by 2050.

Since 2013, TFF Challenge has helped 5,000+ students from 100 countries take their best food security solutions and develop them into viable startups through a program of intense mentorship and business development from some of the world’s top innovators and investors. Winning ideas have attracted more than $1 million in additional investments. As a result, the TFF Challenge has helped catalyze more than 20 student-founded startups. Successful examples include  FoPo, a food powder made from fruits and vegetables (as reported by CNN, TIME, and Mashable) and C-fu FOODS, an insect-based protein product (as reported by Popular Science, Los Angeles Times and Le Monde) and AgroSmart, precision agricultural technologies (as reported by Venture Beat, Empresos & Negocios, and Agfunder News).

This annual competition culminates with the TFF Summit, which will be held in Spring 2017.  The Summit is an event that that brings together student teams and hundreds of entrepreneurs, innovators and radical thinkers to uproot the status quo and invigorate innovation around food security. Winning teams will be awarded startup capital (cash prize amounts of $25,000 USD) and have their ideas nurtured into workable businesses.

“The Thought For Food Challenge disrupts the standard development of food security solutions by incentivizing and rewarding radical innovation by young innovators,” said Christine Gould, Founder and CEO of the Thought For Food Foundation. “When we give students the platform to question conventional food security assumptions, they deliver tangible impact with some of the most robust and inspired ideas of our generation.”

For more information, visit: http://www.tffchallenge.com/challenge/

About Thought For Food:

Thought For Food (TFF) is a movement dedicated to tackling the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by 2050 through bold, breakthrough solutions. This 501(c)3 nonprofit is focused on engaging and empowering next-generation innovators through the exchange of ideas and experiences to develop game-changing food security ideas into reality. Thought For Food is sponsored by Syngenta and other partners including the Borlaug Foundation for International Agriculture, Food 3.0, Startup Pirates, Kirchner Food Fellowship and International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences.