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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Start-Ups to Participate in
a Contest to Find Solutions to Food Supply and Climate Change Issues

Thought For Food (TFF) Challenge

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Thought For Food (TFF) Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/14/22 12:00 AM EST


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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International start-ups to participate in a contest to find solutions to food supply and climate change issues. Prizes include cash grants, training, networking opportunities, mentoring, and in-kind services and donations. The goal of the contest is to push the boundaries of food and agriculture innovation.

As the world’s largest, most-diverse, and impact-focused food and agriculture innovation challenge, the annual TFF Challenge® calls on next-generation innovators and entrepreneurs in every region of the world to submit creative solutions to the prevailing question: “How do we feed 10 billion people on a hotter planet?”

The TFF Challenge is looking for locally-relevant solutions that can be scaled globally and which address a wide range of pressing challenges across all parts of the food value chain—from production to distribution through to consumption and waste.

All submissions for the TFF Challenge® are also considered for the Topical Prizes. Here is the list of Topical Prizes for 2022: 

  • Nutrition in Africa - Improving Feed Prize: How might  we improve animal and livestock health via nutritious and sustainable feeds? (with DSM). 
  • Sustainable Farming Inputs Prize: How might we enable farmers to learn about and use sustainable farming methods and make informed decisions that help them to integrate biologicals into their practices? (with Hello Nature).
  • The Business Case for Regeneration Prize: How do we make regenerative agriculture profitable to create a strong case for planet and people? (with Danone).
  • Web3 in Agriculture Prize: How can we leverage and integrate Web3 approaches to accelerate the transition to more open, inclusive, transparent, resilient food and agricultural systems? (with Cargill).
  • Food Security and Resilience Prize: How might we support smallholder farmers and poor, vulnerable populations who are affected by the triple threats of Covid, Climate Change and Conflicts? (with World Food Forum)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203371

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TFF Prizes:
- $30,000+ USD in combined cash grants from TFF and partners ($10K USD Grand Prize, $7.5K USD Runner Up, $5K USD Most Investable Idea Prize by Kirchner Impact Foundation, and Other cash prizes)
- Invitation to the TFF Academy, a personalized 16-week acceleration program that offers hands-on mentoring, pitch training, industry introductions, and storytelling;
- Pitch to investors and industry leaders at the global TFF Summit;
- Additional perks and opportunities offered by TFF’s broad network of partners, including licenses to software, datasets, and training sessions;
- Life-changing connections to TFF’s global community of movers and shakers.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The TFF Challenge® is open to anyone, in every part of the world that has the mindset and the drive to create change.

The TFF Challenge 2022 is open to any startups at any stage. Teams may be composed of participants from the same or different disciplines, communities, countries, universities, etc.

The TFF Challenge is a place for anyone who wants to build feasible solutions that steer the future towards sustainable, nourishing and resilient food systems. TFF is calling on scientists, designers, engineers, marketers, farmers, developers, and anyone else passionate about the future of our food. No background in food and agriculture needed. Participants are asked to form teams of at least 2 members or directly sign up with an existing team.

Employees, vendors, contractors, and regional leadership (volunteer or otherwise) of Foundation and of Foundation donors or their affiliates are not eligible to enter or win.

You may not use the Challenge, your entry to the Challenge, or any awards from the Challenge for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any local, state, federal, or foreign governmental agency, a member of any executive, legislative, or judicial branch organization (including, but not limited to, the United States Congress and any state congress) and employees or officers of any of the foregoing in connection with obtaining any governmental contract, grant, or any other award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

- May 17, 16:00: Topical Roundtable: Sustainable Farming Inputs
- May 18, 17:00: Sustainable Farming Inputs
- May 27, 16:00: The Future of Local Agriculture to tackle the Foood System Challenges in Rwanda

TFF Challenge Office Hours:
- May 19, 16:00
- May 26, 16:00
- June 2, 16:00

For more information, see

Pre-Application Information:

- April 22: Sign-ups open
- July 14: Pitch deadline (at 12 am Eastern Standard Time)
- September 5: Finalist announcement
- July 18: TFF Academy starts
- September 30: TFF Summit
- December 23: TFF Academy ends

Round 1: Judging of entries is accomplished in two successive rounds. Winners of the first round (“Round 1”) are named as TFF Challenge Finalists and are automatically advanced to the second round (“Round 2”). Only entries completed during this time are eligible to advance to Round 2. Such entries may have additional terms and conditions to be adopted by you

From the submissions received, a panel of judges, selected by Foundation in its sole discretion, will identify up to ten (10) teams (“Finalists”) or more at the Foundation’s discretion, to advance to Round 2. Finalists will be announced via the Thought For Food website, email and social media no later than July 9, 2022.

Round 2: Finalists who complete the TFF Academy will have the chance to attend the Thought For Food Global Summit, currently planned for September 30, 2022. Finalists from Round 1 will be judged at a virtual or in-person event by a second group of independent judges selected by the Foundation.

Only one entry per team.

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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