Apply For 2022 FoodTech Challenge Competition

The FoodTech Challenge seeks to find the next wave of technology innovations that are on the cusp of transforming food and traditional agriculture practices, efficiently and sustainably.

Targeted at early-stage start-ups, ranging from international university-based research teams to individual entrepreneurs and small firms, the competition invites innovations related to two critical areas: ‘food production’ to address the availability and abundance of food and explore ‘next gen’, nutrient rich alternatives, and ‘food loss and waste’ to ensure sustainability across the food supply chain and the planet more broadly.


The total prize pool is valued at US $2 Million and consists of cash awards, incentive schemes, start-up acceleration, and R&D support.

Submit your idea for a chance to win a share of a $2 million prize pool to grow your concept in the UAE!

Eligibility Criteria

The competition is open to all participants above 18 years old.

We are specifically looking for early-stage agri food tech start-ups within Food Production and Food Loss and Waste.

To be eligible to participate, your start-up should:

  • Address ‘Food Production’ or ‘Food Loss and Waste’ segments of the value chain
  • Have not yet gone for a Series-A funding round
  • Have a workable minimum viable product
  • Have been in operation for less than 5 years
  • Have no more than 25 employees

To be shortlisted as a finalist, your start-up needs to exhibit a unique and sustainable technological solution, a strong plan for commercial viability, relevance to UAE’s food security priorities, and a clear implementation plan in the UAE, should you be successful.

Application Process

  • Please register an account to submit your idea.
  • After registration, you can access the ‘My entries’ page to submit your application form.
  • Entries can be updated until the submission deadline – June 24 2022.
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If you would like to receive feedback, we encourage you to submit your application by the Early Submission deadline – May 20 2022

Please note that start-ups may also be considered eligible to apply on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions about your eligibility to apply, please contact us at



Application Deadline: 24 May, 2022


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