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Discover cutting-edge innovation from the most exciting F&B startups.
The Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge gives startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a jury of R&D experts, investors and major F&B industry company representatives. Now in its 5th year, the Startup Innovation Challenge 2020 will be hosted virtually as part of the
Fi Europe CONNECT 2020 virtual event.
Startups can select multiple categories but will only compete in one category, which will be selected by the shortlisting jury.
This category covers F&B ingredients or additives from an animal or plant source that improve sensory attributes such as taste, texture, smell, and/or appearance. E.g. flavours, flavour enhancers, colours, sweeteners, emulsifiers, stabilisers, (thickeners, binders, texturisers), acidulants, firming agents, anti-caking agents, leavening agents, humectants, dough strengtheners, fat substitutions, yeast nutrients, PH control agents, enzyme preparations, etc...
This category specifically covers F&B ingredients or additives from a novel non-animal/plant source.
E.g. fungi, algae, insects, micro-organisms, lab grown/cell-cultured or another non-animal/plant food source.
This category covers F&B ingredients or additives from an animal/plant/alternative source that contribute
to digestive, cognitive, immune or physical health, with a focus on natural and/or sustainable processes.
E.g. functional lipids, dietary fibre, probiotics, botanicals, flavonoids.
This category covers innovations that improve food safety, efficacy, quality, traceability, transparency, ingredient sourcing, supply chain management, or upcycling.
Winners will be announced and showcased during a live session as part of the virtual Fi Europe CONNECT 2020 event.
The winners will be offered a selection from the following prizes:
Access to ‘Conciergerie’ by Presans
Conciergerie by Presans enables you to engage on-demand with top level experts for industrial innovation. Our Fellows (ex-R&D Directors/CTOs of large-size companies) identify worldwide experts related to your innovation, science and technology questions. Within a couple of days Presans organizes phone call discussions between selected experts and you. The winner of this prize will get the opportunity to raise a question on the Conciergerie platform and to get in contact with worldwide experts.
lsbi | life science-based innovations
A one-day quick scan including a two-page report on regulatory, safety and/or health aspects of the startup's innovation. This price is offered to the winner of each category.
One R&D mentor/coach from General Mills for 6 months
Shortlisted startups will also receive a complimentary company profile throughout the two-week virtual Fi Europe CONNECT 2020 event.
Such profiles will allow access to various virtual networking opportunities and matchmaking services for free.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pre-record pitches that will be made available as on-demand sessions throughout the two-week virtual
Fi Europe CONNECT 2020 event, for users to engage with.
The Startup Innovation Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for any startup to leverage their networking and fund-raising efforts. We benefitted significantly from our participation in the entire process. Due to the exposure during and after the challenge, we have been approached by many stakeholders in the industry who are willing to work with us.