Startup Innovation Challenge


The Startup Innovation Challenge at Fi Europe 2019 is now opened!

Now in its fourth year, The Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge 2019 will take place during one of Fi Global’s flagship shows – Food ingredients Europe (Paris, 3-5 December 2019). It will give you the opportunity to pitch your idea to the whole host of F&B industry players that make up the show’s 1,700+ exhibitors and 30,000+ attendees.

Discover more about the Startup Innovation Challenge at Fi Europe 2019 here.

This year’s categories are:

  • Most Innovative Food or Beverage Ingredient. 
  • Most Innovative Plant- or Cereal-based Food or Beverage Ingredient. 
  • Most Innovative Alternative Food or Beverage Ingredient. 
  • Most Innovative Process, Technology or Service Supporting F&B. 

The application process is now OPEN.

The shortlisted startups will pitch live on Tuesday 3 December 2019 to the Fi Europe audience at the Industry Insights Theatre. The winners will receive their prize following the live pitches.

Additionally, they will:

  • Attend a one-day meetup with the experts and jury on Monday 2 December 2019,
  • Meet and network with visitors to Fi Europe during the 3 days of the event,
  • Have access to the Startup Lounge at the Industry Insights Theatre,
  • Be listed in the Fi Europe show catalogue and on Ingredients Network, FI Global’s online product directory.

Entry Criteria:

  • The startup should be no older than 5 years
  • The startup must have a clear business plan and a developed concept at the very least, prototypes or the final product are preferred
  • The product or service needs to be truly novel

If you have any questions please contact Maxence Salendre, Content Producer at Fi Global, [email protected]

Promote your startup by taking part in the 2019 Startup Innovation Challenge!

Find out how the Startup Innovation Challenge helped previous winners become successful startups

Previous winners have benefited greatly from the positive response and the recognition they received from the Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge. It has provided them with a platform for networking with leading F&B manufacturers, helped them secure equity funding and given them international exposure.

2018 Winner of the Naturex Special Prize, Dr Abhiram Dukkipati from Magellan Life Sciences

“We benefitted significantly from our participation in the entire process. During the presentation and the jury questions, we gained an understanding of the risk factors as perceived by investors and the industry. This has allowed us to reformulate our go-to market strategy with a risk profile acceptable to investors.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for any startup to leverage their networking and fund-raising efforts. Due to the exposure during and after the challenge, we have been approached by many stake holders in the industry who are willing to work with us.”

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