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Startup Innovation Challenge open


At this year’s Food ingredients Europe & Ni, trade show organiser Fi Global will highlight the most exciting new F&B startups in the Startup Innovation Challenge. Entrants to the competition are invited to apply now, with the winners receiving business advice and coaching from top industry experts.
Innovation is the secret of success in the F&B industry, and nowhere is that more evident than at Fi Europe & Ni. Yet not all startups, no matter how good
their offering, have the resources to make a significant impact on the market. That’s why the Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge aims to provide budding entrepreneurs with a springboard to success by showcasing their innovations, bringing them to the attention of ingredient professionals and potential investors.
Fi Europe & Ni 2019 will welcome more than 30,000 visitors and over 1,700 exhibitors, making it a must-attend trade event for sourcing food ingredients.
All shortlisted young enterprises will have access to a Startup Lounge, situated in the heart of the exhibition. This will give them the chance to network and demonstrate their offering. They will also be invited to pitch their innovation live on 2 December to the expert jury and on 3 December to Fi Europe visiters at Fi Europe’s Industry Insights Theatre.
Top prizes include a fully equipped stand at Fi Europe 2020, a marketing campaign within ingredients Network or access to the "Conciergerie" innovation platform from Startup Challenge Partner Presans. Startups wishing to enter the competition should be less than five years old, have a solid business plan and innovations targeting the food and drink sector, with a focus on ingredients or additives that improve taste, texture, appearance and/or nutritional value, or technologies and/or services that support the sector. This year’s categories (competitors can enter more than one) are:
1) Most Innovative Food or Beverage Ingredient
2) Most Innovative Plant- or Cereal-based Food or Beverage Ingredient
3) Most Innovative Alternative Food or Beverage Ingredient
4) Most Innovative Process, Technology or Service Supporting F&B
The judging panel will be comprised of industry experts, investors and company representatives from the food ingredients industry. Entries must be received by 20 September.