be part of our revolution

Join the 2018 TFF Challenge to form teams and develop breakthrough solutions that address the global challenge of feeding 9+ billion people by the year 2050.

By participating in the TFF Challenge, you are joining a movement of young innovators from 130 different countries who are reshaping our global food system. We believe that openness, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial mindset are key to feeding our growing world.

Enter into the TFF Challenge and you will take part in proven training programs and will work with world-class mentors who will help turn your idea into a reality.

TFF Challenge participants have the chance to receive up to $25,000 in cash prizes, and you may be selected to participate in the TFF Startup Bootcamp, an intense, 12-week startup training program which culminates at the TFF Global Summit.

Join the 2018 TFF Challenge and become part of a growing global movement, comprised of friends and supporters who share your passion to make the world a better place.

How it works

1. Sign up

First, you need to register to take part in the Challenge. Make sure you and your team of three to five people, between the ages of 18-35, are signed up by the May 4th deadline!

2. Work on project

Utilize the free Design Thinking Lab to help take your team’s idea and turn it into a reality. Activities include talking to customers, ideation sessions, and building prototypes.

3. Submit your Pitch

To enter into the Challenge, you must submit your Pitch by May 4, 2018. This includes two video submissions and some short text questions. Expert mentors will be available to help coach teams to submit their pitch before the deadline.

TFF Challenge timeline

Prizes every step of the way

Startup Investments

Startup Bootcamp & Travel

The ten Finalist Teams will receive an all expenses paid trip to the TFF Global Summit and participate in the TFF Startup Bootcamp, a prize valued at $20,000.

Thought For Food Awards

$10,000 Grand Prize
$5,000 Runner-Up Prize
Selected by an esteemed panel of judges, based on which teams have the largest potential to help feed 9+ billion people by the year 2050.

Kirchner Food Fellows Award

Selected by the Kirchner Food Fellows, based on which team they identify as the most promising to invest in.

Take It To The Farmer Award

Selected by the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, based on which team they identify as having a strong impact directly on farmers.

Judging Criteria


How innovative is the solution, really?!

Thought For Food commits to being at the cusp of new idea generation. You and your teammates will look to consolidate technologies and the latest resources to create a project that is fresh and exciting, in a way that has never been seen before.


Can the idea be implemented and scaled?

Food security solutions require short, medium, and long-term goals that shouldn’t end when the competition is over. Your project should be implementable, with serious scalability potential on a global level.


Does the solution stand out from everything else out there?

Your project should stand out among the wide array of proposals, providing game-changing solutions for a better future. It should embody a “wow” factor so that it gets noticed in a noisy world of innovation and startups.

Team Spirit

Does your team demonstrate passion, curiosity and commitment to get it done?

Being an innovator is one of the most exciting and rewarding things someone can do. However, it is also a long and demanding job. Your team needs to demonstrate that it is able to withstand these challenges and truly deliver a solution that will improve lives.