The TFF Summit brings together changemakers across sectors to build powerful connections and co-create bold new solutions for the future of food security.

As the culminating event in the TFF Challenge, an annual incentive prize competition where over 800 teams from 160 countries participated in 2018, the TFF Summit is where the selected 10 Finalist Teams deliver their pitches live on stage and compete for up to 25,000 in grant funding.

July 27, 2018

TFF Summit in Rio

This July, we elevated our global impact by hosting the TFF Summit in the prestigious Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, which followed the immersive 4-day TFF Academy. It was an incredible moment for us to bring our global community together in this vibrant city, in an iconic space that inspires exploration and innovation. The Museum of Tomorrow shares our mission to forge revolutionary ideas and build cross-cultural relationships for a better future.

We developed an event experience that was beyond the ordinary, that celebrated human ingenuity, that was oozing with optimism and that delivered real impact. This year’s TFF Summit theme of ‘Multispectral Thinking’ represented our unique open and collaborative approach to innovation, and perfectly suited the Museum’s future-oriented focus.

The Nigerian team Coating+ were selected as the Grand Prize winners at the TFF Summit 2018, receiving a cash prize of $10,000 USD. The team has developed a safe coating for fresh foods that extends their shelf life while also providing hard-to-access micronutrients to help tackle hidden hunger. Other awards were granted to youth-led startups from Kenya, UK and Malaysia that are dedicated to solve food security.

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We filled our TFF Summit stage with the world’s most powerful industry-leaders and influential entrepreneurs who stand at the forefront of disruptive change.

Their thought-provoking keynotes left us with a deeper, multi-perspective understanding of the latest food & ag innovations, game-changing ideas and realizable actions for a better, more sustainable future.

  • Cristianne Close

    The Future of Business Calls for Purpose / Panel of Judges

    As Market Specialist at WWF Global Market Practice, she focuses on innovation in new business models for conservation and increase market access for community enterprises at the verge of conservation areas.

  • Lucas Rizzotto

    (Re)connecting Humans Through Technology

    Creative Technologist and Founder Where Thoughts Go, a rewarded VR social platform designed to connect strangers emotionally through magical audio creatures.

  • Mariana Vasconcelos

    Transform Purpose into Action

    CEO of Agrosmart, member of 4Lab's council and expert in digital agriculture. She is considered one of the 100 most influential people in Agrobusiness.

  • Anthony Hehir

    Let's Shift Focus from Yields to Nutrition

    Director of DSM's Nutrition Improvement business, a specialist team that leverages DSM's micronutrient portfolio, nutrition solutions, programs and partnership.

  • Gabriela Agustini

    Entrepreneurship the Millennial Way

    Founder and Executive Director of Olabi, a Brazilian social organization focused on encouraging the use of new (and old) technologies for social change.

  • Darío González

    Panel of Judges

    CEO of Cultivando Futuro, guiding the research and development process.

  • Teddy Onserio

    Panel of Judges

    Teddy Onserio is an Investment Associate at The Open Society Foundations’ Economic Advancement Program, focused on empowering smallholder farmers in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Holley M. Murchison

    Impactful Storytelling

    Founder of Oratory Glory, author of her debut book 'Tell Me About Yourself', and Education Producer

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