The TFF Challenge Program

What is the TFF Challenge?

The TFF Challenge is an annual global innovation competition focused on creating and accelerating successful, socially responsible food and agriculture startups in all parts of the world.

What is the purpose of the TFF Challenge?

TFF calls on the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new food and agriculture-related business concepts and ventures that improve livelihoods, replenish natural resources, sequester carbon, reduce waste and enhance health and nutrition. The projects should leverage cutting-edge technologies like biotech, blockchain, AI/machine learning, and robotics and incorporate collaborative, circular and inclusive business models.

How long does the TFF Challenge run?

The TFF Challenge runs for a full 12 weeks where you will gain deep knowledge in food and ag, entrepreneurship, tech, and innovation; connect with world-class mentors; benefit from practical personal development tools; and connect with like-minded social-impact entrepreneurs from over 160 countries around the world.

Do I have to complete all the assignments on the Digital Labs?

No! There is no requirement for completing assignments, the resources are there to support you and to help develop your skills, idea and pitch. Assignment completion will not affect your chances of being selected as a finalist, however, you must fulfill all pitch submission requirements.

What do I need to submit my pitch?

To complete your submission, you need to ensure that you fulfill the following criteria:

  • Your team consists of 3-5 members aged 18-37.
  • You have a completed team profile on the TFF Digital Labs with details about your project, mission, and purpose.
  • Ideally, you have completed a series of courses, joined live sessions, and worked with a Mentor on the TFF Digital Labs.
  • You have read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions.

Signup Questions

Why should I sign up?/ What are some of the benefits of the TFF Challenge?

By taking part in the 2019 TFF Challenge you will gain access to the TFF Digital Labs: select from a list of world-class mentors to support you over the 12-week program, win travel and funding as a Finalist, and become part of our 15,000+ strong TFF Community.

Who can sign up?

Do you and your team care about transforming the world and our food system? Are you passionate about the possibilities of science, technology and business model innovation? We’re looking for you! Any teams aged 18-37 from any country in the world can sign up. For more info check out the eligibility section.

When do I have to sign up?

You can sign up at any time during the 12 weeks. We encourage you to sign up with the launch on October 16th, to benefit from all perks, content, and opportunities.

How do I sign up?

You can already register your interest today on  On the launch day, October 16th, just click the signup button on the same website and you’ll be guided through the easy signup process to create your user profile. You can invite your team members to join too, create a team page, and dive in right away.

What happens after the signup?

You’ll gain access to the all-new TFF Digital Labs, the world’s first digital accelerator and collaboration platform built for food and ag innovators around the world. The 12-week program that awaits you there will change your life and propel your career.

TFF Challenge

Pitch by January 31st, 2020!

We've extended the deadline for #TFFChallenge pitch submissions. Now January 31st, 2020! Our collaborative prize competition calls on the next generation of changemakers from around the world to develop solutions for more resilient and inclusive food systems. Sign up and pitch by the end of the month!