TFF Global Summit 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland (Fully Funded by TFF Challenge)

The Thought For Food Challenge
Last date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016
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Detailed Description

Deadline: October 31, 2016
Location: Zurich, Switzerland.

Fully Funded by TFF Challenge !!


The Thought For Food Challenge calls on the world’s best and brightest university students 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 enter into a world in which you can shine. You will work with world-class mentors to help turn your idea into a reality. You will have the chance to  receive up to $15,000 cash in seed-funding to launch your project, and you may be selected to participate in the TFF Bootcamp, an intense, 10 week startup training which culminates at the TFF Global Summit. You will also join 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

Register by October 31, 2016 to participate in the 2016/17 TFF Challenge. At least one member of your team must be signed up by this date.

2. Form your team:

Create a team of 3-5 university students. Make sure to add them to your team page, and that you each fill out your profile.

3. Complete the Design Lab:

Utilize the TFF Design Lab to take your Team’s idea and turn it into a reality. This includes talking to customers, ideation sessions, and building prototypes. Expert mentors will be available to help coach teams through this process.

4. Submit your pitch!

Submit your team’s Pitch by January 8, 2017, no later than 11:59pm PST. Pitch’s include 2 videos and several short text answers.

5. Ten Finalist Teams:

Ten Finalist Teams will be selected by the Round 1 Judges to move on to the TFF Startup Bootcamp. Judges will review Team Pitch submissions to make their decision.

6. TFF Startup Bootcamp:

The TFF Startup Bootcamp, valued at $10,000, well help all Finalist Teams further develop their project, and launch a social enterprise. Finalists will work with mentors from around the world, and the Bootcamp culminates with a week long, in-person training session.

7. TFF Global Summit:

The ten Finalist Teams will receive an all expenses paid trip to the TFF Global Summit, where they will participate in world-changing dialogue with industry executives, entrepreneurs, and policy makers from around the world.

8. Final Pitch:

To end the TFF Global Summit, all attention turns to the Finalist Teams as they pitch their business ventures live, on main stage, to win up to $15,000 in seed funding.

9. TFF Alumni Network:

Receive continual startup support from TFF, and gain special perks from partners, such as introductions to world-leading accelerator programs. Be featured in international publications, and help define the future of food.


1. 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 $10,000.

2. Thought For Food Awards:

$10,000 Grand Prize
$7,500 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.

3. Kirchner Food Fellows Award:

$5,000 Selected by the Kirchner Food Fellows, based on which team they identify as the most promising to invest in.

4. 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.

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