Food production for humans & animals, and the associated value chain, accounts for c. 25-30% of total Greenhouse Gas emissions; and according to the IPCC, observed climate change is already affecting food security through increasing temperatures, changing rain patterns, and a greater frequency of some extreme events.
Combining supply-side actions such as efficient production, transport, and processing with demand-side interventions such as modification of food choices, and reduction of food loss and waste, can reduce Green House Gas emissions, and help feed the planet’s projected 9.8 billion population in 2050.
MassChallenge believes startups and corporations can help this effort. Startups can play a unique role in bringing new disruptive ideas to the table. Corporations can play a critical role in scaling these ideas and bringing benefits to society quickly.
In 2020 a group of leading global food manufacturers and producers partnered with MassChallenge to find and collaborate with startups so that together, they could help feed the planet sustainably. In the challenges first 4 years over 1,700 startups have applied to take part with over 250 of these being connected to our partners. Of these, over half were involved in a detailed follow-up discussion - check the success stories segment.
In 2024 we will open up the Challenge again; our partners: Bühler Group, Givaudan, Nestlé, dsm-firmenich, Louis Dreyfus Company, Omya, and Südzucker, are looking for startups or scaleups, with proven solutions or technologies in the areas of Sustainable Food & Feed Solutions, Sustainable Supply Chain & Manufacturing, Sustainable Packaging & Materials, and Agri Tech.
Startups and Corporate Partners engage together to drive change toward a sustainable world and lead global impact. This Challenge allows them to work together, create a joint pitch, and scale up innovative solutions, faster than they could alone.
All startups participating in the Challenge will get:
We are looking for startups and scaleups that:
The partnership between NoPalm Ingredients and Bühler is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation to drive positive change.
Floré by Sun Genomics, accelerated their collaboration process with DSM following the Sustainable Food Solutions Challenge. After the initial collaboration process, they met in California in September 2021 and received funding from DSM Venturing within the following months. They are now about to close a second round with DSM, and bring great value to the global biotech company through their next generation sequencing and data set.
Alternative proteins and FoodTech have an impact role on sustainability and our society. This conversation on alternative proteins will provide insights into one of the most prolific sectors in FoodTech.