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Showcase your brand at IFT FIRST’s Startup Pavilion

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This year’s IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo is expected to attract more than 17,000 attendees including your peers, ingredient providers, business professionals, product developers, food scientists and more.

Are you a business owner of a startup that is looking to generate leads, gain access to the science of food community and foster greater visibility for your life’s work? Then, you need to be an exhibitor at IFT FIRST’s Startup Pavilion!

Does My Business Qualify as a Startup at IFT FIRST?

Any stage food or food related startups are welcome! From pre-seed to growth stage, we know you and your business will benefit by participating in Startup Pavilion.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in The Pitch – a unique opportunity to promote your business among your colleagues, peers, the media, and potential investors.

Note: New products or divisions of an established company are not considered startups. Startups can only participate in the Startup Pavilion for a total of 2-years. If a company only exhibits in the main expo with a booth, they cannot participate in the startup pavilion during any subsequent years.

IFT FIRST Startup Pavilion kiosks lined up across the show floorDon’t wait, space is limited to the first 100 startups accepted to participate. You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity! Learn more below:

Showcase Your Startup
Become a Startup Pavilion Sponsor
Participate as a Co-Marketing Partner
View 2023 Participating Startups


The Pitch!

Fast facts:
  • Participate in a speed pitch competition to get more recognition and attention for your brand.
  • Startups can only participate in The Pitch if they have a kiosk in The Startup Pavilion.
  • Participation is optional.
  • $10,000 prize available for The Pitch winner. Awarded on July 19, 2023.
  • Two $2,500 prizes available for The Pitch runners up. Awarded on July 19, 2023.

Seeding the Future Van Lengerich Foundation logoAll prizes are presented by the Seeding The Future Foundation. IFT partners with Seeding the Future Foundation to host the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge, which provides monetary awards in the form of grants and prizes totaling up to one million US dollars annually.


IFT FIRST 2022 Startups

Ancient Brands Milling
Green Era
Antithesis Foods
Heliae Development
Purdue University
Apparo, Inc.
Index Biosystems Inc.
Attribute Analytics
Ingredient Brothers
Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam
Innobio USA Inc.
Back of the Yard Algae Sciences - The Plant
Banzo Brands
Lemnature AquaFarms USA, Inc.
The Food Shop
Blue Canopy Biotech
Cella Farms
Llama Naturals
Triplebar Bio Inc.
Upcycled Foods Inc (dba ReGrained)
Creative Ingredients for Wellness
Dvash Organics
Opera Bioscience
Victory Hemp Foods
Equinom LTD. (2022 Startup Pavilion winner)
B.T. Sweet
Evergrain Ingredients
Paragon Pure
GHP Consulting and Testing LLC
Pearl Crop, Inc.