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Showcase your brand at IFT FIRST’s Startup Pavilion

Winner Helaina speaking into a microphone on stage during The Pitch Finale.       Ariel view of Startup Pavilion booths at IFT FIRST       IFT FIRST Startup Pavilion booth with attendee talking to the exhibitors

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.

In 2023, nearly 9,000 people spent time in the Startup Pavilion. It was the hottest area in the expo!

Generate leads, gain access to the science of food community and foster greater visibility for your life’s work as a startup.

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.

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 can win $10,000 if you have the best pitch of IFT FIRST Startup Pavilion! You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity! Learn more below:

Showcase Your Startup
Become a Startup Pavilion Sponsor


The Pitch!

Fast facts:

  • You can win up to $10,000, presented by Seeding The Future Foundation, when you pitch as a startup! Seeding the Future Van Lengerich Foundation green logo
  • 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.

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 3-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 2023 Startups

4Sight Advantage
Fire Department Coffee
PureNutrix+ Inc
A+ Berry
Fresh Fizz Sodas
PureSeed Innovations
Land Lovers (formerly Alchemeat)
RedLeaf Biologics
Antithesis Foods
Fusion Foods Group
Renewal Mill
Gluvana Gluten-Free Foods
Riddet Institute – Advancing Frontiers in Food Science
Apparo, Inc.
Happy Veg Inc.
Apple & Orchard Labs
Helaina (2023 Startup Pavilion winner)
Aryaa Organic LLC
icolor us llc
SnapDNA Corporation (2023 Startup Pavilion runner-up)
Atlas Urban Farms
ImagoAI Inc
Soul Reviver
Aupendra Zeolite Holdings
Inbite Gf Inc
Superbrewed Food
Karma Wellness Kitchen
Symphony Snacks LLC
BetaTec Hop Products Inc.
Krill Arctic Foods
Tasty Foods LLC
BioVeritas, LLC
Lemnature AquaFarms USA, Inc.
Blu Cocoon Digital
Leto Foods
The EVERY Company
BlueNalu, Inc.
LGI Foods Inc
The Food Shop
Brightseed Inc
Montana Pure Protein
The Kawa Project
CarobWay Ltd
The Protein Brewery
Ceylon Spice Company LLC
Triplebar Bio Inc.
Climate Partner
Nanox Technologies LLC
Creative Ingredients for Wellness
NuCicer, Inc.
unClassic Foods (2023 Startup Pavilion runner-up)
Upcycled Foods, Inc.
Deeplant Inc
Nutrisoft LLC
Digestiva, Inc
Warrior Kombucha
Every Body Eat® (Whole & Free Foods LLC)
Paragon Pure
Wide Open Agriculture
Evolve Food
Phusis Bio
Woolah Tea
Prairie Fava LTD
FingerVision Inc

See contact information below for exhibit sales inquiries

Companies that begin with #-I should contact:
Sabrina Bracken, Sales Account Manager
IFT Exhibits Team c/o SPARGO, Inc.
Direct: [email protected]
Phone: 571-207-8392 
Companies that begin with Q-Z should contact:
Joanne Norin, Event Sales Specialist
IFT Exhibits Team c/o SPARGO, Inc.
Direct: [email protected]
Phone: 703-592-4395

Companies that begin with J-P should contact:
Laura Wills, Sales Account Manager
IFT Exhibits Team c/o SPARGO, Inc.
Direct: [email protected]
Phone: 703-592-4397
For Sales Assistance in China
Kalison Huang, Sales Manager
IFT Exhibits Team c/o Wen
Global Solutions
Direct: [email protected]
Phone: +86 755-3303-3338
WeChat: 1-380-9899-882