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It’s all here with FIRST meetups.

Get answers, find solutions, make connections, and cultivate strategic collaborations. Learn about the latest ingredients, technologies, and trends first-hand in a friendly and solutions focused interactive environment.

Meetups are a productive and efficient way to connect online with both new and familiar faces. Most important, it’s incredibly efficient for your busy schedule! Just think, what would normally take you months to plan, can now happen in just 3 days.

Meetup Central Options

Meetup Central provides you several ways to meet your business and networking goals:  

FIRST Solution Exchange

Are you a product development innovator or influencer looking for solutions to your unique challenges or new partnerships with top suppliers? Finding the right ingredients and product solutions can take months to achieve. Through the FIRST Solution Exchange, we curate targeted solution providers to meet your specific R&D challenges and provide you an engaging platform to conveniently meet one-on-one with solution experts.

Only four meetings and your FIRST registration is free!
Product innovators, influencers and decision makers are encouraged to take advantage of our complimentary FIRST Solution Exchange registration. Commit to meet with at least four matched solution providers for 20 minutes and your FIRST registration is free. It’s that simple.

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Supplier Suites

The FIRST Supplier Suites is your go-to marketplace to research the latest ingredients, services, and technologies. Leverage our helpful targeted search filters or type in your own keywords to identify products and technologies that match your criteria. Easily connect with knowledgeable experts to help solve your most urgent product development needs.

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Interested in participating as a Solution Exchange and Supplier Suite company? 

Visit our Sponsorships webpage for more details.

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Topical Peer Group and One-to-one Meetups

Join a moderated FIRST topical peer co-hort to explore topics that impact collective work, food innovation, and personal interests. Or take advantage of the robust, FIRST AI-enabled platform to find attendees with common interests and backgrounds to grow your network and your strategic connections.

FIRST Socials and Events

Make global connections: meet new peers, have fun and socialize, and catch-up with long-time peers through a series of digital socials and events. With socials for various IFT groups—including topical divisions, the IFT Student Association, regional sections, and academic institutions—there's something for everyone.

Join attendees from around the globe as they collectively share to discuss opportunities to combat world hunger through scientific collaboration and discovery.