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Posted: 4/18/2022

XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion

XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion is a four-year, $15M competition that will incentivize teams to produce chicken breast or fish fillet alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional chicken and fish in: access, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, nutrition and health, as well as taste and texture.

The solutions developed as a result of XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion will provide a more environmentally sustainable path to meeting emerging demand for high-protein products, while advancing human health, and animal welfare.

This competition was developed in response to the release of XPRIZE's Future of Food Impact Roadmap, an in-depth analysis of global food system challenges that identified 12 radical breakthroughs which could establish a more food secure and environmentally sustainable world by 2050. The critical impact area that XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion addresses is the need for alternative proteins at-scale.

By 2050, Earth’s population will be 9.7 billion. Demand for high protein products is increasing while impact from meat production practices devastates our planet. We need new ways to feed the next billion humans.

Satisfying the global demand for high-protein foods will accelerate deforestation and biodiversity loss, strain global water supply, accelerate climate change, intensify inhumane treatment of animals, and worsen food safety and insecurity issues.

While there is increasing activity in utilizing plant-based, cultivated or blended approaches to create meat alternatives such as burgers, chicken nuggets, and ground fish, more work is needed to produce structured, nutritious, affordable, and versatile alternative chicken and fish products that are capable of competing with conventional products on the market.


Deadline for Registration: May 31, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

XPRIZE teams come from all around the world. Teams can be composed of university groups, high school students, startups and innovators, small to midsize companies, community-based organizations, families or individuals.

Amount Description

A $7,000,000 (USD) Grand Prize will be awarded to the team that develops the most innovative and practical solution that meets or exceeds the requirements of the competition.

The Second Place Team will be awarded $2,000,000 (USD) and the Third Place Team will be awarded $1,000,000 according to the Judging Panel’s discretion.

Following the recruitment phase, XPRIZE judges will assess all Technical Submissions to select the top 30 teams, with the group evenly splitting a Semifinal Prize of $500,000. These funds are intended to help offset costs associated with early solution development and for travel to Semifinal Testing locations.

A Finalist Prize purse in the amount of $2,500,000 (USD) will be shared equally between up to 10 Finalist Teams whose solutions are selected to advance to Final Testing.

A Bonus Prize of $2,000,000 (USD) will be awarded to acknowledge the breakthrough achievement of the team that develops an animal-origin-free growth medium at the lowest production cost.

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