Entries are closed for the Puratos Challenge in partnership with Future Food-Tech!

Start-ups developing solutions to modulate the gut microbiome and its link to both physical health and mental well-being through the gut-brain axis were invited to apply.

Puratos is a global leader in innovative food solutions for bakery, patisserie and chocolate customers, that promote health & well-being, with the main focus of its research being in gut health.

Puratos encouraged innovators with solutions in the following to apply:

  • Prebiotics
  • Postbiotics
  • Non-spore forming food stable probiotics
  • New plant fibres
  • Upcycled ingredients
  • Fermented ingredients
  • Technologies or services that have the potential to improve the gut microbiome and/or to measure its impact on consumers health.

All selected finalists will enjoy PR visibility to the Future Food-Tech global audience and pitch live on stage in the Challenge Final at the Future Food-Tech summit in London on September 22-23, with complementary passes to access both days of the summit’s networking and insights.

Winner Benefits

  • Pitch to the Sparkalis Food-Tech Venture Fund
  • Benefit from senior leadership coaching during a minimum two day internship at Puratos, in areas such as: marketing, regulatory, innovation, consumer insights and technology.
  • Be showcased through Puratos media and communication channels.
  • Receive access to Puratos R&D capabilities, such as the Innovation Centre, including testing facilities in its Headquarters in Belgium or in a local subsidiary
  • Receive access to Puratos’ Global bakery, patisserie and chocolate application resources.


Whether you’re a start-up preparing your entry, a technology integrator or investor – watch the webinar with Paul Baisier, Group Chief R&D Officer at Puratos, as he reveals insights about the company’s innovation priorities and gives participants the opportunity to ask questions about the challenge.


Selection Process

  • Entries closed Friday August 5
  • After shortlisting and review, the finalists will be announced Thursday September 1
  • The Innovation Challenge Final will take place live on stage at Future Food-Tech on September 22-23, to a global audience. All finalists will be invited as guests to join the summit in London for two days of valuable networking and insights.