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Ecotrophelia is an Europe-wide Dragons' Den style competition that challenges student teams to develop the best eco-innovative food products, which they then pitch to industry leaders. The UK competition is organised jointly by IFST and Campden BRI and is open to teams of students from UK universities. The first UK competition took place in 2013 and is now being run annually.

The winner of the UK heat goes forward to represent the UK at the European final and, in 2016, the UK's Nottingham Trent University team secured the overall bronze.

2016 UK gold, silver, and bronze winners and judges Why encourage your students to participate in Ecotrophelia?



Prizes will awarded to the best teams as follows:

+ 1 year free IFST membership
+ invitation to become an IFST Ambassador
+ 1 day to be spent with one or several dragons who will mentor and support the team in preparation for the European final.
+ 1 year free IFST membership


+ 1 year free IFST membership


* Cash prizes are sponsored by Marks & Spencer. All shortlisted team members will receive a certificate of participation.

Ecotrophelia Europe

The first Ecotrophelia took place in 2011 and has been run annually since. Last year's competition (2016) attracted teams representing 15 European countries.

Ecotrophelia Europe Prizes 2017

The UK Gold prize winning team, Fran Borjan from Nottingham Trent University, went on to secure the bronze award in the European competition held in Paris in October 2016, where they competed against national teams from across the whole of Europe.

Gold - € 6000

Silver - € 4000

Bronze - € 2000