The Challenge Convention
Monthly conversations that explore the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in solving society's greatest challenges.

About the Challenge Convention Series

As the global network for innovators, MassChallenge is a leader in solving massive challenges through entrepreneurship across the world. Key insights from the last 12 years prove that when there is specificity, intention, and focus on emerging sectors founders and corporate innovators experience success for their businesses.  
The Challenge Convention hosted by MassChallenge will explore six areas of industry where society and humanity face the greatest challenges of our time; and where the explicit intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship can have game-changing impact on the way we live, work, and play.  
Join MassChallenge and our esteemed speakers from around the world to learn from their perspectives building at the bleeding edge of business, technology, and social impact.

The last event


Can Alternative Proteins Save the World?

Tuesday, October 25 - 11 am EST / 5 pm CEST

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Alternative proteins and FoodTech have an impact role on sustainability and our society. Led by our Swiss program, this conversation on alternative proteins will provide insights into one of the most prolific sectors in FoodTech.

Hear from the experts why investors, founders, and corporates are entering this space, what challenges they are facing, what actions they are taking to speed up food transformation & adoption, and how they are preparing for the future through open innovation
Andrew Ive - Founder & Managing General Partner at Big Idea Ventures
Christoph Jenny - Co-Founder at Planted
Bosco Emparanza García - CEO & Founder of MOA Foodtech
Yannick Gächter - Bühler, Managing Director Cultured Hub 
Panel moderated by Nicolas Meneses - Vertical Lead Sustainable Food Systems MassChallenge Switzerland 


More about the Panelists

Planted, Switzerland


Christoph Jenny is one of four founders of Planted and a member of the Executive Board. Driven by the desire to create better meat than animals. Christoph has a masters degree in Finance and started his career at Credit Suisse’s Asset Management team. Before founding Planted, Christoph  worked at Jacobs Holding as well as Consumer Investment Partners. Planted, with its pioneering biostructuring approach of combining protein structuring and biotech, is currently the fastest growing start-up in the alternative protein space in Europe.  Chris leads the circles for Finance, HR, Brand & Marketing as well as Corporate Communications at Planted.  

MOA Foodtech, Spain

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Bosco Emparanza García, is the CEO and Founder of MOA FoodTech, a B2B animal free ingredient platform. Bosco is a Biochemist from the University of Navarra with an MBA in biotechnology companies, CESIF. He has 5 years of commercial and business development experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industry. Since 2018 he’s part of the commercial area of AINIA Centro Tecnológico. His previous start-up, Biotech Service, was a marketplace for biotech services. 

Big Idea Ventures

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Andrew Ive is the Founder and Managing General Partner at Big Idea Ventures. He founded Big Idea Ventures to help solve the world's biggest challenges by supporting the world's best entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers. Andrew is responsible for investing and building companies across alternative protein, foodtech and the agtech sectors. Andrew works with investors, corporations and governments to invest and build the most transformative companies and ecosystems around the world. Serving on the Tufts Nutrition Council advisory board, and a Friedman School Entrepreneurship Advisor, Andrew is a Harvard Business School graduate and Procter & Gamble brand management trained. Andrew has invested in more early stage / pre-seed food companies than most other investors worldwide. Big Idea Ventures has teams and offices in New York, Singapore and Paris.

The Cultured Hub, Bühler Group, Switzerland

Yannnick Gächter 

Yannick Gächter is Managing Director of The Cultured Hub. The Cultured Hub is focused on helping fermentation and cultured food startups accelerate to market with a dedicated scaleup facility and team here in Switzerland. Before joining The Cultured Hub, Yannick was leading the Food Application Center in Minneapolis for Bühler Group, focused on innovation in sustainable plant-based proteins and led the first Scale It Up competition in North America. Yannick has a background in IT with master’s in business administration.

 MassChallenge Switzerland

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Nicolas Meneses is Sustainable Food Systems Manager. With a Ph.D. in Food Technology and Processing, Nicolas worked for over 8 at Bühler Group as R&D Team Leader, Food Safety Expert, and Head of Technology. He’s also a business developer in the alternative proteins’ field and the Advisory Board Member of the startup Fotortec. In 2021, he became part of the MassChallenge Team as the Vertical Lead in Sustainable Food Systems, leading both Sustainable Food Challenge and Accelerator’s Food Track.


Future Events

Future of Finance • Human Potential • Safety & Security • 2023 Roundtable


View all Past Challenge Convention Sessions!

Autonomous Decision Science in Global Consumer Goods & Retail Industries: How AI & data science optimize the global food value chain towards resiliency
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 


Advancing climate change solutions on a global scale
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 


Deep Dive: Exploring the Depths of Ocean Technology
Tuesday, August 30, 2022


About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the global network for innovators. Headquartered in the United States with eight locations worldwide, it is the non-profit's mission to help bold entrepreneurs disrupt the status quo and create sustainable change. Since launching in 2009, MassChallenge has run programs in 18 countries, supported more than 3,000 startups from around the world, and awarded over $17M in equity-free cash and prizes. Learn more about MassChallenge at

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