The UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Italy launched the Global Call in 2020, marking it as UNIDO’s flagship annual event recognizing and awarding companies with innovative solutions to global challenges. Since its inception in Rome, Italy, the event has spanned continents, with subsequent events in Bonn, Shanghai, and Beijing. Over the years, Global Call has attracted over 2000 applications from 108 countries, fostering a dynamic global network of innovators committed to driving positive change through technology and collaboration.

In 2024, UNIDO ITPO Korea will host the Global Call 2024 under the theme ‘FOODTECH Innovation and ISID: Nourishing the Future’. Given the gravity of global food system challenges and UNIDO’s priorities aligned with the foodtech industry, the Call aims to identify companies with innovative technologies addressing critical issues in the global food system such as hunger and unequal distribution. UNIDO ITPO Korea, in collaboration with the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion (ITP) Network and other pertinent divisions within UNIDO, envisions Global Call 2024 as a groundbreaking opportunity to significantly improve societal challenges across the entire food industry value chain.

Submission categories of Global Call 2024

Category 1. Production
Category 2. Manufacturing & Processing
Category 3. Distribution & Delivery
Category 4. Consumption


  • All companies around the world with innovative food tech-related technologies can apply (large corporations, small and medium-sized companies, startups, etc.)
  • In addition to general companies, this includes research centers, university spin-off companies, academic institutions and centers.


  • Winning enterprises will receive UNIDO awards or special awards from partner organizations, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea.
  • Additionally, winning enterprises will enjoy benefits such as global promotion via UNIDO and media outlets, VIP networking at UNIDO events, tailored consultation by UNIDO experts, follow-up opportunities through the main office, and participation in the UNIDO Booth during the World FoodTech Expo (November 20-23, 2024, Seoul) along with the opportunity for idea pitching during the Expo.

Method of Application

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Application Deadline:  31 July, 2024.