Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Rabobank is one of the world’s largest banks with over $750 billion in assets. In the Americas, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industry, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. We know that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and ag industry that will feed growing global populations for years to come, which is a key focus of our Banking for Food strategy.
FoodBytes! by Rabobank was created with a simple mission in mind – to find the most innovative concepts in food and agriculture, and pair them with the capital needed to bring them to market. Certainly not your average food and ag conference, our pitch competition-meets-networking event brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering a better future.
Rabobank believes that it is crucial to encourage, support, and promote an ecosystem full of different business models and viewpoints that will drive innovative solutions. We believe our key role in supporting this type of ecosystem is to promote and facilitate connections throughout the entire food and agriculture value chain.
A Taste of FoodBytes!
Check out the highlights from FoodBytes! SF 2017, our biggest event yet with 360+ attendees, 20 pitches and 35+ startups on display.
Highly Commended Award Winner
A BioTech company developing microbiome solutions for animal health, specializing in the development and manufacture of prebiotics and probiotics used to support the growth and health of animals. Pure Cultures uses natural supplementation as an alternative to using antibiotics in animals.
People’s Choice Award Winner
A robust, efficient and low-cost refrigeration solution powered by only water and sunlight.
Judges’ Choice Award Winner
Completely reimagined the coffee supply chain to support the financial and educational wealth of women farmers in Latin America. Vega empowers small-holding farmers to roast their own coffee, sell that coffee to customers in the US through an online subscription platform and earn up to 4x more than through typical export channels.
Hear from our FoodBytes! Alumni
FoodBytes provided a high profile, high energy venue to put HarvestPort in front of industry professionals and investors. It is always great to be able to reach so many vested parties in one sitting. We generated several follow-up meetings with investors from the event, as well as a few very fruitful meetings with industry folks. Aside, from that, the general media buzz, particularly social media, has been great. We really loved getting to know the other teams and hope to interact more.
Participating in FoodBytes! gave our team the opportunity to connect with some of the leading innovators in the space. Connecting with that type of creativity allows us to review our own company under a new lens with different ideas for the future. We met with several people who are interested in helping us think through the next phases of our company. We’re meeting with a few of them now to see how their input as customers can help influence our product. We also connected with a couple potential investors who are now looking at investing in Imperfect.
The field of startups presenting FoodBytes Brooklyn was so strong, it was an honor just to share the same stage. Besides being one of the best organized events we’ve ever attended, FoodBytes curated a fantastic community whose connections just keep growing stronger… long after the event. Through FoodBytes, we met companies that we are partnering with to solve some challenges in our business and got media exposure that helped land us new retail accounts. Now, we’re focused on building a great business and making the most of those opportunities.
It’s possible to be so focused on your target customer that you lose sight of the larger web of connections that connects us all through food. FoodBytes! was great to bring together entrepreneurs working directly with producers and people taking food products to stores. I especially appreciated understanding the connection Rabobank has in linking the different components of the food system and being able to rely on them in the future.
We found our experience at FoodBytes! SF to be a valuable one. The event connected us with other exciting food companies and introduced us to potential investors, mentors, and fans of what we’re doing. The highlight outcome of our time at FoodBytes! SF was the great press mentions that followed the event. Erin B, author of DishInterrupted blog called our product, “The Future Superbowl Snack” and The San Francisco Business Times featured us in their “From the Lab to the Plate” story.
FoodBytes was an incredible opportunity to gain valuable exposure and connections while working alongside inspiring startups and receiving feedback from experts at Rabobank. From FoodBytes! we have secured a few new retail accounts in the USA and received valuable advice on to how tackle the U.K. market
Unlike the technology world, where avenues to access both capital and human expertise to nurture innovative start-ups are abundant, in food, we have a lot of catching up to do. Events such as FoodBytes! are key in uniting the passionate individuals and organizations that will play a critical role in building the next generation of food. We jumped at the opportunity to participate and present The Chaat Co at FoodBytes! not just to seek out opportunities that will propel our start-up forward but also to do our part in building momentum towards the better food movement.