As our focus pivots from San Francisco to Boulder, we have some exciting news! Holland & Hart, a national law firm headquartered in Denver, CO, will be an Official Sponsor for FoodBytes! Boulder. The firm has a strong food and beverage practice and has been part of the industry for decades. They help clients through the entire lifecycle of a company’s growth and pride themselves on working with natural and organic products.

Legal issues in the startup community can be complicated, especially when the products and services offered deal with food and agriculture. Food and beverage startups face unique legal risks and compliance issues that impact the value of the business. Holland & Hart will bring a nationally-recognized voice on these complicated questions to FoodBytes! Boulder, where demo companies will have access to their wealth of knowledge.

“Holland & Hart is very happy to partner with Rabobank on their fifth iteration of the very successful FoodBytes! event – this one to be located in our very own Boulder,” said Chuck Cotter, Partner at Holland & Hart. “We’re proud to join forces on this program in what we believe to be the epicenter of the natural foods movement.”

During FoodBytes! San Francisco, our finalist demo companies and 60-second companies met with Chuck during a series of mentoring sessions to talk through potential legal issues that they may face at some stage of their startup journey. Among other things, he spoke about what to look out for in co-manufacturing agreements and what to expect in financing rounds. Chuck also pointed to topics that are commonly overlooked by startups, including not obtaining lock-tight IP protection and not putting enough research and analysis into an enforceable and protectable brand, which is key to value. He gave the companies guidance on how to address these issues sooner rather than later.

“We are so excited for this opportunity to bring an increasingly diverse set of partners to FoodBytes! events,” said Manuel Gonzalez, Head Western Region, Rabobank North America Wholesale and Founder of FoodBytes! “Our partnership with Holland & Hart furthers our mission of finding the most innovative and groundbreaking concepts in food and agriculture by expanding upon the unique experience demo companies receive during FoodBytes! events.”

Want access to Holland & Hart’s expertise? Apply to demo in Boulder!

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