FoodBytes! Austin 2017

FoodBytes!’ final stop of 2017 will be Austin, Texas! Certainly not your average food and agriculture conference, our pitch competition-meets-networking event brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering the future of food and ag. Since it launched in 2015, more than 700 companies have applied to pitch to over 1,000 attendees at FoodBytes! events around the world.

City: Austin, Texas

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2 – 8 PM

Venue: Brazos Hall – 204 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

Apply to Pitch: Learn more about the criteria and apply to pitch your food, food tech or agtech startup by Sunday, August 6.

Proudly Brought to You By

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.

Presenting Partner

Food Tech Connect

Food Tech Connect

Food+Tech Connect gives innovators the tech and business insights, connections and skills they need to transform the food industry through its website, newsletters, events, consulting and business courses. Join the community @foodtechconnect.

Presenting Partner

Fresh Ideas Group

Fresh Ideas Group

FIG in 1995 with a vision: build a marketing firm that fills the communications gap between the organic industry, retailers and consumers with effective and powerful storytelling that needs no spin — ever. We excel in the areas of public relations, branding, marketing communications and social media. Our clients’ missions drive us and we accelerate their stories, traditionally and digitally, in a refreshingly unconventional way.

Presenting Sponsor

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

“Supporting FoodBytes! gives Whole Foods Market the chance to help budding brands make connections and grow their businesses, which is what we strive to do within our stores and communities every day,” said Betsy Foster, Global Vice President of Growth and Business Development. “We are also thrilled to see the groundbreaking ideas at FoodBytes!, and look forward to sharing ideas with fellow disruptors of the food industry.”

Official Sponsor

ADM

ADM

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. As a leading food ingredient provider, ADM offers the broadest range of on-trend ingredients and flavors that are formulated to meet consumer demand across virtually every market segment.

Official Sponsor

Holland & Hart

Holland & Hart

Holland & Hart is a national law firm headquartered in Denver, CO. 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. For more company news and information, please visit hollandhart.com and @HollandHart.

Official Sponsor

Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial

The Hain Celestial Group , Inc. is a leading organic, natural and better-for-you products company.  As a company, Hain Celestial is focused on growing their business by delivering new and sustainable concepts to consumers and are supporting innovation and entrepreneurs in food and agriculture.  Cultivate Ventures, was formed to strategically invest and incubate lifestyle brands, concepts, products and technology, which focus on health and wellness.  As an official FoodBytes! sponsor, Hain Celestial and Cultivate Ventures directly align to create and inspire A Healthier Way of Life™.

Supporting Sponsor

Nucleus Maximus

Nucleus Maximus

Nucleus Maximus is a leading branding and package design agency for food brands.  Through their dedicated study of the grocery industry, consumer culture, brand-building and design - Nucleus Maximus offers food entrepreneurs an invaluable and evolving perspective to help them earn the attention of the marketplace.

Supporting Sponsor

BFG Partners

BFG Partners

Food+Tech Connect gives innovators the tech and business insights, connections and skills they need to transform the food industry through its website, newsletters, events, consulting and business courses. Join the community @foodtechconnect.

Supporting Sponsor

Pie Shell

Pie Shell

PieShell, a reward-based crowdfunding site for only food and beverage entrepreneurs, is  a game changer! We’ve built a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, committed foodies, and trendsetters. All food, beverage and hospitality projects are invited: packaged products, beverages, food trucks, cookbooks, restaurants, distilleries, or coffee shops.

Media Partner

AgFunderNews

AgFunderNews

AgFunderNews is an industry news site and hub of information for the growing community at the intersection of agriculture, technology, and investment. The site publishes daily, original news on the agriculture technology (“agtech”) industry, including the latest funding news and analysis of trends in the sector. AgFunderNews is affiliated with AgFunder, the online investment platform helping to fund the next agriculture revolution.

Community Partner

RocketSpace

RocketSpace

We've worked with more than a thousand high-growth tech startups and 150 corporate brands from around the globe. We do far more than just accelerate businesses. The RocketSpace ecosystem, fueled by our deep understanding of what innovation actually requires, provides the world’s top innovators with velocity—speed and direction.

Official Suppliers

Wild Poppy

Wild Poppy

Wild Poppy produces organic fruit beverages. Wild Poppy Juice combines organic fruit juice with spices from around the world and just a touch of sweetness. Wild Poppy Soda is made from organic fruit juice and sweetened with organic cane sugar for a delicious, authentic soda experience.

Apiterra

Apiterra

The first US food company to produce an all-natural, raw honey-based superfood. Apiterra donates 1% of profits to organizations that are fighting Colony Collapse Disorder.

True Made Foods

True Made Foods

True Made Foods is making American food healthy again. We use fresh vegetables to naturally sweeten our products and drastically cut back on added sugar, providing you with a tasty healthy alternative.

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