We’re excited to kick off our 2017 FoodBytes! events in San Francisco! 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.


Date: Thursday, March 16 – 2:00 – 8:00 PM

Venue: The Village

Pitch Applications are due by 11:59 PM PT on Sunday, January 22. Apply now HERE!

Please note: selected pitch companies will also participate in an invite-only mentorship / networking session with industry experts on Wednesday, March 15.

The Village

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2 - 3 PM | Opening Reception

Mix and mingle with food and ag innovators and enjoy food and drinks while meeting the demo companies at their display tables.

3:00 - 3:15 PM | Opening Remarks

Manuel Gonzalez, North America Head of Start-up Innovation and FoodBytes! Founder and Rajiv Singh, Chief Executive Officer at Rabobank North America Wholesale Banking.

3:15 - 3:30 PM | 60-Second Pitches

Hear pitches from 10 game-changing food and ag startups from around the world.

3:30 - 5:00 PM | 5-Minute Pitches + Q&A

Our 10 demo company finalists from around the world give 5-minute pitches, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the audience of investors, media, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

5:00 - 5:15 PM | Open Mic & Voting

10 attendees will get the chance to give a 60-second pitch on a first come first served basis. Attendees cast their votes via SMS for their favorite demo company, selecting the People’s Choice Award winner. Our judges deliberate to select the Judges’ Choice Award winner from the demo finalists and the Highly Commended Award winner from the 60-second pitches.

5:20 PM | Awards Ceremony

Our judges present the three awards.

5:30 - 7:30 PM | Closing Reception

Mix and mingle some more and enjoy food and drinks while meeting the demo companies at their display tables.

Official Sponsor

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.

Supporting Sponsor

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.

Media Partner

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.

Venue Partner

The Village is San Francisco’s creative event venue to collaborate, gather, and innovate. Boasting 20,000 sqft, immersive technology and more. Conveniently located downtown.

Venue Partner

Farm-to-Fork is an event and media series helping consumers better understand the social and environmental impact of their food choices.

Official Hotel

Havens of unparalleled design, timeless grandeur and rich lushness, The Scarlet Singapore and The Scarlet Huntington in San Francisco are designed to spark the imagination and provide an adventure for the senses. These two singular hotels form one seamless vision, a celebration of modern sensibilities both vivacious and wholly original. Reflect on the vibrant heritage and international couture of two of the world’s most iconic settings and indulge in the charismatic aura that awaits within the walls of The Scarlet.

As our exclusive hotel, guests will receive a discounted rate of $227, exclusive of applicable taxes. To book your reservations, call (415) 474-5400 or Carmen Li (cli@thescarlethotels.com) and specify that you’re calling about FoodBytes!.

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