FoodBytes! Goes to Europe | Wageningen, The Netherlands
FoodBytes! will come to Europe for the first time on May 17 & 18, 2017! FoodBytes! will be hosted by F&A Next, food and agriculture’s foremost innovation summit, taking place on the campus of one the world’s most renowned food and agriculture universities: Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.
At the first edition of F&A Next in 2016, the summit gathered over 400 participants, including 150 startups, 70 corporates and more than 100 investors. Founders Wageningen University, Startlife and Rabobank have promised to grow the 2017 edition above and beyond F&A Next 2016. The 2017 edition will be a two-day summit with cutting-edge business opportunities, startups and corporates from more than 30 countries, an unparalleled number of investors, addressing key themes such as the gradual shift to smart farming and the convergence of food and health. Additionally, F&A Next 2017 will host FoodBytes! to provide international start-ups with a solid pitching platform. Have a look at the 2016 edition of F&A Next to get a feel for the vibe.
FoodBytes! and F&A Next already connected in 2016 when F&A Next winners N-Chroma and Phenospex earned a ticket to pitch at FoodBytes! in Boulder, Colorado. Both companies have experienced roller coaster developments since then. N-Chroma: ‘Where are you going to find 150-200 investors together in one place, ready to listen to your story and give you face to face feedback? It saves time, money and energy. So start pitching!’ Phenospex: ‘Always keep an open mind for different scenarios of funding, constellations of investors or even the amount of money you raise. Know who you talk to and what they are looking for themselves.’ Have a look at N-Chroma’s and Phenospex’ FoodBytes! pitches, and read the full interview with both F&A innovators here.
Corporates, investors and startups can register for tickets to attend HERE.
Co-Founder of ShakeUpFactory
After 20 years in strategy and breakthrough innovation management in the industry, having been in charge of the development of the first ever kitchen connected appliances and having led numerous of other innovation related projects, Kevin CAMPHUIS founded ShakeUpFactory, a business and open innovation accelerator dedicated to foodtech. Based in Paris, it gathers an ecosystem of 50+ startups and corporations, co-inventing the ingredients and solutions of tomorrow’s food economy.
Farm Manager from Brazil and Board Member at RZ Agro
Bruno Melcher manages a farming operation in Mato Grosso, Brazil (12,000 hectares of soybeans and corn). Besides running his own farming operation, Bruno presently is a Director on the Board of Directors of RZ Agro (110,000 hectares of agriculture in the South of Russia), and holds an advisory position at Sierentz LLC – the commodity trading activity of the Louis Dreyfus Family Office. Bruno earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from ESALQ-USP and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. He started his professional career at Louis Dreyfus Commodities Brasil in 1992, holding several leadership positions in its agricultural, industrial, and commercial and risk management activities and focussing on commodities like citrus, soybeans, cotton and sugar. From 2009, he served as a member of the Executive Group of LD Commodities. Mr. Melcher also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LDC Bioenergia, LDC’s sugar-cane processing arm. Amongst other positions, Bruno also was a member of the Advisory Board of the Sugarcane Industry Union (UNICA), as well as a director of ANEC – (Brazil’s National Association of Cereal Exporters), and on the Finance and Strategy Committee of Vanguarda Agro (approx. 250,000 hectares of soybean, corn and cotton farming in the Center West of Brazil).
Founder of Startup Stash and Digital Business Developer
Bram is an Amsterdam-based entrepreneur and an avid early adopter of new startups, services and products to see and learn about new possibilities, trends & opportunities. He has seen thousands of startups launch, and has worked with dozens of companies on the “blueprint” of their business as an expert on idea validation, go-to-market strategy, value proposition and product development. Bram built and launched Startup Stash, “A curated directory of 400 resources and tools to help you build your Startup”. With 500.000+ entrepreneurs helped worldwide, it was named as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine in 2015. Now, he works as a “Startupwatcher”, helping big companies to navigate the landscape of innovation by showing them what products and companies are trending in their industry.
VP of Business Development at The Kitchen FoodTech Hub by Strauss-Group
Amir has more than a decade of business development experience in prominent early-stage investment organizations including a VC-fund and technology incubators. Prior to that, he held executive marketing & operations positions in the high-tech sector. Amir is a certified accountant (Israel) and a member of the Israeli Bar Assosiation. He also holds an MBA from the executive program in the Hebrew University. Amir is VP Business Development at The Kitchen – FoodTech Hub.
North America Head of Start-Up Innovation at Rabobank
Manuel Gonzalez is the Global Head of F&A Innovation Rabobank North America Wholesale. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the San Francisco office and Head of the Western Region Corporate Clients after moving from Mexico City, where he served as the country head for Rabobank Mexico for four years. In the spirit of Rabobank’s mission of Banking4Food, Manuel created FoodBytes! in 2015 in an effort to support the search for new ways to increase impact in the Food and Ag innovation space.
Manuel joined Rabobank in 1996 as a project manager in the Project Finance business in Mexico. In 2003, he was named Head of Credit and a year later became the Head of Credit and Legal. Prior to Rabobank, Manuel was the General Manager for six years at Gonzalez Guzman Alimentos, a diary and food distribution company.
Rabobank Food & Agriculture Innovation Fund
Richard leads the recently launched Rabobank Food & Agriculture Innovation Fund, a captive VC activity investing venture and early stage capital into innovative food and agri companies in Europe and USA. He has worked with Rabobank Private Equity since 2010 focusing on Rabobank’s international food and agriculture VC and private equity activities. He sits on several Investment Committees and Advisory Boards of Rabobank’s portfolio food and ag funds and works closely with the different innovation activities under way. Previously Richard was self-employed in the retail and manufacturing businesses. Prior to that he worked for the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) in structuring and trading interest rate derivatives. Richard is ACCA qualified and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the National University of Ireland and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol.
RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness
Almost ten years ago Sebastiaan has joined RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, a 90-man strong research team that covers every aspect of the F&A value chain. His focus has always been on the last steps in the chain: processors, food retail and foodservice. Over the years he has seen hundreds of food-companies and has been (co-)authoring leading reports on a wide variety of themes such as private label, online food retail, strategic sourcing and blurring. Sebastiaan holds a degree in financial economics and spent 10 years working as a sell-side equity analyst at another bank before joining Rabobank.
Thomas van den Boezem
Program Manager, StartLife
Thomas co-founded BoxBites, a startup delivering healthy snacks to offices through a subscription model. Later, he helped build StartHub Wageningen, an incubator for student-startups. After, Thomas worked at InnoLeaps and Startupbootcamp in Amsterdam, where he helped develop a food accelerator program, and trained teams from Unilever, Rabobank and AB InBev on business model innovation and working with startups. Currently, he works as program manager at StartLife, the business incubator of Wageningen where he develops training programs for startups in Food, Ag, and Life Sciences. He is also involved as mentor in a biotechnology spin-out company.