FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a next-gen pitch competition-meets-networking event that brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering the future of food and agriculture.

Date: May 16, 2018

Venue

New City Gas
950 Rue Ottawa
Montréal, QC
H3C 1S4

Official Hotel

The Sofitel Montreal is our official hotel. Attendees will receive a discounted rate of $255, exclusive of applicable taxes. To book your reservations, call the hotel toll free +1 877-285-9001 or email h3656-op@sofitel.com and specify that you’re calling about Rabobank FoodBytes! Montreal.

Hear from our Alumni

The longer we’ve been involved with FoodBytes!, the more opportunities emerge. FoodBytes! has been a continual resource since we pitched and an awesome community to be part of.

Will Deluca

Co-Founder of Vega Coffee, Vega Coffee

“The sustainable food community is unmatched at FoodBytes!”

Colleen Kazemi

Co-founder, Pure Cultures

Schedule

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, Global Head of F&A Startup Innovation and FoodBytes! Founder.

3:15 - 3:30 PM | 1.5-minute Pitches

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

3:30 - 5:00 PM | 3.5-Minute Pitches + Q&A

Our 10 pitch company finalists from around the world give 3.5-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.

FoodBytes! Judges

Specializing in food investment, product innovation, retail buying and more, and captained by Rabobank’s Global Head of F&A Innovation Manuel Gonzalez, our esteemed panel brings diverse expertise to the FoodBytes! table.

Christine Couvelier

Christine Couvelier

Culinary Concierge

Christine Couvelier is passionate about food. She shares her passion and enthusiasm for food with everyone she works with. Christine is a Culinary Executive, an Executive Chef, and a Global Culinary Trendologist. Christine is the past Executive Chef of President’s Choice, the Director of Culinary & Beverage/Executive Chef at Cara Operations, and the Chair of The Chef School of George Brown College. She worked on Global Innovation for Unilever and was the first Director of Culinary Strategy at Maple Leaf Foods, where she worked on the vision, design & construction of the ThinkFOOD! Centre. Currently Christine continues to educate, teach, and inspire her customers through her consulting company Culinary Concierge.

With over 30 years of experience, this world-class chef and founder of Culinary Concierge, assists clients in the creation of award-winning food products, services and strategies that help them build their brands and keep them ahead of market trends. Christine goes beyond borders & gets up close & personal with the food industry, to provide her clients with a better understanding of the marketplace & trends in the world food sector in order to help develop and sustain a competitive edge.

Martin Lemire

Martin Lemire

Co-Founder, DUX Program

Martin Lemire is a nutritionist co-founder of the DUX Program and Vice-President co-founder of EDIKOM, a firm specializing in communication and information in the food sector, leading the magazine L’actualité ALIMENTAIRE, LE must magazine, and the GAÏA AWARDS, celebrating excellence in biofood packaging.

Since 2012, he is actively leading the DUX EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER Program, a national and innovative program celebrating the leadership in bringing improved nutrition for Canadians.

Martin holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal, and a Masters in Communications at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) after obtaining a major scholarship from the Danone Institute of Canada, specializing in food media communication.

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 Sponsor

Agropur

Agropur

Founded in 1938 in Québec, Agropur dairy cooperative is joining the FoodBytes! family in 2018, bringing 80 years of dairy sector leadership and expertise.  Agropur which is amongst the top 20 dairy leader players in the world, never stops innovating and sees innovation as a guiding principle within the organization.

Official Sponsor

ADM

ADM

ADM has been feeding food businesses for nearly 115 years with plant-based proteins, whole-food ingredients and product development expertise. We match your idea to the right ingredients—helping food developers and entrepreneurs get to market faster great-tasting, nutritious foods that consumers love.

ADM is an industry-leading specialty ingredients provider offering an ever-expanding catalog of flavorful, colorful, functional, nutritious and whole-food ingredients through its WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients (WFSI) business unit. Whether developers and entrepreneurs are looking for a single ingredient, custom ingredient blend or a complete product solution, we can help them get to market faster with great-tasting, nutritious foods consumers purchase time and time again.

Official Sponsor

Polsinelli

Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices.  Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence and #10 for best client relationships among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli was also named among the top 20 best-known firms in the nation. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on food and beverage, food- and ag-tech, health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation.

Supporting Sponsor

PieShell

PieShell

Crowdfunding for food and beverage entrepreneurs.

Supporting Sponsor

Boulder Food Group

Boulder Food Group

Boulder Food Group seeks partnerships with early stage food and beverage consumer product companies. BFG works alongside exceptional entrepreneurs to ensure the business is able to deliver sustainable growth and outperform its competitors.

Supporting Sponsor

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.

Supporting Sponsor

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.

Supporting Sponsor

The Intertwine Group

The Intertwine Group

The Intertwine Group helps emerging food and beverage brands grow. We design and execute customized route-to-market and go-to-market strategies that build velocity, gain distribution, and win share of stomach. Our approach creates growing brands that are sustainable and investable.

Community Partner

FoundersBeta

FoundersBeta

Online global community of 5000+ founders, students, and professionals looking to connect and build.

Community Partner

District 3

District 3

District 3 is Concordia University’s centre of innovation and entrepreneurship. As a strong and diverse innovation hub located in Montreal, we bring together key players from corporations, government, research, and academia to ensure every innovator and entrepreneur has access to the resources they need to transform ideas into a positive impact.

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