FoodBytes! will be coming to Sydney in November 2016 for the first time! FoodBytes! values are innovation, community, sustainability and knowledge within the food and ag tech industry through helping startup companies land funding and find customers and partners to grow their businesses. Through FoodBytes!, Rabobank is building an ecosystem in the Food & Agribusiness innovation space that facilitates access to finance, networks and knowledge.
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Date: Thursday 3 November 2016
Venue: Industrial Precinct, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, Australia
Cockatoo Island, Sydney NSW, Australia
We’re calling on innovative food and ag tech startups to apply for a place at FoodBytes! Sydney.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend Rabobank’s Farm2Fork Summit in Sydney on Thursday 3 November, where they can demonstrate their concept to attendees – a great opportunity to meet with potential investors, media and key industry influencers. Rabobank’s Farm2Fork Summit is an invitation only event.
A judging panel will assess each concept based on a set of criteria, with a shortlisted number of applicants being invited to deliverer a short pitch presentation on the main summit stage.
A FoodBytes! Sydney Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards will be announced following the presentations.
The FoodBytes! Sydney Judges’ Choice award winner will receive a six month mentoring program facilitated by McCarthy Mentoring. The winner will be connected with an experienced independent advisor to meet with on a monthly basis. The mentor will offer guidance, share their expertise, test ideas and be a confidential sounding board.
FoodBytes! Sydney Judges
In November, FoodBytes! Sydney will bring together innovators and thought-leaders in the food, technology and agriculture space– we will have a judging panel that represents precisely what makes the FoodBytes! experience so unique. Representing a cross section of investment, technology, food and finance the Sydney judges will also be presenting the inaugural Judges’ Choice Award.
We are pleased to announce our 2016 FoodBytes! Sydney judges:
A Senior business leader with a strong, broad and practical understanding of the global Agribusiness Industry, Anna has a verifiable track record revitalising underperforming operations, opening new markets, and building market credibility through innovative products that ensure competitiveness in tough markets. As the CEO of AuctionsPlus, an online saleyard,
Ben van Delden
Partner, AgTech Leader and Head of Markets, KPMG Australia
Over his 19 years at KPMG Ben van Delden has specialised in providing audit, accounting, innovation and business growth services to public and private organisations operating in agribusiness, consumer and industrial markets, transport and logistics, entertainment, media and real estate. As Head of Markets for KPMG Australia Ben and his specialist business development teams’ work to support clients build, protect and realise their value.
J. Matthew Pryor
Co-founder & CTO, Observant
An experienced entrepreneur, Matthew has operated at senior levels for information technology firms in Australia and the USA. After six years in San Francisco which included the rapid growth and eventual acquisition of Verve, a company he co-founded, Matthew returned to Australia.
Managing Director, Head of San Francisco Office Rabobank North America Wholesale
Manuel Gonzalez is the Managing Director of the Rabobank North America Wholesale San Francisco office, and Head of the Western Region Corporate Clients for Rabobank North America Wholesale. Formerly, he was the Country Head of Rabobank Mexico for four years. In 2015, Manuel created FoodBytes!, underscoring Rabobank’s mission of banking for food, which continues to search for new ways to increase impact in the Food and Agri innovation space.
Co-Founder/Chief Investment Officer, AgFunder
Michael is the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at AgFunder, a San Francisco based online investment platform for global agriculture and food technology. Michael has over 20 years of legal, business management and project development experience. He leads the AgFunder investment team and oversees all deal identification, origination and execution on the AgFunder platform. A seasoned agriculture investor and operator, prior to starting AgFunder, Michael founded and operated SeedRock Africa Agriculture, an African agribusiness.
General Manager, SproutX
Sam has worked in agriculture for over 15 years throughout various parts of the value chain, his current role sees him oversee SproutX and Agri Innovation for one of Australia’s largest professional services companies, Findex. SproutX is the industry accelerator for Australian agriculture, a series of commercialisation programs for entrepreneurs and startups to access support, mentors and capital.
Sarah Nolet is the founder and CEO of AgThentic, a boutique consultancy focused on food system innovation. AgThentic provides business development support for startups, investors, and established companies, with the goal of building a robust food and agriculture innovation ecosystem.
These eight game-changing foodtech and agtech companies from across Australian and New Zealand were selected to give a five-minute pitch and showcase their products at FoodBytes! Sydney.
AgDraft is an online platform, helping farmers connect with reliable casual labour. The platform uses an AirBnB style reviewing system to build trust and is specially designed to solve one of Australia farmers’ biggest challenges: finding quality labour.
AgriWebb Pty Ltd
AgriWebb is an innovative software company focused on disrupting antiquated practices in livestock production. Their products enable simplified on-farm, real-time data collection and apply analysis to improve management decision-making, enterprise efficiency, bench-marking and food security transparency, while integrating the farmer across horizontal and vertical supply chains.
Goterra is an agricultural startup that is developing innovative technology in the insect larvae for agricultural protein and waste management fields.
Knewe Biosystems Ltd
Knewe Biosystems is developing an animal prebiotics product. This prebiotic meets critical mineral nutrition needs, enhancing the welfare of the animal, and also reduce the volume of waste to the environment, both because they cause animals to use their feed more efficiently, and because they are made from fermentation byproducts that otherwise cause environmental issues during disposal.
PhycoFood Co manufactures fortified/functional food from the first food grade seaweed farm in Australia. The production system is 20x more productive than most land based crops and includes nutritional potency across minerals, Omega-3, gut fibres,proteins and anti-oxidants.
IDlocate-Result is delivering solutions around product traceability and have developed a new product that enables brand owners, primary producers and FMCG companies to identify each and every product with a unique QR style barcode so that consumers can scan the authenticity and gain product information with any platform of app or smartphone anywhere in the world.
Smart Robotic Viticulture
The Smart Robotic Viticulture group aims to help improve productivity, profitability and competitive edge by supporting automation in viticulture. By combining a passion for technology, substantial experience in fieldwork and novel theoretical methods, they are well placed to turn current problems into robust, practical and smart solutions in viticulture.
Sprout Kitchens is a double sided marketplace for kitchen space. Sprout is a platform for cafe’s and restaurants to rent out their unused kitchen space, outside of normal trading hours.
The FoodBytes! Garden
These innovative agtech and foodtech startups will be demo’ing their concepts in the FoodBytes! Garden, which is open to F2F Summit attendees throughout the day.
Agrihive has developed a tool that captures a universal benchmark for farm performance across industries. It is an input/ output / retained growth algorithm that identifies the contribution a farm makes to global consumption and it is transferable across food types and countries.
Applant is a human powered, electricity free vertical production propagation system. By harnessing innovative technologies and combining them with human energy, we have created a vertical production farm in an aeroponic system that creates positive carbon footprints.
Australian Functional Foods
Australian Functional Foods has developed a novel fruit processing technology and make a great tasting, creamy cherry juice. The processing approach makes the most of the precious anthocyanins (a class of antioxidants) from the source: fresh Australian sweet cherries.
BRUSHWOODS are broad-acre farmers in the Riverina and are about to embark on taking their oats from paddock to plate. Having tasted raw and freshly rolled whole-grain oats, they see a need to share the flavour (and nutrition) with every baker, maker and shaker in NSW.
Circular Food turn food waste into organic bio-fertiliser. Their urban worm farm, the largest in Australia, produces the starter culture which is grown into large volumes of low cost liquid bio-fert in our bio-reactors. The business model includes establishing a network of fertiliser production facilities in the towns and farming regions where the growing is done.
Fast Food Automation System
Fast Food Automation System is an innovative company developing technology that can prepare and produce Doner Kebab, Shawarma and Gyros wraps. The technology removes human intervention from the preparation process and can be set up as a vending machine in public gathering areas like schools, universities, hotels, airport terminals.
Foodnest was established by four enthusiastic foodies who like fresh pesticide-free produce. Foodnest is a food co-op where people in the neighbourhood can access the best and the freshest food in Sydney.
The over-arching goal of Foridge is to democratise the food system by giving people the tools and infrastructure to move away from a commodity-based and corporation owned system to a much more sustainable and financially secure community-based and farmer/producer/maker owned system.
Gastronoms is your kitchen, outsourced. They offer simple, fresh, affordable meals delivered on-demand to your door. They own the entire customer experience from menu design through to delivery of their food, which allows them to stay true to their mission and values.
Glencoe Farms Australia
Glence Farms Australian are a family farm in North West Victoria growing processing tomatoes and producing their own value added range of pasta sauce, pasta and vegan jerky using their fruit.
This new invention grows better plants and saves water. The Gro-B-Lo is placed inside plant pots with potting mix. It has real benefits to the environment.
Hellfire Bluff Distillery
Hellfire Bluff Distillery has its origins in a 22 year old Tasmania potato farm. Concerned about waste of off spec potatoes, Hellfire Bluff Distillery was established, launching Tasmania’s first potato vodka.
Hum is a digital pantry for cafes, restaurants, canteens and eateries. Hum brings foodservice businesses & suppliers together into one marketplace. Hum is a mobile first, ordering platform that makes it easy for foodservice businesses to order supplies.
Kooee! All Natural Snacks
Since 2015 Kooee All Natural Snacks have been sending their products all over Australia. They craft KOOEE! with 100% grass-fed beef, raised free range on the lush windswept farms of Tasmania.
Nourishing Bubs Pty Ltd
Nourishing Bubs is focused on the introduction of solids to babies and is about encouraging the early introduction of a range of vegetables before fruit to help develop healthy eating habits which they will carry into later life.
OceanWatch Australia Ltd is a national not-for-profit environmental company that works to advance sustainability in the Australian seafood industry.
Roubler’s end-to-end cloud based software is seamlessly integrated to reduce paperwork, time in administration and labour costs. It’s the easiest, most cost-effective solution to instantly increase workforce efficiency, productivity and profits.
Spare Harvest’s approach to food security is to tap into produce and resources that are spare in our gardens and farms. There is an opportunity for us connect urban farmers with their community to provide another source of fresh, local, tasty, nutritionally rich food.