Applications for FoodBytes! are Open!

From April 18 – May 31, FoodBytes! is accepting startup applications to join our food and agriculture innovation platform – it only takes 60 minutes!

Our first quarter program, now wrapped, addressed new demands that are changing the face of food. Now, we begin our search for startups developing disruptive ways to produce this food in resource-constrained environments. Our second quarter program centers around innovators who are building more efficient food systems from the ground up, optimizing food production decisions and improving full value chains, including:

  • Novel farming and farm management
  • Farm biologicals
  • Hyper-localization 
  • Cell & fermentation technologies

15 startups will be selected to participate in our program and join our network each quarter, totaling 45 startups throughout the year – representing companies in the Agtech and Food Tech sector.

Check out our startup program overview deck to learn more.

Apply using the link below by Tuesday, May 31st to be considered.

Application Form

Startup Application Criteria

  1. Robust, diverse team

    Comprehensive domain and entrepreneurial experience.

  2. Sustained Industry Impact & Relevance

    Demonstrated product market fit and alignment with scouting focus areas.

  3. Focus on people, profit, planet

    Concept is focused on the triple bottom line

  4. Collaborative mindset

    History of / ambition to working with corporate partners

  5. Validation to growth stage

    Company is piloting its technology or in market with its product. Company is ready to scale / expand to new markets (Seed to Series B).


The FoodBytes! Startup Experience

FoodBytes! offers quarterly program that helps startups validate and grow their businesses – and their impact – through global industry exposure, tailored mentorship sessions, individualized strategic connections with corporates and investors, pitch refinement and media visibility. It is supported by the vast global Rabobank network, and a community of mission-driven alumni entrepreneurs.


Startup Quarterly Timeline

Q1 Application Period

January 24 - February 28

Q1 Startup Selection Date

April 1

Q1 Startup Onboarding & Mentor Day

April 12

Q2 Application Period

April 15 - May 31

Q2 Startup Selection Date

June 30

Q2 Startup Onboarding & Mentor Day

July 12

Q3 Application Period

July 15 - September 6

Q3 Startup Selection Date

September 26

Q3 Startup Onboarding & Mentor Day

October 12


Stay in the Know

If you’re an entrepreneur interested in learning more, here’s how you can become an active member of our ecosystem:

Create a profile in our Digital hub

You’ll be continuously discoverable by global corporates and investors.

Want to know more about the value of joining our FoodBytes! Alum community?

Download the FoodBytes! Startup Program Deck here and learn how our tight-knit community stays connected and supported.

Reach out to us directly to join a startup scouting session

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