Applications for FoodBytes! Pitch are Open!

Now through May 16, startups can apply to participate in FoodBytes!, Rabobank’s food and agriculture innovation platform – it only takes 60 minutes!

Specifically, we are looking for startups innovating in:

1. Sustainable supply chains: blockchain/traceability, livestock management, animal feed efficiency, meat processing automation, byproduct upcycling, commodities processing, shelf-life extension, clean food processing


2. Improved resource management: carbon sequestration & reduction, precision irrigation, food loss mitigation, sustainable packaging, manufacturing robotics, on-farm automation, ag biotechnology, precision ag & AI, indoor farming


3. Next frontier of nutrition: functional ingredients (i.e., aging, mental clarity, performance, immunity), food biotechnology/fermentation, cellular agriculture, grain & sugar alternatives, meal prep/home cooking simplification, personalized nutrition, consumer wearables & data gathering


This year’s applicants will be vying for a coveted spot among the class of 45 startups – representing 15 companies in each of three sectors: agtech, food tech and CPG. Following an in-depth mentoring and coaching program in October, fifteen of the 45 will be chosen to present at the platform’s live-streamed public competition, which will be held on Wednesday, November 10.

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Startup Application Criteria

  1. Robust, diverse team

    Founding team possesses diverse and multi-disciplinary industry expertise, education backgrounds and ideas.

  2. Validated business model

    Clear value proposition and novel solution with a proven product market fit and path to commercialization.

  3. Focus on people, profit & planet

    Concept is focused on the triple bottom line

  4. Collaborative mind-set

    Demonstrated success or openness to working with strategic partners (industry leaders and investors).

  5. Validation to growth stage

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

The FoodBytes! Startup Pitch Experience

FoodBytes! Pitch is an annual multi-week 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.

Learn more about why thousands of startups have applied to join the FoodBytes! community

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Startup Engagement Timeline

Application Period

April 5 - May 16

Selection Month

May 18 - July 30

Welcome Month

September 8 - October 8

(Startups notified of selection August 2)

Mentor Week

October 12 - October 20

(4 hour commitment per day)

Deliberation Week

October 19 - October 21

(15 finalist startups only)

Pitch Week

November 8 - November 10

(15 finalist startups only)

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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:

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

Download the FoodBytes! Pitch 2021 deck here and learn how our tight-knit community stays connected and supported.

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