ELIGIBILITY: This Contest is open to participants who meet the startup application criteria listed on, and who sign up at, the FoodBytes! website (https://www.foodbytesworld.com/apply-to-pitch-2/). Entrants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of entry and may not be residents of Italy, Argentina, or Quebec. Employees (and their immediate families or those living in the same household) of FoodBytes!, (“Sponsor”) and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, parent and related companies, are not eligible to enter or win. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and void where prohibited by law. For further edification, the threshold for eligibility/startup application criteria are:


  • Robust team: ​Founding team possesses diverse and multi-disciplinary industry expertise, education backgrounds and ideas
  • Cutting-edge Business: Clear value proposition and novel solution with validated business model and demonstrated potential to address major industry challenges
  • 21st century business:​ Focused on positively impacting people, profit and planet and feeding the world more sustainably
  • Collaborative mindset:​ Demonstrated success or openness to working with strategic partners (industry leaders and investors)
  • Validation to growth stage:​ Proven product market fit and path to commercialization – company is piloting its technology or in market with its product (beyond ideation) OR is ready to scale / expand to new markets


HOW TO ENTER: Eligible startups may apply to participate beginning on July 5, 2020 and ending on August 10, 2020. Eligible startups may enter the Contest by completing the pitch application on the FoodBytes! website https://www.foodbytesworld.com/apply-to-pitch-2/. All entries must be received by August 10, 2020 midnight EST. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.


PRIZES: There will be a total of three (3) cash prizes. One (1) cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner of each category: Food Tech, Ag Tech, and CPG. Receipt of the cash prize offered in the 2020 FoodBytes! Pitch Virtual Contest by the Winners is upon condition of compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The cash prize is non-transferable. The Winnesr, upon acceptance of the cash prize, are each solely responsible for all expenses related to the prize, including, without limitation any and all local, state, and federal taxes. Winners will be required to complete and return an IRS W-9 form to FoodBytes! (i.e. Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certificate). By accepting the cash prize, each Winner grants permission for the Sponsor to use the Winner’s likeness, entry, and name for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation unless prohibited by law.


RIGHTS GRANTED BY YOU: By submitting an entry, You understand and agree that the Sponsor, any individual acting on the Sponsor’s behalf, and the licensees successors, and assigns of the Sponsor shall, where permitted by law, have the right to print, publish, broadcast, distribute and use in any media known now or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, worldwide, and without limitation, your submission, name, photo, portrait, voice, likeness, image, statements about the FoodBytes! Pitch Virtual Contest, and your biographical information for news, publicity, advertising, promotional purposes, trade, information, and public relations without any further notice, review, consent, compensation, or remuneration.


CONDUCT OF PARTICIPATION: By entering the FoodBytes! Pitch Virtual Contest, entrant affirms that he or she has read and agrees to abide by the FoodBytes! Pitch Virtual Contest Rules and the decisions of the judges. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant acting in violation of the FoodBytes! Pitch Virtual Contest Rules. The FoodBytes! Pitch Virtual Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and, by entering, all Winners and entrants hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in St. Louis, Missouri. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Sponsor and each of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations, and their respective official directors, shareholders, members, managers, employees and agents, are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; printing or other errors; and any entries which are late, lost, delayed, incomplete, misdirected, stolen, mutilated, illegible, or any combination thereof.


RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By participating, Winners and entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and each of its respective affiliate, subsidiaries, parent corporations, and their official directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims made by the Winner, entrants or any other third parties related   in any way to the operation of this Contest, as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses (whether alleged, threatened, or actual) to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in this Contest.


PRIVACY POLICY: Information submitted with an entry is governed by the Rabobank Privacy Policy https://www.raboag.com/security-privacy/privacy-policy-157 and the Rabobank Online Privacy Policy https://www.raboag.com/security-privacy/online-privacy-150.


WINNERS LIST: The list of winners will be published on the FoodBytes! website    https://www.foodbytesworld.com/.

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