FoodBytes! Boulder 2016
FoodBytes! will be coming to Boulder in October 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.
Date: Wednesday, October 26th 2 – 8:30 PM
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Venue: University of Colorado Boulder, Byron R. White Club
Address: 2180 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
FoodBytes! Boulder 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 - 3:15 PM | 60-Second Pitches
Hear pitches from 10 game-changing food and ag startups from around the world.
3:15 - 3:30 PM | Opening Remarks
Rajiv Singh, Chief Executive Officer at Rabobank North America Wholesale Banking, and Manuel Gonzalez, FoodBytes! Founder and Managing Director & North America Head of Start-Up Innovation at Rabobank North America Wholesale.
3:30 - 5:15 PM | 5-Minute Pitches + Q&A
Our 10 demo company finalists from around the world give 5-minute pitches, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the audience of investors, media, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.
5:15 - 5:30 PM | Alumni Panel
FoodBytes! alumni companies LoveTheWild and MycoTechnology chat with Nick Fereday, Executive Director, Food & Consumer Trends at Rabobank, about their companies, how FoodBytes! helped them grow their businesses and the industry challenges they face.
5:30 PM | Awards Ceremony
Attendees cast their votes via SMS for their favorite demo company, selecting the People’s Choice Award winner. Our panel of judges announces the Judges’ Choice Award winner from the demo finalists and the Highly Commended Award winner from the 60-second pitches.
5:50 PM | Open Mic
Startups in the audience can sign up to give a one-minute pitch at the end of the event. 20 companies will be allowed to pitch and will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Registration for the open mic will open when the event begins at 2 PM.
6:15 PM | Closing Reception
The networking with food and ag startups, investors, executives and media continues. Enjoy more nibbles and drinks and get to know the demo companies at their display tables.
From over 155 applicants, these ten game-changing food and agriculture companies from around the world were selected to give a five-minute pitch and showcase their products at FoodBytes! Boulder on October 26.
Biotech Services Senegal
Biotech Services Senegal produces local, organic fertilizer that allows Senegalese farmers to produce more yield using less space, and at lower costs.
ReGrained “harvests” supergrain from urban craft breweries as a delicious, healthy, and sustainable ingredient.
FreshSurety is focused on solving the produce industry’s $200 billion waste problem, using technology that measures and reports the real-time shelf life of fresh food cartons anywhere in the world.
The Food Corridor
The Food Corridor is an online marketplace for food businesses to connect with available commercial food assets, allowing them to find and book commercial kitchens, equipment, commissaries, processors, co-packers, and food storage spaces.
Phenospex aims to provide fully automated and integrated plant phenotyping platforms that deliver high quality data and analysis tools in order to extract knowledge to answer scientific questions.
ProveIt is an R&D company innovating food processing and packaging to make the clean label foods of the future. Provelt designs pasteurization systems using magnetic induction (MI) to replace steam-generated heat to process food products.
Mad Agriculture harnesses the nutrient recycling abilities of insects to turn food waste into a protein rich feed supplement, lessening dependence on unsustainable ingredients like fishmeal and soy.
N-CHROMA uses state of the art biotechnological methods to develop and commercially produce healthy, sustainable and high quality colors for use in the food, textile and color cosmetic industries.
One Hop Kitchen
One Hop Kitchen is the world’s first and only insect based Bolognese sauce, an incredibly sustainable source of protein.
The Honest Stand
The Honest Stand is a gourmet food company from Denver, CO dedicated to making it easier and more enjoyable to choose plant-based foods. We focus on using 100% all natural, non-gmo and certified organic ingredients to create delicious Vegan, Gluten Free and Paleo foods. We currently offer a line of dairy free, gluten free, vegan dips.
60-Second Pitch Companies
These innovative companies are the runners up to our ten demo finalist companies. They have been hand-selected as the opening act and will give 1-minute pitches to kick off FoodBytes! Boulder.
First ever and only coconut oil snack frosting.
Good Spread is a peanut butter company born from a non-profit that makes a fortified, therapeutic peanut butter called MANA to treat and cure children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutriton (SAM), the leading killer of children worldwide. MANA is 96% effective, but only 1/3 of the need is funded. We put the $2B peanut butter market to work to close the funding gap, providing one packet of MANA directly to a child suffering from SAM for every jar/packet we sell.
Organic, Non-GMO and Cold Pressed Wellness Shots.
Alpine Start Foods
Alpine Start is a premium instant coffee that actually tastes good.
Algama taps into microalgae to develop the food of the future. Nutritionally unique, microalgae production has a low environmental impact compared with animal protein, and requires 300 times less farmland, 50 times less water and 50 times less energy. Algama creates and markets everyday foods containing microalgae that are delicious, sustainable and destined to all.
FarmRaiser is a two-sided marketplace and fundraising platform that connects farmers and food entrepreneurs with schools, churches and civic groups that want to raise money for their causes by selling locally grown and made.
Arizona Urban Organic Veggie
We are a Local Hydroponic Vegetable company dedicated to bringing year round harvests of weekly fresh lettuce. We use the GrwoGreen Urban Farm System which can be placed anywhere in the urban environment helping eliminate food deserts in the community.
Cowlar is a fitbit for dairy cows, designed to help farmers boost reproduction rates, improve herd health and optimize operations.
Anti-Grain up-sources domestic produce to provide fruit-and-vegetable-based cooking and baking ingredients that we can all thrive on.
Our online marketplace empowers people that lack land, time or experience to grow food. Once grown we provide an online farmers market for homegrown food. People can earn income and find their place in the local food economy.
FoodBytes! Boulder Judges
In October, FoodBytes! Boulder will bring together innovators and thought-leaders in the food, technology and agriculture space, and for the first time, 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 Boulder judges will also be presenting the inaugural Judges’ Choice Award.
We are pleased to announce our 2016 FoodBytes! Boulder judges:
Founder, AllergyKids Foundation
Robyn O’Brien has been called “Food’s Erin Brockovich” by Bloomberg and the New York Times. She received her MBA on a full scholarship from Rice University, graduating as the top woman in her class. She then went to work as an equity analyst on a team that managed $20 billion in assets. The team launched the company’s first hedge fund which won top performer at the company. As an analyst she covered the food and tech industries, but her life took an abrupt turn when her youngest child had a life threatening allergic reaction. She turned her analytical skills towards our food system, the health of our families, companies and economies and what we can do to invest in health. She has helped lead a food movement and regularly appears in the press. Robyn's work has been recognized by political leaders around the country, by General Mills, Chipotle, Coca Cola, Target, Chili’s Restaurants, investors and others in the food industry. She is a recognized thought leader, an advisor to startups and multinationals, named by Forbes Women as a woman to follow on Twitter, named by SHAPE Magazine as a woman to shape the world, and the author of the bestseller The Unhealthy Truth and founder of Do Good and the AllergyKids Foundation. She lives in Boulder with her husband and four children, where she loves to run and garden.
Founder and Managing Partner of Boulder Food Group
Founder and Managing Partner of Boulder Food Group, Tom previously co-founded EVOL Foods and was the COO of Bear Naked Granola. Under Tom’s management, both businesses were successfully sold to public companies. Tom proudly serves on two food focused non-profit boards, the Growe Foundation and Organic Voices (Just Label It).
Founder of Food+Tech Connect
Danielle Gould is the founder of Food+Tech Connect, the site of record and world’s largest community for food tech and innovation. Food+Tech Connect's newsletter, website, events and consulting help entrepreneurs, executives and investors transform the food industry. Since 2010, Danielle has been the leading voice for leveraging new technology, investment and business models to create a better food future. She is also a founding member of the Culinary Institute of America's Business Leadership Council, a member of the Google Innovation Lab For Food Experiences and mentor for AccelFoods and Food-X. In 2015, Danielle was named one of the 'Most Innovative Women in Food' by Fortune and Food & Wine Magazines.
Local Product Coordinator at Whole Foods Market
Darcy Landis heads up the Whole Foods Market Local Program for the Rocky Mountain Region, which includes curating and on-boarding local products and producers in CO, ID, KS, NM, UT, St. Louis, MO and El Paso, TX for the Fortune 500 retailer. She is one of 7 people in the company in her position and works directly with family farms and artisan producers to supply Whole Foods Market customers with the freshest locally-grown and produced products. Her work to develop infrastructure and local foodsheds spans the desert southwest and western US with latitudes running from Boise to Kansas City and longitudes from Ft. Collins to El Paso.
Darcy started with Whole Foods Market in 1999 and has dedicated her professional and personal life to supporting community and the unique flavors each state in the region offers.
Co-founder & CEO, AgFunder
Rob is the cofounder of AgFunder, an online venture capital platform investing in food and agriculture technology companies. Rob is a Forbes contributor and has also been published in TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, Financial Post, and twice in Nature journals with over 300 citations across both publications. Rob has been invited to Chair, speak, and keynote at dozens of global conferences on food & agriculture, technology, and fintech.
FoodBytes! Judges’ Team Captain / Global Head of F&A Innovation
Formerly, he was Managing Director of the Rabobank North America Wholesale San Francisco office, and Head of the Western Region Corporate Clients for Rabobank North America Wholesale, prior to which 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.
Sponsors & Partners
“Supporting FoodBytes! gives Whole Foods Market the chance to help budding brands make connections and grow their businesses, which is what we strive to do within our stores and communities every day,” said Betsy Foster, Global Vice President of Growth and Business Development. “We are also thrilled to see the groundbreaking ideas at FoodBytes!, and look forward to sharing ideas with fellow disruptors of the food industry.”
Holland & Hart is a national law firm headquartered in Denver, CO. The firm has a strong food and beverage practice and has been part of the industry for decades. They help clients through the entire lifecycle of a company’s growth and pride themselves on working with natural and organic products.
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.
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.
Nucleus Maximus is a leading branding and package design agency for food brands. Through their dedicated study of the grocery industry, consumer culture, brand-building and design - Nucleus Maximus offers food entrepreneurs an invaluable and evolving perspective to help them earn the attention of the marketplace.
St Julien Hotel & Spa
A distinguished member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, a AAA Four-Diamond Property and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, St Julien Hotel & Spa offers visitors and guests a distinctive ‘Boulder’ experience. Featuring luxuriously appointed accommodations, combined with a warm, friendly staff, St Julien offers the best of both worlds, all in a casually elegant atmosphere.
The original ride that started it all. Whether solo or with up to three friends, Lyft is your personal ride. Available nationwide. Wherever you’re headed, count on Lyft for rides in minutes. The Lyft app matches you with local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go.
Green Ride Boulder is Boulder’s homegrown shared ride shuttle company. Green Ride is committed to environmental responsibility. The shared ride experience takes vehicles off the road, lessening their impact environmentally. Green Ride has paperless ticketing, and all of their call center agents work from home using internet protocol - no driving to work.
New Hope Network
The New Hope Network is at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle products industry. With solutions for the complete supply chain from manufacturers, retailers/distributors, service providers and ingredient suppliers, the network offers a robust portfolio of content, events, data, research and consultative services. Through its mission to grow healthy markets, the New Hope Network helps businesses identify the people, products, partnerships and trends that create opportunities to grow businesses and bring more health to people.
AgFunderNews is an industry news site at the intersection of food & agriculture, technology and investment.
The site publishes daily, original news on the food and agriculture technology (“agrifood tech”) industry, including the latest funding news and analysis of trends in the sector. A hub of information for the growing startup and investment community in agrifood tech, the site also features guest commentaries and Q&As with industry experts.
AgFunderNews is affiliated with AgFunder, an online Venture Capital Platform investing in leading agrifood technology companies.
FoodForce is a boutique recruiting agency that specializes in hiring strategies and organizational design for food companies. It is the only food industry-specific hiring resource that provides executive recruiting services, board assembly, an online job board, fair-market compensation data, job descriptions and a new platform, PINATA, to help food brands find, manage, and pay field-level talent. FoodForce works with some of the most dynamic brands in the business and helps them to efficiently build their teams by providing unrivaled access to the most coveted food talent with experience in sales, marketing, finance, operations, tech, and e-commerce.
Startup Games recruits high-growth startup companies focused on company culture, giving back to the community, and employee recruitment and retention to form teams and compete on behalf of a nonprofit of their choice. Formed in Austin, Texas in 2012, Startup Games is expanding nationally. In the past five years, it has awarded more than $250,000 to nonprofits, engaging more than 40 companies in fun and philanthropy. Startup Games is coming to Colorado October 15. To get a taste of the Games, check out this video and its website.
NewCo celebrates business on a mission, connecting its audiences to the stories shaping business, politics, and culture as society undergoes the greatest transition since the Industrial Revolution: a shift beyond profit toward purpose-driven business.
Quinn is a new kind of snack company. We put ingredients first and build trust through radical transparency.
It's simple: We make delicious foods with cricket flour. Cricket flour is a tasty source of sustainable nutrition, packed with protein, healthy fats and micronutrients. We start with sustainably raised crickets, which are slow roasted to bring out their nutty, toasted flavor. Then we mill them into a fine flour that becomes the basis of our delicious, high-protein baked goods and baking mixes.
OLOMOMO infuses small batches of craft roasted nuts with amazing flavors. We make unique snacks blended with simple natural ingredients from all over the world. Be Nutty. Be Good. Be Adventurous.
Founded in 1979, Boulder Beer Company has been a pioneer in the craft brewing industry for 37 years. Our passion for innovation keeps our brand mix diverse, offering a taste for every palate. We currently package seven year-round beers, numerous rotating seasonals, and periodically release very limited-edition, small-batch brews throughout the year. Shake Chocolate Porter is currently our #1 selling beer.
Westrock Coffee Company
Westrock Coffee Company is completely committed to creating real change with every delicious sip. They buy coffee directly from smallholder farmers around the globe to create some of the finest coffees in the world while providing support and cultivating authentic partnerships. By operating at each level of the coffee supply chain, Westrock offers complete transparency to consumers and fair, honest trade to their farmer partners. In turn, the partnerships impact the farmers, their families and their entire communities.