FoodBytes! San Francisco 2016
From over 175 applicants, these ten game-changing food and agriculture companies were selected to give a five-minute pitch and showcase their products at FoodBytes! San Francisco. Part pitch competition, part networking event, FoodBytes! is dedicated to connecting these disruptive startups with investors, executives and industry leaders to help them grow their businesses.
Salty Girl Seafood
Sustainable, traceable seafood. Made simple.
Salty Girl Seafood was founded out of a love for the ocean and the belief that serving sustainable, traceable seafood dishes should be fun and easy. Read More
A Marketplace for Seasonal Farming Assets
HarvestPort is a shared economy marketplace for seasonally-used agricultural equipment.
Improve Your Power, Produce & Profits
Soliculture helps reduce the capital costs associated with greenhouse growing by integrating our solar technology into greenhouse roofs. Read More
Feed The Revolution
Chapul is the introduction of edible insects into Western cuisine as a healthy and sustainable protein. Chapul has international distribution of an award winning line of gourmet energy bars containing a signature protein powder derived from crickets.
New Wave Foods
New Wave Foods is a leader in sustainable seafood. It is our mission to create food that is healthier for us and better for the environment while providing ingredients for outstanding culinary experiences.
Health From The Sea
In the Hawaiian language, Olakai means “health from the sea.” We’re building transformative technologies to bring tasty, healthy, and sustainably grown foods from our oceans to people everywhere.
Serving Up Food + Data
Byte helps feed the millions of office workers stranded in food deserts. We use RFID-enabled refrigerators to sell fresh food 24/7. Team: Megan Mokri (Yahoo, Cornell, Haas MBA); Lee Mokri (Visa); Ben Purvis (Chevron, Haas MBA); Adam Sah (Buyers Best Friend, Google).
Imperfect is a produce delivery service that delivers a fully-customizable produce box to your door each week. And the best part? — Imperfect fruit and veggies are 30-50% less than grocery store prices!
Health & Nutrition Bar
Vegetables, fruits, and nuts, oh my! Every Color bar is packed with a mouthwatering mix of nutrient-dense, plant-based foods. It’s like a farmer’s market in a bar.
Seamore has launched I sea pasta, 100% seaweed that looks like tagliatelle.
These innovative companies are the runners up to our ten demo finalist companies. They have been hand-selected as the opening act to FoodBytes! SF and will kick off the event at 2:45 PM by each giving a 60-second pitch.
Better Tools Safer World
We build mobile software to streamline quality, safety, and compliance management across the food industry. We’re working with hundreds of organizations including national restaurant chains, major retailers, and two dozen government agencies. We’re based in San Francisco and were founded by a team from Harvard, Columbia and UCLA.
Six Foods | Chirps
Eat What Bugs You
We use crickets milled into a flour to make high protein tortilla chips (Chirps), because we want to normalize insect foods, starting with snacks to meat. The goal is to substitute animal protein with insect protein, thus converting livestock farming to insect farming. By doing so, we will reduce land & water usage, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Willow Cup Inc.
Harnessing Natures Infinite Possibilities Into Your Cup
Willow Cup is a better-for-you plant based dairy company that specializes in premium indulgences with cleaner labels. Willow’s vision is to own the top of your cup – more flavors and healthier options for your favorite beverage.
Mint for Groceries. Automatically track grocery purchases, receive spoilage notifications and recipes to reduce the main causes of household food waste.
Healthy Eating Made Simple
ShopWell puts a nutrition expert in every pocket, making healthy grocery shopping easy. Our nutrition tracking and recommendation engine is changing how people shop.
Over 6.5 million inspection records. In one place, in one format
Health inspection records are located in highly fragmented databases. Additionally, most U.S. counties have their own unique inspection scoring systems. Hazel Analytics uses software to automatically collect millions of health inspection records then applies a standardized format which is then packaged into an analytics suite that is sold to national chain restaurants on a subscription basis.
honest food. genuine food.
Maker of premium natural ferments.
Hawaiian Volcanic Water
Waiakea™ Hawaiian Volcanic Water is the first triple bottom line premium bottled water of its kind to address consumer preferences and trends with its resonating and unparalleled attributes in the areas of Health, Sustainability, and Charity.
Waiakea™s mission is to sustainably provide naturally healthy and delicious Hawaiian volcanic water, while contributing to and promoting clean water access and education to people in need in Hawaii and Sub-Saharan Africa.
FoodBytes! San Francisco Judges
On Thursday, June 16, FoodBytes! San Francisco 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 San Francisco judges will also be presenting the inaugural Judges’ Choice Award.
We are pleased to announce our 2016 FoodBytes! San Francisco judges:
Regional Vice President, Whole Foods Market NorCal & Reno
Karen is the Regional Vice President of Whole Foods Market’s Northern California & Reno region. This territory is home to some of the most abundant and beautiful farms in the nation. It’s a great fit because her career has had a heavy focus on bringing the best fruits & veggies to market.
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.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Innovation Services at RocketSpace Inc.
Michele McConomy is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Innovation Services at RocketSpace, a technology campus headquartered in the heart of San Francisco. Since 2011, the company has been helping tech entrepreneurs, startups and corporate innovation professionals bring the future to market. RocketSpace’s perfect ecosystem has fueled the success of more than 750 startups, including Uber, Spotify, Practice Fusion, and Leap Motion, and under Michele’s leadership, more than 100 corporate clients, including Tata Communications, Lufthansa, Schneider Electric and Pfizer.
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.
CEO, Sherpa Foundry
Tina Sharkey is a Partner at Sherpa Foundry and a Venture Partner at Sherpa Capital. She is passionate about consumer internet, mobile technology and digital and social media, and has created and scaled multiple consumer internet businesses to profitability worldwide. At Sherpa Foundry, Tina is also incubating a stealth consumer business. In her role at Sherpa Capital, Tina advises many of the firm’s portfolio companies and sits on the Board of Directors of Beepi, ipsy and Do™, a company incubated by Sherpa Foundry and Salesforce. She is also a founding board member at Brit + Co.
Victor E. Friedberg
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Seed 2 Growth Ventures (S2G)
Seed 2 Growth Ventures (S2G) a multi-stage investment fund investing in innovative food and agriculture companies
Victor has been at the forefront of innovation, global development and sustainability for over 20 years. As Co-Founder and Managing Director of S2G Ventures he has been a principal force in developing the S2G mission, culture, strategy and team. S2G Ventures invests in innovative food and agriculture companies from “soil 2 shelf”.
Whole Foods Market is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2016 FoodBytes! events in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Boulder.
“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.”
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At Seven Stills we have improved on traditional distilling techniques by focusing on the grain mixtures used to create our unique vodkas and whiskeys. To date, we have tested the effects of different grist profiles; creating recipes for all-peat smoked, chocolate-oatmeal smoked stout, hopped two-row, Belgian Dubbel, and a Russian Imperial Stout. All have produced flavor profiles unlike anything currently available to consumers. We look forward to sharing the results our on-going explorations in the near future!
Laughing Monk Brewing is a small batch craft brewery in San Francisco that blends traditions from California and Belgium with a mix of local, seasonal ingredients. We make great beer with an eye toward innovation and the independent spirit that guides us. We offer an ever-expanding array of unique beers, including those for immediate enjoyment and those that can be aged to perfection. So raise a glass with us in the spirit of laughter, libation and adventure. Laugh on!
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As our exclusive hotel, guests will receive a discounted rate of $305, exclusive of applicable taxes. To book your reservations, call (415) 474-5400, or contact Angeline Nouhoumon via emailANouhoumon@
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The Food Business School (FBS) is the center for executive and graduate education of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). FBS broadens The CIA’s commitment to the future of food education and leadership by providing cutting-edge, practice-based business education to corporate professionals, recent graduates, and mid-career explorers. The mission of FBS is to enable and empower entrepreneurial leaders to design, deliver, and lead transformative innovations that address the world’s most pressing food challenges—and its greatest business opportunities. It is led by FBS Dean and Executive Director William Rosenzweig, an industry-leading food entrepreneur, investor, and educator. The Food Business School is based in Napa, California at The CIA’s new Copia campus. Registration is open for FBS’s Fall 2016 courses at FoodBusinessSchool.org. | |
RocketSpace is a technology campus headquartered in the heart of San Francisco. Since 2011, the company has been helping tech entrepreneurs, startups and corporate innovation professionals bring the future to market. The company offers services to its members including programming, consulting, events, and office-as-a-service, which together create the perfect ecosystem and community for innovation to thrive. Select startup alumni include Uber, Spotify, Practice Fusion, and Leap Motion, and RocketSpace’s roster of Corporate Innovation Services clients include Schneider Electric, Converse, Tata Communications, Royal Bank of Scotland, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Samsung, and ABinBev. For more information, visit www.rocketspace.com. | |
We’re expanding our FoodBytes! program in San Francisco to include Mentor Sessions which will take place the day before the event. These sessions will pair the finalist demo companies with experts across the food and ag tech industry and enable them to get substantive advice and feedback.
During the FoodBytes! San Francisco event there will be the following mentor sessions:
• Charles Cotter – Holland & Hart
• Nick Fereday – Rabobank
• Eric Hansen – Rabobank
This is an opportunity for the demo finalist companies to network with each other whilst hearing from experts in the industry from their experience and tips for startups in the food and ag industry.
Executive Director, Senior Analyst – Food & Consumer Trends, Rabobank
Prior to joining Rabobank, he was a Senior Economist and Vice President of Sales, Research & Marketing, at LMC International, an independent economic and business consultancy for the agribusiness sector. Prior to LMC, Nick worked as a Senior Research Economist for The Natural Resources Institute in the U.K. Additionally he has worked as a freelance economic journalist, a Senior Economist with the Government of Papua New Guinea, as well as a lecturer/tutor in Applied Economics. Nick holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Reading University in the U.K.
Shareholder, Polsinelli PC
Chuck has sophisticated experience working with entrepreneurs, nascent companies, and venture funds in the food, beverage, and natural products space, and he leads the firm’s Food and Beverage industry group. Chuck has worked with more than fifty consumer products and related brands and advises such companies at all stages of growth, from startups to ready-to-exit, helping them successfully raise capital, complete acquisitions and divestitures, and comply with regulatory requirements. He also advises numerous venture funds with respect to their investments in consumer products companies. The philosophy of Chuck’s group is that clients are long-term partners and not viewed transactionally.
Managing Director, Global Client Solutions, Rabobank
Eric joined Rabobank’s Global Client Solutions Group in January 2015. He focuses on providing equity and subordinated/mezzanine debt private placement advisory services. Eric has over 23 years of investment banking experience, 16 of which have been focused on helping private companies raise growth capital. Prior to joining Rabobank, Eric was a Managing Director with Northland Capital Markets. Before that, he served as a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on Equity Private Placements. Over the past decade, Eric has successfully advised private placement clients in raising over $3 billion. Eric holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.