FoodBytes! Pitch, Rabobank’s discovery and networking program that builds lasting connections between sustainable food and ag startups, corporates and investors, is going 100% VIRTUAL. The program has expanded from a 3 day in person gathering to a multi-week virtual engagement spanning from mid-October through early December.

We believe a diversity of products, people and ideas will drive the future of food and ag innovation, and our new virtual offering aims to champion global cross-collaboration. Welcoming 45 startups from around the world, versus our historic 15, FoodBytes! Pitch VIRTUAL will consist of private mentorship sessions, one-on-one connections and media opportunities for selected startups and partners, spanning two weeks. Selected by an industry-leading panel of judges, 15 of the 45 startups will then advance to the final stage of the program – a live-streamed public pitch competition – a virtual version of the FoodBytes! many of you know and love.

KEY PROGRAM DATES

OCT 5 | 45 STARTUPS ANNOUNCED

45 startups participating in this years FoodBytes! Pitch competition announced publicly. 

OCT 19 - OCT 23 | MENTOR WEEK

45 companies will participate in our private mentor week – Four days of tailored content including; mentorship sessions, one-on-one investor/corporate connections and media/content opportunities. At the conclusion of the four days participants will be required to submit their 3 minute pitch video.

OCT 26 - OCT 29 | DELIBERATION WEEK

Over the course of the week, a select group of industry-leading judges will review all 45 startup pitch presentations. Using the FoodBytes!  criteria, the industry leading F&A judges will select 15 startups to progress through to the finals. Final 15 startups will be announced on Friday October 30.

 

NOV 30 - DEC 2 | FINAL 15

The final 15 startups will work closely with industry mentors and investors before culminating in a livestream public pitch competition.

Check out the FoodBytes! Buzz

“If you're building a food-related startup, FoodBytes! is the perfect place to get the word out about your innovation. The people in the room understand what you want to accomplish, and the FoodBytes! team will do everything possible to make sure the experience is all about you, the entrepreneurs, and make sure you’re in the spotlight”.

Marc-André Roberge

Co-Founder, Nectar

  

“FoodBytes is a fantastic competition which goes so much further than pitching on the day. We gained a lasting network including other startups and food companies, and the Rabobank team have been excellent at supporting us since then. The atmosphere was vibrant, the prizes were incredibly useful and the endorsement as People’s Choice winner gave us a real boost as an early stage startup"

Abi Ramanan

CEO and Co-Founder, Impact Vision

MENTOR WEEK AGENDA

All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
10:30AM Welcome to FoodBytes! Pitch VIRTUAL (plenary)
11:30AM Paving the Way: navigate sector-specific challenges with the guidance of industry experts (interactive breakout groups)
12:30PM Break
1:00PM Startup Case Studies: deep dive with FoodBytes! Alumni on business experiences (panel with Q&A)
1:45PM The State of Fundraising: hear from VC, CVC and angel investors on the current investor landscape in each sector (panel with Q&A)
2:30PM Day 1 Wrap

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
10:30AM FoodBytes! Day 2 Kickoff
10:45AM Trend Talks – listen in on sector-specific analyses led by RaboResearch experts (panel with Q&A)
11:45AM Got a minute? – match with investors for one on one introductions (3 15-minute 1:1 meetings)
12:45PM Break
1:15PM Gather Round: interactive discussions on macro sector analyses (panel with Q&A)
2:15PM FoodBytes! Social Hour

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
10:30AM FoodBytes! Day 3 Kickoff
10:45AM The Key to Industry Cross-Collaboration: participate in an intensive on how startups and corporates can work together to innovate (interactive workshop).
12:15PM Break
12:45PM
Paving the Way: navigate sector-specific challenges with the guidance of industry experts (interactive breakout groups)
1:45PM Mid-Week Milestone – Day 3 Wrap

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
10:30AM FoodBytes! Day 4 Kickoff
10:45AM Gather Round: interactive discussions on macro sector analyses (panel with Q&A)
11:45AM Pitch Perfect: learn how to give it your all in this comprehensive how-to (plenary)
12:45PM Break
1:15PM Got a minute? – match with investors for one on one introductions (3 15-minute 1:1 meetings)
2:15PM
That’s a Wrap! Celebrate a week well spent  (plenary + interactive)

 

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BSM

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Continental Grain Company

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Dole

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Propeller

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Fonterra

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DLL

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TIG

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RealTLK

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Food Foundry

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The Hatchery

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Union Kitchen

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Parsnip

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Upcycled Food Association

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TFF

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