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
“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
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)|
|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)|
|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).|
||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)|
|1:15PM||Got a minute? – match with investors for one on one introductions (3 15-minute 1:1 meetings)|
||That’s a Wrap! Celebrate a week well spent (plenary + interactive)|