FoodBytes! is the preeminent discovery platform for food and ag innovation and on March 16, we will bring together the most game-changing global food and ag startups on one stage to pitch to hundreds of executives, investors, media and startups.

In addition to pitching and showcasing their products, our pitch companies are in the running for the Judges’ Choice Award, given to the company the judges believe best meets the FoodBytes! criteria; the People’s Choice Award, voted on by attendees in real time at the event; and the Highly Commended Award, given to the top company in the 60-second pitch category.

The prizes for each award include an exclusive invite to pitch to the industry’s leading C-Suite exectuvies at Rabobank’s invite-only Annual Event in NYC, along with valuable consulting services from our sponsors Holland & Hart and Nucleus Maximus. Learn more about the prizes below and grab your ticket to join us on March 16 for 20% off with the code FOODBYTES here.

Judging Criteria and Scoring:

Each company will be judged on a 4-point scale, 1-point being poor to 5-points being excellent, no 3 ratings allowed.

  • Business Model / Scalability: Company is addressing their revenue model, competitors, how to scale, customer acquisition and cost base.  Company knows its margins and how it can improve as it scales. High growth market opportunity
  • Product / Technology: Product/service has a competitive advantage and high barriers to entry
  • Customers / Traction: Team is on track or building a successful business and is building something that consumers or the industry needs / wants. They understand their consumer or users’ needs. Team has done research to evaluate competitive landscape and has validated a need
  • Sustainability / Social Good: Concept is focused on the triple bottom line: people, profit and planet
  • Innovation & Impact: Concept is a game-changing approach to solving a problem or gap in the market that could have major impact at scale

Highly Commended Award

  • Legal consultation with Holland & Hart’s Agriculture & Food or Food & Beverage practices
  • Branding consultation with the experts at Nucleus Maximus on how best to reach consumers through branding and packaging

People’s Choice Award

  • Attend Rabobank’s invite-only Annual Event at Cipriani Wall Street in December to pitch to the audience of leading CEOs & CFOs of leading F&A companies (flights and accommodation to New York included)
  • Legal consultation with Holland & Hart’s Agriculture & Food or Food & Beverage practices
  • Branding consultation with the experts at Nucleus Maximus on how best to reach consumers through branding and packaging & branding consultation for presence at Rabobank’s Annual Event

Judges’ Choice Award

  • Attend Rabobank’s invite-only Annual Event at Cipriani Wall Street in December to pitch to the audience of leading CEOs & CFOs of leading F&A companies (flights and accommodation to New York included)
  • Legal consultation with Holland & Hart’s Agriculture & Food or Food & Beverage practices
  • Branding consultation with the experts at Nucleus Maximus on how best to reach consumers through branding and packaging & branding consultation for presence at Rabobank’s Annual Event

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