FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a next-gen pitch competition-meets-networking event that brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering the future of food and agriculture.
September 13, 2018
Application Deadline: July 1st
1 Marylebone Rd
London, NW1 4AQ
“FoodBytes! combines the best of entrepreneurial startups, the larger players that have know how to scale brands and the people that have the know-how to connect those dots.”Evan Delahanty
"It’s all about impact. These companies can and will make an impact on our food system."Katie Forrest
3.5 Minute Pitches
Building an artificial intelligence platform that will help grow food sustainably. Ida, its intelligent dairy farming assistant, helps dairy farmers run the worlds' most efficient dairy farms.
An automated pest monitoring and forecasting platform, which enables daily and reliable collection of pest monitoring data. Trapview’s AI-based pest insect dynamics forecast optimises crop protection activities and makes farming operations 10 percent more profitable.
Dedicated to the development of disruptive and innovative technologies for the control of viral diseases in livestock.
Ubiqutek / Rootwave
Pioneering the use of electricity to kill weeds and offer a scalable and sustainable alternative to herbicides.
Creating accessible, affordable freshness indicators for all types of perishable products, from food to pharmaceuticals, Mimica aims to become the globally recognised mark of freshness for industry, consumers and communities.
An SaaS software editor for back office and waste management solution for restaurant and foodservice activities.
Its DNAFoil line is the world’s first portable, completely self-administered, on-site DNA detection kit, allowing staff to confirm product integrity in 30 minutes without lab delays.
Fully compostable flexible packaging solutions that will fully return back to nature in compost conditions within 180 days.
Frozen organic baby food in small portions. Low-temp steam-cooking and quick freezing help preserve organoleptic qualities, vitamins and nutrients. Finely minced and steamed-cooked portions offer a melting texture which is adapted to the baby’s age.
The creator of a wide range of invigorating raw superfoods and ‘free-from’ snacks, based on healthy ingredients with functional benefits.
1.5 Minute Pitches
On a mission to improve crop pollination by saving and empowering bees. Its technology allows commercial beekeepers to keep their colonies stronger and farmers to increase their yields dramatically.
The first operating system that will make robotics work for farmers by leveraging best-in-class technologies to deliver working applications that cut farmers' production costs.
Makes it possible for farmers to count their chickens before they hatch by using a biomarker on the male chromosome of a chicken embryo, making its sex detectable once an egg is laid. EggXYt is saving billions of dollars and unnecessary chick-death.
Maker of a unique, clean label, non-allergenic Chickpea protein, CP Pro70, for use in bakery, dairy and savoury products.
Empowers brands to increase trust, using revolutionary technology for greater supply chain transparency.
London's first and only ‘wonky veg’ box scheme that fights food waste on farms by sourcing slightly imperfect produce, for a fair price directly from farms, delivering them straight to customers for 30 percent cheaper than similar box services.
Works with fishing industry stakeholders to design and build light-emitting devices that increase the selectivity of commercial fishing practices, reducing over-fishing and bycatch and making the industry more sustainable.
Producer of sustainable protein feed for aquaculture, livestock and pets.
Flat wine bottles made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET and modelled on the traditional shapes, but the improved design makes them remarkably more efficient & eco-friendly for delivery, logistics, storage and retailing.
Upcycles often-wasted nutrient packed salmon skin into handcrafted crisps and donates 10 percent of profits to ocean charities to help keep the sea clean.
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.
3:00 - 3:15 PM | Opening Remarks
Tamira Treffers-Herrera, Rabobank Regional Head of Europe
3:15 - 3:30 PM | 1.5-Minute Pitches
Hear pitches from 10 game-changing food and ag startups from around the world.
3:30 - 5:00 PM | 3.5-Minute Pitches + Q&A
Our 10 pitch company finalists from around the world give 3.5-minute pitches, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the audience of investors, media, thought leaders and entrepreneurs.
5:00 - 5:15 PM | Voting & Deliberation
Attendees cast their vote via the FoodBytes! Mobile App for the favorite pitch company, selecting the People’s Choice Award winner. Our judges deliberate to select the Judges’ Choice Award winner from the pitch finalists and the Highly Commended Award winner from the 1.5-Minute pitches.
5:20 PM | Awards Ceremony
Our judges present the three awards.
5:30 - 7:30 PM | Closing Reception
Mix and mingle some more and enjoy food and drinks while meeting the demo companies at their display tables.
FoodBytes! London Host
Benita Matofska is an award-winning social entrepreneur, speaker and a leading expert on the Sharing Economy. As the founder and CEO of The People Who Share, a social enterprise that helps people and companies discover and participate in the Sharing Economy, Benita travels the globe speaking and consulting for people and companies, future-proofing and building sustainable, profitable businesses that are relevant to the digital age.
An award-winning social entrepreneur, who is passionate about technology and social innovation, she is the recipient of multiple awards including: Women in Business Innovation (2017), NatWest Venus Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, Winner of UnLtd’s Fast Growth Programme 2015, Winner Mass Challenge 2015, Ogunte Women’s Social Leadership Awards for Best Social Business Leader UK & World 2013, Venus Business Award, Inspirational Woman 2013 and the Nesta Innovation In Giving Fund.
Specializing in food investment, product innovation, retail buying and more, and captained by Rabobank’s Executive Director, Senior Analyst of Food & Consumer Trends Nick Fereday, our esteemed panel brings diverse expertise to the FoodBytes! table.
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.
Global Head B4F Inspiration Centre
The aim of Banking for Food Inspiration Centre is being a leading global F&A bank, Rabobank contributes to the economic success of its clients as well as to vital communities, aiming to feed the world sustainably.
Prior to her current role, Jacqueline was Executive Vice President and Global Head of Food & Agri Sector Banking. Jacqueline joined Rabobank in 1992 and has since worked in various departments, such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Banking, Equity Capital Markets and Trade Finance.
Jacqueline holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Logistics and Marketing from Wageningen University. Jacqueline is based at Rabobank’s Head Office in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Severine brings more than 15 years of experience in Strategic Consulting and Operations, with a strong focus on strategy, marketing, and innovation. Strongly inspired and influenced by the work and legacy of her friend, the neuropsychiatrist David Servan-Schreiber, and particularly his investigation on how to better prevent cancer through the “healing powers” of food, Severine was keen to pursue his vision and leverage his insights to positively influence people to eat and live more healthily and change the Food and Ag System over the long-term.
She worked as a VC for Quadia, a Swiss Investment Fund where she was leading the investments in Food and Agtech where she backed great enterpreneurs in seed, series A and B like Ynsect, Infarm, Food Assembly, Winnow, Olio, OPoisson. Severine has been an active angel investor as well as a coach and advisor to many start-ups founders. She is also very keen to support more women entrepreneurs and investors.
She is currently runs Matador Ventures, a boutique advisory company where she advises large Food Corporates on innovation, how to work with start-ups, deal origination and also invest in Food and Agtech start-ups on behalf of family offices. In 2015, Severine was nominated one of the top 30 Women Leader's in Tech at the Women's Forum with Nathalie Massenet, Sophia Amoruso, Jessica Alba, etc. Severine holds a Master in PPE and a Mphil in Finance.
Check out our Q&A with Severine on supporting women-led startups, her fundraising tips, trends she's watching and more HERE.
Abi Ramanan is the CEO of ImpactVision, a machine learning company, applying advanced imaging technology to food supply chains. ImpactVision's hyperspectral software assesses food quality, such as the freshness of fish, the dry matter content of avocados or the presence of foreign objects non-invasively and at production grade speeds, providing 100% product coverage, to reduce waste, whilst maximizing the yield and quality of products delivered to consumers.
After several years of developing campaigns and communications for a range of NGOs including Oxfam GB, the Fairtrade Foundation, and Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming, Abi turned her attention to social business and founded two food social enterprises in London, Papi's Pickles and DayOld, tackling a range of issues from migrant employment to food waste and child hunger.
In 2015, Abi won a scholarship to Singularity University’s Global Solutions Programme, where she co-founded ImpactVision. Abi is also one of Nesta’s 50 ‘New Radicals’ 2016, an UnLtd Big Venture Challenge winner 2016, a British Council Future Leaders Connect 2017 participant, a TEDx speaker and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
ImpactVision won the People’s Choice Award at FoodBytes! NYC 2017 and were also part of the inaugural Cohort of TERRA (Rabobank’s accelerator) where they launched their first system for foreign object detection with Beta San Miguel (BSM), who we piloted with as a result of the program. In 2018, Abi was a FoodBytes! London judge for the first event taking place in Europe
Our 20 pitch companies will take part in an invite-only mentor sessions with industry experts. Our mentor sessions originated at FoodBytes! SF 2016 and are part of our continual quest to provide increasing value to our pitch companies and stakeholders. Get to know our incredible lineup of mentors below.
Having served in a comprehensive advisory role to food and beverage startups for nearly 20 years and helping one of those startups achieve global brand status with annual revenue in excess of $1 billion, Bob knows what it takes to help startups scale and succeed in the market. He’s deeply passionate about helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life from inception to globalization through the development and implementation of a comprehensive and rational go-to-market strategy that aligns with the brand and available resources. Bob’s helped entrepreneurs: evaluate and implement their go-to-market strategy; develop and test great-tasting and consumer-preferred products; facilitate angel, venture and private equity financing; connect with contract manufacturers and distribution partners; and win with consumers. Prior to joining WILD Flavors (acquired by ADM in 2014), Bob served as co-founder, officer and board member for F&C International (acquired by WILD Flavors in 1994). He’s also served as an economist, sales leader, president and CEO in a variety of industries.
Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams
Dan is a partner in Watson, Farley & Williams’ international corporate group and has a passion for working with start-ups in the tech, food & beverage and retail sectors, all being sectors where innovation, social responsibility and business growth meet.
Having advised international companies like Tesco Plc, Dan has top-of-the-market experience in dealing with issues faced by food & beverage companies. By contrast Dan also regularly works with small to medium sized businesses on their capital raising, day to day operational issues, business acquisitions and financial exits, all of which has given Dan an appreciation of the legal needs of such businesses – practical, cost-effective advice that recognises that people are most often the key assets. Dan advises numerous venture funds, private equity funds and financial institutions with respect to their investments and is part of a wider team of lawyers who specialize in agriculture, natural resources, energy, transport, hotels & leisure, regulation, HSE, competition, tax, employment and real estate issues.
Founder, Making Food Work
Holley Atkinson launched Making Food Work in 2009, emerging as a leader in food and tech initiatives, with a focus on digital and social media, product development, project management, strategic marketing services. She is passionate about local food systems, social media, and information technology. Holley co-founded the Food+Tech Meetup in early 2010 and the Slow Money NYC chapter later that same year. She’s a mentor and advisor in numerous food & ag tech accelerator programs and has coached dozens of clients in effective use of social media. Currently she serves on the board of Slow Food NYC.
Founder, M:RAW Communications
Melanie is founder of M:RAW Communications and the UK and European PR-lead for FoodBytes! London. With a decade of PR experience and an eye for a compelling story, Melanie founded M:RAW Communications in 2018 to provide a personable PR and communications service that connects clients with their target market, generates results and ultimately, meets key business objectives.
After graduating with a First-Class Honours in BA Public Relations, Melanie spent her earlier years honing her skills at PR Week’s top 10 agency, Hill + Knowlton Strategies, working across Mondelez, McCormick and Bacardi Global Brands. Further developing her passion for all things food, drink and hospitality, Melanie later joined lifestyle agencies Fleet Street Communications and Roche Communications. Here she managed a multitude of accounts including the Diageo Reserve premium drinks portfolio, the world-famous YorkyPud Wrap™, Raymond Blanc’s restaurant group, Brasserie Blanc, and launched sustainable street-food stalwarts, Street Kitchen, by Mark Jankel and Jun Tanaka.
Global Strategist - Consumer Foods at Rabobank
Cyrille Filott is global strategist for Consumer Foods, responsible for setting and executing the research agenda for the Consumer Foods franchise within Rabobank globally. This includes thematic and industry research as well as company insights.
Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, he is a business economist with a great deal of experience in fund management and equity research. Since the beginning of 2014 he is the strategist for the Consumer Foods sector. He joined the research team at FAR (Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory) in 2008. Before he worked at M&G Investments in London and ING Investment Management in The Hague. Prior, he earned a Master’s degree in Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and also holds a VBA designation.
European Controller, Finance & Control, Rabobank
Melody is a CIMA qualified accountant and is a European Controller working in the Finance & Control department for the Rabobank London branch. In her current role, Melody’s prime objective is to partner with the wholesale business, assisting them with meeting their financial targets for the year. Her key strengths include, identifying key business drivers to increase revenue, growth and profitability and reviewing financial processes and procedures to identify where these can be reengineered, or created, to increase productivity or improve ways of working. Having worked for Rabobank for 13 years, in a variety of roles, Melody has gained a sound understanding of the F&A industry and the wider environment in which we are currently operating. Melody has a keen interest in sustainable performance management, with a special focus on technology and how this will positively impact sustainability and reduce waste in the future.
Co-Founder & CEO, Nom Noms World Food
Lisa Sohanpal (MBA, MSc, BSc) is the Co-founder, CEO and Food lover behind the new multi-award winning, innovative and challenger brand – Nom Noms World Food – nutritious world food for kids & grown-ups. Distributed across the UK and France in retail, foodservice, airlines and health clubs. Lisa’s experience spans over 18 years in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industry, where she has led businesses across 47 countries within Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia- Pacific and delivered exponential growth in her region. Nom Noms World Food was born out of a need she felt as a busy working parent of 3 very young children all under the age of 3yrs at the time. With 3 years in development and having launched in August 2015, Nom Noms World Food has won an accolade of 18 industry awards from GOLD for innovation at LUNCH 2014, a hat trick of awards at IFE2015, World Food Innovation winners for Best New Business and Brand, Best New Food Concept, Best New Children’s Food, Semi-finalists in the Virgin Pitch to Richard Branson competition in April 2015, Finalists in the Virgin Foodpreneur 2015, awarded winners in the innovation category for the prestigious FDF awards September 2015 – up against big established brands like Birds Eye & Burtons Biscuits. Finalists in the Nectar Business awards for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Winner of the BDO British Asian Awards for Entrepreneur of the year 2016, and recently crowned Winner of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016 by Natwest, Diageo, Fedex and BMW Mini.
Managing Director, Financial Advisory and Solutions Europe, Rabobank London
Maarten Ooms is a managing director in the European team of the bank’s Financial Advisory and Solutions group. As part of his responsibilities, he assists young growth companies with the raising of capital in private placement rounds.
In August 2017, Maarten returned to Rabobank London, after a 4.5 year assignment to Rabobank in Hong Kong where he was responsible for rolling out the Global Client Solutions and Asset Based Finance capabilities in the Asian region.
Maarten joined the Utrecht Structured Finance team at Rabobank in January 2001. As of October of that year, he transferred to the London Structured Finance team. His responsibilities included the execution and origination of structured finance transactions with large corporates and financial institutions. In July 2007, he became the head of the London team where he oversaw the transition of the business from Structured Finance to Global Client Solutions, aligning the business with the international strategy of Rabobank.
Prior to joining Rabobank, Maarten was a tax lawyer at Arthur Andersen Amsterdam from 1995 to 2000. As part of the global High Tech Telecoms team, he advised various international customers on their international corporate tax affairs and advised on a number of M&A transactions in the sector.
Maarten holds a Masters Degree Tax Law from the University of Leiden and a Post Graduate Degree on European Fiscal Studies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, German and French.
Founder & Managing Partner, PeakBridge Partners
Born into a family that has manufactured food for three generations, Nadav Berger has been surrounded by the food industry his whole life. In 2008, he co-founded FoodLab. In order to fund the innovations emerging in the food industry, he developed one of the first food tech vc’s, FoodLab Capitals. Most recently, he became the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Peak Bridge Partners which is building a global FoodTech VC with collaboration with the EIT Food. Berger plans to use his decades of experience to scout, mentor and grow promising startups that provide solutions and build value from farm to fork.
Rabobank Food & Agriculture Innovation Fund
Richard leads the recently launched Rabobank Food & Agriculture Innovation Fund, a captive VC activity investing venture and early stage capital into innovative food and agri companies in Europe and USA. He has worked with Rabobank Private Equity since 2010 focusing on Rabobank’s international food and agriculture VC and private equity activities. He sits on several Investment Committees and Advisory Boards of Rabobank’s portfolio food and ag funds and works closely with the different food and ag innovation activities under way across the group.
Previously Richard was self-employed in retail and manufacturing businesses. Prior to that he worked for the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) in structuring and trading interest rate derivatives. Richard is ACCA qualified and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the National University of Ireland and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol.
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