FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a next-generation pitch competition and networking platform that builds lasting connections between the most promising food and agriculture startups, corporates and investors, helping them pioneer a more sustainable future.

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Date: Thursday, November 7

Venue: Victoria House Basement

Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA

Official hotel: Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury

9-13 Bloomsbury Street London WC1B 3QD

Nearest tube:  Tottenham Court Road; Central & Northern lines
Nearest main line stations:  Euston, King’s Cross, St Pancras & Charing Cross, all with direct access onto Northern line

Attendees will receive a discounted rate by providing the reference 1103RABO. Price per night is £239 per room (including English breakfast and VAT). Reservations can be made calling at +44 020 7636 5601.

Schedule

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 - 5:00 PM | Pitch Companies

Pitch companies take to the FoodBytes! stage

5:00 - 5:30 PM | Voting & Award Ceremony
5:30 - 7:30 PM | Closing Reception

Mix and mingle some more, enjoying food and drinks whilst meeting the startups at their display tables.

FoodBytes! Host

 

Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson

CEO and founder, Breakthrough Funding Group

Sue Nelson is Chief Executive and founder of the Breakthrough Funding Group and the Head of TLA FoodTech. She was awarded the Kent Business Woman of the Year in 2017 and has won many other awards. She is the author of ten books including FoodTech UK and NW Fine Foods written with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer. She has appeared as a guest on every national television and radio news programme in the UK from CNN, Sky News and Radio 4’s Today Programme to BBC Breakfast, Farming Today and The Food Programme and is currently the presenter of The FoodTalk Show. Sue has been a governor at the University for the Creative Arts under Chairman Loyd Grossman and a Non-Executive Director of the environment and land-based sector skills council, Lantra.

FoodBytes! Judges

Specializing in food investment, food waste, consumer trends and more, our esteemed panel brings diverse expertise to the FoodBytes! table.

 

Solveiga Pakstaite

Solveiga Pakstaite

Founder Mimica & FoodBytes! London 2018 alumni

Solveiga is the inventor of Mimica Touch and founder of Mimica. Mimica creates freshness indicators to radically reduce food waste. She has won the James Dyson Award and has been named MIT Technology Review's 'Inventor of the Year'. She sits on the board for Fast Forward 2030, consults on innovation projects for multinational companies and lectures on social entrepreneurship at UCL.

Adam Anders

Adam Anders

Managing Partner, Anterra Capital

Adam is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Anterra Capital, a venture capital fund focused on investing in innovative companies that are transforming the safety, security and sustainability of global food.

Anterra is backed by Rabobank (the world’s largest food and agriculture bank) and Fidelity. Anterra is presently the largest food and agriculture innovation focused fund in the world, with offices in both Europe (Amsterdam) and the USA (Boston).

Adam grew up on a farm and is passionate about improving our food and agriculture system. He believes that the best way to do this is to bring strong entrepreneurs to the food and agriculture sector and work in co-operation with farmers, large food and agriculture corporations, academic institutions and other stakeholders across the value chain.

Adam has over 15 years of private equity and venture capital experience.  Prior to working for Anterra he worked for Rabo Private Equity and Bain & Co.

Adam holds an MBA degree from Cambridge University, England and a Bachelors Degree in Law and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Kirsty MacDonald

Kirsty MacDonald

Investment Manager, JamJar Investments

Kirsty is an Investment Manager at JamJar Investments, the innocent drinks founders’ private venture capital fund, which looks to help and invest in disruptive consumer-facing companies. Investments include Deliveroo, Bulb Energy, Propercorn and Tails.com. Kirsty trained at consumer goods giant Unilever prior to JamJar, where she worked on marketing and customer analytics across a variety of brands within their personal care and food portfolios. She holds a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Global Politics from The London School of Economics.

Nick Fereday

Nick Fereday

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.

Mentors

Our 15 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.

Craig Twyford

Craig Twyford

Corporate and Business Development, Coca-Cola European Partners

Craig Twyford was responsible for launching CCEP Ventures at Coca-Cola European Partners. CCEP Ventures exists to bring the best minds, ideas and technologies from the outside world into the business, and to do that CCEP Ventures is designed to find, fund and foster new solutions and then scale them with speed. It is the ambition of CCEP Ventures that the company’s competitive advantage in 10 years’ time will have come from an investment made by CCEP Ventures today

With more than 20 years of global commercial experience in the packaged goods sector Craig was previously the CEO of Octopus Analytics, a strategic consultancy specialising in CPG business strategy development, market analytics and commercial due diligence. Craig has also been an Associate Partner at Kurt Salmon (now Accenture) as well as having enjoyed a career at both The Nielsen Company and Kantar.

Dan Saunders

Dan Saunders

Partner at 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.

Cyrille Filott

Cyrille Filott

Global Strategist - Consumer Foods, 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.

Maarten Ooms

Maarten Ooms

Managing Director Financial Advisory and Solutions Europe, Rabobank

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.

Richard O'Gorman

Richard O'Gorman

Director at Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, Rabobank

Richard joined Rabo Private Equity in 2010 and is responsible for the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, a captive Rabobank Eur 50m VC fund investing into early stage food and agri-tech startups. Launched in 2017, with mandate to invest into Seed to Series B stage companies in Europe and USA that bring a game-changing value proposition to the F&A arena, and which will benefit from Rabobank’s strategic and international reach.

Financial market trader and entrepreneur by background, Richard serves on the boards as a Director or Observer of current portfolio companies Biolumic, Vence, Telesense, 30Mhz. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol and is ACCA qualified.

Severine Balick

Severine Balick

Founder and CEO, Matador Ventures

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.

Keri James

Keri James

Financial Controller, Business Development, Saputo Dairy UK

Keri is a finance professional with almost 20 years experience of NPD, Investment Projects and Strategic Business Modelling within FMCG businesses. Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with BDO London she has worked within the Commercial Finance team at Cadbury UK where she was involved in evaluating new product launches and capital investment projects. She also headed up the Sales Finance team where she implemented a promotional evaluation tool, evaluated key customer JBPs and led the finance team in a detailed review of Revenue Management and price and promotional mix alongside McKinsey & Co.

At Saputo Dairy UK Keri has lead the Operations & Group Procurement finance team where she developed the long term models to support the major investment in Functional Ingredients at the Davidstow site. Within the Business Development team Keri is responsible for building the long term strategic plans and evaluating a wide range of strategic growth opportunities across all product categories.

Keri holds a BSc in International Business & French and spent a year at ESC Marseille-Provence (now Kedge Business School).

Taly Nechushtan

Taly Nechushtan

CEO, Innovopro

With more than 20 years of experience in building new companies and transitioning companies through mergers and acquisitions, Taly brings strong leadership and strategist skills to her role as CEO of InnovoPro. She has applied her experience in various business development roles, using innovative strategies and brand management in the fields of food, communications, and renewable energies. Taly holds a BA in Economics and an MBA, both from Tel Aviv University.

Melanie Rawlings

Melanie Rawlings

Founder & Director, M:RAW Communications

After graduating with a First-Class Honours in BA Public Relations, Mel 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 the food and drink industry, 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.

In January 2018, Melanie founded M:RAW Communications, a boutique public relations and communications consultancy specialising in food, drink, hospitality and sustainability. Well-versed in creating impactful stories and compelling communications campaigns, Mel and her team help businesses drive change, scale, reach and credibility.  Mel is the UK and European PR-lead for FoodBytes! London, helping the team to attract food and agriculture start-ups to apply and deliver high-quality, original content and coverage to evolve the platform and partnerships.

Holley Atkinson

Holley Atkinson

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.

Proudly Brought to You By

Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader providing wholesale and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Rabobank is one of the world’s largest banks with over $750 billion in assets. In the Americas, Rabobank is a premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industry, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. We know that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and ag industry that will feed growing global populations for years to come, which is a key focus of our Banking for Food strategy.

Official Sponsor

Compass Group

Compass Group

We’re the people behind the food, hospitality and support services that power your day, make you smile and put a spring in your step. Just one of the reasons why we’re the UK and Ireland’s No. 1 catering and support services provider.

We’re 60,000 talented people bringing you all of the great tasting food, memorable experiences and vital support services that can transform every day into a great day. All of the little things that make the world of difference and boost the wellbeing of millions. From outstanding restaurant experiences, enhancing sporting events and feeding thousands of school children, patients, workers and military personnel, to delivering warm welcomes, clean buildings and safe environments. We’re here to inspire, protect, nourish and energise. To brighten your day.

Official Sponsor

Saputo

Saputo

Saputo Dairy UK (formerly Dairy Crest) produces and sells some of the best-loved food brands in the UK, including Cathedral City cheddar, as well as specialised ingredients for use in the infant formula, human nutrition and animal feed markets. Dairy Crest rebranded as Saputo Dairy UK in 2019 following its acquisition by Saputo, one of the world’s leading dairy groups headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Official Sponsor

Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola European Partners

Coca-Cola European Partners is major fast-moving consumer goods business in Europe and the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. Across 13 countries, our employees make, sell and distribute the world’s most loved drinks brands to more than 300 million people.

CCEP Ventures is our innovation investment programme that seeks out tech-driven solutions to provide tangible benefits to our company, our customers and our consumers. The multi-million Euro investment programme partners with the best digital minds to fund scalable, creative solutions that will enable us to respond to future disruptive trends.  

CCEP Ventures seeks to partner start-up, scale-up and research companies through part or full ownership to secure learning, influence and a return on investment and in return to give partners the resources to grow and the opportunity to test and refine their creative solutions.

 

Supporting Sponsor

Louis Dreyfus

Louis Dreyfus

Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve customers and consumers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Oilseeds, Grains, Freight, Global Markets, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Rice, Juice and Dairy. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 80 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of 6 geographical regions and 10 platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 18 000 people globally. 

Supporting Sponsor

DLL

DLL

DLL is a global vendor finance company with more than EUR 30 billion in assets. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, DLL provides asset-based financial solutions in the Agriculture, Food, Healthcare, Clean Technology, Construction, Transportation, Industrial, Office Equipment and Technology industries. DLL partners with equipment manufacturers, dealers and distributors in more than 30 countries to support their distribution channels and help grow their businesses. DLL combines customer focus with deep industry knowledge to deliver sustainable solutions for the complete asset life cycle, including commercial finance, retail finance and used equipment finance. DLL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank Group. 

Supporting Sponsor

Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams has an extensive international presence and will be able to partner with you as your business grows.

With over 500 lawyers globally and offices in major financial centres around the world, we provide effective commercially focused advice across a broad range of corporate, finance, dispute resolution, tax, employment and regulatory matters.

Community Partner

EIT Food

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector. The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, start-ups, research centres and universities from across Europe. It is one of eight Innovation Communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

Community Partner

StartLife

StartLife

StartLife empowers founders to build and grow Food & Agtech startups with lasting impact. Since 2011, StartLife has built, supported and funded 300+ startups, propelling breakthrough technologies in the domains of food & agriculture and creating lasting impact.

Community Partner

Farm491

Farm491

Farm491 is a leading UK based AgriTech incubator and innovation space based at the Royal Agricultural University, supporting entrepreneurs as they advance their business with potential for impact in the agricultural sector. Through membership, entrepreneurs are rooted in the Farm491 ecosystem of farmers, industry partners, investors, mentors and like-minded entrepreneurs, enabling them to create a business that works for the Agricultural sector.

Community Partner

ShakeUp Factory

ShakeUp Factory

ShakeUpFactory is a business and open innovation accelerator dedicated to foodtech. Based inside StationF in Paris, it gathers a unique ecosystem of 125+ international startups and corporations, inventing together the ingredients and solutions of tomorrow's food economy.

Community Partner

Future Food Institute

Future Food Institute

The Future Food Institute is an Italian-based non-profit with global horizons that aims to build a more equitable world through enlightening a world-class breed of innovators, boosting entrepreneurial potential and improving agri-food expertise and tradition.

Community Partner

Forward Fooding

Forward Fooding

We are Forward Fooding – the world’s first collaborative platform for corporates and startups in the food and beverage industry. Headquartered at Huckletree West in London, we run a global network of entrepreneurs powered by entrepreneurs, that provides the necessary support and velocity to enable meaningful collaborations and partnerships between established food organisations and startups.

Community Partner

Rockstart

Rockstart

Rockstarts supports and empowers the greatest AgriFood tech startups to drive positive chance in the food supply chain. Rockstart AgriFood supports agritech and foodtech startups with acceleration, co-investing in participatin startups up to Series B.

Since its inception, Rockstart has invested in more than 150 startups and supported them in their journey to raise more than €87 million and hire more than 700 people. Rockstart is an international team of 35+ professionals dedicated to support and empower startups to become scalable and change their world for the better.

Community Partner

The Kitchen FoodTech Hub

The Kitchen FoodTech Hub

The Kitchen FoodTech Hub is Israel’s leading seed investor and incubator focusing only on FoodTech. We are “companies builders” – we team up with exceptional entrepreneurs and provide them with the tools and support to create leading companies.  

Community Partner

RebelBio

RebelBio

RebelBio is the London based team of the venture capital firm SOSV, specializing in pre-seed investments in BioTech, HealthTech & Life Sciences. RebelBio backs 16 companies per year through its 3 months investment programme. During that time founders receive pre-seed funding and hands-on support from the VC team, working closely to de-risk and fast track the growth of their companies.

Community Partner

Sweden Foodtech

Sweden Foodtech

Sweden Foodtech is the ecosystem for the next generation food system, based on tech, data, sustainability and health. Our ambition is to build the world’s premier system for positive development of the food sector based on digital transformation and entrepreneurship.

Community Partner

Smart Kitchen Summit

Smart Kitchen Summit

The Smart Kitchen Summit {SKS} is the leading foodtech event in North America. Entering its fifth year, SKS brings together leaders across the food and cooking ecosystems to discover new technologies, explore solutions and models that are working and catalyze partnerships and collaboration across the food value chain.

Community Partner

Eatable Adventures

Eatable Adventures

Nothing excites us more than food and innovation. At Eatable Adventures, we identify and support the most innovative European food startups in the market, and help them thrive in an international environment.

We build the food companies of tomorrow.

Community Partner

Open Innovation Forum

Open Innovation Forum

The Open Innovation Forum, convened by the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge, supports members in harnessing external innovations from outside their organisations, including by highlighting exciting new ventures, ideas and emerging technologies from start-ups and innovators. To facilitate these connections, the OI Forum hosts regular pitching competitions to provide an opportunity for innovators and technology spin-outs, start-ups and SMEs to pitch their ideas or business to large companies.

Community Partner

Seedrs

Seedrs

Seedrs is an online equity crowdfunding platform for investing in the equity of startups and other growth companies and has been named the most active investor in private companies in the UK in 2016 and 2017.

Over £641 million has been invested via our platform, funding 847 deals since 2012. In 2018, 186 deals were funded for over £195 million by investors from 60 different countries and 5,800 investor exits via the Secondary Market.

Some amazing companies raised on our platform: Revolut, Oppo, Urban Massage, Vultus, MisoTasty, ManiLife, Chapel Down.

Media Partner

AgFunder

AgFunder

AgFunderNews is an industry news site at the intersection of food & agriculture, technology and investment.
The site publishes daily, original news on the food and agriculture technology (“agrifood tech”) industry, including the latest funding news and analysis of trends in the sector. A hub of information for the growing startup and investment community in agrifood tech, the site also features guest commentaries and Q&As with industry experts.

AgFunderNews is affiliated with AgFunder, an online Venture Capital Platform investing in leading agrifood technology companies.

Media Partner

yfood

yfood

YFood is the largest curated global community of companies and people actively looking to change the future of food. We do this by providing insight on the future of food, in dynamic and highly engaging formats, designed to deliver tangible actions that create direct value for businesses and giving our members access to a curated community of Food Tech companies, a network of world-leading partners, exclusive opportunities and events. We do this because we believe by leveraging our community, we can empower a commercial food industry that is healthier, transparent, sustainable, smarter, more efficient, exciting, fun and convenient.

Media Partner

Food Navigator

Food Navigator

William Reed’s FoodNavigator brand has been the leading online news source for the food industry for almost 20 years, leveraging our digital-first position to bring powerful insights and robust information to help your business succeed. Our team of award-winning journalists deliver daily news, analysis, online and face to face events, podcasts and video coverage of the issues and stories impacting decision makers in the food and beverage industry.

FoodNavigator provides a 360-degree view of the food and beverage market, spanning everything from investment, incubation and innovation, to ingredients, food science and product formulation, labelling, litigation, regulation, consumer trends, new products and new technology.

Our editorial standards are unsurpassed and we deliver insightful content across multiple channels to the right people wherever they are operating.

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