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Date: Thursday, November 7

Venue: Victoria House Basement

Bloomsbury Square, London WC1B 4DA

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.

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.

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.

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