Calling all groundbreaking food, food tech and ag startups to apply to pitch

NEW YORK (July 11, 2017)Rabobank, a global food and agribusiness bank, announces Austin as its final stop of the 2017 FoodBytes! North America tour. FoodBytes! Austin will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Brazos Hall, a turn-of-the-century warehouse building located in Austin’s hotel district. Entering its ninth event, the pitch competition-meets-networking series aims to connect startups with the capital, mentorship and connections they need to grow their businesses.

Applications to pitch are currently open and cutting-edge startups demonstrating innovative solutions to promote a better, more sustainable future are encouraged to review the criteria and apply by Sunday, Aug. 6 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. central time. Ten companies will be selected to give 3.5 minute pitches and ten runner-up companies will be selected to give 60-second pitches.

FoodBytes! was created as part of Rabobank’s Banking for Food (B4F) vision to produce more food sustainably to feed a growing global population. The two-day event kicks off with an exclusive half-day mentoring session for the selected startups led by industry leaders with expertise in branding, PR, legal, funding, consumer trends and supply chains. In addition, the startups have the opportunity to practice their pitches and receive direct feedback from the FoodBytes! judges to help prepare for event day. Since its 2015 inception, FoodBytes! has attracted 2,500 attendees and received over 1,400 pitch applications from around the world. Over 160 companies make up FoodBytes! alumni roster, including Love the Wild, Back to the Roots and Kuli Kuli.

“Rabobank’s FoodBytes! is the ultimate food and ag event,” said Bruce Rasa, CEO of AgVoice and FoodBytes! NYC Judge’s Choice winner. “From the companies participating to the mentoring and networking sessions, FoodBytes! is extremely beneficial to understanding how innovation plays a pivotal role in today’s society.”

FoodBytes! is supported by several partners and sponsors who work directly with selected pitch companies in various capacities. Returning presenting partners include Food + Tech Connect, the world’s largest community for food tech and innovation, and mission-driven marketing and public relations agency Fresh Ideas Group.

Whole Foods Market, America’s first national certified organic grocer and leading natural and organic food retailer, will continue as a presenting sponsor.

Holland & Hart a full-service, multi-office law firm that helps food and beverage clients address legal issues from formation to financing to exit and everything in between will return as an official sponsor. ADM also returns as an official sponsor, feeding food businesses and entrepreneurs with plant-based proteins, whole food ingredients and product development expertise. Leading organic and natural products company, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. through its venture capital entity, Cultivate Ventures also rejoins the FoodBytes! family as an official sponsor.

For more FoodBytes! Austin information, follow FoodBytes! on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and Manuel Gonzalez, global head of B4F Startup Innovation Group on Twitter, or view curated content via the hashtag #FoodBytes.


About Rabobank
Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader providing wholesale, rural and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Founded over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the world’s largest banks with over $750 billion in assets. In North America, Rabobank is the premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industries, 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 our Banking for Food strategy. Additional information is available on our website.

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