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.

Date: October 18, 2018

Venue

SECOND Floor
849 6th Ave
New York, NY 10001

FoodBytes! Buzz

“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

Founder, Peaceful Fruits

"It’s all about impact. These companies can and will make an impact on our food system."

Katie Forrest

Co-Founder and Chief, EPIC Provisions

Videos

3.5 Minute Pitches

Ingest.ai

Ingest.ai

Food Tech – New York, NY

Software that integrates all of a restaurant’s fractured third-party systems. Ingest.ai automates previously manual finance and operations functions, food ordering and staffing to help restaurants eliminate waste on all fronts.

Afresh Technologies

Afresh Technologies

Food Tech – San Francisco, CA

A Fresh-first supply chain software company that uses cutting-edge technology to massively reduce food waste, increase freshness and multiply the profitability of perishable foods.

Dexai Robotics

Dexai Robotics

Food Tech – Boston, MA

Automating activities in commercial kitchens and the food industry using flexible robot arms. “Alfred” automates food assembly by using utensils to scoop and pick ingredients, exceeding human capabilities in speed and precision.

Winnow

Winnow

Food Tech – London, UK

Developer of digital tools to help chefs run more profitable, sustainable kitchens by cutting food waste in half.

SomaDetect

SomaDetect

Ag Tech – Buffalo, NY

Deep learning and AI dairy company that provides real-time, automated analysis of milk quality without any addition of chemicals or consumables.

Pheronym

Pheronym

Ag Tech – Davis, CA

Agricultural biotechnology company that uses pheromones from nematodes (microscopic worms) to control agricultural pests and provide safe and eco-friendly pest control for farmers.

Ocean Hugger Foods

Ocean Hugger Foods

CPG – New York, NY

Creates delicious, plant-based alternatives to popular seafood proteins, aiming to reduce stress on the world’s oceans by giving consumers a sustainable alternative that mimics the taste, appearance and texture of fish.

BrainJuice

BrainJuice

CPG – Austin, TX

A liquid supplement shot packed with the highest quality brain nutrients that supports focus, clarity, memory and good mood.

Sweetie Pie Organics

Sweetie Pie Organics

CPG – Raleigh, NC

Organic functional food products that make pregnancy and motherhood easier.

1.5 Minute Pitches

Wasteless

Wasteless

Food Tech – New York, NY

Dynamic pricing system that allows supermarkets to price and sell products based on expiration dates, thus reducing food waste and optimizing shelf management.

Agragen

Agragen

Food Tech – Cincinnati, OH

Maker of plant-derived “fish oil” made from Camelina that will be used in human nutrition and in aquaculture, replacing marine-derived fish oil.

Spinn

Spinn

Food Tech – San Francisco, CA

Quality on-demand coffee roasted and brewed at home via their proprietary app technology. water.io (Food Tech – Nes Ziona, Israel): Technology that turns any package into a smart one that generates data.

water.io

water.io

Food Tech – Nes Ziona, Israel

Technology that turns any package into a smart one that generates data and gives CPG brands powerful insights. 

dropnostix GmbH

dropnostix GmbH

Ag Tech – Potsdam, Germany

Maker of rumen sensor health monitoring system for dairy farmers, helping them reduce the annual losses caused by diseases of dairy cows.

RIND Snacks

RIND Snacks

CPG – New York, NY

Sustainable and better-for-you snacks focused on the ‘power of the peel.’ Preserving the peels on USA-grown, non-GMO dried fruit maximizes nutrition while minimizing waste.

Rise Brewing Co.

Rise Brewing Co.

CPG – New York, NY

Brews nitro cold-brew coffee kegs and cans for offices, bars, restaurants and cafes. Its coffee is organic, non-GMO, fair-trade, single-origin, non-dairy, kosher and zero calories.

Pulp Pantry

Pulp Pantry

CPG – Los Angeles, CA

Transforms neglected low-cost, high-value resources like juice pulp into nutritious foods that make it easy for everyone to eat fruits and vegetables.

OneForNeptune

OneForNeptune

CPG – San Diego, CA

Sustainable seafood jerky made from undervalued and underutilized white fish that is traceable to clean, small-scale U.S. West Coast fisheries.

Finer Flavors

Finer Flavors

CPG – Geneva, Switzerland

Fresh vegetable nut butters in convenient pouches.

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 - 3:15 PM | Opening Remarks

3:15 - 3:30 PM | 1.5-Minute Pitches

Hear pitches from 10 game-changing food and ag startups from around the world.

  1. Rise Brewing Co.
  2. RIND Snacks
  3. Finer Flavors
  4. OneForNeptune
  5. Pulp Pantry
  6. Agragen
  7. dropnostix GmbH
  8. Water.io
  9. Spinn, Inc
  10. Wasteless

3:30 - 5:00 PM | 3.5-Minute Pitches + Q&A

Our 9 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.

  1. BrainJuice
  2. Sweetie Pie Organics
  3. Ocean Hugger Foods, Inc
  4. Afresh Technologies
  5. Winnow
  6. Ingest.ai
  7. Dexai Robotics
  8. Pheronym
  9. SomaDetect

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! Judges

Specializing in food investment, product innovation, retail buying and more, and captained by Rabobank’s Executive Director – Food & Consumer Trends Nick Fereday, our esteemed panel brings diverse expertise to the FoodBytes! table.

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.

Tina May

Tina May

Senior Director of Sustainability, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN

Tina May leads the innovation team for Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. In this role she is tasked with creating innovative sustainability solutions to help farmers and co-op member-owners nationwide, harnessing the nexus of policy and business.

Previously, Tina worked for more than a decade in government, including leadership roles with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tina has also worked as a Silicon Valley executive, and co-founded the first-ever DC based lobbying firm to incorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation.

Sofia Elizondo

Sofia Elizondo

Co-Founder & COO, Brightseed

Sofia has a track record of bringing innovative technology to market in the food and health space. She is Co-founder and COO at Brightseed, a biosciences company that puts science behind “food is medicine.” Brightseed discovers molecules in plants that are clinically beneficial for chronic disease management and incorporates them back into the food supply chain, by using machine learning algorithms to screen plant genes and finding the best sources for each indication. Prior to Brightseed, she was part of the management team of food tech company Hampton Creek, where she helped scale the business 10x in 3 years by bringing groundbreaking plant-based products to market. Sofia has also been a Special Advisor for the United Nations, helping the organization work better with the private sector to accomplish global development goals. She started her career as a management consultant at BCG working for Fortune 100 companies and for BCG’s Henderson Institute – a premier think tank on business innovation and strategy. She is also a proud mom. 

Gigi Lee Chang

Gigi Lee Chang

Managing Partner, BFY Capital

Gigi Lee Chang is a Managing Partner at BFY Capital, a privately-owned financing company focused on providing venture debt to “better for you” consumer brands in the food, beverage, beauty and wellness sectors to support growth activities with minimal dilution.  

Prior to joining BFY, she was the Managing Director of FoodFutureCo, an accelerator helping mission driven entrepreneurs working across the food system. Gigi is the Founder of Plum Organics and was also the CEO of the national children’s environmental health non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World.

Named one of the top women leaders in the “future of food” by Forbes in 2017 and a top dealmaker and influencer in consumer food and beverage by CircleUp in Dec 2016, Gigi is a frequent speaker on social enterprise, sustainability, impact investing and entrepreneurship. Recent speaking engagements include Nutrition Capital Network, SXSW, FoodVision, FoodTank Summit, EscaBona, and FounderMade.

Gigi is an advisor, board member and mentor to numerous early stage companies. Her philanthropic board advisory affiliations include Venture for America and Good+ Foundation.

Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett

Senior Director of Sales, Hain Celestial

Matt Bennett has been in the CPG industry for over 25 years. Working in companies like Nabisco, Fujifilm, Kraft, Pinnacle and The Hain Celestial Group, Matt specializes in customer sales management, trade strategy, and business development. In recent years, Matt has worked with private equity owned smaller brands and companies to refine their sales and trade strategies to expand distribution and grow sales. In 2016, Matt joined Hain Celestial as Senior Director of Sales for Hain Growth Ventures, the incubator group of Hain Celestial. Since then, Matt has been working to grow smaller brands within the Hain Celestial portfolio, and has been a key member of the acquisition strategy team to identify new brands to bring into Hain.

Mentors

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. 

Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom

ADM

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.

Chuck Cotter

Chuck Cotter

Shareholder, Polsinelli PC

Chuck has sophisticated experience working with entrepreneurs, nascent companies, and venture funds in the food, beverage, and natural products space, and he leads the firm’s Food and Beverage industry group. Chuck has worked with more than fifty consumer products and related brands and advises such companies at all stages of growth, from startups to ready-to-exit, helping them successfully raise capital, complete acquisitions and divestitures, and comply with regulatory requirements.  He also advises numerous venture funds with respect to their investments in consumer products companies.  The philosophy of Chuck’s group is that clients are long-term partners and not viewed transactionally.

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.

Elliot Begoun

Elliot Begoun

Principal, The Intertwine Group

Elliot Begoun is the Principal of The Intertwine Group, a practice focused on helping emerging food and beverage brands grow and become sustainable and investable. He works with clients to design and execute customized route-to-market and go-to-market strategies that build velocity, gain distribution, and win share of stomach. Catch him at FoodBytes in his role as a mentor and find his articles in publications such as the Huffington Post, SmartBrief, and FoodDive.

Katherine Vanda

Katherine Vanda

Public Relations Specialist, FoodBytes!

Katherine is a creative and strategic communications expert with more than 15 years of PR, event and influencer marketing experience in the health, business, food and lifestyle spaces. Throughout her career, she has successfully executed various PR campaigns by putting her talent to work for major brands, from the agency side and now as a consultant. Katherine loves to explore working methods that further collaboration and her ability to forge strong professional relationships led her to start her own practice. Over her many years working with media, she has built, and maintains, a strong media network, helping clients rise above the marketplace noise and tell their brand stories across the right platforms. Based in Quebec, Katherine is perfectly bilingual and crazy about food, like any self-respecting Montrealer should. She is also obsessed with travelling and has lived in Finland, France and Bolivia.  

Jennifer Parsons

Jennifer Parsons

Public Relations Specialist, FoodBytes!

As a passionate media strategist, Jennifer Parsons has provided counsel, developed ideas, outlined plans and executed campaigns in an effort to drive earned media results for a multitude of clients. She works regularly with a variety of media including broadcast, entertainment, local market print and broadcast, national top-tier online and both women’s and men’s lifestyle. She has garnered placements in and on E! News, People, OK! Magazine, POPSUGAR, AOL, HuffPost, Stylecaster, The Coveteur, Yahoo! Finance, Elite Daily, Cool Hunting, Forbes, and Fast Company.

As a self-proclaimed internet addict, she also previously served as PR Manager for reddit, helping them to coordinate their popular IAmA (“Ask Me Anything”) series with notable guests and helped to publicize other unique stories that originated on the website. Staying on top of all things pop-culture is also a personal passion. Whether it’s reading up on the latest celebrity and entertainment news, trending memes and internet phenomena.

Paula Savanti

Paula Savanti

Senior Analyst, Rabobank

Paula joined Rabobank in 2008 as an Analyst in Argentina’s office, where she was responsible for coordinating the economic analysis of the Argentine agricultural and food sector with an emphasis in grains and oilseeds, animal protein, and dairy. Paula moved to New York in 2015 to join the US consumer foods sector team where her main areas of research include branded foods and consumer trends, foodservice industry and food retail. Prior joining, Paula worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she participated in agricultural development projects in Latin America and Africa and was a co-author of the World Bank’s flagship publication, World Development Report 2008 “Agriculture for Development”. Sponsored by ICICI Bank, Paula has also worked on microfinance projects for farmers in India. Paula holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina and a Masters in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Anne Greven

Anne Greven

Head of Acquisition Finance & Sponsor Coverage , Rabobank

In June of 2013, Anne Greven was appointed the Head of Acquisition Finance in North America. Previously, Anne had been co-head of Capital Markets & Head of Investment Banking for Rabo Securities in New York.   Anne joined Rabobank in March 2003 as part of the Syndication team where she structured and sold senior debt for the North American client base. In addition, upon joining the bank she was instrumental in establishing the Investment Banking business for Rabo Securities USA.   Prior to joining Rabobank, Anne was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Senior Funding Group for five years. In that role, she was responsible for the structuring and syndications of bank debt product throughout the United States. Previously, she had spent six years at TD Securities and worked in various credit areas of the bank, with her last four years on the Capital Markets Desk, Structuring and Syndications.  She graduated from Montana State University in 1987 with her BS in Finance and in 1992 received her MBA from Columbia University.

Erin Patinkin

Erin Patinkin

Co-Founder & CEO, Ovenly

Erin is the Co-Founder & CEO of Ovenly. Under her helm, she has pioneered the company's financial, real estate and growth plans and transformed it into New York’s premier bakery chainlet since launching it in 2010. 

Erin is known for her strong business voice, her visionary thinking, and her commitment to “radical responsibility” and empathetic leadership. She has been named as one of New York’s most “bada*s” women in food by Zagat and has written about business for various publications including Cherry Bombe, Vice, Lucky Peach, and more. Her cookbook, Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Treats from New York’s Most Creative Bakery, was named as one of the best books of the year by National Public Radio. She has appeared in print, TV, radio, and video for her work including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc magazine, Bon Appetit, Good Morning America, and more. Erin speaks locally and nationally about her work and is creator, host, and executive producer of Vox Media’s newest podcast: Start to Sale, which launches in Fall 2018. 

Roderik Bronkhorst

Roderik Bronkhorst

Equity Private Placements, Rabobank

Since joining Rabobank in 2012, Roderik has advised many different companies in the Food & Agri space. Roderik started out in the Corporate Finance Advisory group where he advised various large cap companies on their capital structure. Being a former entrepreneur himself (He founded a small start-up in 2014), Roderik shifted his focus to advising venture stage companies in 2017.

Roderik currently focuses on helping start-ups and scale-ups with raising capital, using Rabobank’s extensive network of financial and strategic investors. Roderik has a passion for endurance sports, so when Roderik is not talking to investors or innovative companies, he is probably swimming, cycling or running somewhere around New York City.

Cheryl Clements

Cheryl Clements

Founder, PieShell

For Cheryl Clements, food is personal. It’s about connection. Growing up, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, Cheryl spent summers helping her mother run a pie business, with help from her Dad and brother they made close to 10,000 pies. Aptly named The Pie Shell, it was headquartered where all good startups begin; the family’s basement. After working as an accountant for 5 years, Cheryl had the opportunity to take on the tech world. She jumped at the change and for more than 15 years, she was an independent contractor, becoming a highly sought-after Senior Program/Project Manager; working with major corporations such as Hershey, General Mills, and Miller Beer and overseeing the implementation of SAP – the world’s largest enterprise resource planning software.

But while this work was immensely satisfying, Cheryl yearned to do something more personal and a couple of years ago she explored crowdfunding to start her own business based on her Mom’s infamous salad dressing. As she delved into her research, it quickly became apparent that with a 75% failure rate the existing sites were clearly lacking, at least for food and beverage companies. Cheryl quickly realized that the world needed a better crowdfunding solution for food-oriented businesses, more than another salad dressing. Cheryl brings the same effective project management and forward-thinking to PieShell so all “PieShellers,” both campaigners and supporters alike, can be sure that their experience on the site is engaging, seamless and meaningful. She understands the mix of hard work, commitment, and passions that drive every entrepreneur and looks forward to helping them realize their dreams. It was from her mother that Cheryl learned what it takes to build a successful food operation, but more than that, she learned how communities grow around the food that people share. Cheryl lives in New York City with her husband, Adrian, and yes she proudly serves up her Mom’s salad dressing when entertaining!

Sarah Foley

Sarah Foley

Managing Director, SWAT Equity Partners

Sarah Foley is a Managing Director at SWAT Equity Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm focused exclusively on consumer-branded products and services.  We invest at the Seed to Series A stages of development and bring a combination of investment, financial, and strategic experience as well as extensive branding and marketing expertise to our portfolio companies through our relationship with SWAT, an integrated strategic communications, branding and marketing agency.

Ms. Foley is a senior finance and operating professional with 20 years of experience investing in angel- to leveraged buyout-stage companies across a variety of industries.  She has held corporate executive, investment and board of director positions assisting companies through growth to turnaround stages of development.

Scott Norton

Scott Norton

Co-Founder, Sir Kensington's

Scott Norton is co-founder of Sir Kensington's, best known for making condiments with character.  With a mission to bring integrity and charm to ordinary and overlooked food, Sir Kensington's has become an integral offering at the leading retailers and restaurants across the country.

As an organization, Sir Kensington's combines an innovative fast growing startup with a values-driven natural foods company, all personified by a fabled English gentleman. Last year, Sir Kensington’s was acquired by Unilever to join a family of global food brands, and help define the future of good food and good business.

Scott has been named one of Fast Company's “Most Creative People in Business” and listed on Forbes' “30 Under 30.” Previous to founding Sir Kensington’s, he began his career at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo and traveled across 23 countries in Asia on a folding bicycle. Scott is an alumnus of Brown University and a member of the University’s Advisory Council on Entrepreneurship. As an angel investor and mentor, he advises purpose-driven startups in food and technology.

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.

Presenting Sponsor

ADM has been feeding food businesses for nearly 115 years with plant-based proteins, whole-food ingredients and product development expertise. We match your idea to the right ingredients—helping food developers and entrepreneurs get to market faster great-tasting, nutritious foods that consumers love.

ADM is an industry-leading specialty ingredients provider offering an ever-expanding catalog of flavorful, colorful, functional, nutritious and whole-food ingredients through its WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients (WFSI) business unit. Whether developers and entrepreneurs are looking for a single ingredient, custom ingredient blend or a complete product solution, we can help them get to market faster with great-tasting, nutritious foods consumers purchase time and time again.

Official Sponsor

Land O Lakes

Land O Lakes

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN™, the newest business unit under Land O'Lakes Inc, works to support a healthier planet with improvements in air, soil and water quality; strong rural and farm economies with more money in the pockets of farmers; and more connected relationships between consumers and those who work hard to feed them.

Official Sponsor

Polsinelli

Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices.  Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence and #10 for best client relationships among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli was also named among the top 20 best-known firms in the nation. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on food and beverage, food- and ag-tech, health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation.

Official Sponsor

The Hain Celestial Group

The Hain Celestial Group

The Hain Celestial Group , Inc. is a leading organic, natural and better-for-you products company.  As a company, Hain Celestial is focused on growing their business by delivering new and sustainable concepts to consumers and are supporting innovation and entrepreneurs in food and agriculture. As an official FoodBytes! sponsor, Hain Celestial directly align to create and inspire A Healthier Way of Life™.

Official Sponsor

Printpack

Printpack

Printpack is a leading manufacturer of flexible and specialty rigid packaging that combines unique insights on consumer preference with advanced technological capabilities in order convert packaging concepts into reality. Printpack has over 60 years of experience helping brands improve retail visibility, heighten brand awareness and capture market share. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Printpack is a privately held company. Printpack employs over 3,200 associates worldwide and operates 19 manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico and China. To learn more, please call (404) 460-7000 or visit printpack.com.

Supporting Sponsor

Agropur

Agropur

Founded in 1938 in Québec, Agropur dairy cooperative is joining the FoodBytes! family in 2018, bringing 80 years of dairy sector leadership and expertise.  Agropur which is amongst the top 20 dairy leader players in the world, never stops innovating and sees innovation as a guiding principle within the organization.

Supporting Sponsor

Compass Group

Compass Group

Innovation with purpose and partnership is at the forefront of everything we do at Compass Group. Serving 9.4 million meals a day in corporations, schools, arenas, hospitals, senior communities, and museums, we are committed to making it easy for our customers and clients to have great food experiences that promote well-being and are socially and environmentally responsible. Collectively, we create massive positive impact on our local and global communities by incorporating technology to excite and engage our guests, inspiring better choices for both people and planet, and advocating for sustainable sourcing and animal welfare. In recognition of the measurable and innovative social impact of its strategy, Compass Group was named to Fortune Magazine’s prestigious list of 50 Companies Changing the World.

Supporting Sponsor

Boulder Food Group

Boulder Food Group

Boulder Food Group seeks partnerships with early stage food and beverage consumer product companies. BFG works alongside exceptional entrepreneurs to ensure the business is able to deliver sustainable growth and outperform its competitors.

Supporting Sponsor

The Intertwine Group

The Intertwine Group

The Intertwine Group helps emerging food and beverage brands grow. We design and execute customized route-to-market and go-to-market strategies that build velocity, gain distribution, and win share of stomach. Our approach creates growing brands that are sustainable and investable.

Supporting Sponsor

Creative Alignments

Creative Alignments

Creative Alignments is a disruptor in the recruiting services space. We have developed a unique Time-Based Recruiting® model that creates a flexible talent partnership with our clients to find them the very best talent, while saving money. As opposed to traditional percentage-of-salary recruiting firms that may push candidates for fee-based windfalls, Creative Alignments aligns with companies to tap quality employees who can fuel their growth. Using our innovative pay-by-the-hour process, our senior team recruits across all functions in the food & consumer products, tech, professional services & manufacturing industries.

Supporting Sponsor

foodspace+co

foodspace+co

foodspace+co helps food and food tech businesses grow and thrive. From startups, to early stage ventures, companies focused on consumer packaged goods, to new food truck concepts, we help business owners go from idea to product delivery. Our +community is made up of like-minded entrepreneurs plus a team of seasoned mentors with business, culinary, hospitality, marketing, operations, finance, startup, foodservice expertise and beyond. We are dedicated to the food space and are focused on helping food businesses be successful.

Supporting Sponsor

PieShell

PieShell

Crowdfunding for food and beverage entrepreneurs.

Supporting Sponsor

Selffee

Selffee

Selffee is the edible photo booth, creating edible selfies live on-demand at events. Our technology allows to print images directly onto food and beverages using edible inks, enabling us to tackle crowds of any size.

Community Partner

Echo Capital

Echo Capital

Echo Capital Group is a Los Angeles-based venture capital fund focused on disruptive, early-stage consumer packaged goods companies. ECHO combines decades of operational expertise with the dynamic insights of a young team, providing growth capital and strategic collaboration to elevate innovative companies in the consumer product space to a new level.

Community Partner

Chobani Incubator

Chobani Incubator

The Chobani Incubator is a program for companies taking on broken food systems to bring better food to more people. In addition to equity-free investment, we give growing food and beverage startups access to Chobani’s network and expertise in order to scale up their operations and achieve significant growth. Learn more at chobaniincubator.com.

Community Partner

Food-X

Food-X

Recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s ten most innovative companies in food, Food-X is the #1 Food Innovation Accelerator in the world. We help food entrepreneurs bring their products and services to market at super speed. Food-X partners with early stage companies from across the food supply chain, from ag tech to consumer packaged goods.

Community Partner

Union Kitchen

Union Kitchen

Union Kitchen is a food business accelerator based in Washington, DC. We build national food and beverage brands that grow locally and scale regionally. We use our expertise, networks, and strong local ecosystem to build businesses' success.

Community Partner

Food+Tech Connect

Food+Tech Connect

Food+Tech Connect gives innovators the tech and business insights, connections and skills they need to transform the food industry through its website, newsletters, events, consulting and business courses. Join the community @foodtechconnect.

Community Partner

The Food Loft

The Food Loft

The Food Loft is a coworking space for food startups at the intersection of tech, media, and entrepreneurship. Through mentorship, networking, and investment, we offer strategic resources to help food startups grow their companies.

Community Partner

FTW Ventures

FTW Ventures

FTW Ventures is an investment & advisory group for early-stage Food & Ag Tech startups. FTW engages with the best founding teams with a mission to create radical improvements in our Food System.

Community Partner

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Bowl

First conceived in 2013 in Silicon Valley, The Mixing Bowl stimulates the adoption of IT innovation in the food and agriculture industries through business-focused dialogue between existing industry players, start-ups, investors, and other food innovators.

It aims to foster strong bonds between the IT innovation ecosystem and the Food & Ag sectors, as well as develop strong ties between Food & Ag innovation hubs within California, across the US, and expand throughout the globe.

Community Partner

Smart Kitchen Summit

Smart Kitchen Summit

The Smart Kitchen Summit is the leading event and community focused on the future of food, cooking and the kitchen. Now entering its fourth year, SKS brings together the world’s innovators across the home appliance, culinary, grocery, smart home/IoT and technology industries to explore and create the future together.

Community Partner

TrySome

TrySome

TrySome has made product testing affordable for everyone. We work with CPG brands that want a more efficient way to test the market, get consumer feedback, create a buzz or demonstrate engagement to retail buyers. 

We help brands get survey feedback and create personas of those who try their products in a quick and easy fashion. We make anybody a market research expert!

Community Partner

Canopy Holdings

Canopy Holdings

Canopy is a food and agriculture company investing in innovative products and services at the forefront of emerging consumer demands for sustainable, traceable and safer foods.

Community Partner

Step Two Advisors

Step Two Advisors

Step Two Advisors is a firm focused on helping CPG early stage startups in F&B. We are different because we have been in founders' shoes before and can come in as shadow executives to help our clients navigate the first years of their growth better. With expertise in Finance, Business Planning, Operations, Sales and Distribution, we cover all aspects of a COO/CFO role but for a fraction of the cost. We also work on standalone projects tailored to your needs In addition, Step Two Advisors offers due diligence work for both CPG corporations and venture capital firms.

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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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  • Attend Rabobank’s invitation-only Food & Agribusiness Summit in New York in late November and pitch to 100s of C-level food & ag execs
  • Attend an innovation day with ADM’s food and beverage product advisors
  • Attend a facility tour of Hain Celestial Group’s worldwide headquarters in Long Island
  • Legal consultation with Polsinelli
  • PR and brand storytelling consultation with Fresh Ideas Group
  • Premium support and marketing for a PieShell project
  • Legal consultation from Polsinelli
  • PR and brand storytelling consultation with Fresh Ideas Group
  • Premium support and marketing for a PieShell project

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