Three women-led startups won Rabobank’s FoodBytes! 2017 San Francisco event, beating more than 160 startups from 20 countries that applied to pitch at the event. The event took place on March 16, which just happens to be during Women’s History Month making the wins even more poignant.

The startups pitched in front of a panel of expert judges at The Village, a state-of-the-art venue in the heart of San Francisco with a sustainable food-focused non-profit arm, Farm-to-Fork.

Vega Coffee, a direct-to-consumer coffee subscription empowering coffee farmers, took the Judge’s Choice Award; Evaptainers, a startup developing electricity-free refrigeration for developing markets, snagged the People’s Choice Award, an accolade voted on by the audience; and Pure Cultures, a company creating probiotics for pet and livestock health, claimed the Highly Commended award

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