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FoodBytes! Boulder Announces Top 3 Winners
Rabobank’s FoodBytes! Boulder event took place on Wednesday with three startups heralded as the event’s winners. Sustainable animal feed startup Mad Agriculture won the Judges’ Choice Award, while dairy-free sauce maker The Honest Stand won the People’s Choice Award and local products school fundraiser innovator FarmRaiser was highly commended. The three were selected from 10 finalists. AgFunder CEO Rob Leclerc was one of the judges who were tasked with selecting the company they felt best-demonstrated industry creativity, sustainable practices, growth potential and social innovation. The judges picked Mad Agriculture for its compelling pitch about harnessing the nutrient recycling abilities of insects to turn food waste into a protein-rich supplement for feed, to encourage less dependence on unsustainable ingredients like fishmeal and soy.