Engaging with the Food Start-up Community: A Conversation with Manuel Gonzelez of Rabobank and FoodBytes!

Wherever you look, innovation today is largely led by start-ups. They are nimble, flexible and insurgent to make changes. Many companies are viewing start-ups as threats, while others are turning them into partners and establishing a mutually-beneficial relationship. Manuel Gonzelez, North America Head of Start-Up Innovation (STI) at Rabobank is a forward-looking thinker who has gained valuable insights on how to leverage innovation from start-ups.

In early 2015, Rabobank founded FoodBytes! with a simple mission in mind: to find the most game-changing concepts in food and agriculture, and pair those creative ideas with the capital needed to bring them to market.FoodBytes! has taken place in New York, San Francisco and is headed to Boulder this October on Wednesday 26th. It has been a wonderful platform for many start-ups in the food, agriculture and technology space to shine.

I recently talked to Manuel in his San Francisco office about how Rabobank started FoodBytes! from a simple concept, the recent launch of Terra — The Food and Ag Tech accelerator, and his perspectives on corporation-startup collaboration.


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