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: March 1, 2018

Venue

The Village
969 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(between 5th and 6th Street)

Check out the 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

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3.5 Minute Pitches

Augean Robotics

Augean Robotics

Philadelphia, USA

Augean Robotics is launching Burro, a robotic work cart that follows you like a good dog, and can transport picked produce or other material autonomously. With Burro, the hundreds of thousands of US workers hand-picking fruit can spend 20-30% more time picking, and no longer need to run what they've picked up and down long rows.

Biome Makers Inc.

Biome Makers Inc.

San Francisco, CA USA

Smart Microbial Discovery company specialized in DNA Sequencing, Bioinformatics, and Machine learning tech targeting sustainable and more productive agriculture. We have launched WineSeq, the first Open Platform explaining the impact of microorganisms in Wine Industry.

Boost Biomes, Inc.

Boost Biomes, Inc.

San Francisco, CA USA

Boost Biomes is addressing critical needs in food abundance and food security. The company is generating new, safe, effective biopreservatives (to reduce waste) and biopesticides (to increase crop yield).

EIO Diagnostics

EIO Diagnostics

British Columbia, Canada

EIO Diagnostics is deploying an entirely new class of non-contact early infection detection devices to reduce udder infections in dairy animals. Our solution improves animal health and profitability for dairy farms of any size.

Farmer's Fridge

Farmer's Fridge

Chicago, USA

Farmer's Fridge is an innovative food concept that has "micro-restaurants" in 12-square-foot automated fridges serving meals we design and prepare. The fridges leverage proprietary IoT technology to communicate with customers, and to provide real-time demand visibility based on data collected daily. Farmer's Fridge has 100 locations, has landed high-traffic destinations such as O'Hare International Airport, Willis Tower, and The Merchandise Mart.

I Heart Foods

I Heart Foods

Chicago, USA

I Heart Foods is the innovation leader in quinoa. Under our I Heart Keenwah brand name, we produce a number of quinoa products: quinoa snacks, toasted quinoa grain and hot cereal. I Heart Keenwah has a sourcing commitment to Bolivian heirloom quinoa, which the highest-quality and most sustainably farmed quinoa in the world.

Lecker Labs LLC

Lecker Labs LLC

Walnut, CA USA

Yomee is the world's first fully automatic yogurt maker, like a Keurig for yogurt. Yomee is a counter-top appliance that takes your choice of milk and in 5 hours, makes fresh chilled craft-quality yogurt.

Remedy Organics

Remedy Organics

New York City, USA

Remedy Organics is disrupting the beverage category with their delicious plant based protein beverages that provide meaningful functional benefits. Remedy’s initial line of plant based protein beverages provide purposeful function and natural healing properties resulting from the use of superfoods, ayurvedics, and botanicals as well protein and probiotics. Their mission is to bring convenient, affordable functional nutrition to the world in the form of plant based food and beverages.

Chef Koochooloo

Chef Koochooloo

Mountain View, CA USA

Chef Koochooloo: A novel approach to teaching Kids STEAM through healthy eating! A cooking app that enhances math, science and geography skills.

Miraculex

Miraculex

Davis, CA USA

Miraculex is developing technology to mass produce the best tasting and healthiest sweeteners in the world - Plant Protein Sweeteners.

1.5 Minute Pitches

Binkabi

Binkabi

London, GB

Binkabi is a Fintech start-up that reimagines global agrifood trade to create a more affluent and fairer system for all in the Binkabi network. Binkabi’s core innovation, the Barter Block, enables direct, secure and cost-effective agriculture commodity trading in a decentralised manner through the use of blockchain technology. Barter Block incentivises the automatic balancing of bilateral trade, empowering countries to trade internationally in their local currencies. The Binkabi name and logo is inspired by the West African symbol Bi Nka Bi for peace and harmony.

BioFiltro

BioFiltro

Davis, CA USA

BioFiltro is an international wastewater treatment company with a patented filtration system that harnesses the digestive power of worms and microbes to removes up to 99% of contaminants in a chemical free 4 hour process. Revolutionary by nature, our mission is to provide wastewater solutions that repurpose waste stream into valuable revenue streams, recover natural resources, and revitalize the environment in which our clients operate.

Kray Technologies

Kray Technologies

Novato, CA USA

Advanced technology for crop protection to be used at the industrial scale for almost all crop production farms. Kray Protection drone demonstrates outstanding performance of crop dusting while lowering farmers’ expenses. It prevents yield losses that are inevitable when using other crop protection methods.

NewLavie

NewLavie

San Jose, CA USA

Any Crop-Any Climate-Anywhere. Our mission is to create a local, sustainable food supply across the world utilizing our proprietary technology and strategic partnerships that will deliver healthy and affordable produce to the masses!

Smallhold

Smallhold

New York City, USA

Smallhold enables retailers and restaurants to grow high quality, organic mushrooms and leafy greens on-site, without the effort. Smallhold also operates the only mushroom farm in NYC.

 

 

Hip Chick Farms

Hip Chick Farms

Sebastopol, CA USA

Hip Chick Farms makes delicious, organic and easy poultry products for the whole family.

Simris Alg

Simris Alg

Hammenhög, Sweden

Simris Alg is a pioneering agribusiness based in Sweden. Their mission as algae farmers is to empower healthy and planet-friendly lifestyles, by delivering superior products from algae.

Yumami Food Company

Yumami Food Company

Yumami Food Company brings delicious Asian flavors to savory snacks. Their award-winning dips & chips are fit for foodies who keep nutrition in mind.

Nell Natural Elements

Nell Natural Elements

London, GB

Nell is creating fully personalised, natural food supplements using data about your biology. We help you understand your body and it's unique needs, then customise our natural, plant-based and fully transparant solutions that optimise health and help the planet.

NOVOLYZE

NOVOLYZE

Philadelphia, USA

Novolyze is a food safety company. The company offers solutions to help the food industry manufacture safer food, while ensuring strong compliance with international Food Safety & Quality standards.

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

Manuel Gonzalez, Global Head of F&A Startup Innovation and FoodBytes! Founder.

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

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

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

Our 10 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.

5:00 - 5:15 PM | Open Mic & Voting

 

10 attendees will get the chance to give a 60-second pitch on a first come first served basis. Attendees cast their votes via SMS for their favorite demo company, selecting the People’s Choice Award winner. Our judges deliberate to select the Judges’ Choice Award winner from the demo finalists and the Highly Commended Award winner from the 60-second 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 Global Head of F&A Innovation Manuel Gonzalez, our esteemed panel brings diverse expertise to the FoodBytes! table.

Robyn O'Brien

Robyn O'Brien

Founder, AllergyKids Foundation

Robyn O’Brien has been called “Food’s Erin Brockovich” by Bloomberg and the New York Times.  She received her MBA on a full scholarship from Rice University, graduating as the top woman in her class. She then went to work as an equity analyst on a team that managed $20 billion in assets. The team launched the company’s first hedge fund which won top performer at the company.  As an analyst she covered the food and tech industries, but her life took an abrupt turn when her youngest child had a life threatening allergic reaction.  She turned her analytical skills towards our food system, the health of our families, companies and economies and what we can do to invest in health.  She has helped lead a food movement and regularly appears in the press. Robyn's work has been recognized by political leaders around the country, by General Mills, Chipotle, Coca Cola, Target, Chili’s Restaurants, investors and others in the food industry.  She is a recognized thought leader, an advisor to startups and multinationals, named by Forbes Women as a woman to follow on Twitter, named by SHAPE Magazine as a woman to shape the world, and the author of the bestseller The Unhealthy Truth and founder of Do Good and the AllergyKids Foundation. She lives in Boulder with her husband and four children, where she  loves to run and garden.

Justin Gold

Justin Gold

Founder, Justin's

Justin Gold is the founder of Justin’s, a natural foods company that produces organic and all-natural nut butters and peanut butter cups. From humble beginnings at local Farmers’ Markets to launching a national brand, Justin’s is now one of the country’s fastest growing natural foods companies, with Gold serving as an innovator and thought-leader in the space. Gold is a passionate entrepreneur who encourages others to follow their passion and never stop asking questions along the way. He lives in Boulder with his wife and children, finding his work/life balance by enjoying an active lifestyle there as an avid trail runner, mountain biker, skier and backpacker.

Ashley Koff

Ashley Koff

CEO, The Better Nutrition Program

Ashley Koff RD is your better health enabler. An award-winning nutrition expert, Koff knows that better nutrition powers better health. During her two decades as a dietitian, Koff developed better nutrition tools to help her patients and their practitioners get and keep better health results. In 2016, she founded and has since became the CEO of The Better Nutrition Program, which offers digital better nutrition tools,The Better Nutrition Membership, courses and workshops such as "Build Your Better Nutrition Plan" and “The Road Trip to Better Health”.  A practitioner first, Koff regularly shares her better nutrition message with millions via national media, social media, and co-hosts the podcast “Take Out with Ashley and Robyn." For more about Ashley or to check out her better nutrition tools visit www.TheBetterNutritionProgram.com 

Russell Forester

Russell Forester

Senior Vice President, Analytics & Insights, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

Russ is a 15-year veteran of the Natural Products Industry, having joined Hain Celestial in 2002.  Throughout his career, Russ has held many roles at Hain Celestial, becoming an integral part of driving the growth from $400MM to nearly $3B in net sales today.

Currently, as Senior Vice President, Analytics & Insights, Russ leads a team that provides category management expertise and consumer insights to drive the Company’s growth strategy.  Russ works closely with his sales and marketing colleagues to present to retail partners Hain Celestial’s product portfolio of health and wellness solutions from brands such as Celestial Seasonings® tea, Earth’s Best® baby food and Terra® Chips.  In this capacity, Russ holds positions on both the Supplier Advisory Councils at Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Farmers Market.  

Russ also supports various corporate initiatives including acquisition targeting and due diligence as well as investor relations support. Russ serves as a Board Member of Naturally Boulder, an organization dedicated to nurturing conscious growth, leadership and innovation in the Colorado natural products community.   

Russ is proud to call Colorado home for 22 years and considers himself a native in the heart of the Natural Products Community.  Russ lives in Boulder with his two daughters and Golden Retriever.  When not working Russ can be found strolling the aisles of natural foods stores looking for the next hot product trend, hiking, snowboarding or watching his beloved NY Giants, generally lose.

Alison Ryu

Alison Ryu

Managing Director, CircleUp

Alison Ryu is a Managing Director at CircleUp, the investment platform providing capital and resources to early-stage consumer brands. In her role, Alison leads investments out of CircleUp Growth Partners, CircleUp's fund with a data-driven, scalable approach to investing, which leverages its proprietary technology, Helio, to invest in visionary founders. She currently sits on the board of nutpods and The Coconut Cult.

Prior to CircleUp, Alison was a Vice President at TSG Consumer, where she invested in consumer and retail brands. She also spent a year on the executive team of Backcountry.com, one of the TSG Consumer portfolio companies, where she led brand marketing and product development. Before TSG, Alison worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in the Consumer & Retail Group.

Manuel Gonzalez

Manuel Gonzalez

FoodBytes! Judges’ Team Captain / Global Head of F&A Innovation

Formerly, he was Managing Director of the Rabobank North America Wholesale San Francisco office, and Head of the Western Region Corporate Clients for Rabobank North America Wholesale, prior to which he was the Country Head of Rabobank Mexico for four years. In 2015, Manuel created FoodBytes!, underscoring Rabobank’s mission of banking for food, which continues to search for new ways to increase impact in the Food and Agri innovation space.

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.

Sylvia Tawse

Sylvia Tawse

Founder, Fresh Ideas Group

FIG founder Sylvia R. Tawse has conducted national campaigns for dozens of brands. Her “healthier-living-for-all” commitment is evident in her nonprofit work, from Chef Ann Cooper’s LunchBox.org and Salad Bar Project, to years of work for the Boulder County Farmers Market. Sylvia was an instrumental force in the “Keep Organic Organic” public awareness campaign for the Organic Trade Association, which resulted in the highest number of letters received by the USDA, all 280,000+ of them. Sylvia has firsthand knowledge of the food industry, from the ground up. She and her husband own Pastures of Plenty Farm, a 32-acre organic farm in Longmont, Colorado.

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.

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.

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.

Bram Stevens

Bram Stevens

Managing Director, Acquisition Finance, Rabobank

Bram Stevens is a Managing Director in Rabobank’s Acquisition Finance & Sponsor Coverage group in North America. In addition to developing and managing relationships with NY and West Coast based Private Equity firms active in the broader food & ag industry, Bram is responsible for originating and executing PE backed debt transactions. Prior to joining the AF&SC team in 2007, Bram spent 4 years as a senior associate at PE firm AlpInvest Partners where he focused on midmarket buyouts in the Benelux. Bram received his MSc in Applied Economic Sciences (Honours) from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and completed part of his study at the Aarhus Business School (Denmark).

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen

Managing Director, Global Client Solutions, Rabobank

Eric joined Rabobank’s Global Client Solutions Group in January 2015. He focuses on providing equity and subordinated/mezzanine debt private placement advisory services. Eric has over 23 years of investment banking experience, 16 of which have been focused on helping private companies raise growth capital. Prior to joining Rabobank, Eric was a Managing Director with Northland Capital Markets. Before that, he served as a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, where he focused on Equity Private Placements. Over the past decade, Eric has successfully advised private placement clients in raising over $3 billion. Eric holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.

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!

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

ADM

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

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

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

Garden of Life

Garden of Life

Garden of Life LLC is the recognized leader and innovator in whole food, science-based, USDA Organic Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition. Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the company offers more than 250 branded supplements that help people achieve extraordinary health. For more information on Garden of Life, visit gardenoflife.com.

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

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

Foodwit offers contemporary regulatory and scientific services for the food, beverage, raw material, and agriculture industries.  We are a team of food and nutrition scientists driven by technology and experience.  Our approach is to simplify compliance.

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

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.

Supporting Sponsor

Fresh Ideas Group

Fresh Ideas Group

FIG in 1995 with a vision: build a marketing firm that fills the communications gap between the organic industry, retailers and consumers with effective and powerful storytelling that needs no spin — ever. We excel in the areas of public relations, branding, marketing communications and social media. Our clients’ missions drive us and we accelerate their stories, traditionally and digitally, in a refreshingly unconventional way.

Supporting Sponsor

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

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

Kitchentown

Kitchentown

KitchenTown builds successful food and beverage startups by providing commercialization facilities and expertise to scale. Through educational programs, an innovation center, partnering opportunities and access to capital, KitchenTown nurtures companies from concept to small-scale production.

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

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-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

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

Project Zyogte

Project Zyogte

Project Zyogte is a digital health pre-accelerator program that connects healthcare and technology entrepreneurs to vet and develop new health-tech innovations.

Community Partner

Future Food Institute

Future Food Institute

Future Food inspires and empowers talents, communities and industries through food innovation, to become responsible because their choices can have tremendous impact on human health and world sustainability. It is an ecosystem that makes food innovation a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future, connecting with the world, while promoting the local territory. An ecosystem with a strong educational core, the Future Food Institute; an accelerator, created to engage and empower a community of young entrepreneurs, and food innovators with "disruptive" ideas and to assist food businesses and institutions towards the path of  open innovation and a Future Farm with 70 hectares where Agtech start ups can be free to explore and ideate.

Community Partner

SKU is THE consumer product goods accelerator. We educate and equip companies, with market-validated products, for growth into world-class brands. During our 14 week accelerator program SKU surrounds 7-10 stellar startups with tailored mentor teams of rockstar entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts. While the accelerator program is only a few months, the relationships and learning lasts a lifetime.

Community Partner

StartSe

StartSe

StartSe connects a growing community of 120k entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, established corporations, and other key players to do business together, help each other, network, collaborate, and build the Brazil of tomorrow.

Community Partner

Business France / Le Food Tech Lab

Business France / Le Food Tech Lab

Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France.

Business France has proudly launched Le Food Tech Lab, the first training program dedicated to providing a route to market for French food tech companies looking to develop in the US. In addition to helping these companies, the program also aims at raising awareness about the global food system’s main challenges (sustainability, traceability, food safety, transparency of the supply chain, food waste management). The next session will take place in San Francisco, March 19th – 23rd 2018.

For further information, please visit: businessfrance.fr / lefoodtechlab.com

Non-Profit Partner

Marin County Food Bank

Marin County Food Bank

Founded in 1987, the SF-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food with dignity to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. Every week, 30,000 households count on us for food assistance. Nearly 60 percent of what we distribute is fresh fruits and vegetables.

Alumni Suppliers

Vega Coffee

Vega Coffee

Completely reimagined the coffee supply chain to support the financial and educational wealth of women farmers in Latin America. Vega empowers small-holding farmers to roast their own coffee, sell that coffee to customers in the US through an online subscription platform and earn up to 4x more than through typical export channels.

GIVN

GIVN

Bottled water that is sourced and packaged responsibly. For every bottle sold, GIVN funds a day of clean drinking water for a person in need.

Proud Pour

Proud Pour

We make organically-grown, vegan, no additive wines and use the sales to fix environmental problems. Our Sauvignon Blanc cleans the ocean by restoring 100 oysters per bottle and our Pinot Noir saves wild bees by planting 875 wildflowers per bottle! In 2018, we plan to launch a beer for sea turtles and a cider for soil health.

Siren Snacks

Siren Snacks

Re-imagined the protein bar and created the next generation plant-based protein snack. Siren’s bite-sized, high protein snacks provide an innocent indulgence and are made with dairy-free, gluten-free and non-GMO ingredients.

Renewal Mill

Renewal Mill

Utilizes undervalued byproduct streams from current food production processes to create nutritious and wholesome products. Renewal Mill’s first product is an okara flour blend, a more nutritious alternative to white flour that is made from a byproduct of tofu and soymilk. processing.

Burlap & Barrel

Burlap & Barrel

Rethinking the global spice trade by circumventing outdated networks of middlemen and working directly with farmers who grow unique, beautiful spice varietals not available in the US.

Apiterra

Apiterra

The first US food company to produce an all-natural, raw honey-based superfood. Apiterra donates 1% of profits to organizations that are fighting Colony Collapse Disorder.

Imperfect Produce

Imperfect Produce

Imperfect is a produce delivery service that delivers a fully-customizable produce box to your door each week. And the best part? — Imperfect fruit and veggies are 30-50% less than grocery store prices!

One Hop Kitchen

One Hop Kitchen

One Hop Kitchen is the world’s first and only insect based Bolognese sauce, an incredibly sustainable source of protein.

PhycoFood Co.

PhycoFood Co.

PhycoFood Co manufactures fortified/functional food from the first food grade seaweed farm in Australia. The production system is 20x more productive than most land based crops and includes nutritional potency across minerals, Omega-3, gut fibres,proteins and anti-oxidants.

Peaceful Fruits

Peaceful Fruits

Peninsula, OH

Makes healthy, delicious, rainforest-friendly fruit snacks that let consumers eat better and help build a better world.

ReGrained

ReGrained

ReGrained “harvests” supergrain from urban craft breweries as a delicious, healthy, and sustainable ingredient.

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