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 28, 2019

Venue

Terra Gallery & Events
511 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Check out the FoodBytes! Buzz

“If you're building a food-related startup, FoodBytes! is the perfect place to get the word out about your innovation. The people in the room understand what you want to accomplish, and the FoodBytes! team will do everything possible to make sure the experience is all about you, the entrepreneurs, and make sure you’re in the spotlight”.

Marc-André Roberge

Co-Founder, Nectar

“The FoodBytes! experience was transformative for our company. It validated that our business model had legs, and it helped us articulate how sustainability made good business sense. The interactions with judges and mentors helped us challenge our business strategy, and the experience of pitching in front of an audience helped us distill our story. Bravo!”

Ravi Jolly

Co-Founder & President, I Heart Keenwah

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Pitch Companies

Bond Pets

Bond Pets

Nederland, Colo.

Maker of dog and cat foods sourced from real animal protein, without the animal. The company produces high-quality animal proteins through fermentation – without the environmental impact of conventionally-raised meat.

Bushel

Bushel

Fargo, ND

The grain industry’s first software platform and app that allows grain elevators and cooperatives to digitally connect with their growers and deliver near real-time information that informs better business decisions.

Corumat

Corumat

Pomona, CA

Maker of packaging that is 100% plant based, compostable, insulating and up to 30 percent lower in cost than traditional technologies. Corumat’s bioplastics generate 60 percent less CO2 during production than the plastics traditionally used to make red party cups.

Cropin Technology Solutions

Cropin Technology Solutions

Bengaluru, India

Cropin Technology Solutions provides SaaS solutions to agribusinesses globally that enable agri-ecosystem stakeholders, including farmers, to adopt digital strategy and decision-making tools across their operations to maximize value per acre.

GEM

GEM

Los Angeles, CA

Maker of the first real food multi-vitamin built for women, by women. Made from 13 algae and plant-based ingredients, GEM is the first FDA-regulated daily vitamin that provides vitamins and minerals women need more for everyday wellbeing.

Hargol FoodTech

Hargol FoodTech

Misgav, Israel

Hargol FoodTech operates the world’s first commercial grasshopper farm using proprietary technology for efficient, large-scale farming of grasshoppers. Its grasshopper protein products offer one of nature’s most efficient and sustainable protein sources.

Healthy Cow

Healthy Cow

Toronto, Canada

Healthy Cow develops products to help dairy farmers reduce their reliance on antibiotics and hormones. Its first product, ProPreg, offers a bovine intravaginal probiotic that supports a healthy vaginal microbiome in dairy cows.

Osmo Systems

Osmo Systems

Oakland, CA

Developer of the Osmobot, an aquaculture water quality sensor that allows shrimp and fish farmers to continuously monitor their ponds online — decreasing mortalities and improving feeding conversion at a fraction of the cost of legacy monitoring systems.

Planetarians

Planetarians

Palo Alto, CA

Planetarians upcycles byproducts and solid food waste into high-protein, high-fiber ingredients. Using a process that emits 99 percent fewer CO2 gases and requires no additional land or water, its functional protein flour from upcycled defatted seeds has 2x the protein and fiber at the same cost of wheat flour.

Shaka Tea

Shaka Tea

Hilo, Hawaii

Shaka Tea supports regenerative agriculture and economic development while offering the first line of Hawaiian-grown, no sugar-added, herbal iced teas brewed with māmaki, an antioxidant powerhouse only found and grown in the Hawaiian Islands.

SnapDNA

SnapDNA

Mountain View, CA

The industry’s fastest food safety pathogen test for E. coli, salmonella and listeria. Its technology eliminates the need to culture bacteria prior to analysis, making it possible to test food samples in the field and secure analysis in just over an hour.

Taali

Taali

Wilmington, Del

Maker of snacks made from popped water lily seeds and non-GMO, whole and natural ingredients. Taali aims to introduce healthier new grains into the US snack market to reduce reliance on potato corn, wheat or extruded foods.

Toast Ale

Toast Ale

New York, NY

Toast Ale is fighting food waste by brewing craft beer from unsold bread from local bakeries that would have otherwise been wasted. Toast donates all profits to Feedback, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing food waste.

The Worthy Company

The Worthy Company

Chicago, IL

Creators of the Worthy Blendie Bowl, a plant-based superfood snack. Handcrafted recipes combine fruits, vegetables, legumes and chia in a spoonable “blendie” that delivers high-protein, high-fiber nutrition on the go.

Zymtronix

Zymtronix

Ithaca, NY

Zymtronix stabilizes and delivers enzymes to enable cost-effective and sustainable ways of manufacturing the ingredients of tomorrow. In agricultural applications, stabilizes and delivers biocidal enzymes to create sustainable processes for crop protection.

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 - 5:00 PM | Pitch Companies

Pitch companies take to the FoodBytes! stage

5:00 - 5:30 PM | Voting & Award Ceremony
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 Co-Head of F&A Innovation Anne Greven, 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.

Solveiga Pakstaite

Solveiga Pakstaite

Founder Mimica & FoodBytes! London 2018 alumni

Solveiga is the inventor of Mimica Touch and founder of Mimica. Mimica creates freshness indicators to radically reduce food waste. She has won the James Dyson Award and has been named MIT Technology Review's 'Inventor of the Year'. She sits on the board for Fast Forward 2030, consults on innovation projects for multinational companies and lectures on social entrepreneurship at UCL.

Adam Anders

Adam Anders

Managing Partner, Anterra Capital

Adam is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Anterra Capital, a venture capital fund focused on investing in innovative companies that are transforming the safety, security and sustainability of global food.

Anterra is backed by Rabobank (the world’s largest food and agriculture bank) and Fidelity. Anterra is presently the largest food and agriculture innovation focused fund in the world, with offices in both Europe (Amsterdam) and the USA (Boston).

Adam grew up on a farm and is passionate about improving our food and agriculture system. He believes that the best way to do this is to bring strong entrepreneurs to the food and agriculture sector and work in co-operation with farmers, large food and agriculture corporations, academic institutions and other stakeholders across the value chain.

Adam has over 15 years of private equity and venture capital experience.  Prior to working for Anterra he worked for Rabo Private Equity and Bain & Co.

Adam holds an MBA degree from Cambridge University, England and a Bachelors Degree in Law and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Kirsty MacDonald

Kirsty MacDonald

Investment Manager, JamJar Investments

Kirsty is an Investment Manager at JamJar Investments, the innocent drinks founders’ private venture capital fund, which looks to help and invest in disruptive consumer-facing companies. Investments include Deliveroo, Bulb Energy, Propercorn and Tails.com. Kirsty trained at consumer goods giant Unilever prior to JamJar, where she worked on marketing and customer analytics across a variety of brands within their personal care and food portfolios. She holds a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Global Politics from The London School of Economics.

Lucas Mann

Lucas Mann

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Acre Venture Partners

Lucas Mann is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Acre Venture Partners, bringing to the team over 15 years of entrepreneurial management and founding experience.  With a focus on helping brilliant entrepreneurs develop modes of disruption in a practical and scalable way, Lucas has lead teams in a variety of sectors, including software and design, media, real estate, hospitality, and finance.  His work at Acre focuses on improving human and environmental health by identifying large scale systemic changes to food and agriculture.  By partnering with companies that create fundamental disruption, Lucas is fortunate to work with a wide range of experienced specialists in genetics, biotechnology, food and agriculture. 

Acre’s partners have deep operating and policy experience in food and agriculture, with over 70 years of combined domain expertise.  Selected investments include Farmer’s Business Network, Inari Agriculture, Evolve Biosystems, Back to the Roots, Spoiler Alert and Impact Vision.    

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. 

Maarten Ooms

Maarten Ooms

Managing Director Financial Advisory and Solutions Europe, Rabobank

Maarten Ooms is a managing director in the European team of the bank’s Financial Advisory and Solutions group. As part of his responsibilities, he assists young growth companies with the raising of capital in private placement rounds.

In August 2017, Maarten returned to Rabobank London, after a 4.5 year assignment to Rabobank in Hong Kong where he was responsible for rolling out the Global Client Solutions and Asset Based Finance capabilities in the Asian region.

Maarten joined the Utrecht Structured Finance team at Rabobank in January 2001. As of October of that year, he transferred to the London Structured Finance team. His responsibilities included the execution and origination of structured finance transactions with large corporates and financial institutions. In July 2007, he became the head of the London team where he oversaw the transition of the business from Structured Finance to Global Client Solutions, aligning the business with the international strategy of Rabobank.

Prior to joining Rabobank, Maarten was a tax lawyer at Arthur Andersen Amsterdam from 1995 to 2000. As part of the global High Tech Telecoms team, he advised various international customers on their international corporate tax affairs and advised on a number of M&A transactions in the sector.

Maarten holds a Masters Degree Tax Law from the University of Leiden and a Post Graduate Degree on European Fiscal Studies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. He speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, German and French.

Richard O'Gorman

Richard O'Gorman

Director at Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, Rabobank

Richard joined Rabo Private Equity in 2010 and is responsible for the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, a captive Rabobank Eur 50m VC fund investing into early stage food and agri-tech startups. Launched in 2017, with mandate to invest into Seed to Series B stage companies in Europe and USA that bring a game-changing value proposition to the F&A arena, and which will benefit from Rabobank’s strategic and international reach.

Financial market trader and entrepreneur by background, Richard serves on the boards as a Director or Observer of current portfolio companies Biolumic, Vence, Telesense, 30Mhz. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol and is ACCA qualified.

Joseph Schumaker

Joseph Schumaker

Founder & CEO, Foodspace

After graduating with honors from the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco, Joe co-founded a catering company in 2006. He was instrumental in growing Cosmopolitan Catering (acquired by Compass Group in 2018) to over $20M and in 2015 exited and began consulting in foodservice facility and product design with his newly formed Foodspace® brand.  Joe is an expert in foodservice management, food business growth, product development, business strategy and mentorship.

Frank Milianti

Frank Milianti

Managing Director, Creative Alignments

Frank Milianti is the Managing Director at Creative Alignments, responsible for overseeing the company’s consumer products practice. He has more than 15 years of experience leading CPG recruitment efforts to help maximize his client’s investment in people. He's energized by developing lasting relationships with strategic partners and sharing his knowledge on how to best build a successful culture and team.

Maria Olide

Maria Olide

CFO, Farmer's Business Network

Maria is the CFO of Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. (FBN).  FBN is creating the future of farming that puts Farmers First by democratizing information, producing unbiased analytics, and providing competition for the farmer’s business.  Maria has held a variety of professional roles prior to FBN, including CFO for 1-Page, CFO of Worldwide Sales & Marketing for ADP,  and Partner & Managing Director for KPMG LLP. Maria has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and has an MBA from Stanford University.

Matt Melbourne

Matt Melbourne

Business Development, Republic

Matt leads Business Development and sits on the Investment Team at Republic––a platform for startups to raise capital and for everyone to invest in startups. He educates entrepreneurs on the value of allowing their most loyal users or customers to invest in the business using new regulations enacted by the SEC in 2016. Before diving into the startup world, he worked on Global Citizen’s BD team that managed corporate partnerships of their Fortune 50 accounts including Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Citi. 

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.

Robert Gonzales

Robert Gonzales

Business Banking Market Manager, Rabobank NA

Robert is Business Banking Market Manager for Rabobank NA, overseeing a team of 20 Business Bankers.  The Business Banking Group serves small and medium-size businesses, providing assistance in various financing options and creating a full-service platform for its clients.  Prior to his current position, Robert was Executive Director of a Certified Development Company which provided real estate financing up to $15M for commercial/Industrial companies.  Robert has also worked at Zion in their National Real Estate Group in the LA market and has closed over one billion in  financing over his career.  Robert holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.  

Chaeyoung Shin

Chaeyoung Shin

Co-founder & CEO, Sugarlogix

Chaeyoung received her PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from UC Berkeley, and her BS in chemical and biological engineering at Seoul National University. During her PhD, she worked on developing in situ product separation methods to realize continuous operation modes for biofuel fermentation. This is directly related to her contribution to the fermentation technology optimization at Sugarlogix. She has a deep passion for developing sustainable and robust technologies to manufacture novel foods that can help enhance the quality of life, and this is what drives her every day at Sugarlogix.

Brett Kadesh

Brett Kadesh

Senior Associate, Touchdown Ventures

Brett is a venture capital investor at Touchdown Ventures focused on consumer products and digital commerce, working closely with eighteen94 Capital, Kellogg’s corporate venture fund.  Brett’s prior experience spans financial services to early-stage consumer products facing ventures, allowing him to bring both an entrepreneur and investor perspective to the market.  Originally from Philadelphia, Brett spent several years in Southern California and currently lives in San Francisco.  

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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 85 attorneys in 22 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

FoodSpace®

FoodSpace®

FoodSpace® is a foodservice consultancy based in the heart of Silicon Valley.  They specialize in facility design, operational management, program and project management and innovations in foodservice.  FoodSpace® is your partner in building sustainable food programs, foodservice businesses and food technology.

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

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

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

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

Creative Alignments

Creative Alignments

Creative Alignments helps quickly growing companies build their teams for success, using a very different approach to recruiting. With our Time-Based Recruiting® model, you only pay for the time it takes to find great talent, rather than having to pay a 20-30% commission for each hire, like traditional recruiters. Our experienced recruiters work as a flexible, collaborative extension of your team, on demand. We are your recruiting partner, motivated by your goals and needs, not by commissions.

Supporting Sponsor

Agropur

Agropur

Founded in 1938 in Québec (Canada), Agropur dairy cooperative is joining the FoodBytes! family in 2018, bringing 80 years of dairy sector leadership and expertise. Agropur, which is the largest dairy-processing cooperative in North America and ranked among the Top 20 Global Dairy in the world, never stops innovating and sees innovation as a guiding principle within the organization. With its accelerator INNO ACCEL, Agropur seeks to reinvent dairy together with the bests startups! Better Dairy. Better World.

Community Partner

The Chobani Food Incubator is a program for companies taking on broken food systems to bring better food to more people. In addition to investment, we give growing food and beverage companies access to our network and expertise in order to scale up their operations and achieve significant growth

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

Republic

Republic

Republic is an investment platform for private companies to raise capital and for everyone to invest in private companies. After JOBS Act regulations were enacted in 2016, AngelList alumni spun out to launch Republic with a mission to democratize access to capital and access to angel investing. 

Community Partner

The Spoon

The Spoon

Curious about how robotics and automation is changing the way we grow, discover, cook and consume food? Join us and executives from Google Brain, Albertson’s, Cafe X, Chowbotics, Starship Technologies and more on April 16 in San Francisco at ArticulATE: the premiere event exploring how robots are disruption the meal journey. Use code FOODBYTES15 to save 15% on tickets.

Community Partner

Parsnip

Parsnip

The entrepreneurs behind Parsnip are on a mission to connect all the better-for-you brands to partnership marketing opportunities. They’ve already built a network of 500 brands that find one another on Parsnip to work collaboratively on things like giveaways, newsletter exchanges, guest posts, in-store demos, gift baskets, or product placement at events like Summit LA and the NPR How I Built This with Guy Raz Summit. It's free to join and use!

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

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

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

The Movitz Group

The Movitz Group

The Movitz Group helps early stage conscious brands raise capital & build revenue. Our decades of expertise is expressed through methodical, disciplined, and articulate go to market strategies to build revenue responsibly, and best practice financial strategy preparation and investor pitch development when raising capital.

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

Thought for Food

Thought for Food

Thought For Food (TFF) engages and empowers next generation innovators to help feed 9+ billion people by 2050. We inspire and train youth to think critically about the big issues facing their future and to take action by launching new startups and social enterprises.

Community Partner

Parsnip

Parsnip

The entrepreneurs behind Parsnip are on a mission to connect all the better-for-you brands to partnership marketing opportunities. They’ve already built a network of 500 brands that find one another on Parsnip to work collaboratively on things like giveaways, newsletter exchanges, guest posts, in-store demos, gift baskets, or product placement at events like Summit LA and the NPR How I Built This with Guy Raz Summit. It's free to join and use!

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.

Media Partner

Food Navigator USA

Food Navigator USA

William Reed’s FoodNavigator brand has been the leading online news source for the food industry for almost 20 years, leveraging our digital-first position to bring powerful insights and robust information to help your business succeed. FoodNavigator-USA provides a 360-degree view of the food and beverage market, spanning everything from investment, incubation and innovation, to ingredients, food science and product formulation, labelling, litigation, regulation, consumer trends, new products and new technology. 

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