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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Creative Alignments

Creative Alignments

Creative Alignments is a disruptor in the recruiting services space. We have developed a unique Time-Based Recruiting® model that creates a flexible talent partnership with our clients to find them the very best talent, while saving money. As opposed to traditional percentage-of-salary recruiting firms that may push candidates for fee-based windfalls, Creative Alignments aligns with companies to tap quality employees who can fuel their growth. Using our innovative pay-by-the-hour process, our senior team recruits across all functions in the food & consumer products, tech, professional services & manufacturing industries.

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.

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

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

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

TrySome

TrySome

TrySome has made product testing affordable for everyone. We work with CPG brands that want a more efficient way to test the market, get consumer feedback, create a buzz or demonstrate engagement to retail buyers. 

We help brands get survey feedback and create personas of those who try their products in a quick and easy fashion. We make anybody a market research expert!

Community Partner

Step Two Advisors

Step Two Advisors

Step Two Advisors is a firm focused on helping CPG early stage startups in F&B. We are different because we have been in founders' shoes before and can come in as shadow executives to help our clients navigate the first years of their growth better. With expertise in Finance, Business Planning, Operations, Sales and Distribution, we cover all aspects of a COO/CFO role but for a fraction of the cost. We also work on standalone projects tailored to your needs In addition, Step Two Advisors offers due diligence work for both CPG corporations and venture capital firms.

Are you ready for the next step?

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) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to catalyzing, supporting and funding the next generation of startups and leaders for food and agriculture.

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.

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.

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