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FoodBytes! is one of the industry’s most valuable global networks for food and agriculture startups pioneering sustainable innovations. It is Rabobank’s discovery platform that champions cross-industry collaboration between the most promising startups, corporates and investors.
FoodBytes! has made some pivotal changes in 2022 that will help catalyze long-term collaboration and improve future food systems.
Our continuous startup scouting process and application window will take place on a quarterly basis through our Digital hub. In partnership with our members, we will select 15 startups a quarter to participate. The startup program will take place across one week each quarter and culminate in strategic introductions between startups and relevant members.
2022 Quarterly Programming
45 Startups in 2022
15 startups are selected each quarter based on alignment with our criteria and the quarterly scouting theme, with a focus on Food Tech and Agtech companies. Our CPG sector has been streamlined - CPG startups must have a defensible underlying technology or a novel supply chain innovation, and are encouraged to apply under the food tech sector.
Quarterly Startup Onboarding
Once selected, startups participate in 1:1 mentoring and group workshops with experts on topics like route to market, investment strategy, and corporate collaboration.
Member-Focused Pitch Prep
Startups are prepped and tasked with creating a pitch video deliverable to share with FoodBytes! members, learning to put their best foot forward for future partnership.
Individualized 1:1 introductions
Introductions between startups and members to lay the groundwork for commercial partnerships, investment, and more.
Applying to the Startup Program
Are you an entrepreneur with a robust, diverse team? Do you have a validated business model with a focus on sustainability (people, profit planet)? Are you open to cross-collaboration, partnerships and critical feedback? Is your business validation to growth stage? Then FoodBytes! is calling your name…
In 2022, we’re emphasizing industry-validated themes. Each quarter we’ll focus on a specific cross-cutting theme and scout within that theme.
Q1: The New Consumer: proactively anticipating how future eaters will evaluate, shop for and consume their food, including:
- Ingredient Diversification
- Nutrition / Immunity
- Supply chain traceability & Sustainability metrics
- Wearables / tracking & consumer education
Q2: New Modes of Production: developing technologies that optimize food production decisions and improve full value chains, includnig:
- Farm Management Systems
- Cell Ag / fermentation tech
- Novel farming
- hyper-localized production & distribution
- Farm biologicals & other regenerative inputs
Q3: New Ways of Working: re-imagining the role of the worker and conditions of the workplace by introducing new technologies that create more from less, including:
- manufacturing improvement
- New food distribution
- Shelf-stable processing
- Waste reduction / upcycled ingredients
Of all the startup programs, FoodBytes! is the most impactful with tangible results and an ongoing community of support.
FoodBytes! and Rabobank’s existing client connections fill a gap for F&A startups. Their deep insights into opaque markets we operate in has been invaluable, and connections for later investment rounds mean we can achieve a high valuation from investors.
Foodbytes! brings us a look at the cutting-edge technology and what’s been innovative within the food industry. It opens our eyes to where the industry is going.