Food and agriculture startups focused on feeding the world sustainably are invited to apply to pitch

NEW YORK (July 30, 2018) FoodBytes! by Rabobank, a global platform designed to connect corporates and investors with the most promising food, food tech and agtech startups, is returning to New York City, for the third time, on Thursday, October 18. FoodBytes! will welcome 20 ground-breaking companies that demonstrate product innovation, commercial viability, traction and a focus on sustainability. Startups from around the world are invited to apply to pitch here by Sunday, August 12 at 11:59PM EST.

Rabobank, a premier global food and agribusiness bank, first launched FoodBytes! in San Francisco in 2015 as part of its Banking for Food (B4F) strategy. Rabobank believes that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and agricultural industry that will feed the increasing global population, expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. FoodBytes! has since attracted over 3,800 attendees and received over 1,700 applications from 40 countries. More than 210 companies make up the FoodBytes! alumni community, including Imperfect Produce, I Heart Foods and Nectar.

“FoodBytes! played a key role in our launch activities this year,” said Bruce Rasa, CEO and Founder of AgVoice, a mobile voice-interaction service designed to improve sustainability, productivity and accuracy of data capture in the agriculture/food supply chain. “The valuable insights we received at FoodBytes! helped us identify the right strategies for our business growth and enabled us to improve our product to meet the needs of the new generation of ag professionals embracing smart technology. The platform empowered us in the early stages of our company.”

The two-day program begins with a mentorship intensive on Wednesday, October 17 led by industry experts on fundraising, public relations, branding, consumer trends, legal and go-to-market strategy. In addition to mentorship, the 20 startups receive mentorship, connections, insights and access to a continuous community to help them scale their businesses. The three winning companies receive consultation prizes and innovation experiences with the FoodBytes! family of sponsors. They will also pitch leading executives at Rabobank’s Annual Food & Agriculture Summit in New York City on Thursday, November 29.                                               

FoodBytes! New York is supported by presenting sponsor ADM, a specialty ingredients provider to food and beverage companies looking to get to market quickly with products consumers love. Official sponsors include Polsinelli, an AM Law 100 firm focusing on food and beverage, food– and ag–tech, and health care, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. which focuses on investing in and refreshing healthy lifestyle brands, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN which provides growers with customized efficiency tools to increase yield and reduce nutrient loss while protecting natural resources and Printpack, which develops innovative packaging solutions that deliver a distinct advantage at the shelf, strengthen brand identity and help brand owners optimize speed-to-market strategies

Apply to pitch at FoodBytes! New York before August 12 at 11:59PM EST. Tickets are now on sale here.

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FoodBytes! By Rabobank

FoodBytes! is a next-generation pitch competition that aims to discover the most ground-breaking food and agriculture startups and provide them the mentorship and connections they need to grow. Since launching in 2015, 210 startups have pitched on the FoodBytes! stage, 1,700+ startups have applied from 40 countries and more than 3,800 people have attended events in North America, Europe and Australia. FoodBytes! is part of Rabobank’s Startup Innovation initiative and is led by a global team based in New York City and Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rabobank is a leading global food and agriculture bank, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. Rabobank believes that sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and agricultural industry that will feed the increasing global population, a key focus of its Banking for Food vision to grow a better world together by 2050.

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