Pitching startups

Next-generation food and agri firms to pitch at FoodBytes! at F&A Next

Twenty start-ups from across the global food and agriculture industries are gearing up to pitch at Rabobank’s pitch competition-meets-networking event FoodBytes!

The competition, which takes place at food and agriculture’s foremost innovation summit, F&A Next at Wageningen University, Netherlands, on May 17-18, offers companies the opportunity to deliver a 3.5-minute presentation to a panel of judges and an audience of global food and agri investors and corporates. In addition, ten runner-up companies will give 60-second pitches,

Jeroen Leffelaar, managing director for large corporates food and agri at Rabobank, said: “The FoodBytes! at F&A Next will help us to unearth some of the next wave of innovative food companies that will play a crucial role in the sustainability of food supply as the global population continues to grow.

“F&A Next’s previous winners have gone on to enjoy success, like Phenospex, which is now in discussions with venture capital funds after being part of our event in 2016. We’re confident this year’s event will provide a similar springboard for the businesses which most impress our judges.”

Prizes for the winners include acceleration programmes by ShakeupFactory and Startlife! as well as introductions to Rabobank’s global network of corporate and retail clients.