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Calling NZ Agtech, Food Tech And Food And Beverage Startups: Applications Are Open For Rabobank’s FoodBytes! Pitch 2021


 Rabobank is kicking off the 2021 Pitch programme
for FoodBytes!, the
bank’s global food and agriculture innovation platform,
which drives connections and collaboration between startups,
corporate leaders,investors and farmers to implement
solutions to food system challenges.

From now until
Sunday 16 May, Kiwi agtech, food tech and consumer food and
beverage startups are invited to apply for selection to
present at the global virtual pitch competition in
November.

FoodBytes! Pitch is an annual multi-week
programme helping food and agriculture startups from
throughout the world validate and grow their businesses, and
their impact, through global industry exposure, tailored
mentorship sessions, connection with corporates and
investors, pitch refinement, industry awareness and
recognition.

“We’re scouting for startups with
validated business models, demonstrated commercial traction,
a robust, diverse team and a cross-industry collaborative
mindset that have the potential to drive meaningful and
sustainable change throughout the food value chain,” said
said Anne Greven, Head of F&A Innovation,
Rabobank.

Nathalie Gibson, Head of Innovation,
Knowledge & Networks, who is leading the search for
startups across Australasia, including New Zealand, added:
“New Zealanders value innovation and we know there are
many progressive food and agriculture startups in the
country. In 2017, New Zealand company Regen pitched at
FoodBytes! and its business has gone from strength to
strength and in September 2020 it was acquired by CropX, a global soil
sensing and agricultural analytics leader. We encourage New
Zealand startups to engage with FoodBytes! and the Rabobank
global network, we want to support Kiwi entrepreneurs
throughout the stages of their growth.”

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Rabobank is
seeking startups ranging from seed to Series B that are
working on innovative food and agriculture product or
technology with a demonstrated product market fit in the
following areas, which are aligned with corporate and
investor member priorities:

· Sustainable
supply chains
: blockchain / traceability, livestock
management, animal feed efficiency, meat processing
automation, byproduct upcycling, commodities processing,
shelf-life extension, clean food processing

·
Improved resource management: carbon
sequestration & reduction, precision irrigation, food
loss mitigation, sustainable packaging, manufacturing
robotics, on-farm automation, ag biotechnology, precision ag
& AI, indoor farming

· Next frontier of
nutrition
: functional ingredients (ie. aging,
mental clarity, performance, immunity), food
biotechnology/fermentation, cellular agriculture, grain
& sugar alternatives, meal prep/home cooking
simplification, personalised nutrition, consumer wearables
& data gathering

This year’s applicants will be
vying for a coveted spot among the class of 45 startups –
made up of 15 companies in each of three sectors: agtech,
food tech and consumer food and beverage. Following an
in-depth mentoring and coaching program, 15 of the 45 will
be chosen to present at the platform’s live-streamed
public competition on Wednesday 10 November. At the finale,
one startup in each sector will be crowned a winner and walk
away with prizes. Following FoodBytes! Pitch participation,
all 45 startups will have access to the FoodBytes! network
of more than 350 alumni entrepreneurs for connections and
guidance to help drive their businesses forward.

New
Zealand startups interested in FoodBytes! Pitch 2021 can
visit www.foodbytesworld.com/apply

to
learn more and apply by Sunday 16 May. Finalists will be
announced on Wednesday 8 September.

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New Zealand
corporates, investors and farmers interested in learning
more about joining the FoodBytes! community, please email FoodBytes@rabobank.com.

About
Rabobank F&A Innovation

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’s
Food & Agriculture Innovation team supports the bank’s
global mission of Growing a Better World Together –
helping to turn today’s promising ideas into impactful
solutions for a sustainable food supply. Through the
FoodBytes! food and agriculture innovation platform,
Rabobank has built one of the most valuable networks for
corporates, investors and startups pioneering sustainable
ways to feed the planet.

FoodBytes! drives
collaboration between startups, large food, ag companies and
investors

through two complementary programmes:
FoodBytes! Pitch and FoodBytes! Pilot. To learn more, visit
foodbytesworld.com
or follow FoodBytes! on LinkedIn,
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
and YouTube.

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