The European FoodNexus Startup Challenge is a challenge for food & agtech startups in seven EU countries that aims to offer growth opportunities to the startups by fostering collaboration with leading food & agri corporates. The challenge is initiated by the FoodNexus consortium, and organized by StartLife.
On the 13th of December the finals of the European FoodNexus Startup Challenge took place in Wageningen! Here, 15 of Europe’s best food & agtech startups pitched for a chance to win €50,000. Moreover, all 15 startups have worked with Unilever, FrieslandCampina and the other corporate partners in a two-day bootcamp.
Check out our online magazine for a review of this year’s edition of the European FoodNexus Startup Challenge.
12:30 Opening by Rens de Jong
12:35 Welcome by Louise Fresco, president Wageningen University & Research
13:35 Short networking break
14:30 Intermezzo: keynote by Marjolijn Sonnema, Director General for Agro and Nature at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
15:10 Keynote: “the future of meat production” by Ira van Eelen, Member Advisory Board, Hampton Creek
15:25 Announcement of the winner
15:35 Networking reception
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, Anterra Capital
Harry Barraza, Head of Open Innovation, Arla Foods
Claudio Cenedese, Technology Liaisons Manager, Electrolux
Mathieu Rolland, M&A Director, Symrise
Riadh Shaïek, Partner, Emertec Venture
Laurent Genet, Corporate Development Director, Nutreco
Why join the challenge?
If you are selected, you have the opportunity to pitch your startup to a European audience of investors and corporates, for a chance to win €50K. The European finalists will receive additional mentoring and support on collaborating with corporate partners during a two-day bootcamp. This will prepare you for a potential partnership with one of the corporates in the challenge, who can help you as launching customer or R&D partner.
Criteria for startups
Please consider the following application criteria: