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Food techies look to Italy


Italy and food are synonymous with one another – and rightly so – it is home to some of the world’s finest cuisine.

The country is now also taking the lead in food technology nurturing the next generation of pioneers who are revolutionising the industry.

Seed and Chips – the Global Food Innovation Summit – will welcome former US President Barack Obama to Milan next month as its keynote speaker. It is a clear indicator of just how Italy is being viewed as an important destination generating the ideas and innovations which will help serve up a sustainable future for the industry. While the renowned Rome-based global Startupbootcamp FoodTech accelerator is now searching for its latest cohort of startups prepped to shake things up.

The accelerator will be going on the road this year to meet the world’s most exciting startups taking in 11 of the ‘hottest food tech ecosystems’ – including Munich, Shanghai and San Francisco – as part of its 2017 FastTrack World Tour.

“Our first acceleration program closed with outstanding results,” said Peter Kruger, CEO of Startupbootcamp FoodTech. “We received over 600 applications from almost 60 countries. We selected the 10 best startups, from 8 different countries, that are all now closing their seed rounds.  This year, we aim to grow even bigger. To start with, during this call we are expanding our FastTrack World Tour to cover new destinations as Israel and China. We are also increasing the value offered to the startups that will join the program.”

For this new call and to be in with a chance of securing up to €50,000 in direct funding, as well as around half a million euros in partner deals and six months free office space in Rome, global startups have until July 18 to apply.


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