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Eight exciting food startups will go head-to-head in a virtual pitch event next month – and it’s live. With lockdown measures in place worldwide there is no better time to watch innovation events online. And the free webinar on 13 May from F&A Next, in cooperation with Foodbytes! by Rabobank, will showcase some the world’s most promising early stage companies selected as this year’s Next Heroes of Food- & AgTech finalists.

Entries were received from 29 countries, with a host of food tech and agtech solutions proposed – many of which harness AI, machine learning and digital platforms. The top eight will now pitch to an international audience of investors, peers, media and potential corporate partners.

Register to watch the finale on 13 May for free. And check out who you will be listening to below:

Next Heroes in FoodTech 2020

FUMI Ingredients (The Netherlands) : Develops functional food ingredients from microorganisms. The novel animal-free ingredients work as egg replacers and have no allergens. The production process allows a carbon footprint reduction of over 90% compared to conventional egg-white production.

Connecting Food (France): Tracks and digitally audits food products in real-time from farm to fork. The blockchain solution maps food supply chains and improve internal traceability. They also help brands and retailers improve their external transparency via a QR code & storytelling.

COGZ (UK) : Offers a B2B online marketplace for food & beverage manufacturers and processors to buy surplus produce directly from farmers and growers. COGZ’s technology saves time, increases profitability and prevents food waste in primary production.

Verdify (The Netherlands): Enables companies active in the food domain to personalise their recipes for individual customers, supporting prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Their digital platform fully personalizes meal recipes according to guideline-based medical diets, biomarkers and individual preferences.

 

Next Heroes in AgTech 2020

Evologic Technologies (Austria):  Produces microbial bioactives (biostimulants and biopesticides) for seed distributors, thanks to its proprietary production platform technology. This allows distributors sell an upgraded product to farmers.

Pebble Labs (USA): Develops solutions to safely and sustainably increase natural crop yield and food security. Its mission is to develop breakthrough disruptive technologies that address the greatest agricultural, aquaculture, and environmental challenges facing the globe.

FarmRaise (USA): Unlocks public and private funding for farmers through cataloguing each grower’s unique options and simplifying the funding application process. FarmRaise makes it easy for farmers to invest in their operations today and steward their assets for future generations.

Edete (Israel): Offers a high-efficiency artificial pollination service solution for companies and growers. By reducing the deficiencies of erratic and dwindling insect-based pollination, Edete’s controlled and manageable solution has been proven to increase the yield of almond orchards.

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Susan Robertson
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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and a board member of the APOPO Foundation UK.

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