27 Jun 2019

This weeks inaugural Food Tech Matters brought together leading investors and big brands with some of the most innovative start-ups disrupting food and drink through tech.

Companies attending included Costa Coffee, Microsoft, Nestlé, Five Seasons Ventures, Danone, Eatable Adventures, Draper Esprit, BiTHOUSE GROUP, Seedrs, Anterra Capital, Sainsbury’s, Future Food Network, PepsiCo, Unilever, Barclays, Cape Capital, Doehler Ventures, ETF Partner, Octopus Ventures, HSBC, Ferrero, Virgin Management, Piper PE LLP, and Bowman Ingredients. 

More than 630 one-to-one meetings took place over the course of the two day event

Over 630 one-to-one meetings were booked as part of the event, giving start-ups the chance to speak to investors and big food brands. These networking opportunities offer the perfect chance for start-ups to seek investment, advice and to create connections that would be highly valuable in the future.

Three unique pitching sessions also took place, enabling shortlisted start-ups the chance to pitch their solutions, products and ideas to major players like Unilever, The University of Cambridge IfM Open Innovation Forum in Food, Drink & FMCG, and leading food tech investors including Five Seasons Ventures, Seedrs, Anterra Capital and Peakbridge Partners.

“I'm really excited at the prospect of six talented start-ups working with 20 leading companies from across the food and drink value chain to hack the challenge of driving the end-to-end sustainability of the whole sector,” said Dominic Oughton, Industrial Associate and Open Innovation Forum lead at Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge.

To find out more about Food Tech Matters click here