Switzerland Driving the Future of Food @Bangalore Tech Summit | 20.11.2020

Switzerland Driving the Future of Food @Bangalore Tech Summit | 20.11.2020

Switzerland: Driving the future of food and nutrition

WEBINAR: Swiss agri-food experts at Bangalore Tech Summit 2020 | 20.11.2020 at 10.30am

Did you know that 2.6 billion francs are invested in food innovation, with F&B exports reaching 8.9 billion per year?  A unique ecosystem has emerged from Geneva to Zurich, due to Switzerland’s deeply rooted agricultural tradition, an unmatched density of world leading companies and scientific institutions as well as a large number of start-ups in areas such as food, nutrition, life sciences and robotics.

As we continue to push the case for the Food and Nutrition Valley in Switzerland, we ask the creators, the integrator and an innovator about their views on how this plays out in the global ecosystem. And how could India, and specifically, Karnataka contribute or benefit from Switzerland’s expertise.

SPEAKERS

Alexander Mathys
Professor, Sustainable Food Processing, ETH Zurich

  • Dr. -Ing. Alexander Mathys is a food technologist and has been Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Sustainable Food Processing at ETH Zurich since 2015. He received his doctoral degree in food processing in 2008. Dr . Mathys is the author of more than 80 publications (incl 10 patent applications,) and was selected IFT W.K. Kellogg International Food Security Award Winner 2020, Young Researcher of the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates 2010, and Einstein Young Scholar 2010 at Falling Walls 2010.
Olga Dubey

  • Dr. Olga Dubey is the co-founder and CEO of AgroSustain SA. Following her PhD thesis, Olga decided to focus on the applied research understanding the need for sustainable agriculture, aiming to provide high-quality food with no negative impact on the environment and human health. That led to the foundation of AgroSustain – a Nyon (Agroscope) based startup that develops multiple solutions to fight the food waste, starting with biological freshness extension solutions for fruits and vegetables and followed by the antifungal biological solutions.
  • Dr Fabian Wahl is the Head of the ‘Food Microbial Systems’ Strategic Research Division at Agroscope. Previosly Fabian worked for the Merck Group, as Head of New Business and was responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy.

  • Fathi Derder is currently the Managing Director at the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley. He is a journalist by training, with about 12 years of experience working at the public service radio station (Radio Suisse Romande) as a senior reporter, before becoming the deputy editor-in-chief. In 2008, he launched a regional private television of which he is the editor-in-chief. He was a Member of the National Council (federal parliament) from 2011 to 2019. 

 

Moderator: Sebastien Hug, CEO & Consul General, swissnex India

Organized by swissnex India, book your ticket here.

 

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Webinar: Latest news on the FoodTech Ecosystem | 23.11.2020 at 9am

Webinar: Latest news on the FoodTech Ecosystem | 23.11.2020 at 9am

Innovaud, the EHL Innovation Village and the Agropole are pleased to invite you to a webinar on Monday 23rd of November 2020, 9am – 10.15am.

This is an opportunity to get together the FoodTech community and keep you updated about the latest news and some key players in the food and nutrition sector.

PROGRAM

  • Introduction and moderation by Innovaud – Pierre-Jean Wipff, Innovation advisor

  • Update on the Swiss Food and Nutrition Valley by Fathi Derder – Presentation of an initiative gathering and promoting the foodtech ecosystem to achieve tomorrow’s food and nutrition challenges.

  • Agropôle of Molondin by Julie Schüpbach – Fields for trials, industrial infrastructures, service providers and commercial network; Agropôle is a unique site to accelerate the implementation of tomorrow’s sustainable solutions.

  • News of the EHL Innovation Village by Winaretta Zina Singer – Resilience on the food and hospitality innovation scene.

  • Vivent by Carrol Plummer – Harnessing biosignals for the future with plant monitoring.

  • Aquantis by Marc Van Rompaey – Innovative sensors for in-line moisture, particle size and freezing monitoring.

  • Firmenich D-lab by Eric Saracchi – Tackling Artificial Intelligence to augment innovation across fragrance and taste creation.

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EIT Food launches search for the next 100 high-impact agrifood entrepreneurs

EIT Food launches search for the next 100 high-impact agrifood entrepreneurs

EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), today launches a search to find the next 100 agrifood entrepreneurs who can transform the food system to be healthier, innovative and more sustainable.

The search for the 2021 cohort, comes following news that EIT Food has provided more than €10 million in direct financial support across its Business Creation programmes in 2020. This support has helped entrepreneurs to grow and scale their impact faster – from help with market testing new ideas, providing access to experts, connections to corporate partners across the food industry, and support with investors. Last year, successful EIT Food startups raised more than €91 million in external investments as a result of the programme.

The food system faces major challenges if the world is to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and adhere to the Paris Agreement climate targets. Yet, less than 4% of startups in Europe are in the agrifood space, creating a huge market opportunity for innovators, investors and entrepreneurs alike.

From aspiring entrepreneurs with new business ideas across universities and education centres, to early stage startups and scaleups wanting to expand internationally, EIT Food is looking for ideas and businesses across European markets, designed to have the highest impact when shaping the future of food, and aligned with the European Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy. The search focuses on new ideas across six key focus areas; sustainable agriculture, sustainable aquaculture, alternative proteins, digital traceability, circular food systems and targeted nutrition.

In the first ever virtual EIT Food Venture Summit, on 17 and 18 November 2020, investors and corporates will be able to explore commercial partnerships and investment opportunities with 130+ high-impact startups and will hear pitches from a select group of some of EIT Food’s existing partners and entrepreneurs. Interested new startups will also have an opportunity to learn about flagship programmes and connect with other agritech leaders.

 

Our purpose at EIT Food is to create a culture across Europe for entrepreneurship to thrive. Only a spirit of entrepreneurship will help Europe to make the transformation we need, creating a food system fit for the future, that is healthy, sustainable, and meets the needs of a growing population.

Today we are calling for new ideas from experts, innovators and investors, right across the food system. We encourage anyone who has an idea or a business that can make a real difference, with potential to scale and grow, to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Andy Zynga

CEO, EIT-Food

Many startups, already working with EIT Food, will be appearing at the Venture Summit to showcase their ideas and pitch to new investors.

Brij Sahi, Co-Founder and CEO of SwissDeCode, says: “EIT Food has enabled us to tap into some of the largest corporations in the world and to establish proof of concepts with them. This opportunity means we can directly engage with corporates and discuss on a one-to-one basis what we could do together.” 

Those that join the network benefit not only from easy-to-access funding and investment, but also access to world-leading agrifood entrepreneurs, corporates and partners, such as Pepsico, Danone, Nestlé and Cambridge University.

Damien Jourdan, Open Innovation Manager at Danone, comments: The EIT Food Seedbed program’s focus on customer discovery is really interesting and distinctive – startups need to understand whether they will have customers to buy their product. As a key partner in the network, we’re here to bring value and to help entrepreneurs grow their venture faster with our expertise.” 

Whether applicants join the EIT Food Seedbed programme as an early-stage startup looking to verify their proposition and market, the Food Accelerator Network to gain access to tools, connections and expertise, or the RisingFoodStars Association to scale and reach new markets, startups will gain support and mentorship as part of the vibrant and diverse EIT Food community. In order to generate new knowledge and technologies, and to drive the growth and competitiveness of the EU, these activities will all be measured against economic, societal and environmental impact.

Applications will open early next year and close in Spring 2021. Register your interest and find out more through this form.

Sign up to the Venture Summit via the EIT Food website to meet EIT Food’s entrepreneurs and partners.

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Kickoff Event: NTN Swiss Food Ecosystems

Kickoff Event: NTN Swiss Food Ecosystems

The jointly founded association “Suisse Agro Food Leadinghouse” by Swiss Food Research and the Cluster Food & Nutrition has been chosen by Innosuisse to take the lead of one of its 12 “NTN – Innovation Boosters – Swiss Food Ecosystems”.

Its thematic focus lies on technology-based next generation innovation in the field of :

  • Smart Nutrition
  • Biomass Valorization
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Packaging

but also on business model innovations, innovation culture or innovation methods.

The NTN – Innovation Booster provides direct funding to selected innovation teams for the development and testing of innovation ideas. This promotes an agile process with modern, collaborative methods like DesignThinking and Rapid Prototyping, which continuously improves the quality of ideas. In addition, collaborative learning through hackathons and idea-challenges exchange the experiences between the teams in a spirit of Open Innovation.

Through the Leading House, member companies can gain competitive advantages by collaborating with partners along the value chain and by incorporating the knowledge, competencies and technologies of the universities and research partners and generate disruptive and groundbreaking innovations.

Learn more about the NTN Innovation booster on www.innosuisse.ch.

Kickoff Event with the presentation of the instruments of the promotion portfolio is taking place for the 24 November 2020 on the conference platform veertly. 

This event is reserved for members or future members and partners of Swiss Food Research or Cluster Food&Nutrition.

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Switzerland x India Agri-Food Bootcamp 2021: Q&A Webinar

Switzerland x India Agri-Food Bootcamp 2021: Q&A Webinar

Explore this intense startup program curated by Swissnex India, Swiss Food Research and Innosuisse for exciting opportunities within the fastest-growing space of sustainable Indian Agri-Food. Leverage our network for this sustainable sector that is here to stay, join our exclusive webinar to know more.

India Agri-Food Bootcamp 2021

Register to our information session and Q&A webinar


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Info & Registration: marina.helm@swissfoodresearch.ch  

Bootcamp Program

What’s in for your startup? 

  • Adapting your product/service in response to market characteristics and trends, and how your innovation can benefit within the sustainable Agri-Food space in India.

     

  • Meeting with potential partners and customers, on opportunities for your individual product and service innovation.
  • Understanding the specific IP/ legal framework in India for your innovation Gaining insights on current and futuristic trends, and acquiring expertise on Indian business culture.

What we’ll work on together
Explore our tailored meetings with Indian Agri-Food startups, investors, industry experts and potential local collaborators with exciting possibilities of fruitful collaboration. Depending on what stage your innovation is in, we will curate the better suited camp from below:

Market Validation
Your startup is supported in carrying out preliminary market research locally, identifying potential clients and collaboration partners in the area of research, innovation, development, production, distribution and sales with the objective of devising an international strategy, reaching established milestones, coaching startups individually for product/service placement, pricing strategies, and competitive intelligence.

Market Entry
Your startup is supported in preparing and implementing market penetration, including cooperation with partners that are extensively involved in research, developing market structures and contacts, interacting with potential clients, implementing the distribution strategy, reaching established milestones.

Innovation is a prime focus for any of our curated programs. Thereby, depending on the situation closer to the program dates, we will leverage this strength to go digital without the risk of travel, if necessary.

Costs
Participants will take care of their flight (approx. 750-1200 CHF), accommodation (approx. 500 CHF for 5 nights), visa (approx. 200 CHF), and their insurance coverage. Participants supported by Innosuisse will be eligible to receive a scholarship refund of CHF 3000 (Market Validation Camp) or CHF 6000 (Market Entry Camp) after the completion of their camp.

Dates

  • 15th September, 2020: Applications Open
  • 15th November, 2020: Applications Close
  • 15th December, 2020: VISA invitation letter to selected startups
  • 15th January 2021: Tailored digital 1:1 preparation and coaching for selected startups
  • March 2021: India Agri-Food Bootcamp

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