Food Entrepreneur NEW YORK — Foodbytes, the innovation arm of Rabobank, is introducing an online connection hub for startups, investors and corporations at

Food and agriculture startups may create a free profile to gain visibility among potential partners and funders. Benefits include the ability to showcase technology, traction,   business updates and investment opportunities, as well as access to a centralized dashboard featuring industry insights and evolving capabilities. Participating startups also may be featured in Foodbytes insight reports and lists highlighting trends and industry sectors.

Corporate partners and investors may subscribe to Foodbytes for access to vetted and verified startups and exclusive content. An annual subscription for up to four users is priced starting at $10,000, and early corporate adopters include Barilla, Rich Products and J.M. Huber, as well as General Mills’ 301 Inc. and Rabobank’s internal investment fund.

“At its core, Foodbytes is rooted in (food and agriculture) industry expertise and startup connections,” said Stijn Rook, global head of Foodbytes. “Offered by no other bank, our startup-led data, curated insights and scalable approach will drive value for corporates, investors and startups alike.”

Launched in 2015, FoodBytes has helped hundreds of startups validate and grow their businesses through global industry exposure, tailored mentorship sessions and individualized connections with investors, initially as an annual pitch competition, then a series of quarterly virtual programs, and now as an online connection hub, facilitating collaboration across the value chain.  

“Rabobank’s innovation initiatives, including Foodbytes, help achieve our mission of ‘growing a better world together’ and create a substantial impact on the transitions in energy, food, and an inclusive society,” said Roland van der Vorst, head of innovation, wholesale and rural, and chief executive officer of the Carbon Bank at Rabobank.

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