Wednesday 24 June


Coffee and registration


agri-foodtech revolution and the global trends driving investment and innovation

As the ever-increasing focus by consumers on convenience, health, wellbeing and low environmental impact continues to place significant pressure on the food industry to transform and innovate the global food system, this opening panel will explore the latest trends driving investment in new disruptive technologies and agri-foodtech solutions.

Christine Gould, Founder and CEO, Thought for Food

Carsten Krome, Managing Partner, Hatch

Mario Lebherz, Managing Director, Atlantic Food Lab


1-2-1 meetings and networking coffee


Ask the accelerator

A chance for start-ups and open innovation director to question and quiz our panel of accelerators about how the market has progressed and how to capitalise on new and future opportunities.


Is personalised nutrition the future of food?

What are the latest trends and solutions disrupting the nutrition and supplement market? How are tech and big-data being used to deliver personalised nutrition solutions and are consumers ready for it to go mainstream?

Tech in focus theatre

Harnessing foodtech to fight food loss and waste

As the food and drink industry has come under increased pressure to reduce its plastic footprint and combat waste, it has created significant business and investment opportunities for start-ups and innovators focused on developing food waste technologies and sustainable packaging solutions. This session will explore the impact of the latest tech innovations, looking at what’s coming down the line as we move towards a circular economy for food and look ahead to a more sustainable future.

Moderated by:

Merijn Dols, Global Director of Open Innovation and Circular Economy for Food, Danone

Elsa Bernadotte, Founder, Karma

Pierre-Yves Pasquier, Co-founder and CEO, Comerso


1-2-1 meetings and networking lunch



Start-up pitch session: Meet the disruptors

Six of today’s most exciting agri-foodtech start-ups take to the floor to present their solutions and receive expert feedback from the investor pitch panel. Each start-up will have three minutes to pitch plus three minutes of feedback and questions from the panel.

Selection will be via an application process open to all registered start-ups.

Investor judging panel by:

Christine Gould, Founder and CEO, Thought for Food

Mark Durno, Managing Partner AgriFood, Rockstart

Ivan Farneti, Managing Partner, Five Seasons Ventures

Tech in focus theatre

Next-gen technology and the future of food retail

In the race to deliver the very best customer experiences both in- store and online, as well as meet ever-growing demands for efficiency, convenience and sustainability, how are retailers utilising new technologies and innovative processes to stay one step ahead?

As we think about how consumers will shop for food in the future, this session will explore how the latest retail trends are driving innovation in key areas such as on-demand retail, in-store experiences, efficiency and control, data analysis and prediction and personalised food shopping.

Moderated by: Axel Wehr, Principal, Anterra Capital

Alon Chen, Founder and CEO, TasteWise

Alberto Menolascina, Chief Business and Growth Officer, REEF Technology



Next-gen farming and the future of agtech

As we seek new and innovative ways to disrupt and improve global food production, without putting further pressure on the environment, the agri-food industry is turning to technology for the answer. What is the role of agtech in tackling climate change? What solutions are being developed that can be scaled up to have a real impact on environmental and sustainability issues associated with intensive agriculture? Are they meeting the needs of the farmer? What will be the impact of robotics, sensors, AI and other ag tech on food security and food quality?

Stefan Fürnsinn, Senior Vice President Digital Farming, Yara International

Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer, Elizabeth Creek Chair of Agri-Tech Economics, Harper Adams University

Paul Rous, Investor/Mentor, SHAKE Climate Change

Matija Zulj, CEO & Founder, Agrivi

Tech in focus theatre

Next-gen alternative proteins and the future of meat

As meatless burgers and the chickenless egg become a mainstream option for consumers in 2020, this session will look ahead to what’s coming down the line, exploring the very latest science and technology being developed today that will bring fake steaks and fish-free seafood in the future.

Shlomi Goren, Co-Founder, Rilbite 


1-2-1 meetings and networking coffee



Are we innovating fast enough?

We know that the global food system needs radical transformation if it is going to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, but is this happening fast enough? What needs to be done to accelerate the pace of change and disruption? Where is new innovation needed most and how is this being met by the foodtech community? Is open innovation in the food industry working, what are the specific challenges and how can we harness new opportunities for greater corporate/start-up collaboration that will deliver genuine change and action?

Moderated by: Kevin Camphuis, Co-founder / FoodTech expert, ShakeUpFactory

Alexandre Bastos, Global Innovation Director, Givaudan

Merijn Dols, Global Director of Open Innovation and Circular Economy for Food, Danone

Gil Horsky, Director of Innovation SnackFutures, Mondelez International

Serpil Tascioglu, Director R&D Foods Transformation, Unilever

Tech in focus theatre

Indoor and vertical farming – transforming food production

As we strive for a more sustainable food system, we are rethinking the way we grow crops. Agriculture is expanding with new and innovative farming practices to revolutionise food production using techniques such as indoor and vertical farming, hydroponics and aeroponics and aquaponics. Indoor farming technology is set to nearly double to $40 billion by 2022 and the vertical farming market will have grown by 24.8% between 2016 and 2022. How will they play a role in enabling access to healthy and sustainable foods? Are they commercially viable farming solutions? Where are the investment opportunities?

Jamie Burrows, Founder & CEO, Vertical Future

Ton Wallast, CFO, Priva

Jonathan Webb, Founder & CEO, AppHarvest

Axel Wehr, Principal, Anterra Capital


Close of day one and networking drinks