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Food Tech Accelerator: here are the selected startups

Third edition of the international accelerator of the food supply chain, from farm to fork

The 8 international startups, chosen from more than 600 applications, were presented today and will follow the path of the FoodTech Accelerator coordinated by Deloitte Officine Innovazione in collaboration with Amadori, Cereal Docks, CIRFOOD and EPTA. The program, now in its third edition, saw the participation of over a thousand candidates from 81 countries with a selection process that led to the choice of 24 promising international startups in three years. The alumni of the Foodtech Accelerator have in fact collected a total of more than 72 million € worldwide. The initiative is also supported by Innogest, Digital Magics and Italian Angels for Growth with the role of investment partner. 

The 8 startups, coming from America, China, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland and Slovenia, are the result of a long scouting and selection process that began last June. In recent months, the mixed team Deloitte Officine Innovazione - corporate partner has come into contact with more than 600 startups from all over the world, organizing 3 virtual pitch events involving in the jury - in addition to the corporate partners - Venture Capitalists and relevant players of the ecosystem of international innovation such as Nadev Berger of PeakBridge Partners and Andrew Ive of Big Idea Venture. 

Between October and January, the 3 selection gates made it possible to choose the 8 finalists who will access the program. 7 are the emerging trends of the Agri, Food and Retail sectors protagonists of this edition: agritech, disruptive food & alternative beverages, food as medicine, quality & food safety, automated commerce, midstream technologies, innovative packaging. Startups access a 15-week program, this year with a remote and on-site hybrid method, which aims to implement pilot projects to be developed together with the initiative's partner companies. The goals set for these weeks are varied and ambitious: among all, the definition of go-to-market strategies, internationalization, plans for industrial scale-up and product development thanks to the contamination of different realities and approaches, sometimes complementary. The acceleration path will culminate with the DemoDay scheduled for June 2021. During the event, the startups will present themselves to the innovation ecosystem and to the investor community: it will be here that the results of the pilot projects will be revealed to the market.

These are the 8 startups selected to participate in the program

Bevo. Slovenian startup that combining technology for texturing plant-based proteins and food design, has managed to develop meat analogue products that are comparable to animal products in texture, flavor and color.

Bifree. Italian startup, part of the Gerbaldo Polimeri group, which has developed a technology applicable to any type of polymer, which allows for self-sanitizing products without the use of bactericides. The material is non-toxic, 100% recyclable, is suitable for contact with food, and complies with European REACH standards.

Cloudpick. Chinese startup specializing in delivering intelligent retail solutions via AI. Based on computer vision and multi-sensor integration technologies, Cloudpick has patented a behavior recognition engine that allows them to provide a "Grab & Go" experience to customers.

Ecorobotix. Swiss startup that has developed a completely autonomous and electric robot capable of detecting weeds in the field and directing a very precise herbicide jet. In this way, chemical weeding becomes much more efficient and sustainable.

Harg. Italian startup that has developed a wide range of freeze-dried food products ready for rehydration in order to satisfy the protein needs of people suffering from dysphagia. The product range differs from its competitors due to its high protein intake and over 50 gusticountry-specific.

MIPU. Italian startup engaged in the business of predictive maintenance, the startup identifies inefficiencies and human errors by providing accurate predictive models combined with a solid knowledge of the domain to help factories and facility managers reduce waste and increase performance;

SnapDNA. American startup that has molecular detection technology for food safety qualitatively comparable, or even better, to the most sophisticated laboratory tests. Their ultra-fast automated system allows on-site detection of Listeria spp. with a qualitative analysis, in just 20 minutes.

ThorIce. Icelandic startup that provides a solution for the rapid cooling of poultry products directly on the processing line, allowing to improve the preservation of meat.

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EFA News - European Food Agency
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