Food+Tech Connect offers a variety of events that bring together food, health and technology innovators and help them re-envision the future of food. These events create a unique space for people from different fields and with diverging ideas to come to the table and explore business challenges, collaboration opportunities and emerging trends.
Our Food+Tech Meetups in NYC, SF, LA and Bologna, Italy bring entrepreneurs, investors, chefs, farmers, food artisans, analysts, journalists, advocates, hackers and makers of all kinds together to network and explore the future of the industry.
Food+Tech Connect’s annual hackathons – like Hack//Meat NYC & SV & Hack//Dining NYC – bring food, health, tech and design innovators together to tackle some of the food industry’s greatest challenges.
Just 12 plants and 5 animals make up 75% of the world’s food supply. Almost half of our plant-derived calories come from just three foods: wheat, corn and rice. While estimates vary, it is believed that there are over 30,000 edible plants, and we only eat 150 of them. This is harmful to our planet, health and the communities that rely on them. While the conversation around sustainability typically focuses on how we grow our food, it’s time to focus on what we’re growing.
Biodiversity is crucial to the health and safety of our food supply. But to us, biodiversity in food means something even more. Biodiversity sits at the intersection of taste and sustainability, where we can simultaneously satiate an eater’s desire for new, interesting foods, while supporting a more diverse cornucopia of foods being cultivated in the world. As an industry, consolidation puts our food supply at risk and leaves a lot of opportunity – new flavors and food experiences – on the table.
From building out supply chains with farming cooperatives abroad to partnering chefs and breeders to develop delicious plant varieties, companies are increasingly launching products and developing supply chains that support agrobiodiversity.
Join us to hear how game-changing startups are creating a more biodiverse food system at our February Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models, technology and supply chains. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from Yolele, Kuli Kuli, Tender Greens, Kaibae, Rebbl + More
Check out our editorial series featuring interviews with 45+ CEOs, execs, farmers, investors and researchers on why biodiversity is the future of the industry: https://bit.ly/2FiaxCX