F&A Next, the first European platform for start-ups in food and agriculture, will host the largest group of investors focussed on food and agriculture ever in the Netherlands. During the F&A Next event on 25 and 26 May 2016, investors, start-ups and corporates in the industry will meet with the collective goal to stimulate innovation in food and agriculture. During the event, start-ups will present themselves to investors during pitching sessions. Among them are start-ups like Proti-Farm (insects), Mosa Meat (lab-grown meat) and Mazza Innovations (nutrient extraction).
Largest group of F&A investors ever in the Netherlands
Along with Anterra Capital – globally the largest VC fund in agtech – and partner of F&A Next, representatives from more than 25 international venture capital and corporate venture funds focused on investing in innovative food and agriculture companies will attend F&A Next. Additionally, dedicated angel investors and representatives from large European companies in food and agriculture will be looking out for the next big innovation in food and agtech.
Adam Anders, Managing Partner Anterra Capital: “Innovative break-troughs are essential for doubling food availability without compromising the future of people or the planet. Venture investments in the sector are rocketing and it is time for the Netherlands to take its rightful place as a leader in this sector not only from a large corporate and research perspective but also by supporting entrepreneurs.Venture capital funds like ours are jumping into the opportunities provided.”
Berry Marttin, member Executive Board Rabobank: “We need entrepreneurs to turn innovation into practical propositions that fit market demands. Fostering innovation in food and agriculture is a huge focus for Rabobank. We are keen to support the innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem in the sector with financing, our unique food & agri knowledge and connecting our networks throughout the global value chains from farm to fork. That is why we are proud to join F&A Next in linking ideas to investments.”
Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen UR considers start-ups an essential part of the knowledge ecosystem around Wageningen UR. “It’s in our DNA to cross-connect fundamental and applied knowledge with businesses. Our campus is a place where passionate and motivated entrepreneurs work with similarly motivated and passionate scientists and researchers, resulting in a vibrant and inspiring environment, an environment that is fundamental for new ideas and businesses.”
The list of investors attending F&A Next includes representatives from more than 25 international funds.
Selection of VC funds present
- Anterra Capital
- Finistere Ventures
- Cultivian Sandbox
- And the platform Agfunder
Selection of corporate investment funds present
- Syngenta Ventures
- BASF Ventures
- Metro Group