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StartLife Celebrates 10-year Jubilee

On 9 December, StartLife, co-founder of F&A Next, celebrates its 10-year jubilee. The Dutch agrifoodtech accelerator welcomes the entire F&A community to join its online anniversary, which includes the presentation of nine startups that will then complete StartLife's acceleration program.  

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Anterra Capital and StartLife Strengthen Ties Through Investor Partnership

Today Anterra Capital and StartLife, both co-founders of F&A Next, announced that they have formally entered into an investor partnership. Together they will back entrepreneurs who are building a healthier and sustainable food system. The partnership is an expansion of years of fruitful collaboration.

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NutriLeads attracts €6.5M Series B funding to launch innovative immune-enhancing ingredient

Dutch Health Ingredients company Nutrileads has announced the closing of a Series B financing round of €6.5 million. The funding is provided by Icos Capital together with Goeie-Grutten and existing shareholders DSM Venturing, Oost NL, Shift Invest and Thuja. Nutrileads will use the capital to launch its the immune-enhancing...

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Crop Protection Startup Enko Launches After Raising $66 million

Enko Chem, a startup employing AI and machine learning to help farmers sustainably protect their crops from pests and disease publicly launched after securing $45 million in a Series B round of financing, bringing its total funding raised to date to $66 million. Led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the...

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Virtual Graduation Day of StartLife Spring 2020 Cohort

With great pleasure StartLife, one of the co-founders of F&A Next, invites you to the graduation of nine ambitious Food- & AgTech startups of the StartLife Accelerate Spring 2020 Cohort, which takes place online on Wednesday, June 24th 2020 from 15.30 to 18.00 (Central European Summer Time). For the first time StartLife opens...

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Sexy Supply Chain Tech & Other Takeaways From F&A Next 2020

A few years from now, the coronavirus pandemic may feel like a distant memory. For now, it seems to be the only relevant issue. And even when the immediate threat of the pandemic is behind us, signs of how it’s reshaped daily life and business are sure to linger. ...

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8 Global Agri-Foodtech Startups Reimagining the Future of Food

If anything is made clear by the global pandemic, it’s that the world can change in a minute. Technology has proven its crucial role in enabling systems, markets and human behavior to change with it. We work from home. We host global conferences virtually. We log into an app...

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Maximizing Innovation Assets In Plant-based Meat And Egg Alternatives In The COVID-19 Era

At the heart of the F&A Next mission is connecting startups & scale-ups with dedicated food & agtech investors and innovative corporates. Underpinning all these connections is technological innovation. But how can innovation be fostered and maximized in the turbulent COVID 19 era we find ourselves in now? What...

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Corporates Turn To Startups To Hedge Disruptions And Get An Edge On Trends

What’s happening in the U.S. meat supply chain amid the Covid-19 crisis offers a stark warning of how vulnerable the food chain is to shocks. Poultry and livestock farms across the U.S. have been euthanizing millions of animals because processing facilities are grappling with the disease’s outbreak among the...

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F&A Next Presents Eight ‘Next Heroes in Food- & Agtech 2020’

F&A Next, in cooperation with Foodbytes! by Rabobank, proudly presents the eight most promising startups that have been selected as this year’s ‘Next Heroes in Food- & AgTech’. Next May 13, four FoodTech and four AgTech startups will pitch their innovations during a (free) live webinar of F&A Next...

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What It Takes To Scale An Agrifood Tech Startup

For startups, the proof of concept is often touted as the hardest part. Companies that can make it over that hurdle, put their product and services on the ground and build a small base of customers will be more attractive to investors and have better odds of gaining market momentum—presumably,...

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F&A Next Opens Call for Next Heroes in Food & AgTech

Innovative Food- and AgTech startups from all over the world are invited to apply for showcasing themselves at the fifth edition of F&A Next on May 13-14, 2020 in Wageningen (the Netherlands). In total 16 most promising Food- & AgTech startups will be selected to pitch their innovations on...

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2019 was a breakout year for alternative protein startups. What’s in store for 2020?

Alternative protein startups had a big year in 2019. The sector had its first IPO, its first unicorns, and a raft of new products hitting and expanding into the market through numerous channels, including grocery stores, food producers, and fast food giants. One could be forgiven for thinking that...