Mission

F&A Next connects food and agriculture startups to investors, serving as a springboard to greater innovation and a better deal for all

F&A Next is about thought leadership and connecting promising startups/ scaleups, to dedicated food & agtech investors and innovative corporates. It includes one and a half day of networking, pitching and debating the dynamics in food and agriculture. If you are wholeheartedly committed to the need for innovation in Food & Agriculture than make sure you don’t miss out on F&A Next.

We are all aware of the challenges this world faces as we look to increase food production by 60% to feed a world population of nine billion in 2050. At the same time, the public expects healthy, safe and affordable food, and demand is being further influenced by urbanisation and changes to consumer behaviour.

These are exciting days then for the agri-food sector as we make the fundamental changes required to • Increase the availability of sustainable food • Improve access to food in emerging markets • Enhance yields to grow production and meet future demands • Reduce supply chain losses and waste. The EU has allocated a budget of €4 billion to innovation in food, agriculture and related domains to contribute to solving these challenges. Startups will play a vital role in making sure that this money is well spent. The F&A Next platform will give via yearly events the new companies with international potential access to top investors and financial growth capital.

About the initiators of F&A Next

F&A Next is an initiative by Rabobank, Wageningen University & Research, Anterra Capital and StartLife, collectively believing that innovation will be key to sustainably feed future generations. Disruptive innovation in itself is not enough; it also needs to be implemented and transformed into tangible applications. Entrepreneurs are needed for their drive, investors for their belief and corporates for their mass impact. To stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship we launched F&A Next in 2016.