Europe’s premier event for food tech innovation & investment

May 28 – 29, 2024
Warsaw, Poland

800

Attendees

40

Countries

150

Speakers

2

Networking days

About Food Tech Congress 2024

Here, at Food Tech Congress, we believe in the power of tech, entrepreneurship and networking to push the food industry forward and speed up the revolution. It is only through this collaborative effort that we can truly make a difference and build a better tomorrow.

The annual Food Tech Congress is where innovation thrives, bold ideas spark and business gets done. In two action-packed days, we host the most prominent food tech entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and government leaders from all around the globe to solve the pressing challenges of the industry.

For the upcoming edition, we’re changing things up with 10 brand new conference themes. From food as medicine, alternative proteins and precision fermentation to circular food systems and regenerative agriculture, our discussions will draw you in and drive you forward.

Main Conference Themes

Food as medicine
Food as Medicine

How to use food science magic to turbocharge your path to wellness?

Alternative Proteins Wonderland
Alternative Proteins Wonderland

Imagine a world where meat is not the main source of protein.

Precision fermentation
Precision Fermentation Unleashed

Tiny organisms, big potential.

Food safety, security & transparency
Levelling Up Safety, Security & Transparency

The secret sauce to optimise operations, ensure food safety, and boost consumer satisfaction.

Digital from farm to fork
Digital From Farm to Fork

What innovations are shaping the future of food production and consumption?

Circular food systems
From Linear to Circular Food Systems

Pioneering the future with zero-waste and circularly designed food systems.

Fighting the food waste battle
Fighting the Food Waste Battle

Combating food waste and revolutionising packaging.

Regenerative agriculture
The Tech-Powered Future of Regenerative Agriculture

Harnessing technology for regenerative farming.

AgriTech
The future of Agritech

The digital transformation of the agricultural sector is here.

Food Tech Investment

Speakers

Bill Liao

Bill Liao

General Partner @ SOSV

Rachel Resek

Rachel Resek

Principal @ Cargill Ventures

Gil Horsky

Gil Horsky

Founding Partner @ FLORA Ventures

Marta Laorden

Marta Laorden

VC Director @ McWin Capital Partners

Alberto Sparrow

Alberto Sparrow

Managing Director @ Santander

Michela Petronio

Michela Petronio

Blufuture Steercom @ Barilla

Andrew D. Ive

Andrew D Ive

General Managing Partner @ Big Idea Ventures

Julia Martin

Julia Martin

Cellular Agriculture Lead @ ProVeg International

Fred Van Ex

Fred Van Ex

Vice President Research and Development @ Inari Agriculture

Xin Ma

Xin MA

Managing Director @ Capagro

Arik Kaufman

Arik Kaufman

CEO & Co-Founder @ Steakholder foods

Dr Jaleh Daie

Jaleh Daie

Partner @ Aurora Equity

Inbar Maymon-Pomeranchik

Inbar Maymon-Pomeranchik

Co-Founder & CEO @ AgChimedes

Nityen Lal

Nityen Lal

Managing Director @ Icos Capital

Anne Marie Butler

Anne Marie Butler

Global Director of Strategy and Innovation @ Edlong Flavor Solutions

David Brandes

David Brandes

CEO & Co-Founder @ Planetary group

Sneha Srikrishnan

Sneha Srikrishnan

Senior Director, Business Development @ Ginkgo Bioworks

Chuck de Liedekerke

Chuck de Liedekerke

CEO @ Soil Capital

Jelena Erker

Jelena Erker

Associate Director @ EBRD

Zbigniew Lewicki

Zbigniew Lewicki

Chief RDQ Officer @ Nomad Foods

Kim Odhner

Kim Odhner

Managing Partner Europe and Asia @ Unovis Asset Management

Bas Duijvestijn

Bas Duijvestijn

CCO @ Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects

Nadim El Khazen

Nadim El Khazen

Partner @ Peakbridge VC

Dr. Roger Wyse

Dr. Roger Wyse

Venture Capitalist, Founder & Managing Partner @ Spruce Capital Partners

Valeria Kogan

Valeria Kogan

CEO @ Fermata

Heather Courtney

Heather Courtney

General Partner @ Alwyn Capital

Dr Lara Ramdin

Dr Lara Ramdin

Chief Innovation & Science Officer @ Upcycled Foods Inc

Giancarlo Addario

Giancarlo Addario

Principal @ Five Seasons Ventures

Jean Louwrens

Jean Louwrens

CEO & Co-Founder @ De Novo Foodlabs

Ezhil Subbian

Ezhil Subbian

CEO @ String Bio

Peter Kruger

Peter Kruger

Chairman @ Agrifood-Tech Italia

Olga Dubey

Olga Dubey

CEO @ AgroSustain SA

Piotr Grabowski

Piotr Grabowski

Co-Founder @ Foodtech.ac

Mathilde Do Chi

Mathilde Do Chi

CEO / Principal Consultant @ Vegan Food Law

James Caffyn

James Caffyn

Partner @ Lever VC

Shyam Sundar Singh

Shyam Sundar Singh

Co-Founder @ DeHaat

Katharina Burdorf

Katharina Burdorf

Team Lead Product Management / PhD Candidate @ Hydrosol GmbH & Co. KG / University of Vechta

Mark DeSantis

Mark DeSantis

CEO @ Bloomfield

Leila Strickland

Dr Leila Strickland

CEO & Co-Founder @ BIOMILQ

Matija Zulj

Matija Zulj

CEO and Founder @ AGRIVI

Bart Van Hooland

Bart Van Hooland

Managing Partner @ Thia Ventures

Arnout Dijkhuizen

Arnout Dijkhuizen

Investment Principal @ Astanor Ventures

Myriam Rouis

Myriam Rouis

Investment Services / EIC Fund @ European Investment Bank

Adam Adamek

Adam Adamek

Chief Impact Officer @ EIT Food

Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin

Director @ BloombergNEF

Alexander Mohr

Alexander Mohr

Executive Director @ European Flavour Association

Conan Condon

Conan Condon

Head of Agri Analytics @ Alltech

Paulina Blaszczyk

Paulina Blaszczyk

Industry Analyst for Sustainability & Circular Economy @ Frost & Sullivan

Jérôme Raudin

Jérôme Raudin

Global Platform Director Modern Proteins @ Symrise AG

Tilmann Petersen

Tilmann Petersen

Investment Manager @ High-Tech Gründerfonds

Philipp Rittershaus

Philipp Rittershaus

Head of Corporate Innovation & Startup Coaching @ RootCamp GmbH

Francesca Pedri

Francesca Pedri

Sustainability Project Lead, Investments & Advisory @ GERBER-RAUTH

Antonio Iannone

Antonio Iannone

Foodtech Professional @ TheFoodCons

Ilana Ryder Schnytzer

Ilana Ryder Schnytzer

Director of Product Marketing @ Tastewise Technologies

Robert Walker

Robert Walker

European Growth Officer @ Alltech

Solveiga Pakštaitė

Solveiga Pakstaite

Founder and Director @ Mimica

Alex Shandrovsky

Alex Shandrovsky

Vegconomist Guest Contributor and Podcast Host @ Vegconomist

Kęstutis Lipnickas

Kestutis Lipnickas

CEO & Co-Founder @ Divaks

Sandra Wingaard Thrane

Sandra Wingaard Thrane

Co-founder and CSO @ Bactolife A/S

Brian P. Sylvester

Brian P. Sylvester

Partner @ Perkins Coie

Daria Reisch

Daria Reisch

Co-founder & CEO @ Agrinorm AG

Andres Anton

Andres Anton

Founder & Co-Host @ Tomorrows' Bites

Carlos Cabrera

Carlos Cabrera

Managing Director @ Greencovery

Bosco Emparanza García

Bosco Emparanza García

CEO @ MOA Foodtech

Sjacco van Kol

Sjacco van Kol

Co-Founder & Co-Host @ Tomorrow’s Bites

Mattia Quaresima

Mattia Quaresima

Account Executive @ Connecting Food

Agenda at a glance

Day 1
Morning

Wellness & Sports
Main Stage Sessions
Tech Talks

Afternoon

Networking Lunch
Main Stage Sessions
Tech Talks

Evening

Mingle Drinks
City Tours
Networking Afterparty

Day 2
Morning

Wellness & Sports
Main Stage Sessions
Food Tech Challengers Finals

Afternoon

Networking Lunch
Food Tech Challengers Superfinals

Evening

Mingle Drinks
City Tours

What to expect

Food For Thought

We are bringing together impactful senior investors, entrepreneurs and government leaders to discuss the pressing challenges plaguing our food supply chain. The main stage is where you’ll explore the market dynamics, learn from the best, and connect with people who build things – your next big thing starts here.

Innovators’ Spotlight

Meet a thriving startup network at the Tech Talks stage. We give the mic to 50+ brightest leaders that pave the way for the future of food and agriculture. Get inspired by the voices of ground-breaking entrepreneurs, make new connections and walk away with new business investment ideas.

Food Tech Challengers

At Food Tech Challengers, 60 most promising industry startups come together to showcase their game-changing solutions to remarkable panel of jury. What’s at stake? A chance to be crowned the Ultimate Food Tech Challenger of 2024! Join to hear the pitches from tech superstars and learn who is breaking the mould in food and agriculture.

Curated Networking

Make new partnerships using curated networking opportunities at Food Tech Congress. Our Speed Dating programme matches startup executives with leading investors and corporations in a series of efficient 15-minute 1:1 meetings. It has never been easier to get unprecedented access to decision makers, investors, and a community of shared interests.

Exhibit Space

On our mission to foster innovation, we are joining hands with leading food tech organisations, VC funds and startups. Engage in meaningful conversations, build new connections and find your future business partners at the expo area that will serve as the hub of the event. All the action will happen in one space allowing for constant connection between attendees and exhibitors throughout the event.

Unforgettable Experience

At Food Tech Congress we are all about growing global food tech communities and unlocking unrivalled business opportunities. But we are not that serious all the time – we LOVE when productive meets fun. The event will be jam-packed with entertainment, live music, city tours, and innovative food, inspired by tradition as well as the latest trends.

Venue & Hotels

Welcome To Warsaw
Warsaw

This year’s Food Tech Congress is taking place in Warsaw – the dynamic capital of Poland. One of the most exciting cities to visit in Europe offers an intellectual feast that’s rich in history and charm.

Home to luxury retail outlets and modern skyscrapers resting next to historic libraries and museums, the city is known for the unique atmosphere that is both cosmopolitan and, at the same time, rather raw.

Make the most of your time at Food Tech Congress by staying in one of the recommended hotels and soak in the electrifying energy of the city.

Warsaw

Food Tech Congress 2023 highlights

Previous speakers

Pat Brown

Pat Brown

CEO and founder @ Impossible Foods

Matias Muchnick

Matias Muchnick

CEO and co-founder @ NotCo

Dr Pietro Antonio

Dr. Pietro Antonio Tataranni

Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President, Life Sciences @ PepsiCo

Faisal Zanjani

Faisal Zanjani

Global Head of Open Innovation & Experimentation @ The Coca-Cola Company

Caroline Sorlin

Caroline Sorlin

Chief Venture Officer @ BEL Group

Bill Liao

Bill Liao

General Partner @ SOSV

Honza Dusanek

Honza Dusanek

Managing Director Food UK&I @ Nestle

Signe Causse

Signe Causse

Global Innovation Marketing Leader, Re-Imagine Wellness @ IFF

Gil Horsky

Gil Horsky

Founding Partner @ FLORA Ventures

Rob Genieser

Rob Genieser

Managing Partner @ ETF Partners

Marie Asano

Marie Asano

Partner @ ECFB (European Circular Bioeconomy Fund)

Zbigniew

Zbigniew Lewicki

Chief R&D and Sustainability Officer @ Unilever

Natalya Zhukova

Natalya Zhukova

Director, Head of Agribusiness @ European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Marco Barreira

Marco Barreira

Head of Product Supply Strategy & Transformation @ Bayer Crop Science

Laurent Genet

Laurent Genet

Chief Strategy Officer @ Nutreco

Carin Martina

Carin-Martina Troeltzsch

Managing Director @ Corteva Agriscience

Elizabeth Fastiggi

Elizabeth Fastiggi

Head of Worldwide BD, Agriculture @ Amazon Web Services

Alexandre Bastos

Alexandre Bastos

Global Director Innovation @ Givaudan International

David Hardiman-Evans

David Hardiman-Evans

Senior Vice President @ Ocado Group

Dr Tom Adams

Tom Adams

CEO @ Pairwise

Ivan Farneti

Ivan Farneti

Founding Partner @ Five Seasons Ventures

Hsien-Hui Tong

Hsien-Hui Tong

Head of Investments @ SG Innovate

Dr Jaleh Daie

Dr Jaleh Daie

Partner @ Aurora Equity

Julia Harnal

Julia Harnal

Vice President Public, Governmental & Industry Affairs Agricultural @ BASF SE

Neal Gutterson

Neal Gutterson

Partner and CTO @ Radicle Growth

Jowita Sewerska

Jowita Sewerska

Investment Director @ European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF)

Rahul Ray

Rahul Ray

Director @ Tyson Ventures

Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta

Partner @ Mayfield

George Cherian

George Cherian

Director of External Partnerships @ Kellogg Company

Mariliis Holm

Mariliis Holm

Co-Founder & Partner @ Sustainable Food Ventures

Alexander M.

Dr. Alexander M. Wiegelmann

Head of New Business Ventures, Group Strategy @ KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

Andrew Bluestein

Andrew Bluestein

Managing Partner @ Bluestein Ventures

Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain

Founder & CEO @ VIOME

Andrew Ive

Andrew Ive

General Managing Partner @ Big Idea Ventures

Thomas Jonas

Thomas Jonas

CEO & Co-Founder @ Nature's Fynd

Annette Kauppinen

Annette Kauppinen

CMO @ Meeat

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