A growing number of startups are feeding people's hunger for food that fits their personal preferences, values and dietary needs. From apps that help shoppers make informed, personalized food choices to platforms that generate real-time nutrition analysis for digital recipes, a wave of nutrition innovators are leveraging technology to make food healthier, more transparent and personalized. Learn how a few of these startups operate on June 16.
Presenters will explore what makes their business models and technologies unique and share lessons learned from building their startups. Each startup will have 5 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes of audience Q&A. 30 minutes open Q&A with all of the speakers will follow the last presentation.
There will be networking, nibbles from Ox Verte, Meal Maison, Brewla and Krunch Kitchen and beer and wine sponsored by R/GA before the presentations start at 7:00 and after they end.
Victor Penev - founder & CEO, Edamam - The startup that sells access to real-time, highly reliable food and nutrition data to food, health and wellness businesses. Current customers include The New York Times, Nestle, Samsung and Epicurious. // @edamamco
Taryn Fixel - founder, Ingredient1 - The startup that's transforming the way people discover healthy foods. With more than 250,000 food products on the shelf, Ingredient1 has created a unique resource to let shoppers easily find the foods they’ll love, while empowering their voices to inform the market what shoppers want. // @ingredient1
Patrick Smith - founder & CEO, Power Supply - The marketplace approach to tasty/healthy food serving DC and LA. Made by networks of independent local chefs and delivered through activated fitness and wellness communities. Meals are prepared fresh and delivered table ready in multi-day packages. // @mypowersupply
Alexander Gillett - co-founder & CEO, HowGood - An independent organization that researches and rates the environmental and social impact of food products. With its ratings displayed on grocery store shelves around the country, the HowGood program makes it easy for consumers to identify the best products and for stores to highlight their commitment to creating a more transparent, sustainable food system. // @howgoodratings
Susan Bratton - founder, Meals to Heal - Meals to Heal is a technology-enabled provider of personalized nutrition solutions for people suffering from chronic medical conditions.// @meals2heal
HOST R/GA ACCELERATOR:
Techstars METRO Accelerator is the world’s first technology accelerator focused on improving every aspect of the hospitality and food value chain. The program is seeking startups who support the digitization of the gastronomy, hotel, catering and food industries with their technological applications. From now until August 3rd 2015, interested teams can apply online at www.techstarsmetro.com.
The 3-month program will begin this October in Berlin. METRO will make available to the founders its experts from procurement, distribution, marketing, strategy, finance, legal and communications. Techstars will contribute its network comprising more than 3,000 mentors, investors and experienced members of the start-up community. Digital agency R/GA will offer the teams exclusive access to brand strategy and creative services as well as access to its global client and partner networks.