Later that day, the startups were introduced to FoodValley - the Dutch food independent platform for innovation and transition of food. FoodValley acts as an international ecosystem aggregating all the organizations involved in the food transition. The Spanish startups showed great interest to join FoodValley’s Protein Cluster, an international network connecting plant-protein start-ups and corporations worldwide.
Unilever & Open innovation
The Spanish startups also met Jos Tissen, Food Category Open innovation Director at Unilever. Jos gave many insights on how startups can collaborate with industry leaders such as Unilever, the timeline involved and what kind of solutions they are looking for at the moment.
Testimony of a successful FoodTech startup
Eugene Wang is the CEO and co-founder of Sophie’s Bionutrients, a FoodTech company specialized in microalgae to develop 100% plant-based & sustainable alternative protein for the food industry. Eugene joined to share his startup’s internationalization learnings with the Spanish startups as the company was initially founded in Singapore and now also has an o ce in The Netherlands.