Open Innovation Forum Food, Drink & FMCG Pitching Event 2020


This is your chance to pitch ideas to major global players in the Food, Drink and FMCG sectors.

Dates Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - Download as vCalendar
Event Times: 13:30 to 16:00
Venue Online
Contact Name IfM Events
Email ifm-events@eng.cam.ac.uk
Website Event website

Event details:

Senior leaders from major Food, Drink and FMCG firms such as Marks and Spencer, PepsiCo, Heineken, Suntory, Muller, Cargill, Boots and Kerry are holding a pitching event for innovative companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups and university spin-offs. These companies, who are members of the University of Cambridge IfM’s Open Innovation (OI) Forum, are seeking new solutions to their business challenges, so you have the chance to pitch to them at an event on the afternoon of Tuesday 24 November, which will take place online.

The 9th Food, Drink & FMCG Innovation Pitching Event is open to all individuals, research organisations and companies of all sizes and levels of maturity. Up to 20 entrepreneurs, start-ups, researchers, innovators and technology developers will be picked to pitch their ideas to a panel of key decision-makers and ‘innovation scouts’ from important food, Drink and FMCG firms (see full list here). 

For the first time this year, the Pitching Event will be split into two halves. The first will focus on all aspects of the Sustainable Packaging Challenge and the second will cover a broad range of other important priority ‘Innovation Needs’ identified by the OI Forum members, as listed below:

Focus on Sustainable Packaging 

1. Packaging elimination and new fulfilment / business models
2. Closed-loop / reuseable packaging
3. Recycling solutions for packaging materials
4. Compostable packaging
5. Bio / sustainably sourced packaging materials

Innovation throughout the Value Chain
6. Shelf-life extension & decontamination
7. Natural ingredients
8. Supply chain Big Data & traceability
9. Microbiome & gut health
10. Manufacturing processes & automation
11. Testing & validation
12. Sustainability & Valorising co-products
13. Plant-based proteins
14. Functional nutrition & wellbeing
15. Online shopping, e-tail and delivery

Find out more and request a pitch

Earlybird closing date for applications: 30 September 2020
Final closing date for applications: 30 October 2020

Reasons to enter:

  • Most importantly, all finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas and products to around 50 senior leaders and decision-makers whose main job role is to scout for and acquire innovation and technology from outside their organisations.
  • All finalists will receive a certificate and will benefit from publicity associated with the event.
  • Winners and highly commended entries will receive a trophy.
  • All proposed pitches will be circulated to OI Forum members, whether they are shortlisted as finalists or not, so this is a sure-fire way of getting your idea in front of some key potential partners.
  • Specifically for the Sustainable Packaging Challenge, the OI Forum members are exploring building a consortium to bid for significant external funding to make progress in this area, and pitchers in this category will be considered as potential bid partners.
  • The event is free to enter and is taking place virtually – what have you got to lose?

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