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Must-Attend Food Tech Events: Winter/Spring 2015 Edition
Hot off the presses! Our quarterly roundup of upcoming conferences, hackathons and other kick-ass food tech events and gatherings.

Apply for FOOD-X’s 2nd Sustainable Food Startup Accelerator Class
Sustainable food startup accelerator FOOD-X is accepting applications for its 2nd class. Apply to receive up to $50K in funding and mentorship.

Meet the Maker: Danielle Gould of Food+Tech Connect
Danielle Gould chats with Force Brands about building FTC and how we want to empower food entrepreneurs through education and community. 

Talent Garden Brings ReInvent Food to Italy Just in Time for Expo
With over 7.2M tickets sold to EXPO2015, energy has been building in Italy with satellite food innovation events like ReInvent Food.

15 Food Accelerators & Corporate Incubators Launch in 2014
15 food accelerators and incubators launched in 2014, including FOOD-X and The Good Food Business Accelerator, as well as incubators from Marriot and Coca-Cola.

Food Biz Courses

Crowdfunding For Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp
Wanna launch a winning crowdfunding campaign? Take this course to learn how to launch a winning campaign from Lisa Q. Fetterman, who raised $1.3M for her sous vide startup Nomiku. In-person 3.28 and online in May. 

Last Chance to Attend Fundraising Bootcamp on Feb 15
Couldn't make it on Jan 31? Now's your chance to become a VC fundraising master. Save $100 with code “FUNDing25” here.

Startup Resources

Announcing Food Innovation Program Scholarship –  Deadline Extended
A new Master's program just launched in Italy that aims to shape the global food leaders of tomorrow. Apply for a FULL FTC scholarship by February 15.

Disrupt Agriculture: A Startup Accelerator for Food System Entrepreneurs - Ecopreneurist
The program will house 4 startups on an organic family farm, where they'll get mentorship and acreage to make or develop their projects.

How Do Food Entrepreneurs Learn? - Examiner
Learning and teaching are no longer two sides of the same coin. What we need to know, from whom, and how have all drastically changed.


HelloFresh Capital Infusion Ramps up Meal-kit Delivery Battles - New York Business Journal
The startup raised $125 million to fuel its expansion led by Rocket Internet, which now owns a majority stake in the company.

New York City’s Grocery Delivery Wars: Who’s the Winner? - Wall Street Journal
Reporter Ann Kadet shares her results from ordering the same groceries from AmazonFresh, Fresh Direct and Instacart.

Line Gets Into Groceries with Launch of Online Supermarket for Southeast Asia - TechinAsia
It promises discounts on some everyday groceries like bottled water, coffee, and instant noodles.

Instacart Takes on Flower Delivery Companies for Valentine’s Day, With Help From Whole Foods - GeekWire
The tow are teaming up to deliver flowers to your door in less than an hour, with prices starting at about $25.


Industry Consortium Begins Enormous DNA Sequencing Project for Food Safety - Food Safety News

Having a much deeper understanding of the populations in these ecologies can then help develop new methods for keeping food safe. 

UWA: Oats Could Hold Key to Nuclear Clean-ups - WA Today
Researchers have identified a variety of oat is best suited to remove radioactive strontium from contaminated soils.

How Big Food Brands are Boosting Profits by Targeting the Poor - Washington Post
Large food manufacturers have been selling less of their packaged foods in traditional grocery stores and more in dollar/discount stores. 


Rocket Internet Puts $586M Into Delivery Hero, Buys 9 Other Food Startups - TechCrunch
It has acquired a 30% stake in Delivery Hero, and it has purchased the holdings of seven other food delivery companies in Asia. 

Beyoncé Launches Vegan Meal Delivery Service With Her Trainer - Time
The meals, which range in price from $9.76 to $16.50, are entirely plant-based and do not include gluten, soy, dairy or GMOs. 

Two Startups Join Battle to Unseat Open Table - Crain's Chicago
Top-Top and Tock want to take business from Open Table by appealing to restaurateurs frustrated by the old ways of business. 

After TastyKhana FoodPanda Gobbles Up JUST EAT India - iamwire
FoodPanda has strategically killed all its major competition, no other Indian or International player has yet achieved such a scale.

GrubHub Makes Major Move in Restaurant Delivery Wars - Fortune
It now wants to deliver meals itself, in a major preemptive move against on-demand delivery aspirants like Google and Amazon.

Sequoia-backed QSR Chain Faaso's Raises $20M in Funding Round Led by Lightbox - VCCircle
The fast food chain will utilize the funds to expand to 15 more cities by March 2016. 

Ex-Zomato CMO’s Yumist Raises $1 Million from Orios to Deliver Food Efficiently - Your Story
The investment will be used to grow its team, expand geographically and build its production, tech and delivery infrastructure.

Online Meal Service Startup Frsh Raises $518K from India Quotient & Kae Capital - VCCircle
The funds will be used to upgrade its kitchen, launch an Android app and digitize its supply chain and delivery process


Some See Sacramento Region as Agriculture’s Silicon Valley - The Sacramento Bee
When it comes to attracting VC money from Silicon Valley, Sacramento has had limited success. But that may be changing as investors increasingly focus on food.

Watch America’s Farmers Slowly Disappear from This Map- Grist
In less than 40 years, the US  has gone from being a nation of farmers and secretaries to one of truck drivers and software developers.

Village Capital’s AgTech Accelerator Announces Batch 2 Winners - AgFunder
This year’s winners for the two $50,000 prizes were FIn Gourmet and iUNU Lights. It will be hosting another pitch event February 20-21.


The Food Movement Has Only Just Begun - LA Times
Has farm-to-table helped the actual farmer yet?

Milk Nanny Automatically Makes A Refreshing Bottle Of Formula For Baby - TechCrunch
When you need formula you simply press a button and it squirts out, pre-warmed and ready to drink.

Is Technology Making People Tip More? - Eater
Due to an onslaught of new tipping methods, people are now feeling pressured to tip in situations in which they normally may not have

Food Ordering Startup TinyOwl Launches New App for ‘Home-made’ Meals, Connects Home-chefs with Foodies - VCCircle
Users can choose their preferred meal from daily changing menu, then TinyOwl’s home-chefs will then prepare the meal and deliver it. 

Chinese Startup Lets you Hire a Nearby Chef to Cook a Meal in Your Home - TechinAsia
Hao Chushi announced it has raised US $800,000 in angel funds and will soon close a US $5 million series A. 


NIH Awards $2M for Development of Stress Eating App - Mobihealthnews
Relax uses text inputs, barcode scanning, and GPS to track the patient’s eating patterns, exercise, mood, and stress inducing events.

Why Under Armour is Now a Fitness Tech Powerhouse - Wearable
Buying Endomondo and MyFitnessPal puts it head-to-head with Apple and Google.

S.F. Startup That Lets You Lock Yourself out of Food Preps New Product - SF Business Times
mySafe broadens the scope to items outside the kitchen and allows the lock to be released after specified goals are met.

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