15 Food Tech Innovators You Need to Hear About
Tuesday 25th April
The Food Tech industry is full of innovators with inspiring stories and businesses. Here we showcase some of our favourite start-ups, investors, influencers and brands that are driving forward this flourishing industry. Check out this comprehensive list of YFood friends and Food Tech pioneers. Want to gain insight from these Food Tech leaders? Book a ticket to YFood Insight and Innovation Day and become a Food Tech expert.
James is Co-Founder and Nutritionist from Huel, nutritionally complete food. He has over 25 years of experience working in nutrition, including seven years as an NHS dietitian. As well as devising the Huel products, James has provided nutrition advice for a range of clients, written a huge array of articles and presents seminars across the world.
John is Head of Sustainability at Pret A Manger and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of the sustainable business plan across all markets Pret operates in. A geography graduate from the University of Wales, John completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership in 2015. Now an ambassador for CISL, his role is to connect and leverage the impact of the alumni based in the UK. He is particularly motivated to re-connect people with the food and drinks they consume and the farming systems they come from. Pret is currently working with peer to peer farmer information sharing platform WeFarm to engage young people in Latin America’s coffee sector.
Chris Persson is an entrepreneur and investor from Stockholm, Sweden. Entrepreneurial from a young age, he has started several companies including Vielife (sold to Cigna Healthcare) and Bookatable (sold to Michelin). Chris is a mentor at Seedcamp (London) and Singularity University Startup Labs (Silicon Valley), part of the .founders network (Dublin) and an advisor on early stage investments to some of Europe’s largest organisations within health and foodtech.
Toma is interested in creating efficient and profitable solutions that satisfy businesses, people and the environment. He is the co-founder of YellowLabel, a start-up that looks to eliminate food waste in the supermarket retail sector by integrating smart and reactive technology between stores and shoppers. Toma specialises in product development and commercial strategy, which he heads at YellowLabel.
Gerald, Vita and Ada met during their international studies of Food Innovation & Product Design, learning all about launching new food products. Soon they got to put their knowledge to good use as they turned from classmates to co-founders of FoPo, giving rejected foods another life by upcycling them into nutritious, sustainable and tasty products, feeding more people.
Amy is responsible for driving WeFarm’s strategic and commercial partnerships and proactively identifies growth opportunities with businesses, NGOs and governments. She also oversees WeFarm’s business development teams in Kenya, Uganda and Peru. Prior to joining WeFarm, Amy gained extensive business experience as Trade Advisor for the French Trade Commission in London where she was directly responsible for increasing the number of French SMEs exporting into the UK.
Mackenze is the President of Arise, cultivating geoponic gardens and farm systems that regenerate resources and grow plants with soil and gravity. His experience includes digital, hospitality, real estate and he’s a former US Marine. A serial entrepreneur, his clients have included small businesses, a small country and global brands.
Jason is CEO of Evogro, maker of Indoor Plant Growing Systems for Chefs. Our internet-connected cabinets make it easy to grow your own perfect salad leaves, herbs and microgreens and are used by some of the UK’s top professional chefs.
Guillaume is a co-founder of Quadia, a social and environmental investment firm based in Geneva. He is fully engaged in the sustainable finance movement through his role on boards, committees and sustainability advisory councils of various multinational companies, nature conservation trusts and foundations as well as major NGOs.
Felipe joined the UK office after transferring from ProColombia’s headquarters in Bogota where he was responsible for the global promotion of Colombia’s manufacturing exports across sixteen industries. Since joining the organisation in 2010 Felipe has implemented a highly successful trade and investment strategy that has contributed to an unprecedented growth in Colombian exports. Excellent relationships with leading corporations, government bodies and prominent educational institutions have allowed Felipe to promote Colombian industry to entirely new markets. ProColombia are now entering the Food Tech ring and have collaborated with Food Tech startup CRU Kafe to produce a documentary about Columbian coffee farmers.
Colin is a serial entrepreneur, having started and sold several businesses. He has experience in the fields of finance, adventure production, language and most recently started CRU Kafe. CRU Kafe provides organic, fair trade, speciality coffee in Nespresso compatible pods. CRU Kafe has launched to rave reviews (with The Sunday Times voting it the “best coffee in a pod”) and is stocked in Soho House hotel rooms around the world.
Entrepreneur, troublemaker, dyslexic, founded Event Hire Co Ltd at the age of 20 in my father’s garage, grew to supply the Brit Awards and innocent drinks among many other fantastic clients, managed myself out in 2014 to following my dreams of starting an FMCG brand in the subscription snack space, raised £750k needed £3m so died, EarlyBird RIP September 2016. Currently looking for my next adventure.
Morgaine is a world leading Food Futurologist who looks at food and eating from a social, cultural, economic, trend, branding and geo-political perspective. She consults to FTSE food companies, advises governments, is a frequent media contributor in print, radio and TV and an experienced She is currently writing a book, The Taste of Things to Come.
Arthur is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of bio-bean, a clean technology company that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. In three years he’s raised several million in financing, built the world’s first coffee waste recycling factory and a team of 40 employees. He is one of NESTA’s ‘New Radicals’, a ’25 under 25 most influential Londoners’ by the Evening Standard, the youngest ever Guardian Sustainable Business Leader (2015) and a Forbes ’30 under 30′ entrepreneur (2016).
James is Chief Operations Officer and Co-founder of Flipdish, which helps restaurants to regain control of their sales and marketing channels, and build customer loyalty, with tailor made ordering apps & websites. Flipdish has grown at over 20% month on month for the last year and has its sights set on being the UK market leader by 2019.
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