Hamburg Startups to host "Food Innovation Camp"

Up to 600 guests expected in Chamber of Commerce Hamburg

The private initiative Hamburg Startups and the Gastgewerbe-Magazin are hosting the “Food Innovation Camp” on July 17, 2017 in the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg. The event aims to attract innovative start-ups in the food and beverage, food-tech, logistics and hospitality industries as exhibitors or guests. Those expected include the Hamburg-based start-up purefood whose Lycka bio products are now available in supermarkets. Sven Perten, co-founder of purefood, told Hamburg News: “We are looking forward to an event where we can make quality contacts to dealers and media.”

Start-ups in the food and beverage, food-tech, logistics and hospitality industries

Around every tenth start-up launched in Hamburg has a business idea in the catering sector. According to the Hamburg Startup-Monitor by Hamburg Startups, around 12.5 per cent of companies originate in the food sector. They include start-ups with vegan or super food ideas e.g. purefood or Kale&Me and others such as Foodist or icakeyou who have come up with innovative ways of selling food. Sustainability is high on the agenda for many start-ups. Hamburg is popular among innovative food and catering companies an thus ideal for bringing such start-ups together.

Panel discussion, workshops and exhibition

Talks and panel discussions will focus on current issues in the food and beverage, food-tech, logistics and hospitality industries. Workshops on financing, patents, and marketing are also on offer. Some 60 exhibitors will be showcasing their products as well. Up to 600 guests are expected at the event where rounds of speed dating and matchmaking will bring start-ups together with retailers and wholesalers, catering representatives, investors and potential co-operating partners.

Media prizes and Budnikowski listing

Several prizes including the Hamburg Startups Food Award in three categories and the Gastronomy/Hotel Award will be presented during a ceremony on July 17, 2017. A jury will select the start-ups beforehand. The winner receives a Budnikowski listing and a media prize of EUR 150,000 from the daily Hamburger Morgenpost, Gastgewerbe-Magazin as well as Foodist & Ströer. More information about the agenda and registration procedures can be found here.

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