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Menutech is an Artificial Intelligence co-pilot software (SaaS) for food service departments to derive the optimal meal plan for their consumers. The meal plans are personalised to the consumersâ preferences and needs, such as food allergies, dietary restrictions and pathologies. We are working with the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food and the EIT Health on ending patient malnutrition: our vision is to improve the quality of food served in hospitals and senior homes at a reduced food service cost and waste.



URGROW develops the first smart and sustainable indoor garden. With the help of hydroponic technology, up to 12 plants grow simultaneously - fully automated and 365 days a year. The URGROW system is just the size of a conventional flower box and fits into any home. The integrated app accompanies the customer from sowing to harvest. The system consists of 95% recycled materials and the seeds are Demeter quality. The individual soil for each plant was developed in cooperation with the University of Budapest - so each plant can grow under optimal conditions.



Faromatics is a start-up trying to increase animal welfare and farm productivity at the same time. Our initial product, the ChickenBoy, is the world’s first ceiling suspended robot that autonomously monitors ambient conditions, chickens’ health and welfare and equipment failures in broiler houses. The ChickenBoy is installed in 6 different European countries and works with producers of 1 billion chickens world-wide. The next 3 products are in development and will be unveiled at the end of 2020.



As health is rooted in our guts microbiome we are making fermentation, the oldest and most natural way to preserve foods by using all-natural lactic acid bacteria "en vogue" again. By processing regional and seasonally harvested organic vegetables we are offering people a healthy and vegan alternative to industrially processed food. Our goal is to become the leading European supplier of fermented and probiotic living foods that are adaptable to modern living environments and nutritional concepts.


Start-up on Stage

Apply now for a chance to present your start-up at the Global Food Summit Audience Award 2020.

Start-ups in the food sector will have the chance to win the Global Food Summit Audience Award at the Global Food Summit on 25 March 2020 in Munich. 

After a successful recommendation, start-ups can apply until 20 January 2020. From the submitted applications, the jury will nominate a total of eight start-ups to pitch for the Audience Award in the Munich Residenz.  The Global Food Summit (GFS) will also nominate international start-ups via its partner countries Australia, the Netherlands and Canada. For the first time, start-ups from Bangladesh will also be taking part. 

Every year, the Global Food Summit brings together national and international experts from science, associations, companies, politics and the media to discuss how new technologies will change the food chain. The fourth German Global Food Summit will again take place in the Munich Residenz from 25 to 26 March 2020. 

We are looking for committed companies, agencies or simply: professionals in the food sector who want to know and recommend innovative start-ups with disruptive approaches in the food sector. If you want to allow these start-ups to present their business idea at the Global Food Summit 2020 in the Munich Residenz, then pass on your recommendation to the Global Food Summit.

Whether you are a venture capital holder, business angel, industry expert, association or start-up initiative, recommend your favorite by informing our email about the start-up or use our Startup Recommendation Form

Our main topics are:
•  Smart Urban Farming
•  Circular Food Solutions
•  Food waste as resource
•  Biotech and Life Sciences
• Measurement of SDGs

The characteristics of the start-ups should be:

•  A convincing team of pitch-joyful entrepreneurs
•  The disruptive and sustainable contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
•  Have raised successful early-stage financing (Seed/Series A).
•  To record an existing and growing demand for their product.

Following a successful recommendation, the Global Food Summit will write to the start-up company and ask it to submit application documents for your idea and the products by 20 January 2020. From the applications, the jurors nominate the eight finalists for the Audience Award.

Startup Jury

Bild Prof. Dr.Justus Wesseler

Prof. Dr.Justus Wesseler

Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy

Bild Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein

Founder, Head of Project

Bild Marion Meyer

Marion Meyer

Head of Corporate Business Deleopment, BayWa

Bild Prof. Martina Schraudner

Prof. Martina Schraudner

Member of the Board, Acatech

Bild Johanna Braun

Johanna Braun

Innovation, Venture and Sustainability Consultant

Bild Prof. Thomas Becker

Prof. Thomas Becker

TU Munich, Weihenstephan