FoodTech is an ecosystem made of all the agrifood entrepreneurs and startups (from production to distribution) innovating on the products, distribution, marketing or business model.
(French definition here)
AgTech: startups disrupting agriculture. They come up with solutions to improve farming output and quality using drones, sensors and farm management software. AgTech is also about new farm products, next generation farms and urban farming.
FARM MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Startups assisting farmers in managing, organising and optimising all of the tasks on their farm.
DRONES & ROBOTS
Startups providing farmers with robots and drones. These can either collect and process data or replace humans for challenging jobs.
URBAN AND NOVEL FARMS
Startups developing urban farms to reduce the distance between production and consumption or developing new-generation farms to increase yields, quality and sustainability.
Startups working on B2B e-commerce marketplaces for farmers (with products ranging from seeds to equipment).
Research and development oriented startups with a focus on living systems and organisms for agriculture and food.
FoodScience: startups developing new food products answering the need for more transparency, health and environmental concerns. Products range from market innovations to radical disruptions using revolutionary ingredients.
Startups working on breakthrough food products, mostly to replace those currently in use with more sustainable and healthier alternatives.
Startups reinventing the meal. Their bars, drinks or powders replace the traditional meal with highly nutritious alternatives.
Startups developing smarter and more sustainable food and beverage packaging.
Startups working on already well-established ingredients or markets (such as chocolate or the baby food). They differentiate through innovation in the product itself, the transparency of its composition, the means of distribution or greater customisation of the products.
Startups working on new forms of drinks, alcoholic or not, to promote new ingredients or healthier lifestyle.
APPLIANCES AND COOKWARE
Startups developing a new generation of appliances or cookware. They provide more technology, new distribution channels or more personalisation.
Foodservice: startups reinventing the hospitality industry. They improve the way horeca businesses are managed today. They also create the conditions for the restaurant of the future with robotics and cloud kitchens.
Services to book a restaurant table, generally with discount. These startups can be generalists or specialise on areas as diverse as unsold food or high-end restaurants.
Services to improve restaurant management. They help restaurateurs improve operations from their online presence, marketing, customer feedback, procurement and inventory management to transparency.
Startups enabling anyone to hire the services of a local chef to organise a dinner or cocktail party based on their tastes and budget.
PAYMENT SERVICES (ePOS)
Services managing the point of sale of the restaurant, generally acting as a hub for other services connected to it.
Startups developing cooking robots to help or replace human tasks. This also includes 3D printers, automated kiosks and bartending robots.
Startups managing kitchens and renting them to other companies (often directly to virtual restaurants) to let them operate delivery operations.
Coaching: startups answering the questions “is my food good for me?” and “what should I eat?”. These services target the final customer and help them to have a better view of his food purchases and intakes to reach his personal goals.
Startups working on genome or microbiota-based tests to establish the personalised nutritional needs of each customer.
Startups answering the question “what should I eat (or drink)?” with recommendations of meals, recipes, shopping lists or wines based on each customer’s expectations. These startups use manual recommendations from specialists or algorithms based on artificial intelligence.
Startups reinventing the recipe as we know it with new formats such as interactive games or addictive videos broadcast on social networks.
Startups enabling consumers to access quality information on food products. They aim to create standardised content that is easily accessible by everyone and potentially exchangeable between different services.
Startups creating tourist experiences around food-related point of interest (brewery, vineyard …) or reinventing access to cooking classes.
Delivery: startups answering the delivery challenges in the food industry, with home delivery of groceries, restaurant meals or meals prepared in their kitchens.
Startups delivering regularly to their customers all the ingredients to make meals by adapting quantities to the home.
Startups developing food e-commerce platforms, including farm-to-home solutions and delivery from stores.
Delivery services to receive products selected by experts every month. Wine, tea, coffee and exotic new products from around the world are among the most popular themes.
Startups enabling their customers to receive prepared meals from nearby restaurants, mostly through independent drivers.
Startups operating kitchens (their own or rented cloud kitchens) and using them to develop their own set of brands.
Startups developing food delivery drones or robots.
Retail: startups developing solutions for the food retail industry, from the digitalisation of the supply chain to a better in-store shopper experience.
DATA FOR SUPPLY CHAIN
Startups addressing the issues of the food supply chain with tools to improve data management.
Startups working to (re)build the bond between brands and their customers while providing food corporations with more in-store data on consumer behaviours.
A new generation of automated machines providing food groceries, meals and snacks.