Geeky food start-ups have a chance to cook with gas with the launch of Feeding the Accelerator, a programme aimed giving the world an opportunity to see American collaboration at providing support to the most innovative food and tech entrepreneurs. The Accelerator will help eight to 12 up-and-coming food-tech outfits reach their potential through a curated programme from innovation and development company AtelierSlice supported by Microsoft.
The initiative will feature a series of workshops, seminars, lectures and discussions with guest lecturers and mentors from across the food spectrum. Plus, there will be hackathons in which competing teams will race to create innovative, network-based solutions to specific food and technology problems.
The ideal applicant would be team working with a groundbreaking concept or assets ‘at the intersection of food and technology’. The selection committee will look for a significant ‘X-factor’ and existing traction. In line with the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, prospects should have ‘the potential for rapid impact on a global scale’.
Silicon Valley is currently showing real appetite for food start-ups, with venture capitalists having thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at technologically calorific enterprises.