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Welcome to Food Venture & Partnering Days 2018

Food Venture & Partnering Days is the meeting place for startups, industry and investors in the food industry. The event will take place in Gothenburg on 25-26 April 2018. This will be the third edition of the event, hosted by Livsmedelsacceleratorn (The Food Accelerator), co-organized by Business Region Göteborg, Livsmedelsföretagen (The Swedish Food Federation) and GU Ventures.

Over two days you will network with local and global food entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors and business angels. The most promising and innovative Swedish startups with products, services or technologies related to the food industry will pitch for collaborations and investments. We will offer networking opportunities, matchmaking with pre-booked meetings and lots of inspiration from top food entrepreneurs sharing their success stories.


Food Venture & Partnering Days invites, by selection:

  • Swedish startups and early-stage-high-potential-companies in the food industry, 0-10 employees

  • National and international investors, angel investors and venture capital

  • National and international food industry


Food Venture & Partnering Days will offer

Expert Panels

Presentations by industry leaders and investors who are looking for their next innovation partnership with a startup or investment.

Startup Pitches

Startups within the food sector with growth potential, primarily 0-10 employees interested in innovation partnerships and/or investments.

One-on-One Meetings

Meet and connect with the who's who! An ideal opportunity to initiate promising contacts with the best startups, top industry brands and investors.


Hear from fantastic speakers, industry leaders and brands, investors, successful founders, experts, entrepreneurs, influencers and government.

Preliminary Program

Wednesday 25 April
13:30 Registration

14:00 Introduction

14:20 Keynote: Lars Appelqvist, Löfbergs

14:45 Industry Expert Panel

15:15 3D Food Printing: Evelina Höglund, RISE

15:30 Break

16:00 Keynote: Caroline Grotenfelt and Martin von Haller, Bird & Bird

16:30 Investor Expert Panel

17:00 Break

17:10 Industry & Investor Presentations

17:45 AGFO Growth, Johan Svensson, LRF Media

17:55 Startup Presentations & Exhibition

18:45 Mingle Dinner

Thursday 26 April
08:30 Registration

09:00 Startup Pitches

12:00 Lunch

(s1) 13:00 One-on-one meetings, pre-booked

(s2) 13:00 Parallel program for those not participating in the matchmaking session, with AGFO Talk and presentations by:

Carl Eckerdal, The Swedish Food Federation

Märta Jansdotter, Gröna Gårdar

Marika King, Paulig Incubator, PINC

Filip Lundin, Macklean

Thomas Lindström, Rootfruit

16:45 Prize ceremony, summary and final words

17:00 After Work


Carl Eckerdal
The Swedish Food Federation

Caroline Grotenfelt
Bird & Bird

Charlotte Eklund-Jonsson
RISE Agrifood & Bioscience

Christine Bjärkby
Connect Sverige - Region Väst

Evelina Höglund
RISE Agrifood & Bioscience

Filip Lundin

Johan Svensson
AGFO Growth

Lars Appelqvist

Leif Lundin
RISE Agrifood & Bioscience

Lovisa Madås

Marika King
Paulig Incubator, PINC

Martin von Haller
Bird & Bird

Märta Jansdotter
Gröna Gårdar

Thomas Lindström

Key Dates

Save the date for Food Venture & Partnering Days 25-26 April 2018. Registration opens on 10 January 2018.

21 Mar

Pitch Training Day

26 Mar

One-on-One Booking Opens

6 Apr

Participant Registration Closes

25-26 Apr

Main Event

How it Works

1. Register

Register online and submit your own cooperation profile and your collaboration wishes. Your profile will be open for everyone to see. You can change your profile any time.

Registration opens on 10 January 2018.

2. Book Meetings

Browse the participant list and book one-on-one meetings with persons of your interest, from the promising startups and potential partners, experts and investors you’re looking to meet. Each one-on-one meeting is 30 minutes. 

Booking opens on 26 March 2018.

3. Pitch Training Day

Welcome all startups for a free pitch training  prior to the main event. Pitch 5 minutes + 10 minutes feedback from expert panel. Coaches will be available to help you sharpening your performance.

Pitch Training Day is 21 March 2018.

4. Main event 25-26 April

Industry/investor presentations, startup pitches, pre-booked one-on-one meetings, inspiration. Grow your network, meet potential partners, supporters, corporates, investors and learn from experts.

Organizer & Partners

Food Venture & Partnering Days is an event arranged by Livsmedelsacceleratorn (The Food Accelerator) with funding from Västra Götalandsregionen, Vinnova and Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), co-organized by Business Region Göteborg, Livsmedelsföretagen (The Swedish Food Federation) and GU Ventures.

Livsmedelsacceleratorn operates from RISE Research institutes of Sweden, the unit for Agrifood and Bioscience, with the mission to support companies, researchers and entrepreneurs and their innovation processes.

We aim to work in accordance with the national food strategy for Sweden and its vision of a globally competitive, innovative, sustainable and attractive food industry by stimulating collaborations and business opportunities between the parties and to promote growth in the industry.

Our supporting partners, who are helping us to realize Food Venture & Partnering Days:

Quick Facts / past event experience

30 Swedish Startups

with products, services or technologies related to the food industry

Expert Industry Panel

IKEA, IBM, Lantmännen

Expert Investor Panel

Seventure, Do Good Invest, Sciety, IDA-network

More than 80 pre-booked one-on-one meetings

between startups, industry and Investors

Inspiring Success Stories, Picadeli, Njie Foods, Food For Progress

All-in-all 120 attendees

in a unique event targeting the food industry

Partners and visitors 2017: Agroväst, Almi Invest, Aquatic,, Avanoa, Engelhardt, Bayn Europe, Bergenstråhle & Partners, Binnacles, Biomedicals Sweden, Blåskal, BSR Starts/EEN, Business Region Göteborg, Caliente Beverages, Canblinot-Innovation Roof, CarbonCloud, CLUK/NetPort Science Park, ColoPlus, Conic Holding, Connect Sverige, Do Good Invest, Eicorn, Ekoide, Fazer Group, Food For Progress, Foodtruster, Foodwire, GbgTechWeek, Gothenburg University, Green Food Interactive, GU Ventures, Göteborg & Co., H Plymouth Utveckling, Healthy Heroes, Huj, Hälsö Fisk, IBM, IDA, IKEA, Industriell Dynamik, In-Nordic, IQ Chef, Itracelt, Lantfisk, Lantmännen, LeguPro, LivsmedelsFöreningen, Mandioka Company, Marta Go Free, Midsona, Musselfeed, NAU Drinks, Njie Group, Nordic Superfood, OlsAro Crop Biotech, Orkla Foods, Paulig Group, Phoodster, Picadeli, QualiFare, R-IPS, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sahlgrenska Science Park, Santa Maria, Sciety, Seventure Partners, Slaktarkorv, SOLVE Research and Consultancy, Sting, Taconic Biosciences, Tebrito, Tofa, Tomtoms Burritos, Trolleey, Vertical Farm, VGR, Vinnova.

The 2017 event was a great success and was nominated to Livsmedelspriset 2017 (The Food Award).

Contact us 

The event team is here to help. If you have any questions or queries, please contact:

Susanna Moore, Project Manager

Tel: +46 (0)703 866 612  Mail:

Linnéa Qvirist, Contact for Startups

Tel: +46 (0)725 686 909  Mail:

Catharina Hedfors, Event Coordinator

Tel: +46 (0)724 536 653  Mail:

Susanne Zimmergren, Event Administrator

Tel: +46 (0)761 272 612  Mail:


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