More and more qualified start-ups have met up in Aarhus for European Food Venture Forum over the past seven years – an important initiative for Aarhus, which turns the Danish virtues into reality.
For seven years in a row, the entrepreneurial competition European Food Venture Forum has gathered start-ups, investors, food companies and international corporates from all over Europe in Aarhus. It is a two-day event of pitching, handshaking, one-on-one meetings and presentations, hopefully resulting in excited entrepreneurs leaving with a business deal that may change the course of their business.
And as the years have gone by, the quality of the start-ups has increased:
“We have experienced a very positive development in the applying start-ups – more mature companies with fascinating solutions and technologies. No doubt that the innovation of the food sector has generally matured in terms of creating new businesses and interest from investors,” says Dorte Wiene, Director Business Development Nordics at TechTour, which is the organization that has founded the event.
Advisory board members, opening speakers, expert jury members and mentors. The growing food hub also gathers several Danish Food Cluster members:
“Over the years European Food Venture Forum has turned out to be an even stronger gathering point for start-ups from all over Europe, investors and corporates. This has put Denmark and Aarhus on the world map, as a meeting spot where Danish virtues on collaboration and innovation becomes reality. It is also an event which several of our members are involved in, why it is natural for us to take a more active role,” says Lone Ryg Olsen, CEO, Danish Food Cluster.
Aarhus, the heart of Jutland, is the perfect location for the food competition according to Group Managing Director of Tech Tour, William Stevens:
“We have seen European Food Venture Forum flourish in Aarhus. We believe that it is the right place to have our focus activities within food, and we are thrilled that Danish Food Cluster is now on board.”
Danish Food Cluster is not unknown to European Food Venture Forum and has participated as supporting partner all the previous years.
Last year Danish Food Cluster brought the Israeli companies; Flying SpArk and Amai Proteins, who were among the winners, as a result of the alliance between Danish Food Cluster and the Israeli start-up incubator The Kitchen.
Both start-ups are now members of Danish Food Cluster. Read about the two companies here: