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The fourth edition of Food Venture Sweden will be held in Gothenburg 14–15 May 2019.

We invite Swedish food entrepreneurs together with local and global industry experts, investors and business angels. Over two days you will network with 30 of the most promising and innovative Swedish startups with products, services or technologies related to the food industry. We will offer networking opportunities, matchmaking with pre-booked meetings and lots knowledge about needs and interest from the industry, venture organisations and business angels.

The event is hosted by RISE and The Food Accelerator and  co-organized by Business Region GöteborgLivsmedelsföretagen (The Swedish Food Federation) and GU Ventures. The event was formerly named Food Venture & Partnering Days - same content, new name.


Food Venture Sweden invites, by selection:

  • Swedish startups and early-stage, high-potential companies in the food industry, with 0–10 employees, and with a unique and scalable business idea

  • National and international investors, angel investors and venture capital firms

  • National and international food industry



Industry & Investors

490 Euro

Business Angel-fee: 100 Euro 

  • Hope to have your understanding on that we, due to limited nr of seats, only approve actors highly relevant to the event.

Startups, by selection

For free

Application deadline 11 Feb 2019

  • We will based on your application select 30 startups that will get the chance to participate as pitching startups at the event.
  • The evaluations will be made continously.

Food Venture Sweden will offer

Expert Panels

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

Startup Pitches

Pitches from startups within the food sector with growth potential, primarily 0-10 employees, who are 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 top startups, industry companies and investors.


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

Opportunities for startups during the Pitch training & Food Venture event

At Pitch training day
21 February

A Silicon Vikings and Startup Worldcup representative will be present and watch your pitches in order to identify networking possibilities within the Silicon Vikings network..

At Food Venture Sweden 14-15 May

Up to 3 consultancy checks from RISE will be available for tech/research collaboration projects between startup-industry/investors. Each check worth
10 000 kr.

A representative from Front Law will attend, and will be available for conversations regarding startup law during breaks and lunch.

Communication consultancy check from Nowa Kommunikation, worth
50 000 kr.

Information regarding European Food Venture Forum (EFVF) and possibly also a representative present to scout for interesting startups for participation at the European event.

Internationalisation support by
Business Sweden (more details to come)

Opportunities will be announced continously.

The winner of the Bird & Bird prize – “Best Startup” will be awarded a free consultancy occasion with Bird & Bird law firm.

Livsmedelsföreningen will select 3-6 startups during the Food Venture-event that will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas at Livsmedelsdagarna in September 2019, in front of 350 food industry representatives
A great opportunity for visibility! 

Preliminary program

Tuesday 14 May

13:30 – 14:00     Registration & coffee

14:00 – 14:10     Welcome to Food Venture Sweden 2019 
                          RISE, The Food Accelerator, Elén Faxö, Event Manager

14:10 – 14:15     RISE - the Innovation Partner
RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden; Erik Ronne, Vice President Innovation Office

14:15 – 14:35     KEYNOTE - Why we need a food transformation, and IKEAs role
IKEA Group; Catarina Englund, Global Sustainability Innovation Manager 

14:35 – 14:50     The future of grocery retail - the latest insights from Silicon Valley
                             Business Sweden; Therése Dalebrant, Program Manager Try Swedish USA 

14:50 – 15:20     Industry expert panel: Startups - why and how?
                            Moderator: RISE Agrifood & Bioscience, Charlotte Eklund Jonsson, Director of Business Development

                                * Lantmännen; Jakob Söderström, Innovation & Business Developer
                                * Oatly; Sofia Ehlde, Innovation Director
                              * Fazer Group; Päivi Juolahti, VP, Head of Fazer Lab

15:20 – 15:35     Accelerating growth in the Swedish food and beverage industry
Macklean; Kajsa Bårman, Consultant

15:35 – 15:55   For the passionate beat of collaboration and the unpredictable rhythm of innovation -                                        organizing for innovation at Astra Zeneca
                          AstraZeneca BioVentureHub; Pernilla Isberg, Associate Director BioventureHub 

15:55 – 16:25   Mingle & fika

16:25 – 16:45   KEYNOTE - Funding the future of food 
                          New Crop Capital; Kim Odhner, Senior Venture Partner

16:45 – 17:15   Investor expert panel: The food sector - why and how?
                          Moderator: RISE Agrifood & Bioscience; Charlotte Eklund Jonsson, Director of Business Development

                                 * Kinnevik; Maxine Rior, Venture Investor
                                 * Nicoya; Christopher Slim, Partner
                                 * Mustard Seed MAZE; João Ferrão dos Santos, Investment Principal

17:15 – 17:30     Venture Capital vs Corporate Venture Capital – Challenges and opportunities
                            Bird&Bird; Caroline Grotenfelt, Counsel & Jan Berg, Partner

17:30 – 17:45     Creating a successful communication case – how to?
                            Nowa Kommunikation; Anders Wallqvist, CEO & Senior Consultant

17:45 – 18:00     A startup success story by Färsking - no Junk just Funk
                            Färsking; Amanda Larsson & Calle Rosengren, Founders

18:00 –               Startup exhibition & mingle dinner

Wednesday 15 May

08:00 – 08:30     Registration & Coffee  

08:30 – 08:40     Welcome back! Startup opportunity by Livsmedelsföreningen presented

08:40 - 12:00     36 STARTUP PITCHES - separated into two blocks held in parallel.

                            See all the pitching startups and panels below.

12:00 - 13-00     Lunch buffet

13:00 – 13:30   Food Radar - a success startup journey
                          Sven-Gunnar Bodell, CEO                                                                                One – on - one meetings 

13:30 – 14:15     Development cases from RISE Agrifood & Bioscience                                   during the afternoon                                            * Product development                                                                                          held in parallel
                            * Process & Tech development                                                                                      
                            * Sustainable systems                                                                                                    

14:15 – 14:30     Soft funding opportunities for business & tech development 
                            The Food Accelerator; Susanna Moore, Business Developer

14:30 – 15:00     Mingle and fika

15:00 – 15:40     Innovation tools and opportunities
                            RISE; Linus Arnold & Fredrik Holmgren Holm, Innovation & Business Developers

15:40 - 16:10     Heliospectra - a success startup journey

16:10 – 16:40     Maurten - a success startup journey 
                            Markus Zetterström, Head of Business Development

16:40 – 16:55     Prize ceremonies - startup opportunities

        • Livsmedelsföreningen
        • Nowa Kommunikation
        • Bird&Bird
        • Business Sweden 
16:55 – 17:00      Summary and final words 

17:00 – 19:00    After work


Will be announced continously

Therése Dalebrant
Try Swedish Lead USA –
Food & Beverages
Business Sweden

Anders Wallqvist
CEO and Senior Consultant
Nowa Kommunikation

Kajsa Bårman
Management Consultant Macklean

Christopher Slim
Partner at

Amanda Larsson &
Calle Rosengren
CEO & Co-founder

Catarina Englund
Global Sustainability Innovation Manager
IKEA Group

Markus Zetterström
Head of Business Development

Sofia Ehlde
Innovation Director

Caroline Grotenfelt
Counsel at
Bird & Bird

Jan Berg
Partner at
Bird & Bird

Pernilla Isberg
Associate Director AZ
BioVentureHub AB

Kim A. Odhner
Sr. Venture Partner 
Europe & AsiaNew Crop Capital

Jakob Söderström
Innovation and Business Developer 
Lantmännen R&D

Lovisa Madås
Founder AGFO at 

João Santos
Senior Principal
MAZE - decoding impact

Sven-Gunnar Bodell
Food Radar Systems AB

Johan Lindqvist 
Technical Solution Manager 

Päivi Juolahti
VP, Head of Fazer Lab
Fazer Group

Maxine Rior 
Venture Investor 

Key Dates

Welcome to Food Venture Sweden 14-15  May 2019. Registration opens on 22 November 2018.

11 Feb

Startup Application Closes

21 Feb

Pitch Training Day

8 April

Industry/Investor Registration Closes

One-on-One Booking Opens

14-15 May

Main Event

How it Works

1. Register

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

This is your presentation towards the other participants.

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.

3. Pitch Training Day

All startups are invited to a free pitch training day, prior to the main event. Experts and coaches will be available to help you sharpening your performance before the main event.

The pitch training is held on February 21th, 2019

4. Main event 14–15 May

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

We look forward to meet you!

Organizer & Partners

Food Venture Sweden is an event arranged by Livsmedelsacceleratorn (The Food Accelerator) at RISE with funding from Västra Götalandsregionen and Vinnova, 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 Sweden:


Quick Facts from 2018 years event

30 Swedish Startups

with products, services or technologies related to the food industry

Expert Industry Panel

Picadeli, Stora Enso, Innovatum, Macklean

Expert Investor Panel

Seventure, Evanoff Group, Bird&Bird, EBAN

More than 100 pre-booked one-on-one meetings

between startups, industry and Investors

Inspiring Success Stories

Löfbergs, Gröna Gårdar, Rootfruit, IBM, Fazer, ICAx, AGFO Growth, Livsmedelsföretagen, PINC

All-in-all 120 attendees

in a unique event targeting the food industry

Partners and visitors from the event in 2018: AGFO, Aggregate, Agroväst, Almi Invest, Almondy, Anders Löfberg,  Axel Johnson, BackingMinds, Bird & Bird, Buen Momento, Business Sweden, Business Region Göteborg, Chalmers Industriteknik, Commercial Office of Ecuador in Sweden, Conic Holding, Connect Sverige, ConsumIQ, djunked, Earth Bite, EBAN, Enterprise Europe Network, Emcrum, Evanoff Group, Fazer Group, Food For Progress, Fooever, Garveriet, Ginger Diamonds, Gold&Green of Helsinki, Green City Farming, Gröna Gårdar, GU Ventures, Handelsrådet, Huj, IBM, ICA, Inclusive Business Sweden, Indocore Food & Bio Tech, Innovatum, Kejtra, Klimato, KosterAlg, Krinova Incubator, Lantbrukarnas Ekonomi, Lantfisk, Lavivo, LivsmedelsFöreningen, Livsmedelsföretagen, Ljusgårda, LRF Media, Löfbergs, Macklean, Maisha Deli, Mondana, Native Flavours, Nordamark, Nordish Food, Nordiska Medier/Food Supply, Nutrient Sustainable Development, Ochstra, One Cake, Oy Karl Fazer, Paulig Incubator, Picadeli, PINC, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Root Pasta, Rootfruit, Rönnbacken Ventures, Sevan,  Seventure Partners,, Stora Enso, Stora Sandön Ind.utveckling, Tebrito, The Food Accelerator, Tillväxtverket, Västkustens affärsänglar, VGR, Vinnova.

Previous editions of the event has been great successes, and got nominated to both Livsmedelspriset 2017 and Livsmedelspriset 2018 !

Contact us 

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

Elén Faxö, Event Manager

Tel: +46 (0)10 516 67 27  Mail: elen.faxo(at)  

Linnéa Qvirist, Startup Manager

Tel: +46 (0)725 686 909  Mail: linnea.qvirist(at)

Catharina Hedfors, Event Coordinator

Tel: +46 (0)724 536 653  Mail: catharina.hedfors(at)

Susanne Zimmergren, Event Administrator

Tel: +46 (0)761 272 612  Mail: susanne.zimmergren(at)


Let us know if you need to book accommodation for your visit in Gothenburg and the event and we will provide you with suggestions based on our agreements. 

Please contact: Susanne Zimmergren, 

Tel: +46 (0)761 272 612  Mail: susanne.zimmergren(at)


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