Explore and Expand workshop BioeconomyVentures in Circular Agrifood

As Ambassador of the BioeconomyVentures project, Foodvalley organises two Expand & Explore Workshops. These are workshops where a number of startups from Foodvalley’s ecosystem are given the opportunity to pitch their innovation in front of investors. The first one will take place at 21 December 2022, 13:00 - 17:30 CET.

The Explore and Expand workshop BioeconomyVentures invites to connect bioeconomy innovators from the circular agrifood innovation field with investors, ideally leading to new investment deals, that participate in the stimulation of the bioeconomy entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Netherlands.
Specific innovators active working on the circular agrifood topics like upcycling/valorising sidestreams, insect protein production, regenerative agriculture are invited to respond to pitch.
Furthermore investors interested in those type of innovations are welcome to sign up to get invited on the programme and/or public.

13.00​ Walk-in & Coffee​
13.30​ Welcome and presentation of the BioeconomyVentures project​
14.00​ Anieke Wierenga-Scale Up Practitioners: Presentation and debate Building circular businesses in a linear world - Invest NL research​
14.45​ Presentation of the invited investors​
15.00​ “Bio break”​
15.30​ Pitching rounds (max 5 pitches)​
16.30​ Wrap up​

Break out session for snacks, coffee, and networking​

17.30​ End​

I would like to register as a pitcher or investor

    * mandatory

    About Anieke Wierenga

    Founding partner ScaleUp Practitioners ‘Innovation and Venture building for Societal Transition’

    Relevant Experience: CEO ScaleUpNation; Director ScaleUpFood; 20 years innovation and product development @ Corbion, Unilever, Schlumberger

    Relevant Education: PhD. Colloid Chemistry. Utrecht; MSc. Advanced Change Methodologies SIOO; Board Programs Erasmus University and ScaleUpNation

    Building circular businesses in a linear world

    The development of Circular ventures plays a pivotal role in the transition to a regenerative economy. Building a venture on circular principles is fundamentally different from linear venture development. Commonly used concepts like customers, value proposition scaling and earning models need to be flipped or redesigned to frame the venture maturity and viability.

    And to complicate things, as long as our economy mainly runs on linear principles, circular ventures will run into financial, regulatory and legal hurdles. In order to survive, many ventures that started with a circular idea will adopt linear business principles in order to survive.

    In our research (in collaboration with InvestNL and Sustainnovate), we are looking for practical methodologies which can be applied to support circular ventures to stay circular, from early stage start-ups to successful commercial businesses. In this session I will share the results of the first phase of that research. I am looking forward to discuss with your how your experience relates to these findings.

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