THE FUTURE OF FOOD SUMMIT
Connect, pitch and scale. The Future of Food Summit is a 3-day digital event dedicated to reimagining local food systems. Bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders who are pushing the boundaries of local food systems, the Future of Food Summit aims to identify the next leaders who are innovating local food systems by empowering them through coaching, networking and investment.
We’ll be accepting 20 startups or small enterprises who are transforming local food systems. Selected participants will partake in a 3-day, high-intensity program, which includes personal growth and business innovation sessions, peer-to-peer coaching, insights from industry experts, investor pitching, and mentorship. Confirmed investors include Berti Investments, Earth First Food Ventures and Michael Norton of Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action.
Dream Local – celebrating local living – is a joint venture between The Bertha Foundation, 42 Acres, and The Do School. The Future of Food Summit marks the launch of this joint venture and offers you an exciting opportunity to be a part of this community from the beginning, and grow alongside.
Applications open: July 22nd
Final deadline: September 20th
* We will be interviewing and accepting applicants on a rolling basis. Apply as early as possible to secure your place.
EVENT DATES & LOCATION:
October 23-25, 2020, online
Food security and its environmental impact is one of the most pressing global issues. The relevance of local food supply has been exacerbated through COVID-19. With more than 10.8% of the world’s population hungry, this is the first time in recent history that the number of hungry people is growing instead of declining.
Local food systems and short supply chains directly tackle this challenge: they are more climate-friendly, less energy-consuming, build strong connections between rural and urban communities, enhance local economic development and help create more vibrant and resilient communities.
Accelerating local food disruptors around the globe, Dream Local aims to galvanize innovators who are reimagining local food systems.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We are looking for startups and small enterprises with innovative, scalable solutions in local food systems. From production to consumption, we will accept 20 participants from around the globe with ventures that address any area across the entire supply chain. Applicants could for example be active in:
- Food production, farming and agriculture
- Distribution and logistics
- Purchase and retail
- Preparation and consumption
- Waste recovery
- Circular economy
This call for applications is open to start-ups and small enterprises from around the world that are
- Revenue generating
- More than 1 year in the market
- Providing a new, scalable solution within the local food supply chain
Participation is especially interesting for ventures that are ready to scale, actively look to build their networks and are ready to pitch to impact investors. The selection process will be based on business model viability, innovation of service / product, scalability potential and sustainability / impact.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Capacity building sessions to enhance and scale your product
Peer exchange to learn from and connect with other ventures
Input and networking opportunities with industry leaders
Meet impact investors and pitch your next steps as entrepreneurs
The DO School enables companies and individuals to thrive in a purposeful economy that is sustainable and innovative. Powered by a community of DOers and experts, we champion new ways of co-creation and problem solving.
Bertha Foundation fights for a more just world. We support activists, storytellers, and lawyers who are working to bring about social and economic justice and human rights for all.
Empowering people to connect with nature for the betterment of our local environments, to connect with themselves for a deeper sense of purpose, and to connect with each other through experiences that promote local living.
42 Acres was founded by siblings Lara and Seth in order to consciously create space for connection. It is a beautiful rural retreat and regenerative farm in Somerset – a space for connection with self, nature and others .
MEET THE TEAM
AMY DE TAVIS
Here to provide mentorship, coaching, expertise and insight throughout the summit.
Founder of The DO School
Co-Founder of 42 Acres
Founder of The DO School
Co-founder of Bertha Foundation
How do I apply?
Please apply via our application platform here: https://thedoschool.submittable.com/submit/170793/future-of-food-summit
The application consists of a few questions about your enterprise, a short introduction video and 5 questions with regard to your company and motivation to participate in the Future of Food Summit.
Can I apply with my team?
This is an individual application as only one person per company will be able to attend. Applicants must be the founder and/or CEO of the company.
What do we mean by “local food system”?
Any initiative, product or service which has a focus and impact on the food system at local level, which can range from neighborhood / community, council or district level, city, regional or country level.
JOIN THE DO COMMUNITY
The DO Community is the foremost online, global community of DOers with purpose – from experts and innovators to industry leaders and entrepreneurs.
Join the DO Community to find curated learning opportunities, join thought leadership webinars, and collaborate on ventures.
Director of Staffing