Organic Food against Climate Change

Wessanen and Impact Hub run the 'Organic Foods Against Climate Change' challenge with eleven sustainable food entrepreneurs  

Dutch food innovators are competing with each other and especially against climate change in Wessanen's accelerator program powered by Impact Hub Amsterdam in association with Triodos Bank and Crosswise Works.  

Wessanen and Impact Hub Amsterdam announce the participants of the 'Organic Food Against Climate Change' challenge. Eleven food start-ups will follow an intensive, two-month program. During this program, they will learn how to accelerate and grow their business. The winner of the program will be announced at the end of June and will be rewarded with € 10,000 and additional management guidance. Finally, this company gets access to Wessanen's extensive network.

During 3 training days and 4 master classes the entrepreneurs will learn how to grow and scale their business. They will be challenged to take action and inspire each other. “There are many entrepreneurs with fantastic ideas who strive to improve the world of food. We want to share our knowledge and help them to grow their business.” Klaus Arntz adds.

The scouting and pre-selection phase started in February. Wessanen and Impact Hub were looking for small food companies that already have a proof of concept and the need to grow and scale up.

Furthermore, participants were required to engage in one of the following matters:
- replaces conventional with organic food
- replaces animal protein with plant based alternatives    
- reduces food waste
- increases awareness of and knowledge about sustainable food  

These are the eleven Dutch food innovators who are going to work out in the next few months in the "Organic Food Against Climate Change" challenge:  

Charly’s All is Fair  Offers alternatives to cheese that are better for health and the earth. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and people who eat gluten, lactose, sugar and soy free 

Bieterballen  Sell the vegetarian variant of bitterbal. The Beetroot is made from beets and other local and pure ingredients

Taste Before You Waste  Organizes events to make people aware of food waste 

BioBites Offers vegan crackers and biscuits free of gluten, lactose and yeast 

Kändi Makes premium and vegan candy made from plant based ingredients 
 
Bricks of Raw Chocolate Sells 100% organic chocolate in the form of miniature bricks

Cultiva Produces leaves and herbs free from pesticides and grown indoors 

Botanic Bites  Develops sustainable food products with local ingredients and preferably residual streams of other products

De Pindakaaswinkel Produces handmade peanut butter with 100% natural ingredients 

BioBite  Makes energy cookies of nutritious cereals, nuts, seeds and fruit

The African Power Bar Sells affordable, healthy and nutritious energy bars

Meet the 2017 Cohort
 
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