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Hacking Food - Bay Area Sustainable Food & Agriculture Festival

  • Spero Ventures 1991 Broadway Redwood City, CA, 94063 United States (map)

Are you interested in new trends and topics in the sustainable food industry? Want to get to know innovative Bay Area food entrepreneurs? Curious to meet the funders investing in food & agriculture enterprises? Or are you a curious foodie that wants to try new products? Then join us for an engaging and inspiring day focusing on all things food!

Hacking Food is an interactive festival that lets you sample delicious products while learning first-hand from local entrepreneurs, investors and food industry professionals about what it takes to build a successful food brand that prioritizes people and the planet. These founders and funders are taking on some of the world's biggest problems in the food sector in the most innovative ways.

With live demonstrations, company showcases, and educational talks and workshops, you’ll get a taste of the thriving Bay Area sustainable food scene and meet the players creating social impact in our area and beyond.

Social entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists and everyone else interested in food is welcome to this unique event. 

Come out to meet some amazing people and get inspired!

AGENDA (see our growing speaker list):

10:30AM-1PM: Morning roundtables (Invitation only)

  • A. Fund Managers Roundtable - Peer to peer discussion on identifying opportunities, structuring investments, and supporting portfolio companies. Facilitated by Chuck Templeton, Managing Director, S2G Ventures

  • B. Angel Investors Roundtable - Peer to peer discussion on identifying opportunities, structuring investments, and supporting portfolio companies. Facilitated by Arno Hesse, Co-founder, FOOD FUNDED, Credibles, investibule

  • C. Entrepreneurs Roundtable - Peer to peer discussion on fundraising strategy, sources of capital, and investor management. Facilitated by Ha Nguyen, Partner & Founding Team Member, Spero Ventures and Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO, KETOS

1:00: Main Program Registration 
1:30: Program kick off with Angelina Mertens & Scott SaslowONE WORLD and Rob VeresSpero Ventures
1:45: Opening Panel/ Keynote speaker 

2:30: Business showcase: B2B food businesses 

3:00: Corporate Showcase 

3:30: Networking break  
4:00 Breakout sessions: 
        1) Innovative Technology in Producing & Distributing Sustainable Food

        2) Opportunities in Plant based Proteins

        3) Funding Sustainable Food & Agriculture Companies

5:00: Networking break
5:30: Business showcase: B2C food businesses -

6:00: Closing 
6:30: Reception and Networking  


Enjoy product samples and live demonstrations! We have an inspiring group of social entrepreneurs that will staff booths, including

 *** Watch our 2017 event video below and read our blog***

Thank you to our media partner Conscious Media Company & Eventbrowse

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Aarti ChandnaSV2 / Alexandra Winter HoelzlONE WORLD / Alice ZhangYardy Ventures / Amelia ChenGeltor / Amy HartButterflies & Bees Productions / Andrew FalconFull Cycle Bioplastics / Arno HesseFOOD FUNDEDCrediblesinvestibule / Angie MertensONE WORLD / Anita JoshiNetskope Becky EdwardsPorter Novelli / Bill BrownellSV2 / Bob Nabati Bob Quinn, author of Grain by Grain / Bonnie CoberlyONE WORLD / Brian Thomas / Bronwen SterlingFare Resources / Cameron TurnerOxford Angel Fund / Carin GerhardRocketSpace / Catherine NunesEdible Silicon Valley Chef ChewSomething Better Foods / Chuck HoltInvesteco / Chuck TempletonS2G Ventures / Claire SchlemmeRenewal Mill / Coline LeConteTastefully Made / Collen KavanaghZego Food Courtney McCoyIGZU / Dan Altschuler MalekUnovis Partners & New Crop Capital / Daniel BeckmannFoodShed Danny RubensteinMISTA / Dave CooperMontcalm Capital / Dominique BarnesNew Wave Foods / Ela MadejFifty Years / Eline BootTERRA Food & Ag AcceleratorRaboBank / Di LamontRenewal Mill / Elisabeth BurgerSocial Venture Circle / Emily ReismanUCSC Eric AdamsonTortuga AgTech / Erik MalmstromSafe Traces / Eric QuickThe Town Kitchen / Gabriel ColeFare Resources / Haider NazarMAHA Global / Ha NguyenSpero Ventures / Kevin LoAtaraxis / Kiran KasturyEat Safe Verified / Lisa CurtisKuli Kuli / Liz CarlisleGrain by Grain / Renata GomezSocial Venture Circle / Rob VeresSpero Ventures / Jefferson SevillaThe Town Kitchen / Jennifer O'ConnerGuidelight Strategies / Jim FlattBrightSeed / Jim FournierJLINC / Joe PickrellGencove / John SelepInsight & Execution / Judy TanPurely Drinks / Julie WurfelSfoglini Karl KerksiekFinestere Ventures / Kelsey WitherowDoughp / Kim ConnollyLoupe Graphics / Kortney OpshaugBlue Ocean Gear / Krista GambrelSpero Ventures Laughlin SilvestriNia Impact Investments / Laura D'AsaroChirps Chips / Leone ManniBPM LLP / Lisa JonesSV2 / Liz SpechtThe Good Food Institute / Luke MertensAtlassian / Lyndsey BoucherleBetter Ventures / Madalyn FriedmanMLF Marketing / Maly LyRelativity Space / Marcus BenedettiClover Sonoma / Maria BrennanSoñar! Foods / Maria Pronello, VITA / Meena SankaranKetos / Michael ChertokJCF Michelle WolfNew Wave Foods / Mitchell HarkenriderTerViva / Miyoko SchinnerMiyoko's / Marcus BenedettiClover Sonoma / Kelsey WitherowDoughp / Kortney OpshaugBlue Ocean Gear / Kerri SinclairKin Group / Noelle Fogg ElibolKitchen Table Advisors / Paula SaslowCopper Rose Films / PatrickArchieStanford Educational Farm / Pat SchnettlerStanford GSB / Perri Kramerfs6 / Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen, Carbo Culture / Poonam Narula / Rada DogandjievaClif Bar Raja / Rajiv ParikhPosition 2 Rasheed MitchellICA Fund / Renata GomezSocial Venture Circle / Rene JacquatLogiChain Solutions / Rich GrantTouchdown Ventures / Rohan JollyTerViva / Ryan ArmisteadHappy Moose Juice / Sam LippmanFormer Executive Chef at Airbnb / Sandra TrinidadGlowrious Pantry / Scott SaslowONE WORLD / Shaun Aharam`Uala / Sibella KrausSage Center Sri ArthamHorray Foods / Spencer Christopher ArnoldMiller Center / Stephanie LindElohi / Susanna PoonRosewood Family Advisors / Sylvie CharlesJust Date Syrup / Tijan WattRed Bay Coffee / Taylor FloresGreenBiz / Tomas LorschOneness Venture Capital / Tony StaynerSV2 / Trishna SaigalDown to Cook / Valerie ChristyAlmanac Insights / Valerie Red-Horse Mohl,  Social Venture Circle / William Culler-ChaseMultiStrata Partners / Yumi TomitaUnited Foods International Zach AndersonIGZU /

***Space will be limited for this event to ensure high-quality idea exchange***

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