FOOD-TECH INNOVATION AWARD

A STARTUP CALL FOR FOOD-TECH RETAIL SOLUTIONS

Opened in partnership with two of the leading global food brands, Barilla and Lavazza, this start-up call is looking for innovative solutions in the food grocery retail. We are specifically searching for B2B or B2B2C start-ups working on consumer data capturing and omni-channel solutions.

Have you already launched solid technology in this arena?
If yes, we would love to hear from you!

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Food-Tech Award 2021

The Loomish Innovation Awards have been recognised as a great business development platform in Europe: entrepreneurs take part in our challenges in order to do business.
 
As starters, the selected finalist will be invited to pitch in front of a prestigious jury panel comprised of decision-makers from Barilla and Lavazza, as well as Accenture, Coop, Microsoft, and UBS.  
 

Timeline

01.03

CALL OPENS

16.05

CALL CLOSES

28.05

FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT

15.06

FOOD-TECH AWARD PITCH DAY

Partners

Start-up Call

WHO QUALIFIES?

We encourage applications from mature B2B start-ups that:

• Are in-revenue

• Have existent user cases and a structured team

• Have a solution that falls into one of the two categories 
 
Early-stage start-ups do not qualify.

WHY APPLY?

We open doors for international start-ups to be part of the growing innovation landscape in Switzerland.
Network: Connect with the leading market players in the arena who are actively searching for partnerships with start-ups;
Visibility: The finalists get visibility on multiple social media channels of Loomish and Award partners; Present your services to a jury with well-known senior executives with demonstrated experience in your field;
Strategic Growth: Both finalists and winners can benefit from a set of carefully designed services with an immediate effect on the scaling-up process: first-person introductions, designated free consultancy packages, publicity, etc.

FOOD-TECH AWARD 2021 JURORS

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Luca Ravazzoni
E-commerce Manager & NKA at Barilla Group

Gabriele Nofrini
Head of E-Commerce Italy & Switzerland at Lavazza Group

Michele Raballo
Managing Director, Europe lead for Commerce at Accenture Interactive

Igor Nuzzi
Region Director for Italy & Switzerland at Lavazza

Carlo Terreni
President LTCC, Founding Partner at Loomish 

Andrew Reid
Head of Microsoft for Start-ups Switzerland

Gabriele Amadò
Corporate Clients Responsable at UBS 

Maruscha Heyner
Partner Marketing Advisor at Microsoft

Antonio  Rossano
IT Partner to Function, Marketing & E-commerce at Barilla Group

Alessio Ruffini 
Managing Director at Accenture Interactive

Lorenzo Cantoni              Director of the Institute of Digital Technologies for Communication at USI

Emanuele Carpanzano
Director of the Department of Innovative Technologies at SUPSI

LET'S HELP THE FOOD RETAIL INDUSTRY IMPROVE THROUGH INNOVATION

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Categories

SOLUTIONS THAT ENFORCE CLIENT ENGAGEMENT ACROSS TOUCHPOINTS 

  • Help reinforce omnichannel + stronger alignment of online & offline 

  • Mobile grocery retail solutions 

  • Boost client engagement across all brand-owned & retailers’ touchpoints 

  • Stimulate & enable consumers to shop across channels 

SOLUTIONS THAT ENABLE RICH DATA CAPTURE

  • Provide to brands better consumer behaviour and sell-out data 

  • Novel approaches to loyalty programs 

  • Employ data for better-targeted advertising on owned and retailers’ platforms 


Prizes

Both finalists and winners get a set of carefully tailored benefits, all designed to have an immediate effect on the start-ups’ scaling up:

THE FINALISTS GET:

  • Closed-door pitch presentation: unprecedented visibility with potential customers from brands, retailers, investors and media; 
  • Possibility of one-to-one meetings and business introductions;
  • Free consultancy session: “The road to scaling up” plus support on how to set your company in Ticino, by Loomish;
  • 3 months free desk & office services for 1 person in Dagorà Innovation Hub Ticino, Switzerland, financed by UBS* (If you have an office in Switzerland);
  • Promotional activities and PR.

THE WINNERS (1/CATEGORY) GET:

  • Matching mentors program: each start-up gets its dedicated high-profile mentor;


  • 8 months free desk & office services for 1 person in Dagorà Innovation Hub Ticino, Switzerland, financed by UBS* (If you have an office in Switzerland);
  • Promotion as the Award winner in European and Swiss media, as well as on proprietary social media channels;


  • The Food-tech Innovation Award trophy.
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