ColdHubs, the Nigerian startup that provides solar-powered chilly storage, has been chosen because the one African startup to participate in FoodBytes! Pitch 2020.

Rabobank — a Dutch multinational banking and financial suppliers agency —  not too way back launched the 45 startups that may participate in FoodBytes! Pitch 2020. And that’s the major FoodBytes! Pitch cohort with 45 startups and a digital opponents.

The chosen startups are from 15 worldwide areas, along with United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India, Israel, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland. The 45 startups are categorized into three sectors: consumer meals and beverage (CPG), meals tech, and agtech. Each sector has 15 startups.

As the one African startup chosen, ColdHubs may be representing the continent. It was based mostly by Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu in 2015. “Our innovation is ‘plug and play’ modular, solar-powered walk-in cold room, for 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods”, ColdHubs says on its website online.

ColdHubs, solar-powered chilly storage

Rabobank, in its announcement, said all of the chosen startups will participate in a two-week digital mentorship programme and one-on-one meeting with firm leaders and patrons. Thereafter, they’re going to pitch their reply to Rabobank and 17 FoodBytes! Pitch firm investor members.

Of the 45 startups, 15 finalists may be chosen to participate in FoodBytes! live-streamed pitch opponents on December 2, 2020. These finalists stand a possibility to win $10,000 and consultative prizes in each of the three courses: CPG, meals tech and agtech.

Since Rabobank launched FoodBytes! in 2015 as a pitch opponents, it has flip into the go-to neighborhood for agribusiness startups. FoodBytes! Pitch is part of the redesigned FoodBytes! innovation platform, which contributes choices to meals system challenges by collaboration between startups, big corporations and patrons.

“We redesigned Rabobank’s FoodBytes! food and ag innovation platform for one reason: to build a powerful engine for ongoing collaboration and innovation between food and agribusiness players who want to feed the world sustainably”, said Anne Greven, Rabobank’s Head of Food & Agric Innovation.

According to Rabobank, the 2020 cohort is basically essentially the most quite a few however: 14 of them are BIPOC-founded [black, indigenous and people of color] or led, and 9 of them are woman-founded or led corporations.

“Standing out from a global field of applications, the 2020 FoodBytes! Pitch startups have set a new benchmark for BIPOC and gender representation and quality of innovation in the program’s five year history”, Anne said.

45 Startups in Rabobank’s FoodBytes! Pitch 2020 Cohort

The chosen 45 startups are categorized into three sectors: CPG, meals tech and agtech. There are 15 startups in each class.

Consumer Food & Beverage (CPG):

Food and beverage merchandise made with upcycled parts are a excessive sample amongst FoodBytes! 2020 CPG startups. They are moreover pioneering enhancements comparable to edible spoons to reduce plastic waste, a distilled spirit made out of upcycled whey byproduct, and plant-based cheese and egg merchandise.

Food Tech

The startups in this class are rising utilized sciences for cell-based meat manufacturing, pure coatings that attain produce shelf-life, and sustainable, antimicrobial packaging made out of crustacean shells to substitute plastic. Food safety utilized sciences, superior vitamin merchandise and on-line marketplaces moreover deal with associated desires in the wake of COVID-19.


These startups are rising choices that deal with soil and water sustainability, farm effectivity and labor desires. Their enhancements embrace experience that transforms air air air pollution into fertilizer, animal feed that reduces methane emissions, a manner of rising rice out of water and on-farm robotics to battle labor shortages and worker safety points.