Showcasing industry innovation in food technology

Posted on: 08/01/2019

KTN and Innovate UK are hosting the 2019 Food Industry Innovation FoodTech Showcase on Thursday 21st March in London.

Food technologies (FoodTech) have the potential to transform the production, transportation, and preparation of food,  providing potential solutions to the challenges of growing global demand for safe and sustainable sources of food, and increased consumer awareness of health, nutrition and traceability issues.

Following on from the successful inaugural Food Industry Innovation 2018 (FII2018) event KTN is working with Innovate UK to host Food Industry Innovation 2019 (FII2019), taking place in London on 21st March 2019. This event will focus on high growth potential SMEs in the FoodTech space, and will feature a FoodTech Showcase, expert speakers, and a business support zone.

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FoodTech Showcase

UK-based high growth FoodTech SMEs who are seeking investment were invited to apply to take part in the FII2019 FoodTech Showcase (applications closed on 11th February). Successful applicants will receive two days of Accelerator Training Programme and Pitch Training, plus mentoring from KTN experts. This training includes;

  • Defining your value proposition
  • Pitching skills
  • Business plans for investors

A number of these companies will then be invited to pitch to a panel at FII2019 which will include an invited investor audience.


You can learn more about how KTN’s training programmes can help get SME’s investor ready here.

Complimentary table top spaces

Up to 12 UK-based high growth FoodTech* SMEs have been invited (via a competitive process) to have a complimentary table top space at FII2019 to showcase their innovative products to the audience. The deadline for applications was 28th February 2019. For further information please contact Debbie Tully (Knowledge Transfer Manager, Agri-Food).

* FoodTech is defined as how we use new technology or processes to create an efficient, sustainable ecosystem for producing, transporting, preparing and cooking food.

Thought leadership presentations on industry challenges

Expert speakers will address three main themes:

  • Theme 1: Food manufacturing and process efficiency ‚Äì where can efficiencies be made?
  • Theme 2: Food product development ‚Äì how do we make desirable ‚Äúhealthier food‚Äù?
  • Theme 3: Food supply chain ‚Äì getting the supply chain to work better, together

The full programme will be available here soon.

Business Support Zone

Throughout the day the Innovate UK family (and wider community) will be available for meetings via drop in sessions. Delegates can also pre-book meetings with other attendees via our 1-to-1 short meeting platform.

KTN specialises in cross-sector collaboration and our team of innovation experts can help with information about funding, and connect you to our network of business, academics and other innovation support providers.

Find out more and register

FII2019 is taking place on Thursday 21st March 2019, from 10am to 4pm at Altitude 360 Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP.

You can find out more and register here.

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