Innovation Summit

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11.07.24 | Public | Free | Hybrid

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2023 Rewind

Looking back on 1871's 2023 FoodTech Innovation Summit.

Summit breakdown

This event connects 250+ startups, investors, corporate partners, industry experts & public attendees all in one place!

Together, we’ll celebrate and continue industry innovation through  a full day of networking & curated FoodTech programming. Get ready for breakout workshops, keynote & panel discussions, startup pitches, and more!

should attend


Early-stage startups

Growth-stage startups

Late-stage Lab partners

Corporate innovators


Get to know our FoodTech Innovation Lab Cohort!

Our 2024 FoodTech Innovation Lab cohort will be showcasing their products and pitching their startups at the Summit. Don’t miss connecting with these industry innovators & exploring emerging FoodTech solutions!

View the 2023 FoodTech Innovation Lab cohort

2023 Summit Agenda

Location: 1871

Agenda for the day includes the following: breakfast, morning fireside chat breakout room workshops, networking lunch, expert panel, pitch showcases, startup booths + tech showcase, afternoon fireside chat, and happy hour. 

Welcome breakfast

8:30 AM

Networking, coffee, and light breakfast.

Opening remarks

9:00 AM

Betsy Ziegler

1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler 

Morning fireside chat

9:30 AM

FoodTech Innovations from Lab to Plate

Hosted by 1871 CEO, Betsy Ziegler


Stephanie Izard, Executive Chef & CEO of This Little Goat

Karuna Rawal, Chief Revenue Officer & Chief Marketing Officer of Nature’s Fynd

Join us as these visionary founders delve into the profound influence of technological advancements across the entire food supply chain, from seed to plate. 

Foodtech startup pitch showcases

Showcase 1

10:10 AM

Showcase 2

11:10 AM

Discover the best of 1871’s 2023 Foodtech Innovation Lab Cohort during the pitch showcases.

Brace yourself for a front row-seat to the spectacular winners of the Foodtech  Innovation Lab Pitch Competition. Get inspired as you hear how our ingenious founders are revolutionizing the food tech realm and driving innovation with their businesses & solutions.

Networking lunch

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Boxed lunches to move around while you enjoy engaging with our community.

Foodtech breakout sessions

1:00 PM

Prepare for an exciting revelation of speakers and topics in the near future. Stay tuned!

Saving the Planet- One Wrapper at a Time

Featuring: Nate Cooper, Managing Partner of Barrel Ventures

Nourishing Change: FoodTech for a Sustainable Future

Featuring: Julia Stamberger, CEO & Co-Founder of The Planting Hope Company

Flavors of Innovation: A FoodTech Investor Panel 

Moderator: Michael Sachaj, Senior Principal of HPA

Featuring: Amira Khatib, Vice President of Bluestein Ventures

Vikrum Papa, Venture Investor at Relish Works

Foodtech expert panel

2:00 PM

Future of Ingredients: Critical Innovations for Feeding 10 Billion People by 2050

Moderated by Shayna Harris, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Supply Change


Alexander Plotkin, Director of Culinary Innovation at Nature’s Fynd

Julia Stamberger, CEO & Co-Founder of Planting Hope

Judith Moca, Head of the Technology Discovery and Development at Kraft

Nate Cooper, Managing Partner at Barrel Ventures

Greg Hocking, VP Global R&D New Innovation Territories at Mars Wrigley 

Foodtech startup alley

3:00 PM

Step into the dynamic world of the Foodtech Innovation Lab’s 2023 cohort, brought to life in an immersive and exhilarating trade show-like extravaganza we proudly call Startup Alley!

Engage with passionate founders, discover their cutting-edge technologies and businesses, and forge meaningful connections with these visionary minds who are crafting the very future of the industry. Don’t miss out on this riveting journey of industry discovery & networking! 

Closing fireside chat

4:15 PM

Big Mac to Big Impact: Supply Chain Leadership

Hosted by 1871 CEO, Betsy Ziegler


Gail Crockett, Operations and Supply Chain Officer of Cleveland Avenue

Gain valuable insights as Gail shares her journey from overseeing Supply Chain Operations for the world’s largest restaurant chain to her current role, where she collaborates with numerous FoodTech startups to enhance their Supply Chain design, operations, and optimization. 

Closing remarks

4:50 PM

1871 sends everyone off with warm thanks for joining our celebration of  Foodtech innovation.

Happy hour

5:00 PM

Enjoy a wind-down from a full day of programming & content.

Happy hour

5:00 PM

Enjoy a wind-down from a full day of programming & content.


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