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Our Startup-Days program

Now for the fourth time in a row, the International Green Week (IGW) is hosting the Startup Days.

Young startups on the agtech and food sector present their business ideas. Inspiring and forward-looking talks, spotlights and pitches will immerse you in the world of startups, which are no longer exotic in the green industry.

January 24th. 2023  
11:25 a.m. Start of the IGW Startup Days 2023

Welcome and introduction by moderator Roman Rackwitz
11:30 a.m. Opening words from Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner
11:40 a.m. Talk - Fall down - fix your crown - move on!
1:15 p.m. Pitch 1 (5 Startups) + Jury interviews

Our Jury
3:45 p.m. Talk: Healthy nutrition that actually keeps you healthy?!
January 25th, 2023  
11 a.m. Opening day 2

Welcome and review of day 1 moderated byRoman Rackwitz
11:30 a.m, Talk: „Startups, network!“
1:15 p.m. Pitch 2 (5 Startups) + Jury interviews

Our Jury
5:45 p.m. Talk: Work-life balance: all that glitters is gold?

24. January 2023

11:30 a.m. | Talk - Fall down - fix your crown - move on!

More than 80% of startups fail in their first three years. But at the same time, the critical attitude towards failure persists. Sentences like "Failure is not the opposite of success. It's part of it" contrast with statements like "Failure is not an option." But what is true in the end? And how do startups deal with it?


3:45 p.m. | Talk - Healthy nutrition that actually keeps you healthy?!

Healthy food is pleasure - and a balanced diet is the best recipe for good health. Or is it? Pro and con discussions about vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, ovo-lacto-vegetarian and various diets, flood the media. Does the phrase "healthy is what tastes good" still apply, or what can we orient ourselves to?

25. January 2023

11:30 a.m. | Talk - „Startups, network!“

The startup ecosystem is large and yet many founders feel they are on their own at first. Especially at the beginning, they are faced with countless new tasks, unpredictable questions or even a new industry. Where do you meet like-minded people, supporters and experts? Can networks provide support? Do they enable you to learn from each other and, in the best case, do they stand up for a common cause or even serve as a business accelerator? We take a closer look. Together.

Norbert Lemken

Norbert Lemken

Public Affairs & Startup Consultant


1:15 p.m. | 2 Pitch Round

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3:45 p.m. | Talk - Work-life balance: all that glitters is gold?

Foosball, fruit basket, free massages and sports activities. Flexible working hours, no overtime and hierarchies. All images associated with the term work-life balance and perhaps even with New Work. What's the truth about the casual, comfortable atmosphere? Is the gold status appropriate?

feelfood

With its vegan, sugar-free and certified organic meals, the Cologne-based start-up feelfood offers the perfect solution when things have to go fast in everyday life. The breakfast drinks and instant lunches developed by the scene chef not only provide you with valuable vitamins & minerals, but also taste like home-cooked. And all that in just a few minutes.

www.feel-food.com

Annika Ahlers (Board Member German Agrifood Society)

28 years old, lives in the countryside in Alverskirchen in Münsterland.
Annika Ahlers is fascinated by agriculture and direct food production. She is a trained farmer and wants to play an active role in making these cycles sustainable, sustainable and regional. She is a motivated, trained farmer, a 100% doer! With dedicated, independent projects such as the "Erklärbauer", "Roadtripagrar" or the "Bauernbox" she has become an expert in urban-rural dialogue. Since then, she has brought her expertise and special perspective as a career changer "from the pumps into the rubber boots" in a diverse and versatile way, especially in the aspect of internal and external communication. She is particularly pleased to be able to contribute her expertise to the German Agrifood Society through her position on the board.

VetVise

VetVise cares about the well-being of every animal through continuous monitoring and artificial intelligence. We help farmers achieve outstanding results through our breakthrough technology and animal knowledge. Highest yield is possible with and through maximum animal welfare! Because only when the animal is back in focus, everyone benefits. We contribute to safer food, a smaller environmental footprint, and help keep animal agriculture sustainable.

www.vetvise.com

Seedalive

Dead or seedalive? Rapid germination test for plant seeds

The rapid germination test for plant seeds from seedalive can be used to quickly, easily and reliably determine whether seeds are vital, senescent or already dead using an AI. Even dormante (dormant) seeds can be reliably assessed. Seedalive is a science spinoff from the botany department of the University of Osnabrück. A patent application has been filed for the underlying technology.

https://seedalive.de/

SEAWATER Cubes - New ways of fish farming.

We are a high-tech startup in plant engineering and founded SEAWATER Cubes after we discovered that Frankfurt Airport is the largest fish port in Germany. Our team builds and sells the SEAWATER Cube, the first compact and fully automated fish farming system to cultivate marine fish regionally and far away from the oceans. Customers are future-oriented food entrepreneurs and farmers as well as large companies that want to expand their business portfolio with a mainstay with impact.

https://seawatercubes.de/

Du bist hier der Chef

The initiative "Du bist hier der Chef!" creates transparency in the quality and price of food, supports farmers thanks to fair prices, promotes nature conservation, animal welfare and biodiversity with its products and unites all stakeholders - consumers, farmers, industry and trade - towards a new solidarity-based food production and marketing in Germany. Thanks to a unique participatory co-creation process, consumers decide for themselves what is important to them in food, how it should be produced, and help determine the corresponding fair price.

In 2020, the initiative won the Hessian Founder's Prize in the Social Impact category. Its first product - the democratically-elected consumer milk, which has already been available in selected supermarkets for 2 years - was also awarded the Fairness Prize in 2021.

www.dubisthierderchef.de

Nunos

Nunos transfers the C.R.O.P. process developed at DLR from space travel to agriculture: we scale up the natural and microbial soil processes of nitrification in modular plants. Manure and fermentation residues are turned directly into plant-available fertilizers, which save a large part of the previously additional mineral fertilizer applications and help to reduce emissions to the environment to a minimum. Nitrate-polluted waters, expensive and poorly available mineral fertilizers, but also the characteristic slurry smell are a thing of the past! We turn liquid manure into the new "gold"!

https://nunos.bio/

Neggst

Neggst is the world's first plant-based egg that tastes and looks like a chicken egg. It consists of vegan egg white, egg yolk and a shell. In addition to its appearance and taste, it is also in no way inferior to a chicken egg in terms of functional diversity - making it suitable for use as a scrambled or fried egg, but also for baking and cooking. The recipe, based on field bean and pea protein, sweet potato and vegetable oil, is enriched with vitamins and has a similar nutritional profile to that of a chicken egg. Only better: fewer calories, no cholesterol, no drug residues and no risk of salmonella. So sustainability, animal welfare and enjoyment go hand in hand.

https://www.neggst.co/

BettaF!sh

TU-NAH tastes like tuna, looks confusingly like it and is an all-rounder, just like the original from the can. The biggest difference? Based on seaweed and field beans, BettaF!sh TU-NAH is the most delicious vegan tuna alternative on the market - 100% plant-based, rich in protein, free of soy and wheat.

https://bettafish.co

Florian Stöhr (seedhouse)

Florian Stöhr has been managing director of SEEDHOUSE, the startup center for farm, food and digital in Osnabrück, supported by 36 medium-sized companies, since 2018. He is also managing director of the startup convention innovate.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Langosch (Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences)

  • Rainer Langosch, born 1960, Hamburg & Neubrandenburg
  • Professor for Business Management and Consulting Methodology/Communication
  • Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Chairman of the departmental council of universities with "green courses of study
  • Trainer and moderator of the Andreas Hermes Academy, Bonn
  • Management consultant

Gerald Dohme

  • Born 25.02.1969 in Auetal-Schaumburg, Germany
  • 1997 Dipl.-Ing agr. University of Göttingen, major in economics
  • 1996-2000Assistant Association of South German Sugar Beet Growers, Editor
  • 2000-2014 Nordzucker AG, development of group and financial communication, restructuring of the subsidiaries Hübner-Medopharm-Group, AGRI-Portal - development of a group-wide transaction and interaction portal for 17,000 raw material suppliers of the Nordzucker Group in seven EU countries
  • since 2014 Shareholder d-cross dohme develop UG - executive coaching
  • since 2015 Member of the Management Board of DBV, Berlin and Brussels,Finance, HR, Organization, Education, Nutrition, Forestry
  • since 2016 Managing Director of DBV-Service GmbH, Berlin - Finance, Strategy
  • since 2016 Managing Director of HdLE (Haus der Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft) GmbH, Berlin - finance, corporate development
  • since 2018 Vice President Food Association Germany

Langes Gemüseglück

Every year we lose soil as much as an area half the size of Europe, while a huge amount of food is wasted. Langes Gemüseglück has developed a regional food waste recycling system that is used directly at the customer's site. Through a self-developed sustainable, high-quality and efficient composting process, ALL organic waste is transformed into healthy soil for residential or commercial use, where healthy fruits and vegetables can grow. The system reduces CO2 emissions by 37 times compared to conventional disposal and makes an important contribution to protecting our soils in line with the EU Soil Strategy for 2030.

https://langes-gemueseglueck.de/

Stefanie Sabet (BVE)

Stefanie Sabet successfully graduated in international economics from the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen in 2011. After several positions in political lobbying, including in Brussels and Washington D.C., she assumed responsibility for economic and foreign trade policy as well as sustainability issues at the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries in 2011. Since 2017, Ms. Sabet has been a member of the management board and heads the BVE Brussels office. On January 1, 2018, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the German Food and Drink Employers' Association.

Philipp Burckhardt (Project Together)

Philipp Burckhardt is Alliance Building Lead at Farm Food Climate, a mission of ProjectTogether. In this role, he connects diverse actors from the agriculture and food sectors. To bring about systemic change towards a sustainable agriculture and food sector.

Until the end of 2022, Philipp was co-lead of HelloSolution, a company specializing in company building. Thus, even before joining Farm-Food-Climate, he was mentoring young companies focused on regenerative agriculture.

HelloSolution is a unit of the medium-sized foundation company elobau. In it, he provided financial and strategic support in the early stages of ventures and product development.

Philipp has an interdisciplinary background in design, technology and business and has acquired methodological expertise in agriculture. In addition, Philipp has a great passion for visual strategies and likes to record them. With all these skills, he helps founding teams find the right strategy and navigate through uncertainties

Selda Morina (REWE Group)

Selda Morina is 41 years old, married and has two children. She lives in Munich and has been working for REWE Markt GmbH for 24 years, more precisely for REWE Süd, which covers the area of Bavaria. She works as an innovation manager and has been managing the Start-up Lounge - a platform that supports start-ups entering the grocery business - for five years.

Selda Morina completed her high school diploma at REWE and also successfully completed her commercial diploma. As a store manager at REWE store and as a sales promoter, she has been able to gain a lot of experience, which she can also pass on when working with startups. She really enjoys working with start-ups, because you're involved from the very beginning and can actively support them in every way. A basis of trust at eye level!

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Marktkost

MARKTKOST is the most convenient tech-based lunch solution for companies with fewer employees. With fresh, balanced dishes that change weekly, flexible contract periods and no packaging waste.

Marktkost

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Gerald Dohme

  • Born 25.02.1969 in Auetal-Schaumburg, Germany
  • 1997 Dipl.-Ing agr. University of Göttingen, major in economics
  • 1996-2000Assistant Association of South German Sugar Beet Growers, Editor
  • 2000-2014 Nordzucker AG, development of group and financial communication, restructuring of the subsidiaries Hübner-Medopharm-Group, AGRI-Portal - development of a group-wide transaction and interaction portal for 17,000 raw material suppliers of the Nordzucker Group in seven EU countries
  • since 2014 Shareholder d-cross dohme develop UG - executive coaching
  • since 2015 Member of the Management Board of DBV, Berlin and Brussels,Finance, HR, Organization, Education, Nutrition, Forestry
  • since 2016 Managing Director of DBV-Service GmbH, Berlin - Finance, Strategy
  • since 2016 Managing Director of HdLE (Haus der Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft) GmbH, Berlin - finance, corporate development
  • since 2018 Vice President Food Association Germany

Tobias Kremkau (CoWorkLand)

Tobias Kremkau is a consultant and development officer at CoWorkLand eG. Prior to that, he was Head of Coworking at Berlin coworking pioneer St. Oberholz for more than five years. Kremkau thinks, writes, speaks and consults on the topics of coworking and new work. Kremkau is one of the co-founders of the German Coworking Federation (GCF). In 2019, he was counted among the 100 most important young East Germans by ZEIT. Since 2022, Tobias Kremkau has been a member of the Digital Council of the state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Benjamin Hologa (MARKTKOST)

Benjamin Hologa is co-founder of Potsdam-based start-up MARKTKOST Lunch-as-a-Service. With the start-up, he wants to displace the company car with healthy employee catering as an employee benefit. The lunch-as-a-service provider enables employees to select their favorite dishes individually via an online platform. Companies benefit from the fact that the benefit is attractively tax-deductible and they can easily implement healthy employee catering at the workplace without any organizational effort.

Normen Habel, John Deere

Normen Habel, born in 1979, studied social sciences at the University of Mannheim in Mannheim, lives in Hesse with his wife and two daughters. Since 2008, he has been working for the American industrial company John Deere in Mannheim in various roles and with different responsibilities in the HR area. In his current role he is responsible for the operational HR processes in Germany and the service around the Employee Life Cycle.

Mark Leinemann (crowdfoods)

Mark Leinemann is co-founder and president of crowdfoods - the first food startup association for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein - and organizer of the Food Startup Summit - one of the largest agricultural and food startup conferences and trade fairs in the German-speaking world. He has been involved in various founding and startup projects - whether as co-founder, consulting and agency partner or as "development assistant ad interim". He shares his experiences from these projects as a coach and mentor with founders and startups from the food sector. As his main profession, Mark Leinemann has been working as "MR. WOM" since 2010 in the areas of Earned Media, Word of Mouth (WOM) and Collaborative Marketing. With his consultancy and agency of the same name, he develops WOM strategies, Earned Media planning and conducts WOM campaigns as well as WOM training & education for startups, SMEs and large companies. In addition, he is a university lecturer at the DHBW and the Social Media Academy, among others, as well as a speaker on Word of Mouth at conferences.

Norbert Lemken (Public Affairs & Startup Consultant)

Norbert Lemken, born in 1961, is a trained farmer, business economist, former NGO managing director, then MdB office manager in the Bundestag in Bonn. He spent his longest professional period from 1996 to 2019 in the agricultural sector of Bayer AG, initially in public relations and as press spokesman. From 2006 to 2019, he represented the Group's agricultural issues in political Berlin as Director Agricultural Policy for Bayer CropScience AG, later Bayer AG. In the first half of 2020, he headed the new capital city representative office of the Schwarz Group (Lidl, Kaufland).

Today, he is a freelance "Public Affairs & Startup Consultant" and advises several startups on strategic and communication topics. As a member of the Business Angel Club Berlin-Brandenburg, he maintains networks with business angels, startups and investors. As a weekend commuter between Berlin and the Lower Rhine, he spends his weekends - as a balance to the political topics - keeping his feet on the ground by cultivating his farm in Kevelaer.

Dr. Roland Kirchhof (BAND)

Dr. Roland Kirchhof is co-chairman of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (BAND) www.business-angels.de, the association of angel investors and their associations in Germany. Dr. Kirchhof, who holds a doctorate in law from the LMU in Munich, has held positions including that of alderman of the Landkreistag NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia County Council) and head of the city administration of Herne. Currently, he is also a board member of Business Angels Agentur Ruhr e.V. (BAAR) and managing director of Startbahn Ruhr GmbH, which runs start-up promotion and start-up competitions.

Lee Greene (Foodhub NRW)

Lee is co-founder and board member of Foodhub NRW e.V., the regional platform that has been bringing together AgriFood innovation players since 2018. Outside of the association's activities, she advises companies and institutions on business development, innovation management and digital strategies. In doing so, new AgriFood concepts have long been her focus. From 2008 - 2016 she built the good-food-brand "Scrumptious Pantry" in Chicago. She gained experience in agriculture from 2006 - 2010 as managing director of Cosimo Maria Masini, a young biodynamic winery in Tuscany. Before moving into the start-up world, Lee advised global FMCG and retail brands in Germany on strategic brand management. She holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan) and a degree in economics from the University of Cologne. When she's not rolling out new ideas, you can find her on her balcony tending a jungle-like vegetable garden or in the podcast studio recording a new episode of the food podcast "Gluttony and Liver Pain."

Dr. Christine Chemnitz (Agora Agrar)

Dr. Christine Chemnitz has been co-director of the Berlin-based think tank Agora Agrar since May 2022. Previously, she headed the international agricultural and food policy unit of the Heinrich Böll Foundation for 16 years. During this time, she advised 30 of the foundation's international offices on agricultural and food policy issues, among other things, and closely followed international processes in the areas of climate and food policy. Her main topics are aspects of global food security, developments on international agricultural markets, the development of livestock farming as well as the consumption of animal products. Dr. Christine Chemnitz studied agricultural sciences in Göttingen and Berlin and received her PhD in agricultural economics from Humboldt University Berlin in 2011.

Dr. Andrea Lambeck (VDOE)

Dr. Andrea Lambeck, born in 1966, has been Executive Director of the BerufsVerband Oecotrophologie e. V. (VDOE) since April 2018. The graduate oecotrophologist (studied home economics and nutritional science at the University of Giessen, 1988-93) began her professional career as a scholarship holder, and later as a research associate, at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE). She received her doctorate in 1998 as Dr. oec. troph. (topic "Health promotion of overweight people in the context of medical care and professionalized nutritional counseling") under Prof. Dr. Ingrid-Ute Leonhäuser at the University of Giessen. In 1997 she took over the position of press officer at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE). In 2000, she moved to CMA Centrale Marketing-Gesellschaft der deutschen Agrarwirtschaft mbH in Bonn, where she first headed the Science PR department and later, as a member of the management board, the "Management Unit Fundamentals". From 2009 to 2018, she was managing director of Plattform Ernährung und Bewegung e. V. (peb) in Berlin. She also served as honorary chair of the board of the BerufsVerband Oecotrophologie e.V. (VDOE) for more than twelve years before becoming VDOE's advisory board spokesperson in 2012, which she remained until she took over as VDOE executive director. Since April 2019, Dr. Andrea Lambeck has been honorary spokesperson of the board of 5 am Tag e. V.

Tobias Gross (Gross Food Consulting)

For everyone in the food business I regularly publish content in podcast, blog and newsletter. I wrote the first German-language book for food start-ups: "Erfolgskonzepte für Food-Start-ups" published by Springer Verlag and am a founder myself. I also teach at several universities - from commodity science to kitchen technology.

Marie Amann (EIT Food)

Marie Ammann is Business Creation Manager at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food, in Freising near Munich. EIT Food is Europe's largest innovation network on food, nutrition and agriculture, with the goal of transforming the food system towards a healthier, more sustainable and future-oriented one. Maries acts as a link between the EU-wide EIT Food network and the German agrifood startup scene and is instrumental in shaping the agrifood ecosystem. This allows her to support many technology-savvy and impact-driven entrepreneurs in their startups and collaborations with established, innovative companies.

Dominik Ewald (GAFS)

Dominik Ewald, studied with a focus on bioeconomics at the Gregor Mendel Institute in Vienna, Wageningen University and the Leibniz Institute (ATB) in Potsdam-Bornim, among others, and received his master's degree in biotechnology from the Technical University of Cottbus-Senftenberg. Dominik Ewald has co-founded several startups including MonitorFish GmbH, Smart Cloud Farming GmbH and Seed Forward GmbH. Currently, he is a division manager at Fraunhofer IGD in Rostock and focuses mainly on the transfer and business model development of development topics into the market. He is vice president and board member in the German Aquaculture Association and industry representative in the Hansa Network for Aquaculture, he is founding member and part of the board of the German Agri-Food Society, which advocates for regenerative agriculture, sustainable food supply and the preservation of our natural livelihoods. He is also Deputy Spokesperson for Agriculture of the "Strategic Partnership Technology in Africa (SPTA)", which is affiliated with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

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Christian Dieckmann (Nutrition Solutions)

Christian Dieckmann and his company NUSO have been advising food and beverage startups in the area of product development for more than 5 years. From the idea to the search for raw materials and contract manufacturers to the shelf, Christian Dieckmann supports startups and founders to realize their product ideas. Previously, he worked several years in food startups himself and also founded his own startup, which however failed. Based on this experience, he decided to advise startups and founders to help them avoid mistakes and successfully place their products on the market. He now advises around 15 startups a year and develops around 20 products a year together with them.