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In the face of rising prices, supply chain disruptions, and concerns about environmental impact, consumers are demanding healthier, more sustainable, and more affordable food. Boston-based startups are rising to the challenge and reimagining our food system from farm to factory to table.
Join Swissnex and Branchfood for a discussion on the future of food innovation. The panel will bring together expertise from across the local ecosystem for a conversation on challenges, trends, and the evolution of food innovation in Boston. Following the discussion, we will showcase local food startups who will present their businesses and offer tastings of their products.
Kiwi Bio is a venture-backed startup making food painless, starting with the IBS population (10-15% of people). We develop novel, patent-pending enzymes and embed them in everyday products, from dietary supplements to foods. Check out our first product: www.fodzyme.com Nicholas Belsito, Founder of OpenCity – OpenCity reimagines the drive thru experience. Launched the World’s First Conversational Voice AI for Drive Thru Ordering, named #Tori, with over 99% accuracy
Christophe Chantre is the co-founder and CEO of Tender Food, a company creating alternative meats with the right taste and texture. He previously worked as a program lead (post-doc) at the Wyss Institute to develop and validate functionality of regenerative heart valve bioprosthetics in preclinical studies. Christophe received a PhD in Integrative Human Physiology with a focus in biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications from the University of Zurich, and bachelor and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from EPFL and ETH Zurich, respectively.
Carole Sioufi is an experienced business leader in the global chemical and food industries, where she has been focusing on innovative solutions and sustainable product development. Her experience spans 10+ years of management, entrepreneurship, and market research analysis in the Middle East and North American markets. Previously, Carole co-founded Aseptic, which provides sustainable cleaning programs to foodservice and hospitality institutions in Lebanon and Dubai; and as part of her work as a Global Talent Fellow at Open Avenues Foundation, she led experiential learning projects with STEM students across the US to identify opportunities for new product development in the food and agriculture industries. She holds an MSc. in Management & Strategy from the London School of Economics as well as an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Carole speaks English, French, and Arabic. In her free time, she likes to cook, read, hike, and travel.
OpenCity reimagines the drive thru experience. Launched the World’s First Conversational Voice AI for Drive Thru Ordering, named #Tori, with over 99% accuracy.
Beckah’s Bangin' Butter
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As part of the Innovation Team, Oriane implements and expands entrepreneurship programs. Before joining Swissnex, Oriane worked in hotel and events management, as well as in the financial sector. She holds a BSc in International Hospitality Management from the EHL Hospitality Business School and an MSc in International Strategic Management from the University of Lund.