This Month in Food: Gender-Inclusive drinks, Corporate VCs and Rising Startups

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This article was originally posted as a monthly newsletter at FoodHack. 

Welcome back from what was hopefully a relaxed Easter break, 

We've all seen that food has been a hot topic over recent years but it seems to have gotten extra spicy in 2019. The number of new food startups globally is growing as quick as strawberries in a climate-controlled container

From the numerous accelerators and incubators popping up, to the growing appetite of VCs and angel investors alike, all supported with a constant influx of new and experienced talent fresh on the market hungry to start or support food businesses, here's 4 reasons why it's the best time to launch a food startup in Switzerland

The summer weather is starting to shine through and we'll soon be bringing our meetups outdoors again, maybe even sipping on the latest beverage craze, like probiotic juice or gender-inclusive drinks, in the meantime check out what else is on

Upcoming FoodHack Events

  • Finance and Accounting for Food Businesses 

Thursday, May 9th, Studio Banana Lausanne 

This introductory course gives you the opportunity to understand the basics of your businesses accounting & finance – specifically for food & beverage companies. Over the workshop we'll learn about product pricing, margins, break even point as well as key KPI’s to track as you grow. 

Paid workshop, register here (in French)

  • Restaurants & Retail: How to remain competitive in the 21st century?
    Monday, May 27th, Le Lab Lausanne
    In a fast changing retail and restaurant space, how can you better position your business to attract more in-store customers and increase on-site purchasing? With talks on winning over customers before they even step into your shop, to better designing your space to elevate your customer experience and more. Come learn from industry experts over this private half day event for restaurant and retail owners. 
    Free event, register here (in French)

  • FoodPreneurs Meetup Zurich
    Monday, June 17th, Impact Hub Viadkut
    Join the community of food entrepreneurs, startups, corporates and investors at our next Zurich meetup and potluck at Impact Hub Viadkut. Bring food and/or drinks to share. 
    Free event, register here

Upcoming External Events: 

  • OYW Caucus hosted by Bühler Group
    Saturday, May 4th, Buhler HQ, Uzwil 
    Last Chance to join this special event which will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. Join the discussions on today’s and the future’s challenges with an incredible line-up of national and international speakers. Free event, more info
    Registrations are officially closed, however, this is your chance to still register via email to until Friday, April 26th! 

  • Meat the Future
    Monday, May 20th, ETH, Zurich
    See the industry transformation to sustainable meat alternatives in the making. Hear directly from experts and start-ups what keeps them awake at night. Be part of the conversation on how to feed future generations. 
    Free event, register here

  • Nutrition 4.0
    Thursday May 23rd, Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne
    Personalised nutrition thanks to big data, 3D printing of food, creation of personalised flavours, aggregation of products of the online market, just a few of the ways digitalisation is positively impacting the field of nutrition. Find out more at the Nutrition 4.0 event in Lausanne. 
    Paid event, register here

The Secret Sauce 

Thanks for reading and until next time, stay hungry