This event is for people involved in innovation in the food and drink community, including start-ups, SMEs, academics, researchers and established businesses of all sizes.

Webinar recordings are now available

Day 1: Trends & Emerging Science | 3 March 2021 – 9am - 12.15pm

Day 2: Trends & Innovative R&D | 4 March 2021 – 9am - 12.15pm

Why attend?

  • We’ll explore the role that diet has on health and nutrition, including discussions around emerging science  on Day 1 and innovative R&D  on Day 2.
  • You’ll learn from speakers who will share insight on technical approaches and innovations in food and nutrition.
  • You’ll exchange with other attendees during group discussions.
  • You’ll hear short pitches from innovative SMEs and academics in the sector and discuss gaps in knowledge and barriers to innovation.
  • You’ll take part in discussions that will inform future funding.

Keynote speakers

Apply to pitch your innovative idea at the event

20 SMEs and academics will pitch their innovative project or research during the course of the two sessions. Attendees will then discuss gaps in knowledge and barriers to innovation.

We’re looking for UK based FoodTech SMEs and Academics to showcase their innovative technologies and research ideas in the area of diet, health and nutrition. We’d particularly like to hear from organisations that have innovations around healthy aging, immunity and personalised nutrition.

Academic Pitches – 3  March | SME Pitches  – 4 March

If you would like to get involved, you need to apply before 16 February 2021 by submitting a two-minute pitch.

 Pitches will be evaluated by KTN and Innovate UK and will be scored against novelty, innovation, scalability, impact and industry or research need.

Successful applicants will be notified by the 18th February. If you are selected, the deadline to amend or submit your final video pitch is 5pm on 25 February.

For further information, get in touch with Debbie Tully, our AgriFood Knowledge Transfer Manager at