Optimizing ressources in agrifoodtech

30.03.2023 | 13:00 - 19:00
Zunfthaus zu Schmiden, Marktgasse 20, 8001 Zürich
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Launching event of the Foodtech vertical of the canton Zurich organized by BusinessIN. This conference is part of the Networking Event Series supported by Innosuisse. It takes place all over Switzerland for 4 years is to stimulate the innovation of actors along the value chain from food production to consumption.


1.15 Optional light lunch

1.30 Registration and visit of the startup exhibition

2.00-3.15 Plenary

  • Welcome by Suzanne Hraba-Renevey President & Co-Founder of BusinessIn
  • The canton of Zurich: an innovation hub in the agrifood sector
    Fabian Streiff, Director of the Economic Promotion, Canton Zurich
  • Innovating in a traditional food producing SME: challenges and opportunities
    Catherine Cunin, CEO, Blattmann Schweiz AG
  • Plant-based meat with improved taste and texture thanks to technologies
    Susanne Miescher Schwenninger, Professor & Head Research Group Food Biotechnology, ZHAW
    Patrick Rühs, Head of Science, Planted

3.15-4.15 Round table moderated by Roland Wyss-Aerni, Editor-in-Chief foodaktuell.ch

  • Linda Grieder-Kern, CEO & Founder, RethinkResource GmbH
  • Martijn Sonnevelt, Executive Director, ETH Zurich World Food System Center
  • Jérôme Meyer, Country Managing Director, Aldi Suisse AG
  • Bartosz Jesse, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Bianca Campos, Deputy CEO & Program Manager, swissnex in Brazil

4.15-5:00 Coffee Break, 1:1 Meetings and visit of the startup exhibition

5.00-6.00 Breakouts

  1. Achievements and challenges of tech transfer:
    Case study by YASAI, fenaco, Agroscope and ZHAW
    Mark Zahran, co-Founder and CEO, YASAI
    Daniel Schwab, National level Manager, fenaco
  2. International Perspectives
    Kathrin Rüegg, Innovation & Technology Advisor, Innosuisse
    Florian Berner, Company Advisor Zürich Region Euresearch
    Mélusine Perrier, Project Manager Switzerland Global Enterprise
  3. Open Exploration on Resource Efficiency at the Innovation Booster “Swiss Food Ecosystems”
    Marina Helm-Romaneschi, Marketing and Strategy Manager, Swiss Food Research
    Joël Reinhard, Innovation Manager, Cluster Food & Nutrition

6.00-6.30 Plenary:

  • Optimizing Resources: Walking the Talk
    Christoph Mayr, Co-Founder and CEO at MIRAI FOODS, Switzerland

6.30-7.00 Cocktail, networking and visit of the startup exhibition

The goal of the event series is to help actors along the value chain to initiate technology-based innovation projects thanks to connections with R&D centers. Thus optimizing their processes, products and business models, contributing to their development while positively impacting the sustainability of the agri-food ecosystem.