Boulder FoodTech is a community of Food and Tech entrepreneurs, professionals, investors, consumers, etc. ("FoodTechies") based out of Boulder, CO. We host monthly networking and event series focused on the intersection of Food and Technology. Our events create an opportunity for food and tech innovators to come together to network, learn, collaborate, and discuss new ideas, new products and services, and new business models to help build a better future for food!
To create an open and exciting space for leading food and tech innovators to come together for learning, discussion, and hopefully collaboration on how to build a better future food system! We want to build this community around a common goal and ultimately become a leader in driving change in the food system all the way from the farm to the fork.
What Is FoodTech?
Globally, food and agriculture (agrifood) is a $7.8 trillion industry, responsible for feeding the planet and hiring well over 40% of it.
Technology is quickly and increasingly disrupting the global food and agriculture industry. This includes (but is not limited to) farm focused platforms, new growing and distribution models, e-commerce and grocery, restaurant and food service platforms, and even new CPG concepts.
The collection of these disruptive companies is defined by a growing segment of the startup and venture capital universe being referred to as "FoodTech".
Food is at the foundation of our health, our energy, our community, our culture, our families.
Unfortunately, the quality, stability, and effectiveness of the global food system is at risk. Why?
- Population growth: global population is expected to reach 9 billion in 2050
- Climate change: global warming and severe weather threatens key crop growing areas of the world
- Limited natural resources: land and water are not infinitely available despite significant population growth
- Food waste: 40% of food grown in the U.S. is wasted; food loss and waste account for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions
- Health & Wellness: health issues and chronic disease (e.g., obesity and diabetes) can be linked to poor food
- Consumer demand shifts: consumers demand less processed food and more meat; the ability to change and satisfy new diets is paramount
The need for change and innovation is incredibly important!