Organic Food against Climate Change

The first Organic Food against Climate Change challenge has two winners:
Botanic Bites and Charly’s All is Fair convinced with outstanding engagement and a perfect final pitch

Amsterdam, 26th June 2017 -  On Friday the first Organic Food against Climate Change challenge, by Wessanen, in association with Triodos Bank, powered by the Impact Hub, ended with the final award ceremony in Amsterdam. Promising social entrepreneurs, that participated in the comprehensive two months training program, pitched their innovative ideas in front of a jury and experts in the organic food business. In the end Botanic Bites and Charly’s All is Fair convinced the jury with outstanding engagement throughout the program and their unique pitch. As a reward each of them was awarded with 10 000 Eur, access to a broad network of experts, additional management hours from Wessanen and Triodos Bank as well as a connect membership at the Impact Hub.

During 3 training days and 4 master classes selected entrepreneurs learned how to grow and scale their business and were challenge to take action and inspire each other.

“We are impressed by the enthusiasm of all participants. And for us as jury it was difficult to only pick one winner – that’s why we decided to award two and double the price” said Klaus Arntz, EVP Marketing and Sustainability at Wessanen. “As a company focused on providing healthier food for healthier people and planet we are glad that we had the chance to support these businesses, that address key challenges of the global food system and its impact on climate change.”

 “I am overwhelmed! This is the right push at the right moment – five steps forward” says Doreen Westphal, founder of Botanic Bites. Botanic Bites are green and clean protein products made with local ingredients and from leftover streams.

“We are thrilled to be the winner of the challenge” adds Charlotte Zum Vörde Sive Vörding, founder and face of Charly’s All is Fair. “It is a wonderful opportunity to further change the world of food.” Charly’s All is Fair produces handmade vegan cheese alternatives. 

The Jury:
Klaus Arntz                              EVP Marketing & Sustainability at Wessanen
Riella Hollander                       Fund Manager at Triodos Bank
Bas Gaddiot                             Co-founder Crosswise Works
Robert-Niels van Droffelaar      Program Facilitator and Investor Host at Impact Hub Amsterdam

These are the food innovators that participated in the Organic Food against Climate Change challenge: 

Charly’s All is Fair Offers alternatives to cheese that are better for health and the earth. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and people who eat gluten, lactose, sugar and soy free
Bieterballen Sell the vegetarian variant of bitterbal. The Beetroot is made from beets and other local and pure ingredients
Taste Before You Waste Organizes events to make people aware of food waste
BioBites Offers vegan crackers and biscuits free of gluten, lactose and yeast
Kändi Makes premium and vegan candy made from plant based ingredients
Cultiva Produces leaves and herbs free from pesticides and grown indoors
Botanic Bites Develops sustainable food products with local ingredients and preferably residual streams of other products
De Pindakaaswinkel Produces handmade peanut butter with 100% natural ingredients
BioBite Makes energy cookies of nutritious cereals, nuts, seeds and fruit