Imagine Food Tech BCC is a 10 day food tech program designed to solve challenges of the food industry. The program was sponsored by Danone Waters, the Generalitat de Catalunya and a group of investors behind Food Republik. 9 talented entrepreneurs from different fields were selected to join an inspirational and work intensive journey to solve the sponsor’s challenges.
Over the course of 10 days, the participants visited 9 innovation and research facilities between Barcelona and San Sebastian to learn about relevant technologies and trends for their projects. The teams received mentorship from industry experts and entrepreneurs from Europe and San Francisco and worked with design thinking facilitators on their projects.
During the visits, Jordi Roca explained his techniques for flavour development, Elies Sala showcased Fundació Alicia’s processes for innovation projects for the food industry and the visit of the enzymatic sustainable house Arqzyme showed the team how to use microorganisms to achieve clean water and air. At IRTA, the team learned about the difficulties of the agricultural system for small producers, at Rafa Pamies greenhouses they learned about medicinal plants and their potential for new food products. At the journey’s destination in San Sebastian, the teams had the opportunity to work at the installations of the Basque Culinary center and receive master classes from the BCC’s leadership team.
3 solutions were developed and prototyped and the final projects were presented at the auditorium of the Basque Culinary Center on May 13th.