Food is an important part of ArcticStartup team culture. If you have been to our conference Arctic15, you know how deeply we care about the food being served to our attendees. If you are based in Helsinki, you might have also tasted the most delicious cookies in the world, made by our colleague, Micah Gland and his family brand Ugly Cookies. But we don’t stop there. Our partner Jan Ameri is organising the number one foodtech event during Slush called Tonic18.
Tonic18 – Food Tech Innovation will take place at Hilton Helsinki Strand on December 3rd. The event features international mix of top chefs, investors and startups in the food tech industry.
“We are proud to bring Tonic18 back to Hilton Helsinki Strand for the third time this year. The facts that it was fully booked weeks before Slush demonstrates just how much demand there is for new innovative products and services, and most importantly – desire to connect with foodtech innovators and companies,” said Jan.
Tonic18 will showcase the latest in food and technology, bringing all the relevant players under the same roof. Food manufacturers, entrepreneurs, retail chains, hotels and restaurants, investors, startups, scientists and media will join for the action packed afternoon. Presentations will include views on the future of nutrition, health and sustainability. The hot topics as lab grown “clean meat”, new packaging materials, plant based foods and investments in foodtech will be covered by the likes of Krijn de Noord, CEO of Meatable, Axel Wehr of Anterra Capital and local serial entrepreneur Maija Itkonen.
One of Finland’s most recognized international names, Chef Toni Toivanen, will bring attendees greetings from Tokyo, where he opened restaurant Inua after a being part of the new Noma launch in Copenhagen earlier this year. Together with Chef Henrik Poulsen, Chef Toivanen will design a unique Tonic VIP dinner combining Nordic and Asian styles and flavors. The dinner will be fully vegan.
Like previous years, the event is fully booked, and thanks to the support from event partners Kesko, Fredman Group, Gold & Green and Hilton it is open for public and free to attend. More than 30 food sector investors will be present to scout for new investment opportunities, angel investor Saga Forss among them. The afternoon will culminate on showcasing over 10 local and international startups who will pitch their businesses on stage. You will also visit companies like Kesko, Meater, Lava Cheese, Lahhentagge, FoodBack and Book & Order at their booths and learn more about their products.
See you at Tonic18!
Valerie Vlasenko is a space journalist tackling the dilemma of popularising space. Founder of VSpace Media and an Editor at ArcticStartup – Valerie has rich experience as an entrepreneur, a journalist and a space lawyer.