Food and Agro startups now have a voice in the market in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein (DACHLI)
With the establishment of the crowdfoods – Food Entrepreneur & Startup Association, a transnational association for the approximately 3,000 food startups in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein (DACHLI) is created for the first time.
The aim of the association is the promotion of founders, start-ups and startups in the field of food and agriculture as drivers of the digital, economic and ecological change of the entire food production chain.
As a vertical platform and network, the new representation of interests in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein connects start-ups from the Food, Agro and Food and Agrotech sectors with the established food and agricultural industry, producers, retailers, service providers and investors the research.
The association sees itself as the mouthpiece of all food and agro startups. As an overarching network, crowdfoods links the previously only local and regional Food & Startup initiatives across the entire DACHLI region across borders.
Through the association, the members can open up new markets and market partners across borders and benefit from a wide range of association services – whether from special conditions of the association partners or at events, free PR and marketing opportunities, in the area of know-how or in the initiation of contacts and networking with potential partners.
Crowdfoods emerged in early 2017 from a food startup project as a private initiative by Mark Leinemann and Jay F Kay. In 2018 the team around Enzo Schrembs and Alexander Heger was expanded and crowdfoods converted into a club under Swiss law based in Kreuzlingen (Switzerland) on Lake Constance. After the structure of the structures in the last few months, the association officially takes up its operative work on 10.12.2018. In the medium term, the establishment of national representations and local federation sections is planned.