Ārepa co-founders Angus Brown and Zac Robinson (Ngā puhi, Hau Hapu, Ngāti Hao)

Popular Kiwi ‘brain food’ company, Ārepa, is set to take part in a week of in-depth mentoring as part of the FoodBytes! Programme in New York.

FoodBytes! is a global food and agriculture innovation programme that works to find solutions for food system challenges bringing startups, corporate leaders and investors together.

As the only Kiwi company out of 45 start-ups selected, Ārepa co-founder Angus Brown, says they’re “stoked” to represent New Zealand on the world stage.

“As we start to expand into offshore markets, in particular the US, it’s important we make connections with international investors and retailers as well as be seen alongside the world’s best food tech companies, and Foodbytes! is the perfect opportunity for this,” he says.

Rabobank head of food and agriculture innovation Anne Greven says the purpose of the programme is to help the industry find solutions to feeding the world’s increasing population and tackling challenges such as climate change and the pandemic.

Ārepa’s range of brain food

The company’s chosen are all pioneering breakthrough agri technologies and consumer products in agtech, food tech and consumer packaged goods (CPG) which is the category which Ārepa was selected for.

The startups will participate in a week of mentoring and coaching in October and 15 will be chosen to present in the live-streamed public pitch competition, on 10 November, where three will be named winners in their respective sectors.