CHICAGO — SnackFutures, Mondelez International, Inc.’s innovation and venture hub, seeks to support “disruptively delicious” snack brands through its Startup Engagement Program. CoLab 2023, in its third year, will focus on early-stage businesses that are “pushing the boundaries of what is possible to make snacks delicious, from flavor to experience to sustainability to packaging,” according to the company. guess.
All participants must fit into the SnackFutures ethos of being “people friendly, earth friendly, delicious and fun”. Applicants must also be based in the United States and generate at least $1 million in revenue with high growth potential in line with Mondelez International’s innovation priorities.
Bridget Wolfe, Vice President of Mondelez International and Global Head of Snack Futures, said: “Startups participating in this program say they are overwhelmed by the access and attention they get from our experts and ecosystem. I am inspired.”
CoLab offers workshops, one-on-one instruction, and hands-on experiences for early-stage snack businesses. Mondelez provides access to tools, technology, corporate leadership and industry expertise while gaining insight, capabilities and potential investment opportunities. The 12-week program begins in April.
Snack brands that have attended previous classes include Bunny James Boxes, Every Body Eat, GoNanas, Moonshot, Nunbelievable, Oat Haus, Pan’s, Popcorn for the People, Wonder Monday, Yolélé, Better Bites Bakery, Chasin’ Dreams Farm and Elite. Sweets, Numa, NuSkool, Snacklins, Sourse, 12 Tides and Love, Corn.
Entrepreneurs can learn more and apply at snackfutures.com. Applications will be accepted until December.
Wolf will speak at the upcoming conference, along with additional SnackFutures executives. food entrepreneur Experience the free virtual event on October 26th. Find out more and register at foodentrepreneureexperience.com.