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6th Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Dubai

Are you a Food & Beverage (F&B) industry professional based in the UAE and/or a MENA-based F&B startup, investor, consultant, or other industry professional visiting the region for Gulfood 2024?

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6th Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Dubai
6th Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Dubai

Time & Location

21. Feb. 2024, 08:30 – 10:30 GMT+4

Dubai, Dubai World Trade Centre - Trade Centre - Trade Centre 2 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

About the event

RSVP now for our 6th in-person “Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Dubai” at Caffe Nero, Dubai World Trade Centre 2, Dubai, 2642.

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Following the success of our first five events in UAE, we are pleased to confirm the following networking opportunity

This is our second Breakfast Networking Event in Dubai to tie in with Gulfoods taking place at the World Trade Centre.

“Foodpreneur Collective Networking - Dubai”

This networking event is free to attend but does not provide you with a ticket for Gulfoods.

Please register in advance for our Breaking Networking Event so we have an idea on numbers.

You will also have to pay for your own food & drinks.


Caffè Nero


Dubai World Trade Centre 2, Dubai, 2642


Sascha Dutta, Founder (Marketing Strategiser) & Dubai Lead Ambassador (FoodHack)

Nader Amiri, Founder (elGrocer)

Ahmad Shamieh, General Partner (Homegrown CPG)

Jamal Maxey, Founder & CEO (Pitch Lounge) & Startup Mentor (Techstars Founder Catalyst Program - Al Ahsa & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Event Organisers Associated with:

Marketing Strategiser

Pitch Lounge


Homegrown CPG


Free From Food & Health Ingredients


Event Target Audience:

The networking event warmly invites local and international F&B industry professionals and any of the Dubai-based persons amongst the 17k international food professionals on the “Free From Food & Ingredients” email list, 30k+ investors on the Pitch Lounge mailing list, and 2000+ on their combined LinkedIn and Facebook groups as well as anyone attending Gulfoods in Dubai.

Although the networking event is not exclusive, we are particularly interested in founders, buyers, and investors involved in producing, buying, and funding food & drink CPG products, FoodTech or AgTech and/or industry professionals seeking business partners, new products, and investment deal flow!


Event Promoters

Sascha Dutta from Marketing Strategiser and FoodHack (Dubai) alongside Jamal Maxey from Pitch Lounge and a mentor on the Techstars Catalyst Program (Saudi Arabia) organise pitching, panelist, and networking-based F&B events matching F&B founders to investors and industry professionals from companies including FoodHack, Flora Ventures, RSVP Business Angel, RePlate Ventures, ProVeg Incubator, IndieBio, Fusion VC, FRESH START FoodTech Incubator IL, and others.


Event Partners

Marketing Strategiser is a Food & Beverage marketing and branding consultancy with corporate and startup clients.

FoodHack brings together Food & FoodTech professionals where they get the inside scoop on industry news and meet partners, friends, mentors, investors - and everything in between.

Pitch Lounge has produced 80+ pitch events in 4 years including 35+ Food & Beverage events with the support of Marketing Strategiser - that provides Marketing & Social Media Consulting, Coaching & Training for Food & Drink Entrepreneurs to help you grow your business.

Free From Food & Health Ingredients organise Europe’s leading innovation Expos for the free from, organic, vegan, functional and healthy ingredient food industries. They are committed to the development of the F&B sector and provide a platform to collaborate, innovate, and network within the industry.


Pitch Lounge produces online and hybrid startup-investor pitch events providing the following to fundraising F&B startups:

☑️ EXPOSURE: to a vast network of investors, buyers, and channel partners

☑️ SUPPORT: live feedback from a panel of experts that includes active investors

☑️ CONNECTIONS: sector experts, investors, and other sources of funding and support

We are always open to being approached by companies interested in our events - suitable pitching startups, panelists, investors and sponsor partners, etc.

Please email for more details.



Next online event:

Foodpreneurs Collective Pitch Lounge” (Thursday, 8th February | 5-7 PM UTC).

If interested in pitching at our feedback-based pitch event series for early-stage F&B startups or more mature startups preparing for a new investment round or looking to be acquired, please email

Our next hybrid event:

MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge (22nd February), Gulfoods, Dubai (time tbc)

Are you a F&B Startup in the MENA region or interested in the MENA region and attending Gulfoods? If so, and you are looking for investors apply to pitch by emailing your pitch deck to

We have 4-6 pitch slots available

Alternatively, register your interest as either a panelist or sponsor at the MENA Food & Beverage pitch event:


PITCH LOUNGE - Event Formats

Type A: Advisor Panel - Pitch Feedback Events

Seize a chance to get investor pitch ready by presenting in an informal setting and getting helpful feedback from a panel of experts including those who are F&B focused, exited founders, angel investors/finance professionals, pitch/communication coaches, etc.

This pitching opportunity suits early-stage startups, pre- or post-investment, or revenue. We have even hosted Seed startups wanting to come and receive feedback on their new Seed investor pitch deck to polish it later in advance of investor meetings, where pitch deck and presenting feedback are often in short supply.

No investors are actively invited. However, we usually host 1-2 investment industry professionals on the panel and investors might register to attend as audience members.

For more information please refer to our FAQ document.

Type B: Investor Panel - Pitch Demo Events

Our demo day-style F&B pitch events have since August 2020 in largely the same successful format.

Usually, we host (four-to-six) 5-minute startup pitches and Q&A rounds with an investor panel. We also offer end-of-event breakout room networking, one room dedicated to each presenting company - startup or sponsor. It includes a more generous time allocation than most demo days. Applications are open and startups will be shortlisted on a rolling basis.

There is a wider value offering than the feedback events including pre-event and post-event marketing of your investment raise and a dedicated digital networking room during the event as well as investor introductions and an annotated registration list is shared post-event.

For more information and to register your interest as startup, sponsor, investor or panelist, please email

Our Global Community

For updates on Pitch Lounge events and relevant networking, please also join our event series groups and subscribe to our newsletter:

“Food & Beverage Pitch Events”

To connect, learn and network within this region, join our new “MENATI Food & Beverage” LinkedIn group:“

Foodpreneur Collective:

Subscribe to our “Pitch Lounge” mailing list on our website for periodic updates on pitch events and other support to the startup-investor community:

We can't wait to meet you!

Kind Regards,

Sascha Dutta, Event Co-host & Founder (Marketing Strategiser) & Dubai Lead Ambassador (FoodHack)

Nader Amiri, Event Co-host, Pitch Lounge Panelist & Founder (elGrocer)

Ahmad Shamieh, Event Co-host & General Partner (Homegrown CPG)

Jamal Maxey - Co-Producer & Event Promoter (Pitch Lounge) & Mentor (Techstars - Saudi Arabia)

Meiraj Ahmed - Brand Manager (Pitch Lounge) & Founder (


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