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(IN-PERSON) MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge

Are you a MENA F&B startup seeking investment, partners, or feedback? Or a founder, investor, or food professional visiting Dubai during Gulfood 2024?

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(IN-PERSON) MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge
(IN-PERSON) MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge

Time & Location

22. Feb. 2024, 18:30 – 21:15 GMT+4

Dubai, Gate Avenue, Zone D, Level 1 - Al Mustaqbal St - Trade Centre - DIFC - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

About the event

Are you a MENA-based Food & Beverage startup and/or looking to expand to the region? Or a founder, investor, or food professional visiting Dubai during Gulfood 2024? Or an investment and/or food industry company looking for exposure, connection to F&B startups, and future event partnership opportunities?

We are pleased to confirm the following opportunity:  “MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge - Gulfoods Edition”, co-produced by Jamal Maxey from Pitch Lounge & Techstars (Saudi Arabia), Sascha Dutta from Marketing Strategiser & FoodHack (Dubai), Nader Amiri (el Grocer) & (Homegrown CPG), and Ahmad Shamieh (Homegrown CPG) & (SANAD Gulf Trading).

Alongside Sascha Dutta from Marketing Strategiser, Jamal co-hosts the 2nd “MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge" takes place at the FinTech Hive, DIFC Innovation Hub | Live on Zoom - that matches F&B founders who are raising investment to industry-specific advisors and investors, providing real-time feedback in addition to our team promoting you to our 30k+ relevant investment network.

This series delivers a valuable experience for all attendees via general attendee networking and pitching - find co-founders, partners, clients, and funding with us!



Jamal Maxey – Founder & Head of Events (Pitch Lounge) & Startup Mentor (Techstars & Founder Institute) | Startup Scout | Pitch Coach.

Sascha Dutta – Founder & Director (Marketing Strategiser) & Dubai Ambassador (FoodHack) | F&B Branding Expert | F&B Startup Community Builder.

Nader Amiri - Founder (el Grocer) & Investor & Advisor (Homegrown CPG)

Ahmad Shamieh - General Partner (Homegrown CPG) & Partner (SANAD Gulf Trading)


Event Partners:

Pitch Lounge

Marketing Strategiser


Homegrown CPG

Email for more information and/or expressions of interest in collaborating.


Eligibility & Impact:

Suitable for a broad-range of F&B startups including, but not limited to, those in Retail, Food Service, Food Science, Delivery, and AgTech looking for the following:

1. Exposure to Global Food & Beverage Ecosystem

2. Live Investor Feedback, Networking, and Interest

3. Access to Funding, Pitching, and Scaling Opportunities

Format & Registration Process:

5-minute pitches and 10-minutes each with a Q&A with the investor panel.

Applications are open and startups will be shortlisted on a rolling basis.

Please submit your investor pitch deck to our website:


NOTE: there is an option to become an event partner and even a sponsor speaker with a business promo slot.

Please see our website sponsor page for details:


Investor Panel:

We have space for 1-2 panelists are still being confirmed for this edition…

For information on some of the panelists that have graced our F&B panels in the past, please visit the relevant section of our website:

Want to complete our investor panel? Please email and/or submit interest on our short and simple form on our website:



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


Event Details:

Date & Time:

Thursday, 22nd Feb 2024 | 6.30-9.15 PM GST/UTC+4


FinTech Hive, DIFC Innovation Hub

Event Schedule (GST/UTC+4):

6.30-7.00 PM - Registration & Food Sampling

7.00-7.10 PM - Event Introduction

7.10-8.40 PM - Startup Pitches + Q&A

8.40-8.45 PM - Conclusion

8.45-9.15 PM - Networking (In-person/Zoom)

9.15-late PM - Drinks @ Japanese Bar* (nearby)

*Networking Location: Unit 4, Level G, Gate Village, Bldg. 03, DIFC, Dubai


STARTUPS are invited to pitch at our events with a panel of advisors/investors.

They are given 5 minutes to pitch their business (and can use a pre-recorded pitch and an explainer video as part of their live presentation). Following the pitches will be 10 minutes of questions and guidance from a distinguished Investor Panel of sector-specific investors, consultants, and serial entrepreneurs. Each startup that pitches benefits from live feedback from the panelists.

FoodTech Startups that presented at previous events produced by the hosts have included: Pumpkin Organics, Mango Bahia, Stem & Glory, Family Secret, Bru Tea, Nocto, Artesano, Big Night, Sophie’s Kitchen, tychon (previously Travel Meet Eat), Monatea, The Cauldron Company Co., Cyber Farms (previously Social Technology Centre), Dining, Zepice, Best Place For, MiFood Robot, Kiezfarm (FarmlyPlace), C´Go Drinks, Caulibox, In My Kitchen UK, HomeMealDeal, TribalMilk, FitBakes, Leche No, Gud Italia, Heart & Soul Nuts, Pri´s Puddings, Claudia´s Kitchen UK, IKÓ Drinks, Vieve, fungtn, Agrantec, Carisips, Mighty Plants, NXT LVL PZA, Tonic Health, ATCHA, More Foods, Brio-Maté, The Transformation Chef, Goldling Spirits Co., Neue Water, Gaston, ChilliesRock, Enjoy Trill, Over The Moo UK, 80Noir Ultra, Damn Right Cocktails,  ChicP, Eat Figo, Kleos Mastiha Spirit, PHUNK, BiteMe Nutrition, Tequila Pancho Datos, Root´d, LiQ, Spoons of Taste, Harmonize, YÜJ Granola, Nightfood Inc., nucao, SIPGOOD,, Foodymize (formerly The Nomlab), Ready Burger, DineDesk, Isle of Cider, Propeller, Sugarholic Desserts, Garden of Eva, Daily Chef, Cookr, KEVO, CROSSIP, Gourmatic, GULP Superfoods, Nihilo, Hegg, Smart Soda, De La Tierra, unclassicFoods, Earth'D Drinks, Gulp Superfoods, Esquisito Tequila, Wild Belly, Flake Bake, JimJams Healthier Spreads & Snacks, California Cultured, Mother Root Drinks, Nix & Kix, Willicroft, Cartwise, Frank, MiFood, EatFigo, BIOVIT, Makeena, Food Sauce Media, Cart and Cook, ButterBros, EatQ, Bemuse, Nali Consulting, Well Fruited, Bodha Drinks, Mustashar, BioFeyn, Aqua AI, Neo Aura, Must Grow, Mavuno Technologies, NaturaYuva, Raino Tech4Impact, AlgaePro (Greentech Innovators), and Hydrobloom.

INVESTORS are invited to join to connect with our innovative startups.

Previous INVESTOR and food industry company guests that support F&B startups include Flora Ventures, Millennium Food-Tech, FoodHack, AgriNation VC, DigitalFoodLab, ProVeg Incubator, Bread & Jam, Capagro, Seedrs, AngelHub, Oltre Ventures, WBAF Angel Investment Fund, Shaper Impact Capital, Techstars, Ankur Capital Fund, TAN Food, Gourmet Ventures, AgriFoodsNetworks, Starlight Capital, National Sugar Institute-Tanzania, SSI AG, European Commission - EASME, Faster Capital, ICOS Capital, Phoenix Investments, RSVP Business Angel, Green Angel Syndicate, APX, UBS, Business France, The Sea Group, Halewood Wines & Spirits, AgFunder, FoodHack, Lidl GB, AgriFoodsNetworks, EIT Food, Future Food Campus, SeaAhead, Harvest Returns, Water Innovation Accelerator, DCVC Bio, WOOP Food, Action Ventures Europe, British International Investment, Seedrs, Global Startup & Investor Network, HSBC, MLP, Startup Insider, Microma, Catax Group, The Titan Fund, Dinero, CIMB, etc.

For a longer historic attendance list, please see the document below:

ENTREPRENEURS, PROFESSIONALS, and STUDENTS are invited to learn about the F&B startup ecosystem and interesting business models as well as network for their professional development.


Network with Our Community:

🌟Join the LinkedIn event page:

🌟Please follow us, join our community, and subscribe to our mailing list:  "Pitch Lounge" Linkedin Page:

Please join our LinkedIn Groups:

🌟"Food & Beverage Pitch Events”

🌟“MENATI Food & Beverage”

🌟Subscribe to our mailing list via our website:

Also follow the LinkedIn company pages of our main co-production partner company:

🌟“Marketing Strategiser”

🌟And join her Facebook Group “Foodpreneurs Collective”:


Note 1: After registering for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with all the details.

Note 2: By registering, you agree to us storing your data. We also wish to draw your attention to the fact that we will record the event and publish this 

recording, at least in part. If you disagree with any of the above points, we kindly ask you not to register.

Note 3: We are happy to be contacted with expressions of interest in pitching, panelist slots, and/or partnering with us - please email for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Warm wishes,

Jamal Maxey – Founder & Head of Events (Pitch Lounge) & Startup Mentor (Techstars & Founder Institute) | Startup Scout | Pitch Coach.

Sascha Dutta – Founder & Director (Marketing Strategiser) & Dubai Ambassador (FoodHack) | F&B Branding Expert | F&B Startup Community Builder.

Nader Amiri - Founder (el Grocer) & Investor & Advisor (Homegrown CPG)

Ahmad Shamieh - General Partner (Homegrown CPG) & Partner (SANAD Gulf Trading)

Promotion and branding efforts supported by interns/freelancers with My Guide Berlin and Pagoda Projects, with event and website branding designed by Meiraj A.I. from


  • FREE Observer (In-Person)

    Thanks for your interest in registering for the observer ticket for the “MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge” (Thu, 22nd Feb | 6:30-9:15 PM GST/UTC+4). IMPORTANT - if interested in pitching, please see for the information on our website: If you have further questions, please email We look forward to hosting you!

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  • Pitch Slot (Lightning 3-min.)

    This entitles you to one free pitch slot of max. 3 minutes from the stage at DIFC if you are bringing food samples with you AND if you've first checked with Jamal your interest.

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