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MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge

Are you a MENA-based Food & Beverage startup and/or looking to expand to the region? Also, do you produce healthy, diet, vegan, free from, and functional foods and seek investment, partners, or feedback? Or an investment and/or food industry company seeking exposure, deal flow, and/or partners?

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MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge
MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge

Time & Location

16. Nov. 2023, 19:00 – 21:30 GMT+4


About the event

“MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge” on Zoom takes place on Thursday, 16th November 2023, and is co-produced by Jamal Maxey from Pitch Lounge and Techstars (Saudi Arabia) and Sascha Dutta from Marketing Strategiser and FoodHack (Dubai) with support from Free From Food & Ingredients and Expo Business Communications.

The pitch event will have exposure to 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.

The pitch event is suitable for healthy, diet, vegan, free from, and functional food & beverage startups looking for investment and the following:




Our pitch event will host 6*5-minute pitches and Q&A rounds with the investor panel. Applications are open and startups will be shortlisted on a rolling basis.

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

Free From Food & Ingredients and Expo Business Communications organises 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 has produced 80+ pitch events in 4 years including 35+ Food & Beverage events with the support of Marketing Strategiser - which provides Marketing & Social Media Consulting, Coaching & Training for Food & Drink Entrepreneurs to help you grow your business. Jamal Maxey from Pitch Lounge and Techstars (Saudi Arabia) and Sascha Dutta from Marketing Strategiser and FoodHack (Dubai) organise pitching, panelist, and networking-based F&B events matching F&B founders to investors and industry professionals from companies including FoodHack, Alt Collective, RSVP Business Angel, Phoenix Investments, RePlate Ventures, ProVeg Incubator, IndieBio, Fusion VC, FRESH START FoodTech Incubator IL, and others.


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Date & Time:

Thursday | 16th November | 19:00-21:30 GST



Event Schedule:

  • Introduction to Event, Hosts, and Sponsors (19:00-19:05)
  • Presenting the Event Team, Investor Panel, and Pitching Startups (19:05-19:10)
  • 6*5-minute Startup Pitches plus 10-minute Q&A rounds (19:10-20:50)
  • Summary of Startups and Thanks to Investor Panel, Hosts, and Sponsors (20:50-21:00)
  • Networking in Zoom Breakout Rooms (21:00-21:30)

Event Partners:

Pitch Lounge

Marketing Strategiser

Free From Food & Ingredients

Expo Business Communications

Investor Panel:

Nader Amiri (UAE): Founder (elGrocer - Online Grocery Delivery) | CPG/FMCG Specialist | FoodTech Expert | Angel Investor.

Dr. Anuraag Guglaani (UAE/India/Switzerland/US):  Managing Director & CEO (Wazir Advisors) | Global Speaker | Business Doctor | Investment Board Member. 

Samar Hasan (Pakistan/UAE):  Director & Founder (Epiphany) | Consultant | Impact Investor.

Shirley Shahar (Israel):  Co-Founder (DANA Venture Builder) | Ag/FoodTech Expert | BizDev/Marketing Specialist.

STARTUPS shortlisted and that register to pitch will present their lightening investor pitch for 3 minutes to our investor panel followed by a further 2 minutes of Q&A. They are permitted and encouraged to use a pre-recorded pitch video (and respond live in the subsequent Q&A).

F&B 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, 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, BioFeyn, Aqua AI, Neo Aura, Must Grow, Mavuno Technologies, NaturaYuva, Raino Tech4Impact, AlgaePro (Greentech Innovators), and Hydrobloom.

INVESTORS are invited to express interest in our limited panelist and sponsor opportunities and/or join to observe and connect with our pitching startups.

Previous INVESTOR and food industry company guests that support F&B startups include Phoenix Investments Ltd., ARIISE Partners, 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, 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.

ENTREPRENEURS and INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS are invited to observe the pitch event and/or register interest in the limited pitch event speaker slot/sponsorship opportunities.


Note 1: After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email that includes the Zoom registration details.

Note 2: By registering, you agree to us storing your data and emailing/messaging you about future events. 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 pay commission for referrals of paying pitching startups, please email "" for more information and with your startup introductions.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Kind Regards,

Jamal Maxey, Co-Producer & Moderator (Pitch Lounge & Techstars - Saudi Arabia)

Sascha Dutta, Co-Producer & Panelist (Marketing Strategiser & FoodHack - Dubai)

On behalf of our event partners including Marketing Strategiser, Pitch Lounge, Free From Food & Ingredients, Expo Business Communications, and Phoenix Investments

Promotion efforts led by My Guide Berlin and accounting support from SMart eG


  • Observer (Standard)

    Thanks for your interest in purchasing an Observer (Standard) ticket for the “MENA Food & Beverage Pitch Lounge” (Thursday, 16th November | 7-9.30PM GST) including breakout room networking. One ticket entitles the purchaser to join our online Zoom event to witness the pitching startups and interactive Q&A with the investor panelists. There is an open chat where audience members can introduce themselves and ask questions as well as breakout room networking at the end of the event.

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