Mondelēz International opened applications for CoLab Tech, as the innovative accelerator program is designed to help start-up companies address key challenges in food technology and sustainability.
CoLab Tech builds on the successful collaboration and partnership principles of the company’s SnackFutures’ CoLab program, launched in 2021, designed to provide snacking entrepreneurs and emerging brands with resources, networking opportunities and information to help them grow their business.
CoLab Tech looks to find and collaborate with emerging food technology start-ups offering solutions and the potential to scale through the company’s core chocolate, biscuit and baked snacks businesses in three critical areas including sustainability, innovative ingredients and process.
As part of the sustainability area, it will look at technology to support regenerative agriculture, low carbon dairy ingredients and more renewable energy sources; innovative ingredients will look at technology to deliver clean labels, lower carbon footprints and sensory experiences; while the third area, process, will look to increase manufacturing flexibility, enhance automation and allow the exploration of more modern, heating and cooling options.
“We are thrilled to expand the CoLab program with a special focus on the food technology space,” said Ian Noble, VP R&D – Research, Analytical and Productivity. “The launch of CoLab Tech demonstrates Mondelēz International’s commitment to more sustainable food and process technologies that push the boundaries of key technical challenges.”
The 12-week program includes in-person workshops, hands-on experiences and virtual curriculum sessions, along with one on one mentorship and access to Mondelēz experts and the company’s partners worldwide.
Applications for CoLab Tech are open now. The program will begin in Autumn 2023 and is open to US and European stat-ups with a minimum of five employees.
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