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Chobani™ Food Tech Residency 

2019 Application Instructions

 

Chobani launched the Food Tech Residency for startups in our ongoing mission to bring better food to more people.

In addition to helping emerging natural food and beverage startups grow, we want to solve challenges along the food and agriculture value chain: from waste reduction to food safety to supply chain traceability and more. We bring tech entrepreneurs to the front lines of food manufacturing to enable them to tap into our operations, supply chain, logistics and quality assurance expertise to build innovative solutions to the industry’s biggest challenges.

Click here to create an account and apply.


You will need to create an account in order to start your application and save your responses along the way. If you've applied in the past, you will still need to create an account.

All submission forms will be handled through this site. You can save your work as you go and return to the site as often as needed, but not after finalizing and submitting the entry. All applications must be completed and submitted by the submission deadline of Sunday, July 14th, 11:59 PM PDT.

***Applications are currently only open for our Food Tech Residency. If you are a packaged food or beverage product, you are not eligible for this program. Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates on when applications will open for our next Chobani Incubator class.


Events

If you're an ag/food tech startup founder interested in applying and learning more about the program, please join us at one of our happy hour events below.

  • San Francisco, CA: Tuesday, June 25th – RSVP

  • Boston, MA: Tuesday, July 9th – RSVP


FAQs

For a full list of FAQs about the program and application, please visit our website. Below are questions specific to the application:

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What is the difference between the Food Tech Residency and the Chobani Incubator program?

The Chobani Incubator program is focused exclusively on helping packaged food and beverage brands scale their businesses. We started the program in fall 2016 and have 36 different food and beverage brands in our portfolio (you can view the companies in the Chobani Incubator program here). 
 
The Food Tech Residency is a separate initiative for food and ag tech – we are looking for companies with technological solutions to challenges throughout the food supply chain. We focus more on bringing the tech startups to our facilities to work side-by-side with our operations teams, compared to more of the workshop curriculum associated with the Incubator program.

When and how long is the program?

The program will include monthly in-person sessions over three months, starting in September 2019, and running through November 2019. The sessions will be 3-4 days for each monthly visit.

How does the video work?

Record an original video that’s no more than 90 seconds long and contains your answer to the questions provided within the application website.
 
We care about the quality of your answers, not the production value of your video. The video should simply be the founders talking. No screenshots or production editing please. 
 
We want to get to know you… not your video-making skills.
 
Please upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo and provide the URL link. You should upload this video as “unlisted” or “not private” to ensure we have access, while also preventing other people from being able to search for it publicly.
 
Before submitting the link, we recommend playing it back to yourself from the hosted provider (YouTube or Vimeo)—that’s the way we’ll view it, so this is your chance to double-check that we can hear what you’re saying.

I’ve got this existing video that I want you to see. Can I submit that?

Please use an original video for the application, rather than a video that was recorded for other uses. If you applied to the Chobani Incubator previously, you are welcome to submit a video link from your prior application instead of recording a new video.

We can’t talk with all the companies that submit, so this is the best way to accomplish that. We’re asking that you and your team look into the camera and speak right to us, rather than submitting something that already exists.

How far along does my company or idea need to be to be eligible?

Companies that have an alpha, beta, or finished product/service in market are encouraged to apply. However, it’s not required to have a product/service in market with revenue yet – we’re excited to get innovators in front of some of food’s unique challenges so they can iterate and improve their solutions accordingly. Ideally, companies have at least a website and team in place. 

Is there any advantage to applying earlier rather than waiting until the deadline? 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.

Can I speak to someone directly about the program and/or application?

If you have further questions upon reading through the website and FAQ, please reach out to foodtech@chobani.com, and someone will get back to you.
 
When will applicants be contacted?

All applicants will be contacted with an update of their application by end of August 2019.