Editor's Note: Due to the continued business challenges of 2020, the decision has been made to postpone the NCN Europe Investor Meeting to 24 February 2021. Interested companies are encouraged to apply for the event, and more information will be available in early 2021.
Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) has hosted a series of virtual events in 2020, and will bring its unique experience to Europe next month. The NCN 2020 Europe Investor Meeting, set for 8 and 9 December, will connect companies in science, technology and ingredients with investment, licensing and corporate partnerships. During this event, ingredient technology companies seeking capital will present their business plans to a group of diverse, active investors. The curated digital event is uniquely designed to launch lasting relationships between presenting companies and some of the most well-known investors and mentors in the global health and nutrition industry.
“Through these challenging times where face-face meetings are not possible, the Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) team has quickly adapted to deliver robust, immersive virtual events that facilitate connections with exciting companies and active investors,” said Michael Dovbish, NCN’s executive director. “These virtual offerings provide a marketplace experience, bringing together curated brands with active investors and the need for capital and partnering connections could not be greater and the participation from our cornerstone investor members has never been stronger.”
During the virtual event, participants can watch live presentations; ask questions of speakers; visit virtual booths hosted by presenters and sponsors; and participate in 1-on-1 video meetings. Presenting companies from previous 2020 NCN Virtual Events have been quite positive about the experience. For example, Berri Pro shared: “We had amazing reception and feedback after our pitch. Your team did an excellent job coordinating the virtual event and the technology/experience was stellar.”
Companies that are interested in applying to apply at the 2020 Europe Investor Meeting can find more information here. Applications are screened by NCN’s Selection Committee, who seek to showcase promising European ingredient technology companies for this event. Companies that qualify to present will receive two registrations, as well as coaching and mentoring by NCN principals to prepare a business plan and slide presentation for the Investor Meeting, and advise on possible investor matches.
According to Dovbish, interest in unique health and wellness firms remains strong across the investor community. He commented: “We are happy to report that our review of activity in the second quarter of 2020 reveals that pandemic panic did not derail investment activity, despite the fact that much of the retail and consumer economy shut down. Financing transactions increased 8% in the first half of 2020 compared to 2019, keeping up a consistent trend of relatively stable growth since 2018. On the other hand, M&A transactions were down 23% in the first half of 2020 compared to 2019, continuing but also accelerating a trend of reduced acquisitions since 2018.”
For more information on the NCN 2020 Europe Investor Meeting, click here.