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When big corporations get involved with little startups, magic happens. The combination of nearly infinite resources and innovative ideas can transform industries, uproot old trends, and breed success for everyone involved. And fortunately for the companies that will be involved with the TERRA startup accelerator, they just got their big name.

That’s right, Nestlé USA has just signed on to support food and agriculture startups that are looking to be disruptive and progressive in the space. They are joining Rabobank and RocketSpace in the endeavor, and plan to support 20 startups over the course of two six-month programs

“Combining Nestlé’s expertise in nutrition, health and wellness with RocketSpace’s well-known accelerator acumen within the start-up community and Rabobank’s strong involvement in the food and beverage start-up community, we expect dynamic results from the collaboration,” said Manuel Gonzalez of Rabobank.

While everyone would love for these companies to focus on making food more delicious, that is tragically not the goal of startup accelerators like this one. TERRA’s primary mission is to to fuel cross-industry innovation and set a new standard for food and agriculture with healthy, sustainable options.

“We’re experiencing a seismic shift in the food industry, and our partnership with Terra by Rabobank and RocketSpace is just one way in which Nestlé can play a leading role in meeting quickly evolving consumer expectations and explore new disruptive technologies and business models,” said Rui Barbas, chief strategy officer, Nestlé USA.

The value of startups working with corporations is undeniable, particularly in the food industry. With more than enough problems to solve and enough ideas out there to truly make a difference, these partnerships should yield some incredibly lucrative ventures that could change the way we eat our favorite meals.

If you’re interested in partaking, apply now to one of the two programs at TERRA!

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About Terra

Founded in 2016, TERRA is a leading global innovation accelerator fueling groundbreaking transformation in Food and Agriculture. The program brings together experts, decision-makers and innovators across the entire value chain – fostering connections that catapult major breakthroughs into scalable solutions by pairing emerging growth companies with established multinationals, in a pilot-driven engagement that leads to tangible results. Unlike other accelerators, TERRA does not require equity from startups. Startups must have a product in market/ready to launch and have raised a minimum of seed-funding, better positioning them for productive pilots with corporate collaborators. For more information on TERRA, please visit www.terraaccelerator.com. Since launching, TERRA has brought together 12 corporate collaborators worth over $100B in annual revenue, 51 emerging growth companies and launched 47 pilot partnerships.

Terra PR Contact

Tina Wung

About RocketSpace

Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, RocketSpace is a global ecosystem of people and ideas that provide the necessary velocity - both speed and direction - to help the world’s top innovators bring the future to market. By uniting the highest quality corporate innovators, startups and investors across a holistic platform, RocketSpace fuels collective growth for the entire innovation ecosystem. Learn more at Rocketspace.com.

About Rabobank

Rabobank Group is a global financial services leader providing wholesale, rural and retail banking, leasing, and real estate services in more than 40 countries worldwide. Founded over a century ago, Rabobank today is one of the world’s largest banks with over $750 billion in assets. In North America, Rabobank is the premier bank to the food, agribusiness and beverage industries, providing sector expertise, strategic counsel and tailored financial solutions to clients across the entire food value chain. Rabobank believes sustainability and innovation are critical in promoting a thriving food and ag industry that will feed growing global populations for years to come, which is a key focus Rabobank’s Banking for Food vision to grow a better world by 2050.


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