Innovation | Rabobank

Innovation in North America

We are committed to fostering innovation in sustainable farming practices throughout the food and agribusiness supply chain and providing innovative financing and advisory solutions.

Rabobank’s institutional history was founded on innovation in financial services to serve unmet needs in the agricultural sector in the 1800s. From then to present day, Rabobank has been committed to fostering innovation in sustainable farming practices all the way through the food and agribusiness supply chains and providing innovative financing and advisory solutions.

Fueling the evolution of the F&A sectors to meet the demands of changing consumer preferences and behaviors and new competitive dynamics catalyzed by scientific and technological advancements is imperative both for our food system and for supporting the livelihoods of companies in the sector to win in the long-term.

Underpinning our global Banking for Food strategy, Rabobank continually seeks to bring its financing capabilities, deep industry knowledge and vast networks of innovators large and small together with investors, corporates, academic and public institutions to support the vibrant innovation ecosystem in this space. We work closely with our global Banking for Food Inspiration Center in the Netherlands to coordinate Rabobank global resources across regions where we operate.

At Rabobank Wholesale Banking North America, our U.S. market places us at the center of innovation in the largest F&A and technology sectors world, and we are active with a few flagship efforts, including our accelerator, Terra and our platform completion FoodBytes!.

FoodBytes! by Rabobank was created with a simple mission in mind – to find the most innovative concepts in food and agriculture, and pair them with the capital needed to bring them to market. Certainly not your average food and ag conference, our pitch competition-meets-networking event brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering a better future.

Terra Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind program bringing together the industry’s most disruptive startups and progressive corporations to fuel cross-industry innovation and set a new standard for food and agriculture. Combining RocketSpace’s global tech ecosystem and startup network with Rabobank’s food and agribusiness leadership and expertise, Terra’s unique model will provide startups with the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our corporate partners in a dedicated product validation program.

Additionally, we partner with leading organizations and institutes committed to research and innovation towards a more viable food system. These collaborators include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab, New York University’s Center for Sustainable Business, Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Foodshot Global, Inc, and the Stone Barnes Center for Food & Agriculture.