How do you keep the data up-to-date and accurate, and ensure that most of the industry players are in there?
We use a number of machine learning and data enriching tools (including the Integration of a number of external sources - see here) to keep our database up-to-date, verify and add new layers of information for each player. In addition, we allow entrepreneurs to submit their companies to be featured on The Global FoodTech Map. After reviewing every application and approving only relevant companies that fit with The Global FoodTech Map’s taxonomy, we then add them to The FoodTech Data Navigator's database twice a year. Furthermore, our scout team attends all major Food & FoodTech-related conferences & events all over Europe, constantly scouting for the most innovative companies to add to our proprietary databases, as well as keep on building data partnerships with leading organisations working in AgriFoodTech across the globe.
Some regions (ex: Asia) have very little data at the moment - How are you planning to bridge that gap?
We are constantly building regional partnerships with local players and pulling new data from our proprietary databases as they become available.
How often is the data updated?
The data is automatically cleaned and updated through web crawlers & data enrichers on a daily basis.
To what extent can I personalize my portfolio to make it relevant to my needs?
You can use the all the standard filters available such as geography, category, maturity, etc to create your own portfolios. You can also create custom filters. A further feature is that portfolio owners can choose to share their portfolios with external users. Once published, portfolio members can:1.Contribute: They are allowed to edit the companies inside a portfolio, analyse them on different dashboards and benchmark them with other portfolio’s (that they have access to).2.Explore: they are not allowed to edit the information on the profiles, but can analyse them and benchmark them.3.Benchmark: users are only allowed to compare general benchmarking graphs with each other.
Can we integrate new APIs or leverage the platform via API?
Yes, we can provide a number of bespoke features including integration of different APIs. We will be delighted to talk about your needs during the live demo of the platform, and discuss the best solution to address them.
What is the main USP of the Data Navigator compared to similar solutions (DealRoom, Pitchbook, etc…)?
There are many data platforms out there with a similar approach, but the FoodTech Data Navigator is the first fully-verticalised platform tailored to the AgriFoodTech ecosystem. Our customizable dashboard allows you to gain insights on what matters to your stakeholders, identify business opportunities and facilitate matchmaking. It also allows you to create 'knowledge centers' about emerging technology, market trends, and novel business models, as well as to be up-to-speed with innovation trends which you can follow live with our social media & buzz monitoring tools.
How does it work if I want to get in touch with some of these companies?
You can contact the company directly via social media or the company’s website. However, the value & expertise that we bring as Forward Fooding is to facilitate introductions with selected Agrifoodtech startups, and we are widely connected with the whole ecosystem. So feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a specific introduction or visit forwardfooding.com to get a better idea on how we could support your business.
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