Get Access To Beverage Industry Leaders by Joining the Drink Innovation Campus, DICA

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Looking for ways to break into the beverage & liquid food market? Join DICA & take part in an exclusive online event on 23 March to meet & match with corporate partners and get exposure at the industry’s leading event - Drinktec!

Changes in lifestyle, climate change, digitization, and Industry 4.0 are massively changing the beverage industry and opening up new innovation potential. Based in Germany, DICA – short for Drink Innovation Campus – is the beverage industry’s leading accelerator program with over 200 scouted startups in five batches.

A B2B Co-Creation & Innovation Community

The DICA program accelerates startups by connecting and matching them with the right corporate partners to initiate a B2B co-creation process that combines innovative strength with experience and implementation power. DICA is working with startups from different backgrounds. From digital solutions, product design, and logistics to sustainability, packaging, and new drinks – as long as your idea is used in the beverage industry, there is potential for acceleration and co-creation.

How DICA Supports Your Success

DICA is a starting point. It specifically creates a space in which experiments and new partnership models can be carried out for both startups and established companies. This bridge is essential to address the question of how the beverage industry will look in the future and shape topics such as social change in the area of consumer behavior, challenges of digitization, or the demand for sustainable action.

What’s in it for you in once glance:

  • Access to corporate partners who are available for intensive exchange and possible cooperation
  • Personal invitation to an exclusive online matchmaking event on 23 March
  • Tailored mentoring & coaching from experienced partners
  • Funding of 1,000€
  • Advantageous attention at Drinktec, the leading beverage industry event

The industry partners for the current batch include the Ardagh Group, the Hassia Group, INSIDE as well as the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, and the world’s leading trade show for production technologies in the beverage industry, Drinktec.

Through their cooperation in the Drinktec 2021 Startup Zone, DICA and Drinktec offer a platform for you to present your solutions or technology and fosters cooperation with established companies. In the Startup Zone, the innovative strength of startups and established companies is emphasized and reinforced by

  • Daily Pitching Contests
  • Expert Talks on the topics of sustainability, digital solutions, water, consumer world & product design
  • Networking
  • Co-Creation Workshops

By joining DICA, you can enjoy additional benefits at Drinktec. These include increased visibility as well as discounts on booths, access to networking opportunities as well as expert panels.

What To Expect & How You Can Join DICA 2021

DICA has recently opened its application phase and here’s what you can expect from the program:

  • Submit your application by 25 February
  • Join the Pre-Matching Workshop on B2B Co-Creation for selected startups with recognizable B2B co-creation potential
  • Attend the Matching Event on 23 March: first meeting and selection of the startups in the next DICA batch
  • Enter the Sounding Phase: Concretization of the co-creation potential with the support of an experienced co-creation facilitator
  • Jump into B2B Co-Creation Acceleration: Start phase of the co-creation process, accompanied by an experienced B2B co-creation facilitator

The selection for the DICA program and the matching is currently done in a virtual setup. If you join the program you will receive exclusive co-creation support by experienced coaches and established partners of the beverage industry! This way you will actively prepare your success together for the times after the pandemic.

Already Supporting a Diverse Group of Startups

In recent years, DICA has already supported over 200 startups – a group of diverse teams developing various solutions:

  • AVISIO enables hotels and restaurants to optimize their merchandise management systems.
  • Starkwasser is sparkling water mixed with alcohol with a slightly sweet-tart taste and thus the perfect alternative between beer and sweet mixed drinks.
  • Honopū is a startup that designs bottles and containers of all kinds with a new plastic-free and ecological screw cap for brand manufacturers, retail chains, gastronomy, and end consumers.
  • Beercoin is a beer-based digital currency, enabling breweries to use their own beer for marketing, customer loyalty, and anonymous data analysis through blockchain.

From sustainable straws and plant-based drinks to Kombucha microbreweries and software solutions to assist service staff – DICA is the right accelerator if you are looking for unique opportunities and strong industry partners!

Apply by 25 February & become part of this unique B2B Co-Creation & Innovation Community!



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