Dare To Enter
The Lions Den?

Win the chance to grow your food & drink startup at
the Food & Drink Business Europe Exhibition & Conference

SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 / City West, Dublin

About this event

Is your food company ready for growth? Can you hold your nerve in front of a lions stare? Can you beat off all of your competitors to win a fantastic prize at the largest gathering of food industry professionals on the island of Ireland?

If so then why not enter our Lion’s Den Competition for a chance to win a free exhibition stand at the Food & Drink Business Europe Exhibition & Conference in Dublin. The event attracts thousands of key food and drink professionals from all over Europe.

The winner receives

  • FREE 3m x 2m Booth at the Food & Drink Expo 2020 in the UK
  • 2 Tickets to the Food & Drink Business Awards
  • Winner included in the Awards Ceremony – In front of 300 food industry leaders
  • Bradley Brand and Design Master Class
  • Interview and profile in Food & Drink Business Magazine & Website
  • PR coverage from Press
  • Invaluable startup feedback from our industry leading Lions

    Food & Drink
    Business Europe
    Exhibition & Conference
    Dublin, D24 KF8A


    September 5

    Conference Sneak Peak

    2017 Lions & Winner

    2017 Competition



    The Company of Food & RTE Dragons Den Investor


    Author & Food and Lifestyle Influencer


    Co-founder Cully & Sully


    Co-Founder & CEO Freshly Chopped

    Lions will be tamed by Andrew Bradley, MD of Bradley Brand & Design

    2019 FINALISTS


    Speaking about winning the Lion’s Den, Shane the founder of fiid said "I am madly in love with the impact we’re having with fiid so far and have even more of a fire in us now to not stop until we change the game completely. It means a lot to us to have come and competed against some incredible brands that we watched quite closely. Winning Lions Den is an acknowledgment of the work we have put in and what we know we can be."

    Shane Ryan, Founder & Head Honcho of fiid
     Check out more from his interview with BBD


    Everest Granola participated in the Lions Den pitch competition at the Food & Retail Hospitality Expo at Citywest in 2018. "I like the sales part of the business, so I really enjoyed Lions Den at the Food & Drink Conference, it was a great experience. In the future, we want to focus on new product development and the export market."

    Seamus Tighe, Director at Everest Granola Limited


    Founder of Anu Dairy Kevin Kennedy spoke to independent.ie following the announcement of the pitching result.
    "To be fair the other teams were fantastic and they were far ahead of us in terms of domestic sales but our company is based on export. So we've had to invest time into seeing how the export works and to see if we can get it to scale."

    Kevin Kennedy, Founder Anu Dairy


    "The Irish Biltong Company participated in the Lions Den pitch competition at the Food & Retail Hospitality Expo at Citywest in 2016. Winning first prize has totally transformed our business by gaining placements in some of Europe’s largest retailers in Ireland the UK, Belgium and Germany. I would highly recommend any start up food business to participate."

    Noreen Doyle, CEO The Irish Biltong Company

    2018 FINALISTS

    2017 FINALISTS

    2016 RUNNERS UP

    2019 Applications are now Closed!

    Applications for 2019 are now closed. We have received applications from many great startups in the food and drink industry. A shortlist of entries will be chosen soon to present at the Food & Drink exhibition in front of our roaring Lions. If you submitted an application, keep an eye on your emails!


    • Ready for growth?
    • Confident in front of a Lions stare?
    • Can you beat off the competition to win?

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