Lennart Fries
Start Ups
Head of Science & Technology Catalyzer
Nestle R&D (China) Ltd.

Lennart Fries leads the Science & Technology Catalyzer group and the R&D Accelerator program at Nestlé R&D China. He is passionate about designing nutritious and tasty food products to deliver functional benefits with a strong scientific foundation.

Lennart has been with Nestlé since 2012 and has dedicated 15 years to innovation and technology in Coffee, Dairy, Confectionery and plant-based foods. Combining his love of food with an experimental mindset, he draws on a rich experience driving technology projects with universities and start ups. China is Nestlé’s second biggest market worldwide. Lennart and his team are focused on building sustainable solutions for ingredients, technologies, and packaging adapted specifically for the local market context. Bringing Nestlé's global R&D solutions to China as well as driving open innovation with local partners allow them to live up to Nestlé's purpose to unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come.

Event Introduction
Start Ups
 · 12/23 (Day 5)
Start Up, Stand Out
New Exploration
Explore the Innovative Ecosystem in the Future

"Self-reliance" is no longer enough to keep up with the new consumption era. "The complementary model of technology and ideas" has built a co-creation ecology and become popular. 

How does Nestlé select partners for its R&D accelerator in China? How can the collaboration model between the big players and the startups stimulate innovative ideas? And what kind of new ecology of innovation will be built in the future?

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