EIT Food opens Entrepreneurship applications for 2024

EIT Food – the world’s largest food innovation community – has announced the launch of its 2024 entrepreneurship programmes, with applications open from 18 December 2023 until 19 February 2024. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The EIT Food entrepreneurship programmes are designed to launch, accelerate and scale impactful agrifood tech startups to solve global food system challenges and deliver new food innovations and businesses. From personalised nutrition solutions to alternative proteins and innovations tackling food waste, the three programmes support the development of healthier, more sustainable and resilient European food systems.

Programme applications are now open to new entries from the European Union and its associated countries.

Startups benefit from high-quality training, personalised mentoring and high-impact pilot projects. They also enjoy access to the world’s largest food innovation community, as well as the exposure, resources and tools needed to grow and succeed. Startups that are successful in their application will have the opportunity to apply for EIT Food’s Impact Fund and receive investments of up to €500K.

EIT Food’s Entrepreneurship programmes cater for all stages of business growth: from market validation of novel research and tech innovations (EIT Food Seedbed Incubator); to tech validation and business acceleration (EIT Food Accelerator Network); to scaling up commercial capabilities (EIT Food RisingFoodStars).

LAUNCH: EIT Food Seedbed Incubator

For technology developers who want to deeply understand their customers and validate whether there is the market need for their innovation before launching a commercial venture.

ACCELERATE: EIT Food Accelerator Network Programme

For impactful agrifood startups looking for tech validation and commercial acceleration to drive the ultimate goal: a successful market adoption.

SCALE: EIT Food Rising Food Stars

For impact-driven ventures on their journey to scaleup their commercial capabilities and grow exponentially.

In 2023, the EIT Food Entrepreneurship Programmes received around 1000 applications from over 30 countries, supported 123+ startups and since first launching in 2017, the Entrepreneurship programmes have amplified the impact of over 500 startups and 30 companies have received over 12m in direct investment from EIT Food’s impact fund., who attracted over €1.1 billion of public and private investment contributing to the start of an agrifoodtech revolution across Europe.

“New ideas, innovations and technologies are essential if we are to transform the food system into one that produces healthy and sustainable food for all. Our Entrepreneurship Programmes empower and enable entrepreneurs to deliver agrifood solutions, connecting startups with finance, resources and support at the right time.”

On a mission to address climate change through the lens of food, Bosque Foods, has been through the three entrepreneurship programmes from 2021 Seedbed Incubator, to 2022 EIT Food Accelerator Network to 2023 and is currently a RisingFoodStar member. Bosque Foods is a pioneering biomass fermentation company boasting a versatile mycelium-platform from which they create next-generation whole-muscle meat and fish alternatives.

– Benoit Buntinx, Director of Business Creation at EIT Food

“With the support of the programme we were able to expand our business creating the next generation of meat alternatives from Mycelium, accelerating the world’s transition to environmentally sustainable, equitable, and animal-free protein”.

– Isabella Iglesias, CEO and founder of Bosque Foods

EIT Food’s unique European powerhouse of 200+ leading corporate partners, research institutes, decision makers, innovation hubs, experts, mentors and investor networks provide the right connections, resources and tools needed to support and empower startups to launch accelerate and scale. So that they can play their part in transforming our food system with new innovations, products and technologies.

All applications to the programmes will be evaluated, and the selected startups will be announced in stages, with the first announcements in April 2024.

To apply, visit: https://entrepreneurship.eitfood.eu/

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About EIT Food

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all.

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, we invest in projects, organisations and individuals that share our goals for a healthy and sustainable food system. We unlock innovation potential in businesses and universities and create and scale agrifood startups to bring new technologies and products to market. We equip entrepreneurs and professionals with the skills needed to transform the food system and put consumers at the heart of our work, helping build trust by reconnecting them to the origins of their food.

We are one of nine innovation communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

Find out more at www.eitfood.eu or follow us via social media:

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EIT Food announces winners of Venture Summit 2023 for agrifood innovation

Europe’s most promising and innovative agrifood startups

Winners include startups working on boosting the natural immunity of bees, creating alternative meats using mycelium, and developing develop healthy seafood alternatives

EIT Food Venture Summit 2023 brought together investors, experts and startups from across the European agrifood sector

EIT Food is proud to announce the winners of its prestigious 2023 Venture Summit, held on 8th-9th November in Lisbon, Portugal. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The annual EIT Food Venture Summit, now in its sixth year, brings together Europe’s most innovative agrifood startups, industry-leading corporates and major investors, with the aim of creating a more sustainable and trusted food system.

The event offered the opportunity for attendees to discover more than 100 impact-driven agrifood tech startups that have been launched, accelerated and scaled by EIT Food over the past year. The 300+ attendees also enjoyed keynote speeches on the future of food, including Jamie Crummie, co-founder at Too Good to Go, explaining how food waste is fuelling the climate emergency.

At the event, 12 startups pitched for the prestigious EIT Food Mission Startup Award, each shortlisted for their positive impact on people and planet, and working towards one of these three missions: Healthier Lives Through FoodA Net-Zero Food System, and A Fully Transparent, Resilient and Fair Food System.

From this shortlist, three winners were chosen following an audience vote of the 300 agri-food professionals and investors at the event. Each winner will be awarded a €5,000 prize, alongside an invitation to join EIT Food on stage at the EVPA Impact Week on Nov 22-24 in Turin, Italy, to meet with impact investors.

The three winners for each category are:

  • Oligofeed (France), which has developed a scientifically proven supplement that boosts bees’ natural immunity.
  • Bosque Foods (Germany), which aims to create the next generation of meat alternatives, starting with whole-cut products grown naturally from fungus-derived mycelium.
  • Pacifico Biolabs (Germany), which develops seafood alternatives that are significantly healthier and lower cost than any other, whilst providing realistic taste and texture through a unique biomass fermentation process.

“Our missions represent three crucial areas that we urgently need to accelerate if we are to achieve a healthier, more sustainable food system for all. By connecting investors with forward-thinking, innovative startups that are driving forward change in these areas, we can help to deliver real-life products, solutions and approaches to market.”

– Benoit Buntinx, Director of Business Creation at EIT Food

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to further raise awareness of the essential topic of the problems that bees and pollinators face today. We must all realise the urgency of solving this problem, which is our mission at Oligofeed.”

– Aneta Ozieranska, CEO and co-founder of Oligofeed

“The EIT Food programmes have been instrumental in our growth as a biotech company. Today’s prize is a testament to the dedication of our team in creating an innovative fermentation platform that produces healthier and more sustainable meat and fish alternatives, meeting the diverse needs of our customers in terms of texture and taste.”

– Isabella Iglesias-Musachio, CEO and founder of Bosque Foods

“We’re thrilled to part of the mission to create a net-zero food system, in which alternative proteins are one of the most impactful levers. We’re very grateful to the whole EIT Food team for the amazing support.”

– Zac Austin, CEO and co-founder of Pacifico Biolabs

For EIT Food enquiries please contactcommunication@eitfood.eu.

About EIT Food 

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all. ​

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, we invest in projects, organisations and individuals that share our goals and vision for a healthy and sustainable food system. We unlock innovation potential in businesses and universities and create and scale agrifood startups to bring new technologies and products to market. We equip entrepreneurs and professionals with the skills needed to transform the food system and put consumers at the heart of our work, helping build trust by reconnecting them to the origins of their food.

We are one of nine innovation communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

Find out more at www.eitfood.eu or follow us via social media:

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EIT FOOD STARTAUP AWARENESS & NETWORKING EVENT

Seize the Opportunity to Upgrade Your Agri-Food Startup

           REGISTER                                                                                                                                                                       AGENDA                                                                                                                     

We invite you to the EIT Food Startup Awareness Event taking place on December 4th and 5th, 2023. The event is tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, early-stage agri-food startups, students from the Agricultural Faculty or Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, and individuals passionate about agri-food innovation.

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The event is a initiative by EIT Food, designed to equip entrepreneurial talents and early-stage agri-food startups with the skills and knowledge needed for effective participation in new venture creation and growth.

 

 

Topics Covered

  1. Entrepreneurship: Identifying, developing, and acting upon entrepreneurial opportunities.
  2. Leadership: Enhancing leadership skills for responsible management practices.
  3. Technology Management: Utilizing emerging technologies in innovation processes.
  4. Data Management: Harnessing digital tools for data access, management, analysis, and interpretation.

 

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The event offers invaluable 1:1 mentorship with national and international experts. Additionally, a networking session with prominent agri-food companies provides a platform for learning, experience exchange, and business development. Download the AGENDA for more details and REGISTER.

 

 

 

 

Date and Venue

Mark your calendar for December 4th and 5th, 2023, and join us at Netaville in Skopje. See Map

Don’t Miss Out on This Opportunity

If your goals align with this event’s objectives, seize the chance to elevate your agri-food innovation journey. REGISTER by filling out the form. The registrations will close on 18.11.2023 at 12:00

 

Who Can Participate EIT Food looks for 60 startups in the agri-food sector to help acceleration

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, part of a startup, an individual with a groundbreaking idea, a student, or an enthusiast passionate about agri-food innovation – this event is crafted for you! We are excited to welcome a diverse range of participants to the EIT Food Startup Awareness Event in Skopje. A maximum of 25 participants will be selected, secure the opportunity to be selected by completing  registration process before the deadline.

 

 

Connect with Industry Leaders

Professionals, mentors, and stakeholders will share their insights during the event. Check out the AGENDA to plan your participation and REGISTER.

 

Meet the speakers

Our distinguished speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the forefront of our event. Get ready to be inspired by industry leaders, professionals, and visionaries who are at the forefront of agri-food innovation.

Explore the profiles below to get a sneak peek into the expertise and passion that will make our event an enriching experience.

 

 

 

 

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EIT Food to receive USD 500 000 Citi Foundation funding for European food security

The USD 500 000 in funding from the Citi Foundation Global Innovation Challenge will be used to kickstart the EIT Food Ample Program which co-creates interventions with marginalised communities to improve the accessibility and affordability of food.

The initiative will take place over 24 months (2 October 2023 to 31 September 2025) in two European cities and will involve EIT Food working with local partners to help entrepreneurs access tools, training, and funds for food-related businesses.

Improving health outcomes in marginalised communities

The Ample Program aims to fulfil Citi Foundation’s ambition to do “More than Philanthropy” by creating business development opportunities and embedding behaviours in communities that create lasting improvements in economic and health wellbeing.

We are delighted to be a recipient of the Citi Foundation Global Innovation Challenge, and to announce the launch of the Ample Program to work with marginalised communities to co-create solutions to improve access to healthy, affordable food.

We know that lasting change comes through building solutions with and for local communities, which is why we have designed a programme that puts co-creation at its heart. It is only by working to empower communities that we will be able to build a future-fit food system that meets the needs of everyone.

– Jayne Brookman, Chief Partnership Officer at EIT Food

The first of the two cities will be Madrid, Spain, where targeted interventions may include:

  • Working with existing collaborative spaces where communities grow and prepare food, create new businesses, and sell products and services.
  • Tackling the challenge of affordability to scale healthier alternatives to high fat, salt and sugar food provision.
  • Helping the local community by supporting entrepreneurs, thereby contributing to creating new employment opportunities.

We are excited to take this initiative forward from our Southern office and extend our commitment to creating social impact through our projects. It’s truly a pleasure to collaborate on the Ample Program and contribute to enhancing food accessibility for vulnerable communities in Madrid.

– Begoña Perez Villarreal, EIT Food South Director

The experience of the Madrid programme will then be used to inform and create a blueprint for use in other communities, with a pilot in a second European city to be announced. It is expected that on-the-ground insights gained during this program can be used to empower other groups, cities and funding bodies to collaborate on effective interventions.

The Citi Foundation’s Global Innovation Challenge is designed to help new ideas grow and increase their impact.

EIT Food will help us in our commitment to make a positive impact in the communities where we work, providing their experience in finding solutions that can change lives and strengthen the health of disadvantaged groups.

– Pedro López-Quesada, President of Citi in Spain

The NEB Catalyse programme is looking for socially innovative start-ups

The EIT Community New European Bauhaus (NEB) has announced a new call for its pioneering Catalyse programme. The call, which has been launched by EIT Food, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility is looking for start-ups that view social innovation as the key to delivering systems change and new ways of living together. This year will be the programme’s largest ever cohort with 28 spots available for successful start-ups.

European start-ups or scale-ups driving change in the areas of climate, cities, transport, industry and food are encouraged to apply.

The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, social and cultural initiative that is guided by three core values:
– Sustainability: from climate goals, to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity;

– Aesthetics: from design beyond functionality, to quality of experience, lifestyle and well-being;

 Inclusion: valorising diversity, equality for all, accessibility, and affordability.

The winning 28 applicants will receive support services worth a total of €50,000. Within this, they will benefit from unique NEB-specific training, in addition to leadership coachingbusiness mentoring and access to one of the most prominent innovation communities in Europe.

Who can apply?

Start-ups and scale-ups from the culture and creative sectors and industries are encouraged to apply. Entities that have participated in other activities implemented in the framework of the EIT Community NEB are also encouraged to apply. More specifically, a dedicated slot will be secured for past participants of the Grow NEB programme. As a result, the cohort will be composed of a total of 28 start-ups with 26 being determined through the conventional selection process and two start-ups being selected from applications submitted by participants in the EIT Community’s Grow NEB programme.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Registered in a Horizon Europe associated country.
  • Incorporated after 1st January 2019.
  • Have a minimum of EUR 5,000 in revenues in 2023 or EUR 10,000 in investments received, or participated in Grow NEB programme.
  • Technology or Business Readiness Levels (TRL/BRL) of at least 4 or participated in Grow NEB programme.
  • Agree to sign Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) before the programme start date.
  • Guarantee the participation of at least one of the founders in the programme.

Important: DO NOT apply to this call if your venture is not in a position to sign the SAFE. 

Supported activities:

The range of EIT Community NEB supported activities includes a list of challenges thematically arranged across four Thematic Axes and sub-challenges. Applicants’ products and services must address at least one of the NEB Thematic Axes, indicating one or more sub-challenges in their local ecosystem, and demonstrate their potential to scale-up.

In addition, the products and services must clearly address an identified social challenge, ideally determined within a specific social group who would benefit from the existence of such products or services.

The four Thematic Axes are:

– Reconnecting with nature

– Regaining a sense of belonging

– Prioritising the places and people that need it the most

– Fostering long-term, life-cycle and integrated thinking in the industrial ecosystem

EIT funding allocation:

The 28 successful awardees will be welcomed in the EIT Community Catalyse NEB programme that will be tailored to each company.

The programme is divided into three core pillars: 1. business, 2. NEB, and 3. communications. The services provided are in the form of interactive workshops, one-on-one mentoring on both the design and business dimensions, and in-person and online networking events, with the aim to assess and further develop both the business structure of the company and its alignment with NEB core values and principles within each organisation.

Each of the activities mentioned above will be deployed in the form of meetings, workshops and events that will be carried online or in person at the EIT Community’s discretion. External visibility and networking opportunities are guaranteed during the full length of the programme. The EIT Community NEB reserves the right to alter certain services provided based on the assessed needs to the start-ups selected in the cohort.

In addition to the above services, each company will also receive a grant of EUR 20,000 to be used for travel, participation in events and other goods and services needed for dissemination and exploitation purposes.

Call opening: October 2

Call info webinar: October 18

Call FAQ posting: November 8

Deadline: December 4

Application: The process is organised in a one-step application procedure through the Award Force platform. Please read the Call Manual carefully and consult the EIT Community team if necessary.

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Previously funded projects

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EIT Food: RIS Straight2Market Call

As the official EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in North Macedonia, we are excited to share the latest EIT Food call!

👉 EIT Food is looking for startups, scale-ups and small or medium size organizations participate in EIT Food “RIS Straight to Market (RIS S2M)” programme.
👉 The RIS Straight to Market is coordinated by EIT Food South and seeks connect retailers with small and medium-sized companies, startups and scale-ups, to bring to mainstream markets and supermarkets food products that are new or highly improved at a nutritional/sustainable level.
👉 The goal of the programme is to address EU policy priorities through R&I, and increasing the number of consumers using products developed with the support of EIT Food to personalize or change diet in line with relevant Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Europe, by bringing to mainstream markets and supermarkets food products that are new or highly improved at a nutritional/sustainable level, in alignment with EIT Food’s Impact Framework regarding new food products
Find out more at: https://www.eitfood.eu/projects/ris-straight2market-2

Deadline: 31.05.2023

Open Innovation Call for Central-Eastern Europe

Attention innovators! As the official EIT Community RIS Hub National Secretary in North Macedonia, we are excited to share the latest EIT Food call and North Macedonia citizens are eligible to apply!

EIT Food is accelerating innovation to create positive change in the food system. RIS Central and Eastern Europe CEE have an open innovation call, looking to tackle the significant issues of the agri-food supply chain in the CEE region, namely:
✅ pressure on the supply chain,
✅ low investment in intellectual property,
✅ lack of intra- and inter- sectoral cooperation and need for investment in sustainability.
👉 We seek activities that are implemented by consortia, that will bridge different sectors and enhance intersectoral collaborations; which can be applied universally and significantly impact the food supply chain within selected industry/industries. We are in search of innovations encompassing open standards, protocols, tools, and technologies to promote collaboration and the potential for innovative solutions. We prefer to support solutions with open access; however, it is not obligatory and last, but not least, solutions that will put new products on the market, introduce new and improved commercial processes and services.

Find out more at: https://www.eitfood.eu/projects/ris-central-and-eastern-europe-cee-open-innovation-call

Deadline: 05.06.2023