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Driving Towards A Successful Market Adoption

Pilot your tech to market adoption

Connecting impactful agrifood startups with corporate and research partners to drive the ultimate goal: a successful market adoption.

The Seedbed Incubator is a six month programme that aims to transform science and technology based innovations, that can help solve global food system challenges, into market-validated businesses. The programme is delivered by world class EIT Food partner organisations, operating from different regional hub locations across Europe.

All entrepreneurial teams and newly-formed startups accepted onto the Seedbed Incubator receive funding and access to our thriving ecosystem to facilitate market testing activities with potential customers or end-users. Each cohort team is supported by business coaches and sector experts to be ready a successful business launch.

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What is the programme eligibility criteria?

Your business innovation must be underpinned by a science or technology with a prototype or lab proof of concept established. It must also fall under one of EIT Food’s key focus areas.

You can apply for the Seedbed Incubator as a project team or as a registered company. A project team must consist of at least two individuals with complementary skills and experiences, and at least one member must be a citizen or resident of an EU member state, or associated countries. If you are a solo researcher or an academic currently without any team members, you must still have support from at least one member of your Technology Transfer Office for the duration of the programme (and include these details in your application).

If you are applying as a registered company, your company must be established in an EU member state, or associated countries. (Tooltip or hover to see member state, and associated countries).

What is the programme timeline?

The programme runs from July to December each year. Applications are open from January 1st – end of February. All applications are evaluated from March – May, for teams with high impact potential to be shortlisted to attend a 4-day bootcamp in June. After a final pitch, 40 successful teams are then selected to join the cohort, and each team must commit at least 10 hours a week of their time to working on the full programme course.

Do I have to be located in the same country as one of the programme hubs?

No. The programme operates in hub locations that account for five different european regions, and it is delivered in a hybrid format. In most cases teams are assigned to the hub that’s nearest to them, however in certain cases teams can also choose the most appropriate hub for them in terms of their specialism, and we assess this on an individual case.

How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by evaluators based on the problem validation and commercial solution, the impact potential of the innovation, its technology readiness, the proposed business model, its USP, and the core team dynamic, experience, and motivations.

How much funding does the Seedbed Incubator offer?

Seedbed offers funding of up to €6,000; plus the opportunity to access follow-on EIT Food funding and support through the Startup Launch Grant. Find out more here

What makes Seedbed unique compared to other incubator programmes?

Seedbed provides direct access to experts who fundamentally understand the commercial potential of a technology in the agrifood sector. You will also be joining Europe’s largest agrifood startup community to share knowledge and receive continuous support from other like-minded entrepreneurs. Plus the EIT Food network offers so many opportunities to work closely with world-leading industry as well as top universities, research & technology transfer organisations.

What happens after completing the Seedbed Incubator programme?

At the end of the programme, all the cohort teams are automatically enrolled as Seedbed Alumni. They can then pursue opportunities for follow on funding to support their commercial roadmap. This may include spinning-out or starting-up a new company, or establishing technology feasibility tests with suitable identified partners. There is also the possibility to progress to the EIT Food Accelerator Network, which connects impactful agrifood startups with industry-leading corporate and research partners to pilot their technology and drive the ultimate goal: a successful market adoption.

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“We received great insights from all of the teams, mentors, experts, and partners on the various technologies and projects that are making real inroads into sustainability efforts worldwide”

EIT Food Community member

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“The best benefit of the programme was the networking! (and in other support programmes) It’s truly wonderful to meet other excited and visionary entrepreneurs”

EIT FAN Participant, 2021

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Industry & academic partners are actively involved in our programmes, which are managed from different hub locations across Europe.

To learn more  about the Food Accelerator Programme, please get in touch with the your nearest hub

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Pilot your tech to market adoption

The EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN) connects impactful agrifood startups with industry-leading corporate and research partners to pilot their technology and drive the ultimate goal: a successful market adoption.

Pilot your tech to market adoption

Connecting impactful agrifood startups with corporate and research partners to drive the ultimate goal: a successful market adoption.

FAN

The programme is delivered by our world class EIT Food partners, operating from different hub locations across Europe. Each year, top universities and research organisations provide their expertise in technology commercialisation and open up doors to a world of commercial opportunities with leading agrifood industry.

 

All entrepreneurial teams accepted onto the programme receive funding and lifelong access to the EIT Food network to facilitate market testing activities with potential customers or end users. They then go on to develop their business concepts with experienced mentors, to arrive at a stage at the end of the programme where they can successfully launch their business, pivot or further develop their business value proposition.

FAN provides all the support you need to overcome agrifood startup challenges

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, Seedbed offers excellent business skills training and personalised coaching. You will learn to better understand your capabilities, the needs of your target market, and to develop a solution your target market is willing to pay for. You will also have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of agrifood experts, and receive constructive feedback.

 

Ultimately, Seedbed is designed for project teams or early stage startups to develop the necessary multi-disciplinary skillset to address all the key challenges in the agrifood sector. As a Seedbed alumnus, you will have continued access to explore opportunities within the EIT Food network, and ‘high-impact potential’ business innovations will also be considered for follow-on support to access pre-seed investment,.

FAQ

What is the programme eligibility criteria?

Your business innovation must be underpinned by technology with a prototype or lab proof of concept established. It also must fall under one of EIT Food’s key focus areas (hover page)

 

You can apply for this programme as a project team or as a registered startup company. If you are applying as a project team, one of the founders must be a citizen or resident of an EU member state, or associated countries. If you are applying as a startup, your company must be established in an EU member state or associated countries.(Tooltip or hover to see member state and associated countries).

 

A minimum of two team members must take part in the programme. If you are a solo researcher or an academic currently with no team members, you must then have support from at least one member of your Technology Transfer Office (and include these details in your application).

What is the programme timeline?

The programme runs from July to December each year. Applications are open from January 1st – end of February. All applications are evaluated from March – May, for teams with high impact potential to be shortlisted to attend a 4-day bootcamp in June. After a final pitch, 40 successful teams are then selected to join the cohort, and each team must commit at least 10 hours a week of their time to working on the full programme course.

Do I have to be located in the same country as one of the programme hubs?

No. The programme operates in hub locations that account for five different european regions, and it is delivered in a hybrid format. In most cases teams are assigned to the hub that’s nearest to them, however in certain cases teams can also choose the most appropriate hub for them in terms of their specialism, and we assess this on an individual case.

How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed by evaluators based on the problem validation and commercial solution, the impact potential of the innovation, its technology readiness, the proposed business model, its USP, and the core team dynamic, experience, and motivations.

How much funding does the Seedbed Incubator offer?

Seedbed offers funding of up to €6,000; plus the opportunity to access follow-on EIT Food funding and support through the Startup Launch Grant. Find out more here

What makes Seedbed unique compared to other incubator programmes?

Seedbed provides direct access to experts who fundamentally understand the commercial potential of a technology in the agrifood sector. You will also be joining Europe’s largest agrifood startup community to share knowledge and receive continuous support from other like-minded entrepreneurs. Plus the EIT Food network offers so many opportunities to work closely with world-leading industry as well as top universities, research & technology transfer organisations.

What happens after completing the Seedbed Incubator programme?

At the end of the programme, all the cohort teams are automatically enrolled as Seedbed Alumni. They can then pursue opportunities for follow on funding to support their commercial roadmap. This may include spinning-out or starting-up a new company, or establishing technology feasibility tests with suitable identified partners. There is also the possibility to progress to the EIT Food Accelerator Network, which connects impactful agrifood startups with industry-leading corporate and research partners to pilot their technology and drive the ultimate goal: a successful market adoption.

Food Accelerator Hubs in your region

If you would like to know more about the Seedbed Incubator, please get in touch with the hub nearest to where you are located

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