‘I’ve Got a Good Idea’

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To Springboard Great Ideas into Viable Market Solutions

For Individuals, Scientists & Aspiring Entrepreneurs Solving Complex Challenges Facing Our Food Supply

Turn your Innovation into Impact

Have you got an innovative technology that has the commercial potential to revolutionise the food system?

Then this programme could be for you!

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.


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.

To apply for the Seedbed Incubator, all you have to do is join our community, and then follow the simple steps

Stay ahead in food tech

“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

The best place to network

“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

Seedbed Incubator Hubs in your region

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

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