Tech commersialisation solutions to drive food system change

Last week the Seedbed team travelled to Lisbon, Portugal as the co-sponsor for the ASTP conference, that was attended by 345 people from 32 countries. We met with our TTO friends to find out how we can help encourage more scientists to commercialise innovations that...

EIT FAN Alumni Mycorena collaborates with Lantmännen 💫

This week we are sharing some fantastic news from EIT FAN 2021 alumni Mycorena, who recently announced their collaboration with Lantmännen! 👏 Together, the organisations are working to develop a portfolio of food products based on sustainable produced Mvcoprotein....

Expand to new agrifood markets in Europe – apply for EIT Food Sales Booster! 

In 2022, EIT Food launched Sales Booster – a programme that helps innovative startups explore and enter new agrifood markets in Europe The programme supports startups with training, coaching, expert advice, and network to prepare for their development and growth in...

ConstellR launches their first agricultural water monitoring system into orbit

German NewSpace company ConstellR have successfully launched their first thermal infrared earth observation system into space for global water monitoring. The novel payload, LisR (Longwave Infrared Sensing demonstratoR), is the first of its kind to be launched by...

What makes a winning Seedbed pitch?

Would you like to know more about the decision making factors driving our panel's selection for our latest Seedbed Incubator cohort? Throughout an intense four day bootcamp, our partners mentored the various project teams to deliver some high quality pitch...

Welcome to our community!

EIT Food aims to make your journey as a passionate entrepreneur an exciting one. In this community we support each other through the challenging times, and most importantly we celebrate each other’s wins when all our hard work starts to pay off!

In addition to programme and investment opportunities, here are the types of startup training and events you can expect to get involved in:

Interviews, panels and reviews

Hear what our industry experts have to say

Alumni spotlight

Stories, tips and advice from our startup alumni

Startup training challenges

A taster of what goes on at our bootcamps

Live pitch presentations

Prepare to pitch to real investors and potential clients

Community socials & awards

Meet like-minded entrepreneurs to enjoy the ride with

Tailored networking

Data driven matchmaking to build power teams

Business mindset mentorship

Develop a positive mindset for business growth

Leadership skills

Learn what makes an effective leader to pivot and scale

News & Events

EWA I Empowering Women in Agrifood

EWA I Empowering Women in Agrifood

Training, mentoring, business coaching and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sectorApplication deadline extended until 19 June!110 talented female entrepreneurs from countries with modest to moderate innovation rates  will enter a 6-months entrepreneurial programme tailored ...
Tech commersialisation solutions to drive food system change

Tech commersialisation solutions to drive food system change

Last week the Seedbed team travelled to Lisbon, Portugal as the co-sponsor for the ASTP conference, that was attended by 345 people from 32 countries. We met with our TTO friends to find out how we can help encourage more scientists to commercialise innovations that can be applied to the agrifood sector.Why is this ...
EIT FAN Alumni Mycorena collaborates with Lantmännen 💫

EIT FAN Alumni Mycorena collaborates with Lantmännen 💫

This week we are sharing some fantastic news from EIT FAN 2021 alumni Mycorena, who recently announced their collaboration with Lantmännen! 👏Together, the organisations are working to develop a portfolio of food products based on sustainable produced Mvcoprotein."For Mycorena, transforming the way we produce and consume ...
Expand to new agrifood markets in Europe – apply for EIT Food Sales Booster! 

Expand to new agrifood markets in Europe – apply for EIT Food Sales Booster! 

In 2022, EIT Food launched Sales Booster – a programme that helps innovative startups explore and enter new agrifood markets in EuropeThe programme supports startups with training, coaching, expert advice, and network to prepare for their development and growth in new markets. It offers highly customised support to ...
EIT FAN Startup pitching events

EIT FAN Startup pitching events

Is your startup tech-ready to be selected for this year's EIT Food Accelerator Network programme?📢 EventsRound 2 of the EIT FAN 2022 evaluation process will take place in May! This year, selected startups will be pitching their innovations in front of a live panel of leading industry experts, who ...
Find your perfect co-founder – Applications are now open for Team Up!

Find your perfect co-founder – Applications are now open for Team Up!

Find your business co-founder or team member who could help you build an impactful agrifood startup.Do you have an impactful agrifood solution but you are struggling to commercialise it?Or Do you have entrepreneurial business skills and you would like to find innovative technologists with proven research or ...
EIT Food Test Farms – Applications open!

EIT Food Test Farms – Applications open!

Get matched with a farmer and test your solution on the field!Through enabling agricultural startups with farmers and testing-land links, EIT Food wants to help innovative agritech startups to validate and test their products and services, showcase their business to potential clients, and investors, and finally support the ...
It’s World Water Day!

It’s World Water Day!

Each year on the 22nd of March, the world celebrates World Water Day, a United Nations observance day that aims to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The Agrifood sector relies heavily on fresh water use throughout the food chain, and so it is of vital importance that we manage the resource as ...
New Partner Announcement! – Südzucker Group

New Partner Announcement! – Südzucker Group

We’re excited to introduce you to our newest corporate partner, Südzucker GroupAs a major player in the food industry, Südzucker Group is looking to increase its investments and activities in leveraging plant-based solutions. They recognize that open innovation and close cooperation with agrifood and circular ...
ConstellR launches their first agricultural water monitoring system into orbit

ConstellR launches their first agricultural water monitoring system into orbit

German NewSpace company ConstellR have successfully launched their first thermal infrared earth observation system into space for global water monitoring.The novel payload, LisR (Longwave Infrared Sensing demonstratoR), is the first of its kind to be launched by ConstellR and is a precursor to its full constellation of ...
EIT Food Startup-Corporate Matchmaking

EIT Food Startup-Corporate Matchmaking

EIT Food is committed to supporting the growth and development of agrifood innovations that are helping to make the entire food system more sustainable, healthy, and trusted. We believe startups and corporations together play a major role in this transformation process towards a better food system for all. Thus, EIT Food is on a ...
EIT Food Key Food Challenges

EIT Food Key Food Challenges

EIT Food and our startup community are committed to supporting the growth and development of agrifood innovations that are helping to make the entire food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.In collaboration with EIT Food's corporate partners, 3 key challenge areas have been identified. Agrifood startups that ...

Training

EWA I Empowering Women in Agrifood

EWA I Empowering Women in Agrifood

Training, mentoring, business coaching and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sectorApplication deadline extended until 19 June!110 talented female entrepreneurs from countries with modest to moderate innovation rates  will enter a 6-months entrepreneurial programme tailored ...
Tips for creating the perfect pitch deck

Tips for creating the perfect pitch deck

A pitch deck is a brief presentation which showcases key aspects of your business plan and is used to pitch to investors (or other parties you may want something from like when you apply to our programmes, or certain customers, for example). Ensure your pitch deck is concise and clearYou won’t have much time to ...
A guide to startup funding

A guide to startup funding

Raising money is a key part of being an entrepreneur. Agrifood has some specific challenges around finance given the typically slower growth rates, the seasonality of cash flow and time needed for a return on investment. Whilst some businesses can grow organically and don’t require any external funding, the majority need cash ...
Why market research is key to startup success

Why market research is key to startup success

Problem - solution fit - tick. Now let’s find out if you have a viable startup business…You have a brilliant idea for changing the food system. But how do you go about proving to yourself and others that your idea is worthy of all the blood, sweat and tears that go into it for the months or years to come? Is there a ...
Do I go at it solo or should I have a co-founder?

Do I go at it solo or should I have a co-founder?

If you are unsure whether you should manage a startup business alone or with (a) co-founder(s), first consider the benefits and disadvantages of both sides:SoloPotential for less startup costs (fewer salaries, fewer people to support)Allows you to set your vision by yourself, and you make all the decisionsLess potential ...
Best advice to avoid startup failure

Best advice to avoid startup failure

1. LOVE is a MUST!Running your own business is not an easy ride. Chances are it will be a lot harder (and more rewarding) than you ever could have imagined so make sure you’re working on something you love and care about. Instead of going after any old market opportunity, try to solve a problem close to your heart. If you’re ...
Tips from Startups: What you need to know before starting an agrifood business

Tips from Startups: What you need to know before starting an agrifood business

Nothing beats direct experience to tell you how it really is! Here's what startups tell us they wish they’d known before starting an agrifood business.Before starting an agrifood business, I wish I had known…“How to actually run a business! I wanted to solve a problem and running a business was the result. I had no ...

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight – Hai

Alumni Spotlight – Hai

Hai have received a Star Alumni award for the amount of positive progress they made during the course of the Seedbed Incubator programme!Hai operates in Vertical Farming, CEA and Phenotyping. Vertical farming is one of the emerging technologies paving the way to solve our current food security challenges. However, as ...
Alumni Spotlight – Paltech Robotics

Alumni Spotlight – Paltech Robotics

Paltech have received a Star Alumni award for the amount of positive progress they made during the course of the Seedbed Incubator programme!Paltech is a recently established AgTech startup based in Freising, Germany. They are 2021 Seedbed hub alumni and won the award for best pitch. The company was founded by the ...
Alumni Spotlight – FortiFruits

Alumni Spotlight – FortiFruits

FortiFruits produces natural dry fruit extracts to improve the taste of natural food. The products are chemical and sugar free, with a 50 to 100% stronger taste profile than other standard fruits extracts. They also have a much longer shelf life, and they don’t contain any nasty 'e' numbers. Target clients include ...
Alumni Spotlight – PlattenBaum

Alumni Spotlight – PlattenBaum

PlattenBaum operates in the Urban Agriculture sector, to offer housing companies and municipalities healthy and well designed environments to grow and consume their own fresh fruit and vegetables.What is your innovation, and who does this help? We are creating synergy between commercial urban agriculture and ...
Alumni Spotlight – Carbon Harvesters

Alumni Spotlight – Carbon Harvesters

Carbon Harvesters focuses on climate mitigation in the Dairy, Beef, and Swine sectors, which account for 90% of EU agricultural emissions. It is a platform that helps farmers to monitor their farm emissions. On a fortnightly basis using this platform, farmers are able to identify ‘farm specific’ techno-economical climate mitigation ...
Alumni Spotlight – Aqua Lub

Alumni Spotlight – Aqua Lub

Team Aqua Lub is developing a superior lubrication technology with long-lasting hydration properties, to launch a new water based lubricant product. The current product line includes a range of clean formulations that have been developed, using environmentally friendly plant-based materials, which perform strikingly better than ...
Alumni Spotlight – Isofirms

Alumni Spotlight – Isofirms

Seedbed Star Alumni and People’s choice winner 2021!Improve your physical health - fasterWhat is your innovation, and who does this help? Our innovation is a plant based ingredient which enables better uptake of the nutrition provided. Especially for the elderly, it is essential to increase ...
Alumni Spotlight – Amply Discovery

Alumni Spotlight – Amply Discovery

About Amply DiscoveryAMPLY Discovery has developed a drug discovery platform that locates novel antimicrobials to solve critical health issues for production and companion animals, micro-livestock and aquaculture. Addressing the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) requires a holistic and multisectoral ...
Alumni Spotlight – Biotico

Alumni Spotlight – Biotico

BIOTICO have received a Star Alumni award for the amount of positive progress they made during the course of Seedbed Incubator programme!Biotico operates in food and beverage processing to produce organic waste such as spent coffee ground and malt pulp after the manufacturing processes.What is your ...
Alumni Spotlight – Revo Foods

Alumni Spotlight – Revo Foods

Revo Foods is on a mission to make seafood more sustainable. Using 3D-printing technology they have developed and produced a range of healthy, tasty and nutritious plant-based seafood alternatives that can fully recreate the experience of eating seafood. Globally, 70% of all fish species are being overfished which is ...
Alumni Spotlight – Plantruption

Alumni Spotlight – Plantruption

Founded by Jennifer O’Brien, Plantruption, which is based in Dublin, Ireland, is on a mission to create Ireland's first plant-based seafood. Through research and collaboration with universities and food technologists, the startup, which became part of the EIT Food Accelerator Network in 2021, has used micro algae and seaweed to ...
Alumni Spotlight – Ekolive

Alumni Spotlight – Ekolive

Ekolive is the first and leading provider of a new ecological bioleaching method for the ecological release of elements and the degradation of organic contaminants. With their innovative biological technology, ekolive solves environmental hazards and cleans contaminated sites that are polluted with heavy metals and/or organic ...

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LIVE Q&A

Whilst our programme applications are open, we host online webinars to provide more guidance on the application process, and how you can stand out above the rest! 

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We support you at all stages of your entrepreneurial journey

LAUNCH

For aspiring entrepreneurs & newly formed startups in need of market validation >

Seedbed

ACCELERATE

For pre-seed funded startups, aiming to achieve pilot and investment readiness >

SCALE

For ambitious scaleups, with a solid customer base, ready for global expansion >

RisingFoodStars

Education Courses

If you are just getting started, or maybe you aren’t quite ready to apply to a programme, why don’t you try one of our introductory food system courses

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We also organise many different regional schemes to support local innovation and entrepreneurship activities. Find out what innovation is available in your location here

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Apply to participate in one of our funded flagship programmes

LAUNCH - Seedbed Incubator

ACCELERATE - EIT Food Accelerator Network

SCALE - RisingFoodStars

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