EIT Food Test Farms – Applications open!

Mar 23, 2022

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 technological transformation in European agriculture. EIT Food created Test Farms following research and conversations with many agricultural startups who cited the difficulties of finding farmlands where they could validate their innovation and access new markets. The programme also arose to help bring about the much-needed smart revolution we need in agriculture 🚜

Test Farms  

Need help with testing your agritech solution?

Test Farms links agricultural startups with farmers & testing-land

Apply for EIT Food Test Farms to validate your product or service/s with farmers

Why join Test Farms?

🌿  Validation

Test the functionality and need for your solution by testing it with the help of professionals on commercial farmland

🌱  Visibility

Showcase your product or service to potential clients and investors

🌏  Network

Access EIT Food’s extensive network of agricultural companies, research institutes, agronomists and startups

🍎  Funding

Receive a 3.000 EUR grant to pay for your testing and travel expenses (RIS startups)

The outline and key dates of the programme:

1. Applications : March 1st to April 29th

Interested startups are invited to apply for the programme

2. Evaluation & Selection of programme participants : May 4th to 16th
3. Announcement of the results (pre-selection for farmer matching) : May 18th
4. Match-making event : May 19 to June 20

All shortlisted startups will be invited to join one of match-making events. At these events, startups will meet with farmers, evaluate the possibility of testing their innovative solutions on the farms and create a plan to test their solutions together with the selected farmers. 

5. Testing phase : July 2022 – July 2023

All selected startups will test their solutions on the test fields according to the plan created during the match-making event.   

6. Demo Day : July 2022 – July 2023

Following the testing, startups together with farmers will organise a Demo Day for local farmers/clients to attend. This will give the startups the opportunity to show their solutions to potential buyers and investors. EIT Food will help to organise these events.  

Who is eligible to apply?

Participation in the Test Farms programme as well as financial sub grant to support testing needs is available under specific conditions for eligible Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) startups.

Non-RIS startups are eligible to join the programme and benefit from the match-making and expert support provided by EIT Food, however they won’t receive a sub grant. The cost of these services is 2500 EUR.

1. RIS Startups – Registered companies in one of the following countries:

EU Member States

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. 

Horizon Europe Associated Countries*

Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine. 

Outermost Regions

Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

2. Non-RIS Startups – Registered companies in one of the following EU member states:

Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden or Finland

*These third countries, which are all listed in the European Innovation Scoreboard, will be fully eligible for the EIT RIS, following the successful conclusion of individual Horizon Europe Association Agreements.

N.B EIT Food’s RisingFoodStars who are are Affiliated Entities in Horizon Europe are ineligible for the programme. 

Full information on eligibility, selection criteria, and commitment is available in the programme Terms and Conditions or on the Test Farms website 

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The application period for the 2022 edition of the EIT Food Test Farms programme will run from 1st March until 29th April



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