Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) is the incubation hub for teams in the CLC NW region, Iceland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. QUB has been ranked 1st in the UK as the most entrepreneurial university with a strong track–record in helping to develop and commercialise leading–edge technology, providing entrepreneurial researchers and academics, aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and SME’s with access to training and development programmes that are based on lean methodologies. QUB is also home to QUBIS, the commercialisation arm of Queen’s University, Belfast, with a long and strong track-record in creating new technology start-ups and helping to commercialise leading-edge technology from university research. In food systems, the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) within QUB, is internationally recognised for its expertise, research and degree programmes tackling the complex problem of sustainably delivering safe, nutritious and authentic food to the world’s growing population using systems that protect our planet and all those who work in the global food industry. The Institute has a proven track record of excellence and scientific expertise underpinned by sustained investment in people and world class facilities; and a strong emphasis on activities that meet the needs of many stakeholders in governments and industries.
“Within Seedbed, our main task was our customer discovery journey to actually know what our customer wants. Seedbed helped us a lot in that journey, giving us first-hand experience, great knowledge and mentors as well as the funds to travel around Europe and speak with our customers to present our idea and ask for their feedback. It was really a precious experience.”
Marija Lesjak, FeJuice
“We came into the EIT Food network when we had our initial idea and a very rough business preposition. The Seedbed programme allowed us to refine that preposition and talk to our market as much as possible. For startups in the agrifood and food tech sectors, the EIT Food Seedbed programme is the best in Europe because of their clear focus areas."
Lorenzo Conti, Crover
“The EIT Food Seedbed Incubator programme has been a unique opportunity for Carbon Harvesters to test the key hypothesis of the business. From developing experiments to talking with stakeholders all over Europe, the learnings gathered through this programme have tailored the business plan of the start-up in a more resilient way.”
Luis Alejandro Vergara, Carbon Harvesters
The EIT Food Seedbed Queen's University, Belfast Hub incubates teams over a period of 6 months, providing them with: ✨ World class training and support on developing market testing strategies ✨ Funding to deploy your market tests and learn from key stakeholders ✨ 1:1 Mentoring support from the Queen's University, Belfast Hub Team ✨ 1:1 Experts in Residence support from Helix Hub and Farm491 ✨ Access to EIT Food and QUB network in the Agri-Food space ✨ Entrepreneurship and business development workshops, including IP advisory and support clinics ✨ Exposure to investors, commercial partners and media