EIT Food

EIT Food is a European Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), part of the EIT, which was set up to transform our food ecosystem. By connecting consumers with businesses, start-ups, researchers and students from around Europe, EIT Food supports innovative and economically sustainable initiatives which improve our health, our access to quality food, and our environment.

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EIT Food connects businesses, research centres, universities and consumers.

Find out more about what EIT Food can do for you:

  • Professionals & Entrepreneurs

    Grow your business by meeting exceptional talents from different sectors and generating new market opportunities. Whether you want to start a new venture, improve your competitiveness, or find out how to access support and finance.

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  • Researchers

    Get your ideas off the ground. Boost your research or bring your innovation to the market. Find opportunities to access support and finance.

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  • Students

    Unleash your innovation potential by combining your technical studies with entrepreneurial know-how in our unique set of programmes.

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  • For everyone

    Share your ideas with the food sector and co-create with us. Become an ambassador of a healthy, sustainable lifestyle - a true change agent.

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Some EIT Food activities

  • EIT Food Venturing School
    • Professionals
    • Researchers
    • Students
    Training

    30 students from many study backgrounds and many countries will come together to use their scientific expertise to come up with new concepts and products that will lead to sustainable utilisation of marine resources.  During seven days participants will be informed about marine innovation, food and graphic design, human nutrition in food systems as well as food and digital disruptions. They will work in interdisciplinary teams, identifying problems, prototyping viable solutions with a validated value proposition and pitching their results in front of a panel of experts. Finally they will present and pitch their ideas at an event/exhibition as a part of the Design March festival in Reykjavik.

    The workshop is organised by the food and biotech institute Matis in Iceland, University of Cambridge, England and VTT the Technical Research Centre of Finland together with the Icelandic Academy of Arts and the Food Science and Nutrition Department of the University of Iceland with input from entrepreneurial companies in marine innovation in Iceland.

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  • Foodio - Food Solutions Master Class
    • Professionals
    • Researchers
    • Students
    Event

    FOODIO, Food Solutions Master Class, is a multidisciplinary, challenge-based learning programme for bachelor, master and doctoral students, working together with professors, researchers and professionals. FOODIO is conceived to educate in an international environment, connect business and academia, and stimulate for the creation of new food solutions for future innovation. During 2018, five academic institutions and three business partner organizations will guide forty student participants to generate ideas for new solutions to exploit plant-based side streams. FOODIO participants will get understanding of challenge-based problem solving, using experimentation and design thinking tools, developing team working skills and accessing new networks. The challenge includes direct interaction and collaboration with food industries and end-users, to transform an idea into a real new food product with impact on sustainability, society and economy.

    Ready to create your food solution for the future Food System?

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  • EIT Food Winter School
    • Professionals
    • Researchers
    • Students
    Event

    During the EIT Food Entrepreneurship Winter School 30 students from many different study backgrounds and countries came together to tackle the challenges of Europe’s food system.

    Over the course of 2 weeks, participants were working in interdisciplinary teams, identifying problems, prototyping viable solutions with a validated value proposition and finally pitching their results in front of a panel of experts.
    The teams started out in Germany at the Technical University of Munich for the first week, travelled to the University of Cambridge together for the second week and also got the chance to receive further online coaching by the Queen’s University Belfast on how to take their start-up idea to reality.

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