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 Summer School 2018 on Digital Food Supply Chains
    • Professionals
    • Students
    Multi-Level Programmes

    Are you ready to bring your ideas for a sustainable food supply chain to life? Following the success of last year’s Winter School, Queen’s University Belfast, Technical University of Munich and University of Cambridge will come together to host an EIT Food Entrepreneurship Summer School this September in Belfast.

    Programme description

    During the EIT Food Summer School, 40 students from many different study backgrounds and countries will come together to bring their ideas for a sustainable food supply chain to life. Over the course of 6 days, participants will be working in interdisciplinary teams, to learn how digital technologies can be applied to foster sustainability and fair food supply chains. They will identify problems, prototype viable solutions with a validated value proposition and finally, pitch their results in front of a panel of experts.

    The Summer School will take place in Belfast and be hosted by Queen's University Belfast along with partners, Technical University of Munich and the University of Cambridge. There will also be mentoring by industry experts and the chance to receive further online coaching on business model development.

    Who should apply

    Master students, PhD candidates, Post-docs and professionals.

    Why should you apply

    Participants will work together with mentors which will enable them to critically and precisely assess entrepreneurial concepts, enable professional communication, and presentation skills as well as interdisciplinary and intercultural skills.

    Timeline of the programme

    This activity took place in 2018. In 2019 we will offer a new portfolio of education activities for Masters, PhD's, Professionals and the general public. These will be published soon on our website.

    Learning objectives and outcomes

    Participants will gain knowledge of methodologies in product development in a food related start-up environment. They will enhance their ability to apply business model development and prototyping on practice-oriented problems in the field. The overall learning outcome for participants enables them to become responsible future innovators in Europe's food sector, which is equally important for both the economy and society.

    Deadline for application

    The EIT Food Summer School will accept 40 students in total. The spots will be filled on a rolling admissions basis. You will receive an invitation or rejection email, within two weeks of the closing date. This means you can submit your application between now and 20 July 2018 23.59 pm (BST). We will however, fill the available spots on a rolling basis according to our evaluation criteria, until they are full.

    • The EIT Food Summer School does not charge a tuition fee.
    • Travel costs: You will need to provide your own transportation to and from Belfast. Accommodation and meals between 7 and 14 September will be provided.

    Applicants are required to submit an application, CV and video, in English.

  • Food System Master of Science Programme
    • Students
    Master Programme

    In 2018, EIT Food will begin the initial phase of the development of EIT Food's flagship Food System Master Program, an integrated graduate degree program organized by 10 academic institutions and industrial partners from across EIT Foods pan-European partner network to prepare students to drive a future transformation of the food system and increase the competitiveness of their future employing companies. It promotes an integration of the food system by providing students with the opportunity to study consecutively at three institutions who provide distinctly different semester blocks focusing on different parts of the food system. This is coupled with a partner-mentored project/thesis work and non/academic activities offered by industrial partners.

  • EIT Food Summer School on New Product Development
    • Professionals

    Are you a food sector professional from a RIS country? Do you want to improve your skills in New Product Development? We invite you to be one of 25 selected participants in the EIT Food Summer School on new product development for the food industry!

    Timeline of the programme

    This activity took place in 2018. In 2019 we will offer a new portfolio of education activities for Masters, PhD's, Professionals and the general public. These will be published soon on our website.

    During an intensive 8 day workshop, our industry experts had presented not only how to create and execute NPD by understanding the market and consumer’s needs but also provided insight on how to handle competing for project requirements and constraints. Participants of summer school on NPD received the entire spectrum of knowledge required to be an expert of New Product Development and much more.

    It’s not a school if you only listen! That’s why we included Design Thinking workshops and hands-on experience in a simulated environment. Sounds interesting? That’s not all! Thanks to cooperation with market leaders from the food sector, we had shown where these theories meet reality. Moreover, we created opportunities to analyse actual case studies of NPD successes and failures learning from others real life experiences!

    The EIT Food Summer School is organized by: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Maspex (Poland), PepsiCo (UK), Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Israel), University of Warsaw (Poland)


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  • July 5 event: Re-visioning Vertical Farming!
    July 5 event: Re-visioning Vertical Farming!


    Join us in this three-day citizen participation forum, as we invite you to share your vision of vertical farming through images, and to discuss with us the future of local and sustainable food systems. July 5th - 7th 2018 ∣ Deutsches Museum, Ehrensaal. Share with us your vision of vertical farming – an upcoming trend in urban food production!

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