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Startups play a fundamental role in transforming the food system.

We can help you with your business ideas

We support innovative impactful agrifood entrepreneurs and startups to deliver new food innovations and businesses across Europe.

We offer:

An unparalleled network: access to 50+ of Europe’s leading agrifood businesses, universities and research organisations

European reach: we have a presence in every country in Europe (and beyond!), helping your business reach new markets and develop internationally

A powerful brand: as the designated EU body to transform Europe’s food system, you will benefit from our powerful brand making your business more attractive to investors and customers

Long term support: we provide support from the generation of ideas for as long as you need it

Building your own startup?

We’ve created a free online manual with industry experts to help you build a thriving agrifood business.



Launch is for individuals, scientists and aspiring entrepreneurs who are driven to solve the complex challenges facing our food system. Launch activities are designed to springboard ideas into viable market solutions by providing you with the skills, network and funds needed to validate your ideas and business model.



Accelerate is for entrepreneurs and registered startups who are on their way to transforming the food system and would benefit from our high-level support to boost their new business.



Scale elevates high-potential agrifood mature startups and early scaleups to the next level in becoming international gamechangers.



APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM APRIL 1ST – MAY 31ST This unique pan-European Network provides outstanding young companies access to the network and the opportunity to actively engage in EIT Food’s activities

Seedbed Incubator

Seedbed Incubator

SEEDBED APPLICATIONS OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JANUARY - SUNDAY 22ND MARCH This multi-location Launch programme trains and supports teams over a six-month period to help them better understand the needs of their customers and validate their business ideas

Interested? Got a project that needs support?

Meet our RisingFoodStars

RIS countries and regions

RIS countries and regions

If you look forward to getting involved in the revolution of the agrifood system and you are from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy*, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland* Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain* or Turkey or Ukraine, you cannot miss these challenging activities! 

Learn more about our Regional Innovation Scheme

Latest news

EIT Food COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects News

EIT Food COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects

11 May 2020

EIT Food launches COVID-19 Rapid Response Call for Innovation projects. This call is open to partners and non-partners of EIT Food.

Meet the winners of the RIS Innovation Prizes competition News

Meet the winners of the RIS Innovation Prizes competition

29 October 2019

EIT Food presents early-stage agrifood startups from Easter and Southern Europe that won the Innovation Prizes competition