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Global Food Venture Programme 2020

Global Food Venture Programme 2020

The flagship Global Food Venture programme is EIT Food's dedicated offering to Doctoral Students working on food system challenges across Europe.

We´re excited to announce that the Global Food Venture Programme of  EIT Food will support once again highly-qualified PhD students from across Europe to transform their research into viable business in the Food & AgTech space.

The programme fosters the entrepreneurial growth of doctoral students working on challenges in the Agrifood sector. Young innovators gain essential business creation skills and knowledge through a bespoke 6-Month Curriculum of Training Bootcamps, Mentoring, Corporate Site Visits, Global Networking Events and Pitch Competitions. In this period, they are supported by top coaches and technology experts from EIT Food partners and have the unique chance to explore key innovation ecosystems in Europe. 

Join our 3rd cohort to bring your research from the bench to the market!

Application Phase 2020 is now OPEN!


Programme Open Calls 2020

GFVP Stage I                    Idea Development

The Global Food Venture Programme - Stage I is now recruiting an interdisciplinary group of 40 PhD students eager to create solutions for the challenges in our food system. Participants from across Europe will get together for a life-changing, immersive entrepreneurial experience to gain the fundamentals skills & knowledge in ideation and venture creation, receive coaching over 6 months and develop successful business ideas in the food & agtech space. Apply now to "GFVP STAGE I - Idea development" and meet us in Madrid for the GFVP Summer School, end of May 2020!


GFVP Stage II              Business Incubation

The Global Food Venture Programme - Stage II is designed to support 25 talented PhD students with solid business ideas in food & agriculture.  Like-minded young innovators will join our pre Incubation bootcamp in Lausanne, in June 2020 and a 6-Month mentoring programme to bring their projects to the next level! Best business ideas will be chosen for a 2nd entrepreneurship training bootcamp in Europe in October, and a final pitch competition event! To learn all about viable business creation, tailored mentoring support, acess to a network of experts and the possibility to win an innovation prize from EIT Food, apply now to "GFVP STAGE II - Business pre Incubation" and meet us in Lausanne on June 28 to kick-off the GFVP 2020 journey!


What to Expect

GFVP Stage I          Idea Development

  • The Global Food Venture Stage I, aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit of talented PhD students and help to improve creativity and system innovation skills. Participants will learn about the current challenges in Food & Agriculture and the transformation that is needed to create a sustainable and healthy system.
  • In a 10 day Summer School, students will gain essential skills in ideation and business creation, interact with top food & ag experts, educators, business coaches and established start-ups.
  • Within groups, participants will develop business ideas that solve identified problems in food and agriculture, and pitch their idea in a final competition. Top winners will be awarded a place in GFVP 2020 Stage II.
  • Students eager to further work on solutions for the Agrifood sector will be assigned a mentor for a period of 6 months to support them with their venture.
  • Alumni of Stage I will have priority to join Global Food Venture Programme Business pre Incubation in 2021.


GFVP Stage II      Busines Incubation

  • The Global Food Venture Stage II will educate aspiring entrepreneurs in the area of business creation though a 6-Month intensive curriculum of two training bootcamps, company visits, business coaching, global networking events and online resources.
  • Participants of Stage II will have the unique chance to explore key entrepreneurship ecosystems in Europe and become part of the EIT Food community.
  • During the programme students will interact with major players in the food & agriculture i.e. EIT Food industry partners, food system technology experts, start-up coaches and VCs to get valuable feedback on their business idea
  • 6-Month tailored mentoring from an EIT Food partner will be additionally offered to all participants eager to get their start-up projects to the next level.
  • Best business ideas will have the chance to win an innovation prize and connect to the EIT Food Accelerator Programmes and Seed Funding.


Current PhD students from any European Institute or H2020 associated country are welcome to join Global Food Venture programme Stage I or Stage II.  Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you require any clarification or further information on the application process.

GFVP Stage I          Idea Development

For Stage I - we accept PhDs with any academic background eager to learn the essentials of entrepreneurship and develop business ideas that address challenges in the food & agriculture. Application Deadline is the 5th of April!

Download the application form for Stage I


GFVP Stage II      Busines Incubation

For Stage II - welcome are PhD students with early stage start-up projects / business ideas in the food & agtech space. We support technology-based projects across the agrifood value chain (production, processing, distribution, consumption and side streams). Don't hesitate to apply before the Early Bird Deadline on the 5th of April!

Download the application form for Stage II


Participation Fees

The Global Food Venture Programme is fully funded by EIT Food and free of costs for the PhD students.

Participants are required to sign a consent form with EIT Food at the outset of the programme to confirm their participation into the programme activities and the use of grant money for mobility purposes.


Are you ready to embark on a new & challenging venture?                Join Global Food Venture Program 2020!


The following partners are involved in the project

Aarhus University

Project team

Dr. Chryssa Dimaki
Project Role

Activity Lead


TU Munich

Contact details

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