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Entrepreneurship

Startups play a fundamental role in building a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all.

EIT Food Entrepreneurship supports innovative, researchers, entrepreneurs, and impactful AgriFoodTech startups, every step of the way - from business propositions, market validation, business acceleration, tech validation to commercial upscaling.

Whatever stage you are at on your agrifood tech venture and journey - launch, accelerate or scale up - our three hands-on, equity-free programmes give the best chance for you to become a food system gamechanger and succeed.

Our agrifood tech entrepreneurship powerhouse connects thousands of startups to more than 200 leading corporations, universities, research centres, and investors, with the full support and resources of the European Union.

Register your interest

If you are an aspiring agrifood entrepreneur, a startup, or a scaleup, register your interest today and join the world's largest and most dynamic food innovation community!

Our pan-European entrepreneurship programmes

LAUNCH - EIT Food Seedbed Incubator

For aspiring entrepreneurs and researchers looking for market-validated business propositions

Are you looking to explore and test the right product-market fit for your AgriFood Tech business innovation? 
Connect with 100+ potential customers and stakeholders to validate your market
Develop a business model and receive 1:1 coaching and entrepreneurial training
Receive 10,000€* in equity-free funding for travel to networking events across Europe
ACCELERATE - EIT Food Accelerator Network

For impactful agrifood startups looking for tech validation and commercial acceleration

Are you looking to boost your go-to market readiness and validate your tech to tackle the biggest challenges within our Food System? 
(Re-)shape your product tech development roadmap and win up to 50,000 EUR 
Grow and succeed with access to top-notch master classes, coaching and mentoring 
Partner with experts and key players from our network of 200+ leading corporates, investors and research centres
SCALE - EIT Food RisingFoodStars

For aspiring agrifood scaleups looking to successfully scale up their commercial capabilities

Are you an impact driven venture looking for the tools and network needed to grow rapidly?
Get access to 50+ mentors to design, challenge and implement your scaleup plan
Get privileged access to 100+ leading corporates and investors through events and matchmaking
Get hands-on support on your fundraising journey and commercialisation roadmap

Discover our partner and network opportunities

We facilitate investment opportunities for Europe’s most promising agrifood startups through financing and connection with our venture partners.
We facilitate corporate innovation by connecting world-leading industry with impactful agrifood startups.
Entrepreneurs can access all the support they need to create a thriving agrifood or FoodTech business.

Achieving sustainable and economic impact

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OUR REGIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMMES

Are you looking to get involved in the revolution of the agrifood system, but you are from a RIS country? We have everything you need.

Entrepreneurship programmes

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Training, mentoring, business coaching and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector. Applications for 2024 edition are open!

Meet our EWAs

2020 > 2024
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The EIT Food Agrifood Futures Expert Community brings together agrifood experts from business, academia and research backgrounds to share and collaborate around the most pressing agrifood challenges. The objective of this project is to…

On the blog

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For International Women's Day, we honor the extraordinary contributions of women in the agrifood sector, embodying resilience, innovation, and leadership.
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Did you know that only 2% of all Venture Capital funding in Europe goes to female founded businesses?