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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.

Applications open December 2023

If you are an aspiring agrifood entrepreneur, a startup, or a scaleup interested in one of our programmes, register your interest and we will notify you when our 2024 applications open.

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 AgriTech or FoodTech business innovation? 
Connect with 100+ potential customers and stakeholders to validate your market
Receive specialist coaching and training to develop a scalable business model 
Receive up to € 17,000 in equity-free funding for travel to networking events
ACCELERATE - EIT Food Accelerator Network

For impactful agrifood startups looking for tech validation and commercial acceleration

Do you want to boost your go-to market readiness and validate your tech to tackle the biggest challenges within our Food System? 
Validate your technology and win up to € 50,000
Prepare for commercialisation and access investors
Extend your EU Agrifood Tech Network and partner with key players
SCALE - EIT Food RisingFoodStars

For aspiring scaleups looking to successfully upscale their commercial capabilities

Is your Agrifood or FoodTech business experiencing a high period of growth? 
Promising aspiring scaleups who are creating a future-fit food system
Commercially viable businesses that can prove traction, but a lean growth model
Businesses looking for mentoring, workshops, and strategic support


If you are an aspiring agrifood entrepreneur, a startup, or a scaleup interested in one of our programmes, register your interest and we will notify you when applications are open

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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Companies supported by EIT Food from early entrepreneurs to companies that we support in scaling internationally
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direct support in grants and investments
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investments attracted by startups and scaleups supported by EIT
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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 are closed.
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Creative workshops designed to find solutions to current and future challenges in the food and agriculture system
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Get matched with a farmer and test your solution on the field!

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