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Entrepreneurship

Startups play a fundamental role in transforming the food system. EIT Food supports innovative impactful agrifood entrepreneurs and startups to deliver new food innovations and businesses across Europe.

Europe’s largest agrifood ecosystem driving innovation and entrepreneurship

Innovation in the agrifood sector is worth more than €200bn across Europe, yet less than 4% of all EU startups are innovating in the agrifood sector. This figure needs to radically change if we are to meet the UNSG goals to feed a growing population over the next decade. A focused and collaborative industry-wide approach is a must.

As a designated EU body, EIT Food is in a unique position to bring entrepreneurs together with Europe’s leading agrifood companies, universities and research organisations. Startups need funding and collaborations to scale, corporates need agility and innovation to stay relevant, investors need companies and teams with high revenue potential to create global impact.

We are building a powerful ecosystem to facilitate training programmes, world-class networking, high-impact pilot projects, and a community supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey.

Building your own startup?

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

LAUNCH - Seedbed Incubator

TURN YOUR INNOVATION INTO IMPACT

The EIT Food Seedbed Incubator is a six-month programme for entrepreneurial science and engineering teams, offering equity-free funding and tailored support to address the unique challenges of commercialising lab-validated research innovations that have the potential to transform the food system.

ACCELERATE - EIT Food Accelerator Network

ACCESS AN UNPARALLELED NETWORK

The EIT Food Accelerator Network is a four-month programme offering equity-free grants and investments that support pilot-ready startup companies. The programme is tailored to agrifood startups with a validated product prototype looking to raise their seed or series A investment round.

SCALE - RisingFoodStars

GO GLOBAL

The EIT Food RisingFoodStars is a three year programme offering scaleup support and world-leading industry networking opportunities to high-impact agrifood companies, who are generating consistent revenues and demonstrating a strong product-market fit in their home market.

EIT Food Entrepreneurs

By joining our community, you can get involved with all the various startup training and events happening throughout the year. We will notify you when programme applications are open, and once you are part of our ecosystem, you will gain access to an inspiring global network of talented people and impact-orientated organisations on a joint mission to transform the food system.

What are you waiting for? Start your journey today!

Entrepreneurship programmes

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Training, mentoring, business coaching and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector.
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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!

Meet our RisingFoodStars

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