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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.

Seedbed Incubator

Seedbed Incubator

A 6-month pre-accelerator programme that aims to transform innovative ideas into market-validated business propositions.



The RisingFoodStars Association is a network organisation for successful, game-changing early agrifood scaleups, enabling its members to participate as Partners in all EIT Food activities.

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

Leuven is European Capital of Innovation 2020 News

Leuven is European Capital of Innovation 2020

25 September 2020

EIT Food, A Knowledge and Innovation Community funded by the European Union, congratulates the city of Leuven, Leuven 2030 and Leuven MindGate on winning the award for European Capital of Innovation 2020.

EIT Food’s COVID-19 Bridge Fund invests over €5 million to support 13 innovative agrifood startups News

EIT Food’s COVID-19 Bridge Fund invests over €5 million to support 13 innovative agrifood startups

06 August 2020

New announcement reflects EIT Food’s status as one of Europe’s most active agrifood investors