What we do
Our team is responsible for driving innovation in the food sector in the regions of the UK, Ireland and Iceland.
We work closely with a unique network of partners including key industry players, agrifood startups, research centres and universities from our region. Together, and as part of the wider EIT Food Community, we are all working together to deliver an innovative and entrepreneurial food sector.
In our region, our focus areas include childhood obesity, sustainable aquaculture and sustainable land use.
Our impact in these areas forms part of EIT Food's wider mission to transform our food system.
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EIT Food Female Entrepreneurship Survey
Exploring barriers women face as founders and CEOs, and EIT Food’s commitment to advance gender equity.
In order to better understand the experiences of women and their suggested interventions from EIT Food Business Creation, this study carried out three primary forms of research:
- The EIT Food Female Entrepreneurship survey.
- Three focus groups across four EIT Food entrepreneurship programmes.
- Interviews with selected investor partners.
The survey and focus group sessions were effective at understanding the experiences and needs of participants at different stages of business development. The experience of EIT Food’s female participants advances what has been learned through the growing body of literature about female entrepreneurs, women in technology, and funding gaps for women in recent years, in the EU and elsewhere.
To find out more about the key findings and EIT Food Business Creation’s commitments to advance gender equity, download the full report.Download the Report
Meet our new RisingFoodStars: EnvoPAP and Terra NutriTECH
EIT Food’s RisingFoodStars Association has opened its doors to 16 European agtech and foodtech impactful scaleups. EIT Food North-West welcomes envoPAP from UK and Terra NutriTECH from Ireland to the regional community.
EnvoPAP: this scaleup makes better use of abundant agricultural waste to create high-quality, environmentally friendly and ecologically viable printing and packaging products.
Terra NutriTECH: the company works with progressive farmers ensuring precision nutrition for their livestock through the water system or sprayed on to feed on the farm.Learn more about RisingFoodStars
Meet our new EIT FAN Cohort
EIT Food’s Acceleration Network programme welcomes its 2021 cohort of high-impact agrifood startups.
he chosen startups will benefit from top industry connections, specifically tailored programmes, and key resources to accelerate their growth and impact.
Teams belonging to the University of Cambridge hub include:
- Beta Bugs Limited
- Decomer Technology
- Fieldwork Robotics Limited
- Freshseal Limited
- Glaia Limited
- Micron Agritech
- The Smarter Food Company Ltd
- WeedBot SIA
Meet our new Seedbed Incubator Cohort
EIT Food’s Seedbed Incubator programme welcomes its 2021 cohort of inspiring teams working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.
Teams work within one of EIT Food’s 6 focus areas: sustainable agriculture, sustainable aquaculture, alternative proteins, digital traceability, targeted nutrition and circular food systems.
Teams belonging to Queen’s University Belfast Hub include:
- Hai Tech
- Niskus Biotec
- Evo Plant
- Carbon Harvesters
- Amply Discovery
- Bright Biotech
- Aqua Lub
Algacraft Case Study
Algacraft - previous participants of EIT Food’s Seedbed Incubator Programme believes the future of food lies in algae!
They are building a service that focuses on defining optimal cultivation conditions for industrially relevant algal strains. Learn more about their idea and how the Seedbed Incubator programme helped them along their commercial journey.Learn more
BioFeyn Case Study
BioFeyn - previous participants of EIT Food’s Seedbed Incubator Programme is improving the diets of farmed fish to decrease the likelihood of disease.
Discover more about their company and how the 2020 Seedbed Incubator programme supported them on the initial stage of their commercial journey.Learn more
Cellular Agriculture - previous participants of EIT Food’s Accelerator Network is the UK’s first startup in the cultured protein space.
The startup has developed a technology to enable cell-based foods to be produced on an industrial scale. Learn more about their revolutionary idea and how the 2020 EIT Food Accelerator Network supported their journey.Learn more
Fotenix Case Study
FOTENIX Tech - previous participants of EIT Food’s Accelerator Network is enabling smart operation of agricultural machinery for next generation crop analytics.
The startup is empowering farmers to detect crop disease at an early stage, so they are able to take action before a disease spreads to neighbouring crops, threatening their overall yield. Learn more about their revolutionary idea and how the EIT Food Accelerator Network supported their journey.Learn more
Plantik Case Study
Plantik - previous participants of EIT Food’s Seedbed Incubator Programme is shaping the future of plant breeding, starting with hemp.
Learn how the startup is helping to improve sustainability within agriculture and how our Seedbed Incubator Programme supported them on their journey.Learn more
SoluBlue Case Study
SoluBlue - previous participants of EIT Food’s Seedbed Incubator is developing a sustainable alternative to plastic food packaging, which extends shelf-life and reduces food waste.
Learn more about their startup idea and how the 2020 Seedbed Incubator programme helped them on their commercial journey.Learn more
Entio: supporting rural farmers to repurpose agricultural waste
Entio are a London and Colombian-based startup, optimising the transformation of natural waste into edible insect proteins and fertiliserRead more
Market validation is a key process often overlooked by entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs and startups are developing valuable innovations that are shaping the future of tomorrow’s food system, so it is healthier, more sustainable and trustedRead more
Open call to look for a collaborative center to impart a master class about Pulse Electric Fields (PEF) for healthier virgin olive oil extraction
Phenoils consortium and EPS are looking for a University or Research center to carry out and educational worshop about new technologies for the increase of phenols and yield in virgin olive oil extraction during 2021-2022 season.Read more