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 diverse 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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Apply for our Entrepreneurship Programmes
Apply to participate in one of EIT Food’s funded flagship programmes. We support you at all stages of your entrepreneurial journey!
Join over 1000+ active entrepreneurs united in supporting our mission to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.
Apply by 28th February 2022 to take part in 2022!Learn more
Celebrating Sustainable Aquaculture Innovations
EIT Food hosted an Aquaculture Showcase event to present activities that are helping the aquaculture sector to become more sustainable and efficient while addressing several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Researchers, startups, and key players in the international policy arena all came together to discuss how we can move aquaculture to the centre of the global food system for the benefit of people and the planet.Download the event report
Seedbed Incubator Event
The event featured talented teams developing new technologies to solve challenges within sustainable agriculture, targeted nutrition and alternative proteins. The 2021 Seedbed Options Roundabout event gathered the Seedbed Incubator Programme’s Belfast cohort for an online event to present and reflect on their journey.
In front of an expert panel, the teams articulated an agrifood problem, how their innovation would solve it, and the learnings from their Seedbed Incubator market discovery journey.Read More
What are the obstacles to sustainable eating?
EIT Food finds that consumers feel a moral obligation to use environmentally friendly food products, yet they are unsure of how to assess the environmental sustainability of the foods they buy.
We recently published an article on New Scientist’s website about the barriers to sustainable eating and how these can be overcome. The article features an eco-label being developed by Foundation Earth to help consumers assess the environmental footprint of the foods they buy.Read Here
A Day in the Life of a Startup Founder
Solveiga Pakštaitė, Founder and Director of Mimica takes part in our ‘Day in the Life’ video series, which aims to inspire young people to consider a career in the agrifood industry.
Startup companies and small businesses have a vital role to play in transforming our food systems for the better. Solveiga shares her passion for fighting food waste and creating a company centred on doing business in a better way.
Mimica is an EIT Food #RisingFoodStar, based in our North West region.Watch Here
A Day in the Life of an Operations Director
Oli Hilbroune, Co-Founder and Operations Director at Outfield takes part in our ‘Day in the Life’ video series, which aims to inspire young people to consider a career in the agrifood industry.
Oli shares his passion for helping farmers to reduce food waste by monitoring crop yields effectively using drones and an AI-integrated system.
Outfield took part in EIT Food’s Accelerator Network, as part of our North West regional hub, led by the University of Cambridge.Watch Here
Aquaculture and the UN SDGs
How can the EU aquaculture sector help to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
Melanie Siggs of the Global Seafood Alliance presents the current EU aquaculture landscape at EIT Food’s Aquaculture Showcase event. The presentation includes special messages from:
- Manuel Barange, Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
- Lara Barazi, President of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP)
- Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary, General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
This presentation was part of EIT Food North West’s Aquaculture Showcase Event.Watch On-Demand
Aquaculture Innovations and Technologies
What is the role of innovation and technology in transforming aquaculture into a sustainable form of food production?
Laura Krishfield, Senior Research Associate at Lux Research explores the main challenges within the aquaculture sector and how innovation and technology can help to solve these challenges.
This presentation was part of EIT Food North West’s Aquaculture Showcase Event.
The challenges presented include:
- Optimization of aquaculture production systems and supply chains
- New emerging sustainable production systems and aquaculture species
- Sustainable and healthy ecosystems
- Product safety and quality and consumer awareness and trust
Precision Farming Startup Outfield explain the benefits of EIT Food’s Accelerator Programme
Outfield, a UK-based startup is helping orchards to grow sustainably, by improving efficiency and reducing food waste on commercial fruit farmsRead more
EIT Food Seedbed Incubator startups reveal innovative solutions to agrifood challenges
The 2021 EIT Food Seedbed Incubator Programme brought together 40 ambitious early-stage agrifood startups on a market discovery journey to bring their innovations closer to commercial realityRead more
EIT Food celebrates food industry innovators: The Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event
EIT Food sponsors the Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event to celebrate the innovators that are transforming our food systemsRead more