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EIT Food announces winners of Venture Summit 2022 for agrifood innovation

Winners include startups tackling food allergies, preventing food waste and creating chemical-free fertilisers

28 Oct 2022
  • Three winners chosen from Europe’s most promising and innovative agrifood startups
  • EIT Food Venture Summit 2022 brings together investors, experts and startups from across the European agrifood sector

EIT Food is proud to announce the winners of its prestigious 2022 Venture Summit, held on 27th October in Lisbon, Portugal. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The EIT Food Venture Summit 2022 is an inspiring and interactive invitation only event for the European agrifood industry, bringing together industry-leading corporates, innovative startups and key investors, with the aim of creating a more sustainable and trusted food system.

More than 300+ attendees have been brought together to enjoy keynote speeches on the future of food, as well as collaborate with over 40 agrifood startups that EIT Food has been working with closely over the past year.

Nine startups pitched for the prestigious award, each shortlisted for their positive impact on people and planet, and working towards one of these three missions: Healthier Lives Through Food, A Net-Zero Food System, and A Fully Transparent, Resilient and Fair Food System.

From this shortlist, three winners were chosen following an audience vote of the 300 agrifood professionals and investors at the event.

The three winners for each category are:

Vini Mini is a startup that aims to stop the rising trend of the number of food allergies. Its innovative products offer a healthy, easy and safe way of introducing allergens to babies, helping to reduce food allergies.

Bio2Coat helps to fight against food waste and the plastic waste coming from packaging materials. It is a technological solution able to reduce food waste and single plastic use through a 100% natural, edible coating that extends shelf-life of fruits and vegetables and a 100% natural, edible packaging material that replaces one use plastic in multiple applications.

Toopi Organics is a circular and affordable solution for agriculture that uses urine instead of expensive chemical fertilisers.

“Investing in agrifood innovation has never been more crucial. To overcome the challenges the world is facing in delivering a healthy and sustainable food system, we need to connect our brightest minds with the support they need, to bring innovative new ideas to fruition. That is why we are so proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Venture Summit – which represent just three of the brilliant and creative new solutions, products and approaches EIT Food is helping to bring to the agrifood sector.”

- Dr Andy Zynga, CEO of EIT Food

“One in four children have a food allergy, and this number has doubled in the past ten years. If we continue this way, by 2050 half of the population will have a food allergy. Vini Mini helps parents prevent food allergies in their children by offering an easy, healthy and safe way to give them allergens.”

- Laurie Lancee and Jozien Boersma, founders at Vini Mini

“We are very proud to receive this award from EIT Food. EIT Food has supported us from the beginning, from Seedbed to the Bilbao FAN Accelerator Programme, and it is thanks to them that we have achieved so much in such a short space of time. Bio2Coat edible coating can extend shelf life of fruits and vegetables up to two weeks; this has a huge impact because it increases the availability of food across the whole supply chain, and reduces the use of water and energy.”

- Bio2Coat

“Recycling urine could save the world. By using urine as a growing medium to produce biofertilizers, Toopi Organics addresses the urgent issues of climate change, biodiversity loss and closing the loop on the nutrients cycle.”

- Alexandra Carpentier, CEO at Toopi Organics

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About EIT Food 

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all. ​       

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, we invest in projects, organisations and individuals that share our goals and vision for a healthy and sustainable food system. We unlock innovation potential in businesses and universities and create and scale agrifood startups to bring new technologies and products to market. We equip entrepreneurs and professionals with the skills needed to transform the food system and put consumers at the heart of our work, helping build trust by reconnecting them to the origins of their food.

We are one of nine innovation communities established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.     

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