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EIT Food Business Lunch: Spotlight on Danish plant-based startups

We are happy to continue the format of the EIT Food open online meetings and invite you to the next EIT Food Business Lunch webinar on the 18th of June 2021 at 11:00-12:30 CEST!

01 Jun 2021
EIT Food North-East

Join the Business Lunch and get inspired on how the Danish food sector contributes to sustainability and strengthens innovation and collaboration between companies and knowledge institutions across the food value chain. Learn how EIT Food is supporting innovators and startups. Meet four Danish companies showcasing plant-based food solutions!


EIT Food's mission is to foster food innovation, improve nutrition, and make food systems more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted. To achieve this goal we are bringing all players together to guide and accelerate the innovation process. The virtual lunch series is designed as a space for inspirational exchange, mutual learning and collaboration between industry and research partners as well as Europe’s top-notch Agrifood Startups. Participation in the EIT Food Business Lunch gives you the opportunity to learn about the most promising agrifood solutions, discover fresh ideas and gather inspiration from the key experts in the food industry.  

This time EIT Food CLC North-East together with Food Nation and the EIT Food Network Partners: Food & Bio Cluster Denmark and Business Region Aarhus will put a spotlight on the Danish innovative food sector and Danish plant-based start-ups. 

Denmark is a global role model for sustainable food production and innovation. Across the food value chain, collaborative efforts aim for the most efficient use of natural resources – with a strong focus on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Its innovative and knowledge-intensive food sector is built on the strong tradition of collaboration between companies, authorities and research institutions.


  • 11:00-11:10 Welcome
    Marja-Liisa Meurice, Director EIT Food CLC North-East
  • 11:10-11:20 The Danish food sector – steering the green agenda in farming and food
    Introduction to the Danish food sector with the focus on the stronghold of sustainability and plant-based proteins.
  • Lise Walbom, CEO, Food Nation
  • 11:20-11:35 The Danish food sectors competencies and knowledge-based innovation
    Dialogue with Helle Vedel Friis, Innovation Manager, Food and Bio Cluster Denmark and Jesper Borg Christensen, Special Advisor, Business Region Aarhus moderated by Lise Walbom, CEO, Food Nation
  • 11:35-11:45 How can hemp protein be used for food products? 
    Møllerup Brands 
    Q&A Moderated by Lise Walbom, CEO, Food Nation
  • 11:45-11:55 From waste to high-quality protein products
    Circular Food Technology 
    Q&A Moderated by Lise Walbom, CEO, Food Nation
  • 11:55-12:05 Challenges and possibilities with microalgae products  4betterlife 
    Q&A Moderated by Lise Walbom, CEO, Food Nation
  • 12:05-12:20 EIT Food opportunities for the agrifood startups
    Yulia Bodnar, RIS Startup Support Manager, EIT Food
  • 12:20-12:30 Wrap up and closing remarks
    Marja-Liisa Meurice, Director EIT Food CLC North-East

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EIT Food
Europe’s leading innovation initiative for food is on the mission to transform our food system by fostering food innovation and production, improve nutrition, and making food systems more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted. Established by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), is building an inclusive and innovative community of diverse food sector partners, to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.

Food & Bio Cluster Denmark
Food & Bio Cluster Denmark exists to strengthen knowledge-based innovation and collaboration between companies and knowledge institutions across the food and bioresources value chain. We are the gateway to networking, the development of new business ideas and funding opportunities.

Business Region Aarhus
Business Region Aarhus is a partnership among the 12 municipalities in East Jutland, Denmark. The food and bio ressouce food innovation ecosystem in Business Region Aarhus has one of the strongest concentration of companies and knowledge institutions in Europe along the whole value chain. We develop the business framework conditions around the food innovation ecosystem including making Business Region Aarhus a great place for international talents and facilitating international cooperation.

Food Nation
Food Nation is a public-private partnership established by the Danish government and leading private organisations and companies. Food Nation creates awareness of Denmark as a frontrunner within innovation, sustainable and effective food production. We work as a gateway for international stakeholders seeking information about Danish food solutions.

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