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EIT Food expands Food Accelerator Network programme for agrifood startups to Brazil

  • EIT Food, the world’s largest food innovation community, is expanding its Food Accelerator Network to include a new hub in Brazil, also covering other LATAM countries
  • The expansion will support LATAM-based agrifood-tech startups to accelerate in the EU region
  • Applications to open in 2024 to startups that contribute to creating a healthier, more sustainable food system
10 Nov 2023

EIT Food has today announced the expansion of its Food Accelerator Network (FAN) for agrifood-tech startups to Brazil. EIT Food is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The EIT Food Accelerator Network is a 2-3 month programme for agrifood-tech startups, currently delivered through five innovation hubs: Helsinki, Munich, Paris, Bilbao and Haifa. The programme enables the most promising agrifood-tech startups to accelerate, further validate their technology and advance their investment and commercial readiness to achieve successful market adoption.

The new FAN Hub in Brazil will be the first time EIT Food has expanded beyond EU and Horizon Europe associated states. The new hub will enable startups based in Brazil and other LATAM countries to benefit from the FAN network of corporate partners and investors, to support their international development in the European region.

The chosen startups will all develop innovative agrifood-tech solutions in line with EIT Food’s three missions: Healthier Lives Through Food, A Net-Zero Food System, and A Fully Transparent, Resilient and Fair Food System, thereby contributing to EIT Food’s global impact. The Brazil Hub will have a particular focus on the themes of food bioprocessing, next generation of plant-sourced solutions, and sustainable food packaging.

The FAN Hub will be operated by FoodTech HUB Latam, an innovation ecosystem operating across Latin America, based in Campinas, São Paulo. EIT Food’s existing Europe-based FAN startups will also benefit from support provided by FoodTech hub LATAM.

Applications for EIT Food’s entrepreneurship programmes – which support agrifood-tech startups to launch, accelerate and scale up – will open in December 2023. Potential applicants can register their interest at

“EIT Food is committed to having a global impact, creating a healthier and more sustainable food system for all. Brazil plays a key and unique role in the world’s food supply, which is why we’re excited to announce our first expansion into the LATAM region through the Brazil FAN Hub. The new hub will enable us to bring more innovative agrifood-tech startups into the EIT Food network and provide the mentoring and connections needed to help them accelerate, and we are thrilled to collaborate with FoodTech HUB Latam to help us do this.”

- Benoit Buntinx, Director of Business Creation at EIT Food

“I am thrilled with the announcement of the collaboration with the EIT Food FAN Hub. I am sure that startups and the whole ecosystem will create value with the partnership between EIT Food and FoodTech HUB Latam. The agreement will open access for European SMEs to reach the Latin American market and for Latam companies to connect with the European market. It is a win-win partnership.”

- Paulo Silveira, Founder and CEO of FoodTech HUB Latam

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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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