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Now open! - Call for paid test-beds in Test Farms

The new edition of Test Farms is getting closer! By the end of We are now looking for farmers and farms/companies dealing with primary food processing (“Test-bed”) who will give startups access to their fields or facilities to test and validate their solutions.

19 Dec 2022
EIT Food North & East

Test Farms programme has been created in response to research and conversations with many agricultural startups who cited the difficulties of finding farmlands, where they could test and validate their innovation and access new markets. The Programme also arose to help bring about the much-needed smart revolution we need in agriculture. The integration of technology and new methods of farming bring with them the opportunity to farm more sustainably, increase yields, improve nutrition and steward precious agricultural resources.

Through Test Farms we are eager to promote innovations among farmers giving them access to the latest solutions that will help their farms become more sustainable and profitable.

By clicking the links you can see some solutions tested in the Test Farms and how tests have been made in previous years:

Test Farms 2022 Microbe+ - YouTube

Test Farms - validate your agrifood innovation with farmers - YouTube

Test Farms - test your solution in the field - Agrodrone - YouTube

We are looking for farmers and farms/companies dealing with primary food processing (“Test-beds”) who will give startups access to their fields or facility to test and validate their solutions in the following two regions:

  • Eastern/Central Europe: (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine) (”CEE”)
  • Southern Europe (Spain, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus) (“Southern Europe”) 

The course of Test Farms programme

December 2022-February 2023

  • Test-bed recruitment

March-April 2023

  • Startups recruitment. We plan to recruit 20 startups: 17 providing solutions for farmland and livestock growing, 3 for primary food production.

May-July 2023

  • 2-3 online matchmaking events between startups and Test-bed.

August 2023-July 2024

  • Piloting phase up to 1 year (depending on the type of the solution, this phase can last from one week to an entire season)
  • Demo days at the farm to showcase the results to local farmers, potential clients and investors.

Test bed's involvement

The responsibilities of the engaged Test-beds will be to:

  • Giving startups access to the test-bed.
  • Inform startups as to the effectiveness of their solutions, advising them how they might improve them to meet the objectives of the innovation.
  • Support EIT Food in the Programme’s communication and outreach: communicating the Programme to their network of farmers, and spreading the word about the potential of the solutions.
  • Take part in the matchmaking phase of the Programme (usually May-July) with startups that have expressed an interest in testing on their farm or processing facilities.
  • Report basic information about Test-bed (type of farm/primary food processing facility, size, country and region for presentation on Test Farms website
  • Help in organizing demo day

EIT Food may provide agricultural professionals to support testing process upon the request of the Test-bed or startup.

EIT Food offers 1500€ remuneration for the Test-bed referred for successful matchmaking and testing on types of crops and animals with startups and 5000€ remuneration for the Test-bed for successful matchmaking and testing on primary food production facilities with startups.

Selection process and details

Interested farmers and primary food production processors are invited to submit their applications by February 28th 2023 (23:59 PM CET), using the Application form - test beds” attached below.

The application form is also available below in Polish: "Nabór na gospodarstwa testowe w Test Farms WERSJA PL"

and Serbian: "Prikupljanje prijava za plaćene farme za testiranje Test Farms_SR".

More details on the eligibility criteria can be found in the same document below.

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