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Digital Agriculture for Sustainable Food Systems and EIT Food and LfL Challenge powered by Siemens – call for applications

18 August 2021 Entrepreneurship Robotics, sensorics and AI solutions wanted! Are you a start-up, SME or impact-minded entrepreneur and want to bring your agritech innovation to the next level?  Apply to our Challenge and take part in a unique soft-landing program including a travel budget, access to testing grounds provided by our partner LfL, a free modern makerspace provided by Siemens and of course – visibility within the German agri-food industries. We are looking for technologically advanced solutions to reduce the chemical and synthetic inputs for plant production.

Digital Agriculture for Sustainable Food Systems and EIT Food and LfL Challenge powered by Siemens – call for applications

Measures following the European Green Deal target the promotion of sustainable agriculture and aim to restore biodiversity as well as to reduce the use of chemical plant protection by 50 % and synthetic fertilizers by 20 %. European farmers, innovators, and industry players need to adapt to new practices, technologies, and intelligent data collection and analysis tools to meet the EU’s ambitious goals while operating competitively and ensuring the safety of food for present and future generations.  

The Challenge:

Optimization and reduction of chemical and synthetic inputs for plant production to improve biodiversity, soil and water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

How can you apply?



Apply for our challenge via the expression of interest.

What are the eligibility criteria:

This Challenge seeks to identify tangible solutions. Please make sure your solution has a direct or indirect impact on the Challenge. The solution should comprise one or more of the following aspects:

  • remote data and off-ground technology
  • on-ground technology
  • data manipulation for precision farming approaches
  • technology to decrease chemical plant protection by reduction or replacement
  • technology to decrease mineral fertilizers by reduction or replacement
  • TRL 5 or later: you can provide a working prototype with feasibility in the expected field of application already tested 
  • costumer readiness level 4 (Confirmed problems/needs from several costumers or end users): you successfully completed your customer validation and can potentially already present traction indicator (e.g. LoIs, sales, letters of support)
  • your company (if registered) must be registered within the EU and your team members must be citizen of an EU country or be allowed to work and travel within the EU.
  • commitment to the program:

It’s all about testing and co-creating on the ground, that’s why we expect active, consistent engagement during the pilot phase of the challenge.This requires regular presence from at least one team member for about ten days during the pilot phase of six months. The pilot phase consists of three soft-landing sessions including a kick-off event as well as the final Demo Day.   

What's in it for you?

Application is open until October 30th, 2021.

A jury of experienced agri-tech and technology experts will select the most impactful solutions who will then get the chance to participate in an on-site program in Ruhstorf an der Rott starting from January 2022. We designed a preliminary programme that will be adjusted to the participants needs. Find the programme here.  (Link Program). During the pilot phase, LfL provides access to testing fields and their expertise in robotics, drones and sensor technology. Siemens provides access to a makerspace as well as pioneering tech companies in the region and mentoring by technology experts. EIT Food provides you with visibility, networking opportunities and collaboration support.

You will find more information about on-site program and FAQs in the download section.

Do you have more questions? Get in touch with or visit our event on October 7th, 2021.

Digital Agriculture for Sustainable Food Systems and EIT Food and LfL Challenge powered by Siemens – call for applications

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