Pan-European food innovation competition comes to Aarhus

Pan-European food innovation competition comes to Aarhus

EIT Food chooses Danish eco-system to host its first Nordic event.

The hub of food innovation in Denmark, Aarhus, will this September host the latest addition of EIT Food’s Innovation Prizes, Europe’s major startup competition within the agrifood sector.

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector. For agrifood startups working on ideas to deliver a healthier, more sustainable food system, EIT Food’s Innovation Prize is an opportunity to win EUR 10,000 in total funding.

The EIT Food Innovation Prize event will be held during the same week as the European Food Venture Forum 2019 and Aarhus Food Festival, the biggest of its kind in the Nordic countries.

The Innovation Prize event could mark the first of many occasions when the pan-European partnership will call upon Aarhus and the ecosystem behind the successful food cluster in Denmark.

Benoit Buntinx, Director of Business Creation, EIT Food said: “With Aarhus University as our new partner, we have been able to strengthen our connection with the Nordics. The region’s status as a hub for food innovation makes it the perfect choice to host the competition and further our mission to foster entrepreneurship in the agrifood space.”


Food challenges in focus

Part of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, EIT Food has a mission to solve the many challenges threatening the future of our food system. The EIT Innovation Prizes are aimed at and early-stage agrifood startups with a business idea that can benefit human health and the environment and contribute to more transparency and trust.

Selected finalists will have the chance to pitch their business to an expert jury, which will then select the winners of the EUR 10,000 first prize and EUR 5,000 second prize.

At the Aarhus event, international competitors will have access to potential collaboration partners, investors and other food industry contacts from the Danish food ecosystem, that includes the Danish Food Cluster and Danish Food Innovation.

All partners are looking forward to welcoming participants to Aarhus during the city’s annual festival week with many major activities focused on food.

In addition to Aarhus in Denmark, EIT Food Innovation Prize events are being held in 16 other countries in Europe.

Find more information about the EIT Food Innovation Prizes and how to apply here (link to Danish Food Cluster site about EIT Food Innovation Prize when the website is ready next week).

For an overview of food innovation events in Aarhus in September, look here (link to Danish Food Cluster site about DK Food Week).


Danish Food Cluster

Danish Food Cluster gathers Denmark’s food cluster to create innovation through a network of knowledge, talent, investors and companies. With members representing over 75% of the Danish food industry, Danish Food Cluster covers the entire value chain and creates growth through networking, knowledge sharing and increased visibility on an international level. Read more about Danish Food Cluster on or follow on LinkedIn or Twitter on @foodclusterDK. 


Danish Food Innovation

Danish Food Innovation is the official innovation network within the Danish food sector and is part of The Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s innovation programme. Danish Food Innovation work to increase the growth in small and medium sized enterprises through new knowledge, new partners and internationalisation. The innovation network is a consolidation of three strong actors from the food sector: Danish Food Cluster, Agro Business Park and VIFU – Knowledge Centre for Food Innovation. 


EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.

The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, start-ups, research centres and universities from across Europe. It is one of eight 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.

EIT Food aims to collaborate closely with consumers to develop new knowledge and technology-based products and services that will ultimately deliver a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for all European citizens.

EIT Food has created the RisingFoodStars Association, which serves as an umbrella for high potential agrifood startups and scaleups, to support and nurture a select group of young companies. The Association is a partner of EIT Food and as such allows its members to participate in all EIT Food activities, thus contributing to the delivery of EIT Food’s strategic objectives.

You can follow EIT Food via our website or via social media: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube or Instagram



Lone Ryg Olsen, CEO, Danish Food Cluster
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Saskia Nuijten
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