EIT Food South will be hosting 10 startups from different European countries in Bilbao for four months under the EIT FAN Accelerator programme. The aim will be to accompany these young businesses, providing them with the advice and tools needed to grow in the market, and they will be able to gain some funding at the end of the programme.
Arantxa Tapia, Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Government, visited, on the 3rd of June, the accelerator in Bilbao, in order to welcome the participants and discover the projects of the ten ‘start-ups’ beginning the programme.
321 candidates received
In addition to Bilbao, there are four other accelerators in Europe: Munich (Germany), Cambridge (United Kingdom), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Haifa (Israel). Of the 321 candidates received, 88 chose Bilbao (27%), making the Biscayan city one of the most sought after start-up destinations for young businesses in the European agrifood sector. Ten ‘start-ups’ will compete at each one of the headquarters, 50 in total, for three funding prizes.
The startups in Bilbao
- HOLA, formed in Portugalete, designs food-related objects for daily use in order to improve the quality of food and nutrition.
- NOVAMEAT, of Barcelona, is one of the leading European companies for producing meat alternatives, using 3D printing, vegetable proteins and tissue engineering.
- Aquaponics Iberia, of Portugal, designs and supplies high technology urban systems for sustainable cultivation of fish and plants.
- BioBee Technologies, of Extremadura, provides miniaturised devices for remote biological mediums characterisation.
- Nucaps Nanotechnology, of Navarre, uses nanotechnology to create nanocapsules for oral use made from healthy and probiotic ingredients that are safe and efficient.
- Ecobloom, of Sweden, uses the technology to revolutionise the sustainable cultivation of fish and plants industry.
- Brite Drinks of the United Kingdom, is a new brand of drinks which improves mental health and activity.
- SmartFarming provides the Netherlands with agricultural advice tailored to small farmers with mobile applications who don’t need connection.
- Trigger Systems, of Portugal, uses technology and sensors to transform the agricultural industry.
- RAWCKERS is a Romanian start-up that manufactures alternatives to dairy products while maintaining the taste of products such as cheese.