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Results of the evaluation process for Implementing Participants of Empowering Women in Agrifood programme in the CEE region

EIT Food CLC North-East has a pleasure to announce that 7 organizations have been selected to carry out activities to build entrepreneurial capacities for women in the agrifood sector for Central and Eastern Europe in 2024.

29 Apr 2024
EIT Food North & East

About the project

Empowering Women in Agrifood – EWA programme aims to provide women entrepreneurs across RIS targeted countries with the required knowledge, confidence, support and networking opportunities to meet and exceed their aspirations, leading them to successfully start and develop sustainable businesses.

The programme will run for a period of 6 months supporting early-stage female entrepreneurs and it will seek out and assist women to grow and develop their businesses with a tailored, focused approach that specifically considers the concrete challenges which female entrepreneurs face generally as well as the barriers, which can limit entrepreneurial activity.

Application for EWA 2024 participants are open. Find out more at  Applications for EWA Programme 2024 in Central-Eastern Europe are open! - EIT Food

Evaluation process

Altogether, EIT Food CLC North-East collected 17 applications from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

Experienced external evaluators took part in the process and evaluated all proposals in strict accordance with the specific criteria

Selected organisations

Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna (RAPIV)

Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna (RAPIV) is a non -governmental non-for-profit organization established in 2002 aiming to stimulate regional economy through the development of entrepreneurship and innovations. Its members include representatives of 4 types of organizations: central and local government, academic and scientific institutions, NGOs and businesses as well as physical persons.

Learn more about Regional Agency for Entrepreneurship and Innovations - Varna (RAPIV) on their web page.

Lean Startup Croatia (Smion)

Lean Startup Croatia, now transitioning to Smion, empowers entrepreneurs and cultivates innovative ecosystems that fuel growth. Specializing in developing tools, resources, and programmes for early-stage startup development, from idea validation to market access, Smion fosters collaboration, nurtures talent, and unlocks potential.

Learn more about Lean Startup Croatia (Smion) on their web page.

cats2cats z.s.

Established in 2011, cats2cats z.s. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women in all aspects of their lives. Their motto, CATS (Creativity, Activity, Talent, Sharing), guides their mission to empower women through various programmes and initiatives. Whether it's through mentorship programmes, skill-building workshops, or networking events, they are committed to supporting women every step of the way.

Learn more about cats2cats z.s. on their web page.

Pozi Network Zrt

Pozi Network Zrt is an open innovation platform designed to assess and connect members of the startup ecosystem. POZI creates and organizes innovation events and service packages for large companies. POZI brings structure to the messy processes of finding an idea, building a team, or launching a new product. Their goal is to support startups worldwide.

Learn more about Pozi Network Zrt on their webpage.

Riga Technical University

Riga Technical University (RTU), founded in 1862, is a top institution in the Baltic States with 13,000+ students and a strong research team. Holding 91 Latvian patents, RTU excels in education, research, and innovation, consistently ranking high globally. The 2022-established RTU Science & Innovation Centre supports entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer. It aims to boost innovation and entrepreneurship, enhance knowledge transfer, and foster active engagement. RTU expanded its impact in 2023 by integrating two more universities.

Learn more about Riga Technical University on their webpage.

AgriFood Lithuania DIH

AgriFood Lithuania is a Digital Innovation Hub that brings together major research, business and public stakeholders in Lithuania for the common pursuit of digital transformations in the agriculture, food and associated sectors. The mission of AgriFood Lithuania DIH is to contribute towards achieving the vision outlined in the EU Declaration of ‘A smart and sustainable digital future for European agriculture and rural areas’ and strengthen the national and European technological infrastructure. The DIH links stakeholders with international and cross-sector initiatives to provide all-round support in the research, development and deployment of AgriFood Tech innovations.

Learn more about AgriFood Lithuania on their webpage.

LLC "Corporate Accelerators" (Radar Tech)

Radar Tech, established in 2016 as Ukraine's first corporate accelerator, has led innovation programmes across diverse sectors including telecom, agriculture, fintech, energy, retail, metallurgy, healthcare, and logistics. With over 1000 applications and 250+ alumni, including 35% women, their programmes facilitate partnerships between startups and corporations. They organize diverse initiatives like acceleration programmes, hackathons, and workshops, engaging 50+ experts and 10+ mentors per program. With a strong network and marketing team, they've achieved a media reach of 10 million, all while bolstering the local startup ecosystem and reshaping corporate mindsets.

Learn more about LLC "Corporate Accelerators" (Radar Tech) on their webpage.

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