Business CreationEIT Food supports entrepreneurs and start-ups through a powerful business creation ecosystem. Support is available at every step of a company’s development, from ideation to acceleration and funding, and offers a gender-balanced approach.
EIT Food has developed an exceptional end-to-end business creation approach (explore – nurture – scale – grow sustainable) that starts with idea generation support and stimulation and includes an accelerator, a seed fund EIT FoodSparks™, and the RisingFoodStars community of successful and fast growing start-ups.
EIT Food’s Innovation Grants celebrates graduates from EIT Food labelled education programmes and the wider agri-food tech community who spur innovation and entrepreneurship and bring about a change in the strategic areas addressed by EIT Food.
For 2018, under the Innovation Grants scheme, the following prize competitions will take place:
- Prize competitions available only to those participating in EIT Food Education activities: Innovation Prizes and Aspiring Entrepreneur Prizes
- Prize competitions open to all agri-food entrepreneurs, innovators and early-stage start-ups:
- Three Entrepreneurship Prizes available to the wider agri-food tech community based in Europe or EIT Food associated countries. Find out more here.
- Special Grants for RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) countries. Find out more information on RIS Innovation Grants here.
The EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN)
EIT FAN will operate in 4 innovative hubs (the UK, Switzerland, Israel and Germany), offering structured 4 month programs with expert coaching to up to 40 start-ups in 2018. Start-ups going through the selection process can compete at the end of the programme for equity free cash prizes worth 180,000 EUR for the top 3 startups. Graduates of the EIT FAN can potentially become members of the RisingFoodStars club and consequently become part of the EIT ecosystem and contribute to EIT Food’s innovation strategy. In addition those start-ups can also apply for funding from EIT FoodSparks™. Read more on www.eitfan.eu
EIT FoodSparks™ is EIT Food’s VC fund, which provides start-ups with funds to bridge the critical early stage of their development. EIT Food will invest in promising start-ups, to increase their success rate by leveraging the EIT Food network of excellence. The selected start-ups will also benefit from management support, access to the EIT Food ecosystem, distribution channels and potential customers.
Access to Finance
Our volunteering partners will enable EIT Food to invest financially in promising start-ups, and to increase their success rate by leveraging the EIT Food network of excellence. The selected start-ups will also benefit from management support, access to the EIT Food ecosystem, distribution channels and potential customers.
The RisingFoodStars association is a full member of EIT Food. Its members are outstanding European start-ups from the agri-food-tech area who participate in EIT Food’s innovation, education and business creation activities.
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