SEEDBED: The pre-accelerator programme to drive the entrepreneurs of tomorrow

SEEDBED: The pre-accelerator programme to drive the entrepreneurs of tomorrow



Deadline: 26th April 2019

The EIT Food Seedbed Pre-Accelerator Programme supports aspiring entrepreneurs to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise innovative agri-food technologies. This multi-location pre-accelerator programme will train and support up to 20 teams over a 4-month period. Selected teams will be provided with the tools, connections, mentors and expertise to help them better understand the needs of their customers and validate their business idea. At the end of the program, participants with have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts to not only receive constructive feedback but also the chance to win one of three equity-free cash prizes.

Benefits of Seedbed

Held in Northern Ireland, Spain and Poland, EIT Food Seedbed will support innovators and entrepreneurs from across Europe to go out and meet with potential customers.  Through conversations with up to 100 relevant customers, participants will gain invaluable insights to help them build something that customers are willing to pay for, the key requirement to successfully launch a scalable business.  At each location, entrepreneurs will receive:

  • training at a 4-day residential bootcamp (in June/July) based on unique customer-oriented methodology, supporting the development of a startup business model
  • reimbursement of travel costs to go out and speak to potential customers
  • an invitation to a final event where you will pitch your validated business idea to a panel of industry experts
  • mentorship by leading agri-food sector players with specialised knowledge and skills to develop food sector innovation 
  • the opportunity to win equity-free cash prizes (up to €20,000)

Eligibility Requirements

The EIT Food Seedbed Pre-Accelerator Programme are looking for teams that:

  • are composed of at least two members
  • are developing an innovation set to make a big impact on any part of the food sector including the way we produce, deliver, consume and recycle our food 
  • have not previously been awarded significant funding to support market validation of your idea or innovation
  • from anywhere in the world (but: we expect active, consistent engagement in the program - this requires physical presence from the team members at one of our bootcamp locations and final pitch event)

About the Application Process

Applications for the EIT Food Seedbed Pre-Accelerator Programme are now open. Please read the programme terms and conditions before starting the application process.


Project Leadership

  • Name: Brian McCaul
  • Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast

Participating organisations