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Seedbed Incubator

A 6-month programme that aims to transform innovative ideas and research breakthroughs into market-validated business propositions.


The EIT Food Seedbed Incubator Programme is delivered by top EIT Food Partner Universities and Research and Innovation Organisations, providing their expertise in technology commercialisation and their vast connections with Industry to support researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs launch or progress a commercially viable business based on market need. 

The Seedbed Incubator will enable you to identify and connect with key customers, test the market and take your minimum viable product or service from a commercial proposition to a validated business. Watch the video below to learn more!

Benefits of Seedbed

The EIT Food Seedbed Programme provides participants with world-class start-up training and coaching to identify their core business assumptions and the support to refine their business value propositions. Seedbed Hubs provide participants with the skills, personalised business coaching, industry connections and funding to test innovative ideas directly with 100+ potential customers and end-user. The programme includes:

  • Training at a 4-day online bootcamp based on a unique customer-oriented methodology to allow participants to define clear value propositions; winning business models, and a market validation plan to better understand the needs of the market and develop a solution customers are willing to pay for
  • Coaching from seasoned entrepreneurs and leading experts in the agrifood sector
  • Funding of up to €6,000 to facilitate market testing activities and to speak to potential customers, stakeholders and end-users to validate business ideas; plus the opportunity to access follow-on EIT Food funding and support through the Startup Launch Grant.
  • An opportunity to pitch to a panel of industry experts and receive constructive feedback.

Ultimately, Seedbed is designed to produce independent, creative, and market-aware entrepreneurs with the necessary multi-disciplinary skillset to address not only key challenges in the agri-food sector but make important contributions to ensure our food system is secure and trusted. Most importantly, our teams finish with a validated business model primed for attracting follow-on support and investment that will help take their proposition closer to market. As a Seedbed alumnus, you'll have continued access and opportunities within the EIT Food network including access to EIT Food investment schemes.

Who Should Apply?

Are you doing or supporting research that has commercial potential? Have you got an innovative technology that could revolutionise the food system? Then our Seedbed Incubator Programme could be for you!

The EIT Food Seedbed Programme is focused on supporting three participant groups with business propositions underpinned by science and technology, that could transform the food system:

  • Entrepreneurial Teams seeking to validate the commercial potential of their innovation
  • Science Entrepreneurs seeking to validate the commercial potential of technology they are developing as a student, academic or employee at a Research Organisation or University
  • Recently incorporated companies (spinouts or startups, typically less than a year old) seeking to validate the commercial potential of their innovation

Research Centres and Universities: We are particularly interested in working with tech transfer and commercialisation offices across Europe to support the transformation of research discoveries into commercial ventures. If you want to learn more about how we work with TTOs, please get in touch with the EIT Food Seedbed Incubator Programme Manager (Lukxmi Balathasan -

Seedbed in your region

If you would like to hear more about our EIT Food Seedbed Programme, please get in touch with your regional hub manager:

  • Eastern Europe: University of Warsaw – Olha Pelekh
  • Germany, Austria, Netherlands: DIL – Alexander Märdian
  • Southern Europe: EIT Food CLC South – Juliet Bray
  • Nordics: University of Aarhus - Charlotte Bay Hansen
  • UK, Ireland, Iceland: Queen’s’ University Belfast – Kerri Crossey

Project lead


Lukxmi Balathasan EIT Food North-West

Programme Manager Business Creation

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