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Online programme

Looking to jumpstart your investment journey in the agrifood sector? Look no further than the Agrifood Investment Launchpad and become a part of the growing community of investors who are changing the game in the agrifood sector.


EIT Food has designed the Agrifood Investors Launchpad Online programme, a basic course designed for beginners and potential investors in the field. 

The programme is based on virtual sessions to help participants deep-dive into angel investment in agrifood. These virtual sessions will allow investors to gain even more knowledge and expertise in this exciting sector.

This programme combines a learning window to help participants understand the basics of startup investment in the agrifood sector with access to startups that are ready to make a big impact.

What is it?

  • For Investors: straightforward content to help you understand the basics of startup investment in the agrifood sector. You will learn how to evaluate investment opportunities, the do's and don'ts of your first investments, how to define your investment strategy, and the angel portfolio approach.


  • Increase the presence of agrifood savvy professionals investing in early-stage startups with the capability to support them across the agrifood value chain.
  • Bring angel investors from other technology areas to the most innovative segment of agrifood innovation, by expanding their understanding of this sector.

How is it?

EIT Food is offering learning, access, and connections for those interested in agrifood startups and ready to take the challenge of investing in the sector. The learning programme combines onsite sessions to grasp the basis of investment, build connections and online sessions to deep into specific issues.


October 30th to November 27th, 2023

Every Monday from 15.00h to 17.00h - Online Sessions

Who is it for?

The Online Programme is open to investors:

Beginner Investors

  • Agrifood business owners
  • Executives from large agrifood companies
  • Successful entrepreneurs with the capability to invest
  • Family offices with an impact goal
  • Others

Expert Investors

  • Already active investors in other sectors without exposure to the agrifood sector looking to understand the underlying technologies

The Trainers

Who will lead the sessions?

Mathieu Carenzo

Mathieu is an experienced entrepreneur and dynamic Business Angel with investments in scale-ups like Glovo and Bizaway, along with promising start-ups such as Trioteca, Amphora, Funos, and participated in over 200 deals since 2004. He also teaches at IESE Business School’s MBA and GEMBA programs, across three languages and four continents. Co-founded Venture Hub and manager partner at Nero Ventures, he has supported high-growth start-ups and invested in technology services companies.

David Frodsham

David is CEO, board member, and advisor in startups. His expertise lies in corporate development and M&A within the software, media, and telecoms sectors. He also teaches at IESE Business School MBA with a focus on Venture Capital. He co-authored the book ‘Getting Between the Balance Sheets,’ offers valuable financial insights for entrepreneurs. His specialities include fundraising, M&A, carve-outs, take-privates, and roll-ups. He excels in devising and executing international growth strategies and serving as a trusted CEO coach and advisor.

Juan Roure

Juan is a Professor at IESE Business School and Founder of the IESE Private Investors & Family Offices Network. He is co-author of the Guide to Good Governance in Family Businesses. He is also working on several projects about the transformation of the Family Business into a Family Business. This involves the structuring of the Governance, Shareholders Agreement and Asset Allocation of the Family Office. In his consulting activity he has collaborated with the top management teams of companies such as Repsol, Naturgy, Telefónica, Panreac, CaixaBank, Psa-Citroen, Airbus, or Altadia (Esmalglass-Itaca) and groups family members such as Puig, Werfen, Uriach, Morabanc, Suanfarma, Reig Patrimonia, or Grupo Barceló.

Participation Fees

This programme is free for RIS participants* and 400 euros (for non-RIS participants).

*EIT Food Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT Food RIS)

EIT Food RIS aims at strengthening those regions in Europe which are modest and moderate in terms of innovation in agrifood sector. This outreach scheme is open to innovators that are not partners of EIT Food and provides targeted support to EIT RIS stakeholders through a portfolio of projects.

Countries eligible to take part in the EIT RIS (2021-2024):

  • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.
  • Horizon Europe Associated Countries*: Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.
  • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

*These third countries, which are all listed in the European Innovation Scoreboard, will be fully eligible for the EIT RIS, following the successful conclusion of individual Horizon Europe Association Agreements.

Project lead

Amparo San Jose02
Amparo de San José EIT Food South

Regional Business Creation Portfolio Manager

Izaskun Valle02
Izaskun Valle EIT Food South

Senior Regional Project Officer – Startups