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Challenge Labs

Challenge Labs

Creative workshops designed to find solutions to current and future challenges in the food and agriculture system

Challenge Labs are designed to tackle the big problems facing the food sector by bringing together diverse groups of people. It is hoped that Challenge Labs will spark co-founder relationships, lead to the creation of new businesses and build links between industry, academia and startups. The primary aim of each Challenge Lab is to find innovative solutions to big, tangible problems faced by the food sector.

Challenge Labs programme is developed under Regional Innovation Scheme - RIS. You can read more about the scheme here.

In 2021 we will host 17 Challenge Labs around Eastern, Central and Southern Europe.

If you would like to find out what were the challenges of the Polish agrifood industry that were the topic of the Polish edition of Challenge Labs workshop, please download the Innovation challenges in Polish agrifood industry report here (Polish version only).

 
 

Report on innovation challenges - Poland 2020

Challenge Labs - Polish edition - apply here!

If you would like to find out what were the challenges of the Polish agrifood industry that were the topic of the Polish edition of Challenge Labs workshop, please download the Innovation challenges in Polish agrifood industry report here (Polish version only).

Programme benefits

Challenge Labs are designed to tackle the big problems facing the food sector by bringing together diverse groups of people.

The primary aim of each Challenge Lab is to find innovative solutions to big, tangible problems faced by the food sector.

It is hoped that the programme will spark co-founder relationships, lead to the creation of new businesses and build links between industry, academia and startups.

Each lab gathers a mixed environment of agrifood enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, industry experts and EIT Food partners​.

By joining the workshop you can learn about and experience double-diamond and human centred design methodology. 

Program outline

June/ July - choosing challenges with food industry

September - registration open for participants

October/November - local Challenge Labs editions

Apply here

Challenge Labs 2021:

If you are a representative of agri-food industry and would like to join Challenge Labs by proposing a challenge or becoming an expert in one of the labs -  please contact Adriana Balazy - adriana.balazy@eitfood.eu

Project Lead

Adriana Bałazy
Institution

EIT Food CLC North-East

Role

RIS Business Development Manager

Contact details

adriana.balazy@eitfood.eu

Amparo de San Jose
Institution

EIT Food CLC South

Role

Entrepreneurship Programme Manager

Contact details

amparo.sanjose@eitfood.eu

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