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EIT Food Accelerator Network

EIT Food Accelerator Network

The EIT Food Accelerator Network (FAN) is an accelerator programme delivered across Europe, supporting high impact agrifood startups to maximise their success.

Once you have applied for FAN, you will go through a rigorous selection process where you will be judged by a series of experts including successful entrepreneurs, investors and experts from the agriculture and food industries. 

If successful, you will be invited to join an accelerator programme at your preferred location, either in Germany (Munich), Israel (Haifa), Spain (Bilbao), Switzerland (Lausanne) or the UK (Cambridge). Over a four-month acceleration period, you will have access to a buffet of tools, connections, mentors and expertise to help you to succeed. At the end of the accelerator, there will be a final round of judging and the three best startups from all locations will be awarded attractive financial prizes. 

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Benefits of joining FAN

  • Attractive financial prizes: kickstart your business with financial support and cash-equivalent services of up to €100k for each of the top 3 graduates;
  • Access markets and customers: through our partners we provide unparalleled access to the market including pilot sites and potential customers;
  • Expert mentors and coaches: Benefit from the knowledge and experience of the best mentors and coaches in the EIT Food network;
  • Investor and media exposure: Get in touch with relevant investors and media outlets specialised in agrifood;
  • World-class curriculum :A fully bespoke curriculum created by academic and industry leaders in the agrifood space and entrepreneurship;
  • Collaborative co-working: Co-working spaces where you can work alongside like-minded entrepreneurs. 

Who are we looking for?

EIT FAN accepts applications from early-stage agrifood startups. This means your startup is a registered company, raised less than €500k in equity-based funding, generated less than €1M in revenue in the last 12 months, and have/are developing products or services that are set to make a big impact on any part of the agriculture or food supply chain. 

There will be an opportunity on the application form for you to provide more information about your current funding amounts.  

Just applying to the accelerator programme can be a valuable experience: 

  • Every single startup that applies to EIT FAN receives comprehensive feedback on their application from a panel of expert judges from the startup community and the agriculture and food industries. 
  • All semi-finalists receive extended feedback from expert judges on their in-person pitches.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

Buhler Dohler Technion Pepsico

Project team

Benoit Buntinx
Institution Bühler

Benefits of joining FAN

  • Attractive financial prizes: kickstart your business with financial support and cash-equivalent services of up to €100k for each of the top 3 graduates;
  • Access markets and customers: through our partners we provide unparalleled access to the market including pilot sites and potential customers;
  • Expert mentors and coaches: Benefit from the knowledge and experience of the best mentors and coaches in the EIT Food network;
  • Investor and media exposure: Get in touch with relevant investors and media outlets specialised in agrifood;
  • World-class curriculum :A fully bespoke curriculum created by academic and industry leaders in the agrifood space and entrepreneurship;
  • Collaborative co-working: Co-working spaces where you can work alongside like-minded entrepreneurs. 

Who are we looking for?

EIT FAN accepts applications from early-stage agrifood startups. This means your startup is a registered company, raised less than €500k in equity-based funding, generated less than €1M in revenue in the last 12 months, and have/are developing products or services that are set to make a big impact on any part of the agriculture or food supply chain. 

There will be an opportunity on the application form for you to provide more information about your current funding amounts.  

Just applying to the accelerator programme can be a valuable experience: 

  • Every single startup that applies to EIT FAN receives comprehensive feedback on their application from a panel of expert judges from the startup community and the agriculture and food industries. 
  • All semi-finalists receive extended feedback from expert judges on their in-person pitches.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

AZTI
BÜHLER
DOEHLER
ETH ZÜRICH
Givaudan
JOHN DEERE
NESTLÉ
PEPSICO
Strauss Group
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Technical University of Munich
University of Cambridge
University of Turin
Danone Research
University of Reading

Project Lead

Benoit Buntinx
Institution

Bühler

Contact details

benoit.buntix@eitfood.eu

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