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Global Food Venture Programme
Global Food Venture Programme

Global Food Venture Programme

Global Food Venture, EIT Food’s flagship Doctoral Programme for entrepreneurial PhD students across Europe.

Doctoral Programme for entrepreneurial PhD students!

 

 OPEN Call 2021: 'Pathways to Impact'

We are excited to announce that the Global Food Venture Programme of EIT Food will offer a new course to talented PhD students from across Europe and globally! Join us now, if you want to:

  • learn how to change the world using your research
  • get an introduction to technology commercialisation
  • dive into EIT Food network of leading academic & industry partners
  • bring entrepreneurial skills into your work
  • boost your future career

Application for Cohort 1 is CLOSED

Application for Cohort 2 is OPEN

Rolling Enrollment up to 15th of December!

Our online learning platform is fully interactive and enables you to engage with our top-notch trainers and mentors. By learning online with us we enable you a much greater flexibility and the comfort to learn at times and from locations that suit you and from your own home or workplace.

By enrolling to our training on 'Pathways to Impact' you will not only have access to GFVP's excellent resources, but also become part of inspiring EIT Food community.

A small portion of the total cost of the training will be charged as a participation fee. Entry fee for 2021 will be 120 EUR.

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course will provide an introduction and starting tools on how to change the world by using your research.

You will be trained by top EIT Food partners coming from higher education institutions like Cambridge University and Aarhus University, whose expertise lies in entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialisation of academic research.

Throughout the course we will focus on following key topics: Pathways to Impact, Ideation, Entrepreneurs´ Cases, Market scoping, Problem/Solution fit, Commercialization of Innovation, Protect your IP, Business Models, Venture Finance, Evaluate & Communicate your impact, Practice pitching & appreciate feedback.

Throughout the course you will be offered a unique mentoring experience by EIT Food GFVP partners, who will support you with your research commercialisation.

Download the Syllabus of Pathways to Impact!

APPLY NOW

TESTIMONIALS GFVP WINNERS 2021

Project Haltrack - Building a marking block chain practical simulation or model for improving halal traceability.

Nurhayati Nurhayati Experience: "Thank you abundantly for the opportunity given by this program. I learnt how to develop a scalable and sustainable business plan with sound financial projection. The support given by mentors gave me and hence HALTRACK team challenging and constructive feedback. My team and I were so excited to explore business opportunities starting from ideas to amplify the concept of Halal lifestyle by utilizing blockchain technology and involving various stakeholders in the food industry and how the solution benefits the society. Working in two time zones, Indonesia and Central Europe was not easy but with trust and smart teamwork in doing this project, we could finish it. The experience in the program was fruitful, HALTRACK team and I are now encouraged to make it happen and be sustainable. In short, two thumbs up for the program."

 Project Choose Eat - An innovative interface web service for personalized Menus based on dietary restrictions for the global catering service markets. Our machine learning software will serve a new food option to those people suffering different kind of food reactions to find the correct menu by matching his/her food profile with the caterer available menus and change some dishes/ingredients creating a new personalized menu for them (according to their dietary restrictions) Thus each personalized Menu can be part in our web Multi-personalized platform to serve other users/caterers that may have similar requirements and may need those menus to be shared among them.

Claudia Capello Experience: "When I found out about the chance to join the GFVP I started seeing the great opportunity to improve my entrepreneurial skills and finally realize the idea in the food field I had in mind already for a few years. I really couldn’t have imagined that this programme would have helped me to validate my idea and bring it to the next level. It allowed me to learn new skills, meet expert mentors and colleagues with the same interest in the agri-food and food fields. It is not an easy programme in which you just sit in front of the pc listening to their suggestions, but there is a lot of hard work behind: training bootcamps, group projects, workshops, networking events with people from all around the world, coaching and guidance from experts, homework, and much more. This programme is exactly what you need to get out of your comfort zone, find yourself in the fascinating world of business and finally turn your idea into a real startup."

Jose Luis Antezana Experience: "It was really an incredible experience knowing a lot different peers with different backgrounds from so many countries, working neck to neck day by day, meeting after meeting, sometimes even I had to work from midnight till very early morning because at that time I was living in another time schedule in Taiwan (Asia time Zone) nevertheless I felt really motivated to do my best to bring our idea together with my colleague from Italy Claudia Capello to reality. Since the beginning it was not an easy task, since I had different time schedules it was hard to have the meetings with Claudia and also with our mentors, happily we got the meetings with them and got and amazing feedbacks with them making us putting our feet back to the ground again and again till our project can be better. Thus we got a lot amazing couching and inspirational sharing’s during the program about financial projections, IP, branding, etc, as I said they really gave us the wings to fly to make our project true. Basically in summary what we are looking for with our project is to create a new food platform that can connect Guest food restrictions with the complete services HORECA (Hotel, Restaurants & Catering) with our app both parties will get personalized menus created by our revolutionary algorithm for multi-personalized menus, speeding up the services, and having those users profiles ready to use into other apps from the HORECA industry. On this way we will simplify the service for the ones with food restrictions and avoid them any involuntary food-cross contamination that happened sometimes in this niche market."

Project Insects4All - Insects4all offers a package for insect farming consisting of a technologically controlled and fully automated portable insect farm together with black fly soldier (BFS) larvae for the production of insect-based feed. By simply adding manure/food waste/vegetable by-products to our package, animal producers would easily produce BFS insects that can then be immediately used to feed pigs and poultry.

Niculina-Iudita Sampalean Experience - "I see the GFVP a unique chance, and I am happy that I took it.  During the programme I had the opportunity to interact with so many real experts and learned how to build up a start-up from my business idea. The best points of this programme are, in my opinion, the mobility grant, the one to one coaching and the mentoring activities. I am saying this, as based on the continuous feedback I had from my mentors and coaches I manage to continuously test different aspects of my business. As sometimes I had discovered unfavourable aspects I managed to adapt and reinvent, thanks to their help. This programme’s best assets are all the people you meet, from Chryssa and Maximiliane who were always available and ready to help us on anything and the programme’s participants, my adventure companions, that are the future start-uppers with whom I hope to stay in contact for as long as possible."

 

 Closed CALLS GFVP 2021: Stage I & Stage II

Global Food Venture Programme Stage I & Stage II welcome their 2021 Cohort! They offer a 6-Month curriculum designed to address the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs and early phase start-up ventures from PhD students. It comprises exciting activities like a 10-day Summer School in Entrepreneurship, 1-week Bootcamp in Business Incubation, International Bootcamp with experts from the famous Silicon Valley and individual Mobility Grants for business meetings with industry partners to validate technology feasibility and value propositions. The programme is divided in two independent stages (Stage I & Stage II), which can be completed in consecutive years or within the same one. The 2021 Stage II edition will conclude with a Final Competition Event, where students pitch their business plan in front of a jury and have the chance to win up to 10K cash Prizes for best start-up project. Participants are supported along this journey with one-on-one Business Coaching to advance start-up ideas and create solid business propositions in food & agtech space.

 

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Global Food Venture Program: Stage I

Summer School

Our Stage I: Idea Development program aims to help Ph.D. students visualize scalable business ventures in the food and agricultural field from their research projects. The 10-day intensive program, will be joined by a 40 PhD student cohort, for a crash course on the idea development process, market & competitor analysis, prototyping, and financing. Participants are expected to apply the knowledge aquired hands-on, by developing a business idea that solves one of our food system's biggest problems. Summer school will culminate in a pitch competition, where best performers will be rewarded with a place in our mentoring programme and Business Incubation Stage II with waived fees! 

Summer school will run on full-days with many power breaks, plenty of peer to peer networking and interaction with our guest speakers, food experts, advanced entreprneurs and business coaches! Programme dates May 25 - June 3 with DemoDay on June 4!

Check out Stage I unparalled benefits!

  • Global Food Venture Stage I, aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit of talented PhD students and help to improve creativity and system innovation skills. Participants will learn about the current challenges in Food & Agriculture and the transformation that is needed to create a sustainable and healthy system.
  • In an 10 day Summer School, students will gain essential skills in ideation and business creation, interact with top food & ag experts, educators, business coaches and established start-ups.     
  • Within groups, participants will develop business ideas that solve identified problems in food and agriculture, and pitch their ideas in a final competition. Top winners will be awarded a place in GFVP 2021 Stage II. 
  • Alumni of Stage I will have priority to join Global Food Venture Programme Business Incubation (Stage II) in 2022.                                                     

                                                                                                                                                          

Summer School Impressions

Student Testimonials

Organising Partners of Stage I Summer School

IMDEA Autonomous University of Madrid

Global Food Venture Program: Stage II

Pre-Incubation Bootcamp of Stage II

Our 2021 Business Incubation program will accept up to 25 Ph.D. researchers with a venture idea or early-stage venture project in the agriculture and food field. 

The business incubation program kicks off with a pre-incubation Bootcamp, where we help participants sharpen their business model.  At the end of the Bootcamp, each individual will be paired with an expert mentor, who will provide business coaching, guidance and access to EIT Food ecosystem in a six-month mentoring programme.

Pre-Incubation Bootcamp Timeline

  • 28 - 30 June,  Full-day workshops
  • 01 - 02 July,    Half-day workshops (mornings)
  • 07. July,          Demo day with start-up pitches and prizes for winners        

Check out Stage II unparalled benefits!

  • The Global Food Venture Stage II educates aspiring entrepreneurs in the area of business creation though a 6-Month intensive curriculum of two training bootcamps, business coaching, networking events and online resources.
  • Participants of Stage II have the unique chance to explore key entrepreneurship ecosystems in Europe and become part of the EIT Food community.
  • Throughout the programme students interact with major players in the food & agriculture i.e. EIT Food industry partners, food system technology experts, start-up coaches and investors to get valuable feedback on their business idea
  • 6-Month tailored mentoring from an EIT Food partner plus coaching on Finance is additionally offered to all participants eager to get their start-up projects to the next level.
  • Best business ideas have the chance to win cash prizes up to 10K and connect to the EIT Food Accelerator Programmes and Seed Funding.

Pre-Incubation Bootcamp Impressions

Organising Partners of Pre-Incubation Bootcamp

EPFL Venture Lab

 

 

Business Immersion Bootcamp of Stage II

Our second Stage II Bootcamp focuses on equipping PhD students with skills & knowledge of building a company: team creation, IP protection, Investor negotiations, international expert insights, funding and financial management. Previous editions were held in San Francisco bay area and Davis California (2019) as well as Haifa, Israel (2018), giving participants a unique chance to immerse themselves in key entrepreneurship ecosystems. Due to COVID19 global pandemic, the Business Immersion Bootcamp will be delivered online.

The bootcamp will kick-off on Sep 27 and will have a duration equivalent to 10 full days, which will delivered in small blocks over a period of 4 weeks till Oct 24. Final agenda will be communicated 2-3 weeks in advance, before programme starts. 

Swipe below to have a look on experts and keynote speakers from past editions.

Experts & Keynote Speakers

Entrepreneur First

Entrepreneur First

London based talent investor entrepreneur first pays talented people to find a co-founder and found a company. Growth associate Kity Mayo talks on their form and launch method. GFVP and EF alumni Aditya Nayak shared his post-GFVP journey. 

Entrepreneur First
Solveiga Pakštaitė

Solveiga Pakštaitė

Solveiga, Mimica’s director, looks back on Mimica’s journey to success and insight into sustainable development goals.

Mimica Lab
Gain Velocity

Gain Velocity

Gain velocity teaches our PhDs on how to lead companies and grow better. 

Gain Velocity
Rikolto

Rikolto

Rikolto is an agriculture consulting NGO set in helping small farmers to grow and scale. 

Rikolto
Martin Giese

Martin Giese

Martin Giese: head of Xpreneur, business angel, and author, explain the art of negotiation and business models. 

Xpreneur
Marco Masia

Marco Masia

Marco Masia- Innovation consultant and veteran entrepreneur talks start-up financing.

Enihilo
Invest in Bavaria

Invest in Bavaria

Johanna Hebestreit of Invest in Bavaria gave an introduction to Bavaria’s start-up ecosystem.  

Invest in Bavaria
Nathan Gold

Nathan Gold

Communication Expert Nathan Gold leads a workshop on how to bring your pitching skill to the next level.

The Demo Coach
Olaf Biedekarken

Olaf Biedekarken

Olaf Biedekarken is the head of sensory and consumer science at Döhler- Germany’s leading producer and distributor of natural ingredients, ingredient system, and integrated solution for the food and beverage industry.  

Döhler
Benedicte Simons

Benedicte Simons

Marketing manager Benedicte Simons would be introducing the Institute Paul Bocuse Research Center at Lyon.

the Institute Paul Bocuse Research Center
Theo Kanellos and Luke Dalton

Theo Kanellos and Luke Dalton

Meet Theo Kanellos and Luke Dalton of Zoetis, the animal healthcare provider with a mission to understand better and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals.

Zoetis
Mira Schütze

Mira Schütze

Mira Schütze will be giving our members a quick introduction to Bavaria’s startup ecosystem and the EIT Food Accelerator Network.

EIT Food
Florian Grigolet & Arnold Bitner

Florian Grigolet & Arnold Bitner

GFVP alumni Florian Grigolet and co-founder Arnold Bitner contemplate on their experience of developing Modelwise’s business development, raising funds, and convincing potential customers.

Modelwise
Rick Kostner

Rick Kostner

Rick Kostner will be heading a workshop on the art of outstanding leadership.

Rick Kostner
Julie Morris

Julie Morris

Catch up on the newest development in California’s Agri-Food innovation scene with Julie Morris, a California-based Food & Agri consultant, and UC Davis lecturer.

UC Davis
Belinda Büchner

Belinda Büchner

Belinda gives a presentation on TUM entrepreneurial culture and founder support

TUM Incubator
Eric Malis

Eric Malis

Eric is an Entrepreneur, attorney, investor, professor, and the founder of Talis Partners LP-a legal and strategy consulting firm specializing in serving the startup community. Eric talk on Silicon Valley
entrepreneurial culture
and investment.

Talis Partner LP

Immersion Bootcamp Impressions

Organising Partners of Bootcamp

Technical University of Munich

Student Testimonials Stage II

Final Pitch Event

The final pitching event marks the end of the Stage II journey. On this day, our cohort showcase the business plan they honed over the last five months. A jury panel consisting of food industry experts and representatives from the EIT Food community rewarded 3 of the most innovative business plans with money prizes up to 10K.

Pathways to Impact

GFVP Kicks-off its new course!

Register today to one of the two cohorts starting in November 2021, if you want to:

  • learn how to change the world using your research
  • get an introduction to technology commercialisation
  • dive into EIT Food network of leading academic & industry partners
  • bring entrepreneurial skills into your work
  • boost your future career

What will you gain?

1. You will gain entrepreneurial skills, which can benefit your research funding, employability or get inspired in creating a spin-out.

2. You will have a polished 5 min pitch deck, that will clearly describe the impact of your research!

3. You will learn how to take a complex research concept, like your PhD, and formulate it into clear value propositions that can be used in your grant applications, for potential investors and other stakeholders.

Our offer!

1. Access to five (5) Asynchronous Modules with small assignments on EIT Food education learning platform CANVAS (15 h of offline work).

2. One-on-one mentoring over a 4 to 8 weeks period, from GFVP partners that have vast experience in supporting PhDs to acquire entrepreneurial skills.

3. Participation in a series of synchronous workshops so that you do not feel alone in your journey.

How to apply

Pathways to Impact course offers two terms to which you can apply to: Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 (see below section Course Structure & Timeline for further details). As a participant in Cohort 1, you will be able to decide if you will fully follow its timeline, or you will participate in the pitch training & the final event of cohort 2!

Cohort 1

  • From 24th Nov, you will be able to access online entrepreneurship material and learn on your own schedule.
  • Be prepared to pitch your PhD project on Dec 3!
  • Afterwards you will receive weekly 1:1 mentoring.
  • You will be able to select a date on which you will pitch (Closing Event) in front of a jury on 10th of Jan 2022.
  • An Online Event will be organised to provide you with group feedback sessions by mentors. You will also meet inspirational guest speakers and much more!

Deadline 29th of November

Download the Syllabus of Pathways to Impact Cohort 1!

Cohort 2

  • From 4 - 16th Dec, you will be able to access online entrepreneurship material and learn on your own schedule.
  • Be prepared to pitch your PhD project on Dec 17!
  • Afterwards you will receive weekly 1:1 mentoring.
  • You will pitch (Closing Event) in front of a jury on 27th of Jan 2022.
  • An Online Event will be organised to provide you with group feedback sessions by mentors. You will also meet inspirational guest speakers and much more!

Deadline 15th of December

Download the Syllabus of Pathways to Impact Cohort 2!

APPLY TODAY FOR COHORT 2

Mentoring

Expert mentors from Global Food Venture partners guide you through the six-month journey to validate business ideas and bring your entrepreneurial goal to the next level. Swipe below to see our curated list of quality mentors.

Announcements

Winners GFVP 2021

1st prize: Choose Eat

1st prize: Choose Eat

An innovative interface web service for personalized Menus based on dietary restrictions for the global catering service markets. Our machine learning software will assist those suffering from different kinds of food reactions to find the correct menu by matching his/her food profile with the caterer´s available menus and adopt some dishes/ingredients creating a new personalized menu according to their dietary restrictions. Personalized Menus will be on our web Multi-personalized platform to serve other users/caterers, who have similar requirements.

Claudia & Jose
2nd prize: Insects4All

2nd prize: Insects4All

Insects4all offers a package for insect farming consisting of a technologically controlled and fully automated portable insect farm together with black fly soldier (BFS) larvae for the production of insect-based feed. By simply adding manure/food waste/vegetable by-products to our package, animal producers would easily produce BFS insects that can then be directly used to feed pigs and poultry.

Niculina-Iudita
3rd prize: Haltrack

3rd prize: Haltrack

Building a marking block chain practical simulation or model for improving halal traceability.

Nurhayati

 

 

Register now for the Webinars 2021

GFVP 2021 live webinar is coming soon on the 15th of April at 4pm

Sign up for the GFVP webinar

If you belong to Marie Curie Assosiation Alumni (MCAA) then join our exclusive Webinar on the 14. of April at 5pm & learn more about the Global Food Venture Programme of EIT Food!

Sign Up for the GFVP webinar with Marie Curie Association Alumni

Register now for the Webinars 2020

 

The GFVP Activity Lead Chryssa Dimaki and fellow Program Manager Mina Mansoor Rankel hosted a live webinar on the 17th of April 2020. Those wondering whether the Global Food Venture Programme was the right fit were welcomed to join and get to know our mission, curriculum, entry criteria, partners, and alumni project. The webinar also featured Dr. Miguel Molina Romero, CTO of AI-based start-up Orbem, who shared his experience with our programme in 2018.

Our Alumni

The Global Food Venture helps researchers from all scientific disciplines to visualize business ideas from their research project and bring existing ventures to the next level. We focus on supporting new companies in disrupting the food and agriculture system- from bioplastic, supply chain to alt-meat. Here are some of our past alumni projects. 

 

2019 Alumni

 

 

2018 Alumni

Our Alumni Success Stories coming up soon!

Programme Calls

 

How to Apply

GFVP Stage I: Idea Development

You don't need an idea to join our Stage I program. We choose people based on their entrepreneurial spirit namely, those interested to understand the essentials of entrepreneurship and develop a research-based venture idea to tackle our food system's most pressing issues. Application phase for Stage I ends on May 10, 2021 (deadline extended).

APPLICATION CLOSED FOR STAGE I

 

GFVP Stage II: Busines Incubation

Stage II program is designed to incubate very early-phase or idea-phase ventures in food & agriculture space by PhD students. Your idea has to be research-based, with the potential to be commercialized and ideally, generate a social or environmental impact. Application phase for Stage II ends on June 13, 2021  (deadline extended).

APPLICATION CLOSED FOR STAGE II

 

PhD students can apply to both Stages, and complete Global Food Venture Programme within the same year, if they are successful with both applications!

Programme Timeline

Mobility Grants

International mobility grants is another great offering of GFVP for our entrepreneurial PhDs. GFVP participants of Stage II can apply for a mobility grant of up to 3000€,  to enable them validate their early-stage business idea with an industry partner and/or technology experts. Application for the grant should include description of the start-up project, mobility purpose, expected benefits, cost estimations and outcome of the action. Our 2019 alumnus Caterina Chemetova used this chance to visit industry partners, Belgian enterprises DCM and Scientia Terrae. A fellow 2019 cohort member, Jatiziri, visited baking product manufacturer, the puratos group in Belgium, to validate her FERMENT-UP project, which helps chocolate farmers to practice better management. 

Due to COVID19 global pandemic, the Mobility Grant activity will be delivered online.

Entry Fees

GFVP is funded by EIT Food. Programme activities are financially covered for all participants. If your application is successful, you are required to sign a consent form with EIT Food to confirm participation and the use of grant money for mobility purposes.

Entry fees will apply for Stage I & Stage II participants upon enrollment.

Stage I Fees: € 300 (Mai 2021) & Stage II Fees: € 300 (June 2021)

Contact & Social Media

For more information on our programme, shoot us an E-mail at Dimaki@zv.tum.de

Follow our hashtag #eitfoodGFVP on social media to take a glimpse on our activities.

COVID19

COVID19 global pandemic forces us to run Global Food Venture Program boocamps fully online. Our team will maintain program's high quality and deliver impact to our successful candidates once again! Contact us, if you have concerns regarding your participation.   

Partners

EPFL (SWISS POLYTECHNIC FEDERAL SCHOOL)
ETH ZÜRICH
KU LEUVEN
Technical University of Munich
Queen’s University of Belfast
University of Turin
University of Warsaw
Aarhus University
UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE MADRID

Project Lead

Chryssa Dimaki, PhD
Institution

TU Munich

Role

Activity Lead

Contact details

dimaki@zv.tum.de

Mina Mansoor Rankel
Institution

EIT Food

Role

Programme Manager

Contact details

mina.mansoorrankel@eitfood.eu

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