We´re excited to announce that Global Food Venture Programme of EIT Food will support once again 50 highly-qualified PhD students from across Europe to turn their science into viable business in Food & AgTech space. Join our 4th cohort to bring your innovative research from the lab into the market!
Global Food Venture Programme offers 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. Apply to GFVP Stages to gain knowledge & skills in business creation, expert insights, showcases, mentoring and great networking opportunities!
OPEN CALLS for 2021: Stage I & Stage II
Global Food Venture Program: Stage I
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 to June 3.
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
Organising Partners of Stage I Summer School
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
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
Immersion Bootcamp Impressions
Organising Partners of Bootcamp
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.
GFVP participants of Stage II can apply for a mobility grant of up to 2000€, 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.
Register now for the Webinars 2021
GFVP 2021 live webinar is coming soon on the 15th of April at 4pm
If you belong to Marie Curie Assosiation then join our exclusive Webinar on the 14. of April at 5pm & learn more about the Global Food Venture Programme
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.
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.