We´re excited to announce that the Global Food Venture Programme of EIT Food will support once again highly-qualified PhD students from across Europe to transform their research into viable business in the Food & AgTech space.
The programme fosters the entrepreneurial growth of doctoral students working on challenges in the Agrifood sector. Young innovators gain essential business creation skills and knowledge through a bespoke 6-Month Curriculum of Training Bootcamps, Mentoring, Corporate Site Visits, Global Networking Events and Pitch Competitions. In this period, they are supported by top coaches and technology experts from EIT Food partners and have the unique chance to explore key innovation ecosystems in Europe.
Join our 3rd cohort to bring your research from the bench to the market!
The global pandemic forces us to run the Global Food Venture Program remotely this year. However, our team will strive to maintain the program's quality and impact for our successful candidates. For concerns regarding your participation, contact us at Dimaki@zv.tum.de.
Application for 2020 is now closed. Stay tuned for our 2021 edition!
Global Food Venture Program: Stage I
Our Stage I: Idea Development program aimed to help Ph.D. students visualize scalable business ventures in the food and agricultural field from their research projects. The 10-day intensive program, joined in 2020 by a twenty-three PhD student cohort, gave a crash course on the idea development process, market & competitor analysis, prototyping, and financing. We expected participants to apply the knowledge aquired hands-on, by developing a business idea that solves one of our food system's biggest problems. Summer school culminated in a pitching competition, where the four best performers were rewarded with a seat in our Business Incubation Stage II.
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 2020 Stage II.
- Students eager to further work on solutions for the Agrifood sector will be assigned a mentor for a period of 6 months to support them with their venture.
- Alumni of Stage I will have priority to join Global Food Venture Programme Business pre Incubation in 2021.
Stage I Impressions
Global Food Venture Program: Stage II
Our 2020 Business Incubation program accepted 20 Ph.D. researchers with a venture idea or early-stage venture project in the agriculture and food field.
The business incubation program kicked off with a pre-incubation Bootcamp, where we helped participants sharpen their business model. At the end of the Bootcamp, each individual was paired with an expert mentor who will guide them in a six-month journey to validate the business idea and provide direct access to their entrepreneurship and knowledge ecosystem.
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, company visits, business coaching, global 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 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 an innovation prize and connect to the EIT Food Accelerator Programmes and Seed Funding.
Stage II Impressions
Stage II Ecosystem Immersion Bootcamp
Our second Stage II Bootcamp focuses on equipping PhD students with skills & knowledge of building a company: team creation, IP protection, Investor negotiations, 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 pandemic, our international bootcamp will run as a virtual event this year!
Swipe below to have a look on experts and keynote speakers.
Stage II Impressions
Experts & Keynote Speakers
Final Pitch Event
The final pitching event marks the end of the stage II journey. On this day, the cohort showcased 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 a money prize.
Alumni Success Stories
GFVP participants can apply for a mobility grant of up to 5000€, which will enable them to validate their early-stage business idea in a local market setting and experiment with prototypes and technologies in a feasibility study. 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.
The Global Food Venture Programme Live Webinar: 17. April 2020
The GFVP Project Manager 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.