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Global Food Venture Programme 2020

Global Food Venture Programme 2020

The flagship Global Food Venture programme is EIT Food's dedicated offering to Doctoral Students working on food system challenges across Europe.

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!

Due to COVID-19, the Global Food Venture Programme is moving some of its planned activities ONLINE! The summer school of Stage I & the business pre-incubation bootcamp of Stage II will now run in a virtual format. The rest of Stage II activities planned in Autumn 2020 may take place as physical events, depending on the European guidelines at that time. No activity will be cancelled and the organisers work hard to ensure that the programme will deliver impact once again for our successful candidates. If you have any concerns regarding your participation, do not hesitate to contact us (    Looking forward to your application! DEADLINE EXTENDED

Application for Stage II is OPEN


Global Food Venture Program: Stage I

Summer School

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

Student Testimonials


IMDEA Autonomous University of Madrid

Global Food Venture Program: Stage II

Pre-Incubation Bootcamp

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


EPFL Venture Lab



Stage II Ecosystem Immersion Bootcamp

Our second Bootcamp focused on equipping members with the fundaments of building a company: team building, patent application, and financial management. Previous editions were held in San Francisco (2019) and Tel-Aviv (2018), giving participants a unique chance to immerse themselves in a key entrepreneurship ecosystem. Unfortunately, our bootcamp is limited to a virtual event this year.

Swipe below to take a look on our guests and keynote speakers. 

Stage II Impressions

Experts & Keynote Speakers

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

Mimica Lab

Gain Velocity

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

Gain Velocity


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


Martin Giese

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


Marco Masia

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


Invest in Bavaria

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

Invest in Bavaria

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 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.  


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

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.


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

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.


Rick Kostner

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

Rick Kostner

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 gives a presentation on TUM entrepreneurial culture and founder support

TUM Incubator

Student Testimonials


Technical University of Munich

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. 

Mobility Programme

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. 

Mentoring Programme

Expert mentors guide each stage I and II members through a six-month journey to validate their business ideas and bring their entrepreneurial goal to the next level. Swipe below to see our curated list of quality mentors.


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.

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

Programme Calls

In 2020 Global Food Venture Programme has two OPEN CALLS for doctoral students.

GFVP Stage I                    Idea Development

The Global Food Venture Programme - Stage I is now recruiting an interdisciplinary group of 40 PhD students eager to create solutions for the challenges in our food system. Participants from across Europe will get together for a life-changing, immersive entrepreneurial experience to gain the fundamentals skills & knowledge in ideation and venture creation, receive coaching over 6 months and develop successful business ideas in the food & agtech space. Apply now to "GFVP STAGE I - Idea development" and join us ONLINE on June 8 for the GFVP Summer School 2020!

GFVP Stage II              Business Incubation

The Global Food Venture Programme - Stage II is designed to support 25 talented PhD students with solid business ideas in food & agriculture.  Early stage entrepreneurs will join our pre Incubation bootcamp in June (virtual format) and a 6 month mentoring programme to bring their ventures to the next level! For Stage II participants, a second entrepreneurship immersion bootcamp is planned in October, as well as a final pitch competition event  in Europe with innovation prizes from EIT Food! To learn all about viable business creation, recieve tailored mentoring support, acess a network of experts and have the possibility to win an innovation prize from EIT Food, apply now to "GFVP STAGE II - Business pre Incubation" and meet us ONLINE on June 28 to kick-off the GFVP 2020 journey!



Current PhD students from any European Institute or H2020 associated country are welcome to apply to Global Food Venture Programme Stage I or Stage II.  Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you require any clarification or further information on the application process.

GFVP Stage I           Idea Development

For Stage I - we accept PhDs with any academic background eager to learn the essentials of entrepreneurship and develop business ideas that address challenges in the food & agriculture. Application Deadline 30 April!

Download the application form for Stage I and APPLY HERE


GFVP Stage II      Busines Incubation

For Stage II - welcome are PhD students with early stage start-up projects / business ideas in the food & agtech space. We support technology-based projects across the agrifood value chain (production, processing, distribution, consumption and side streams). Don't hesitate to apply before the Extended Deadline on 20 June!

Download the application form for Stage II and APPLY HERE



Participation Fees

Global Food Venture Programme activities are fully funded by EIT Food i.e. training bootcamps, online courses, tailored mentoring programme, personal business trips, networking events & prizes. Participants recieve additionally grants that cover entirely mobility costs to programme´s locations. An entry fee for PhD students will apply.

Participants are required to sign a consent form with EIT Food at the outset of the programme to confirm participation and the use of grant money for mobility purposes.


Entry Criteria

Are you ready to embark on a new & challenging venture?   

Join us in 2020!


Follow our hashtag #eitfoodGFVP on Social Media like Twitter or LinkedIn and get a glimpse of our past activities!  


The following partners are involved in the project

Technical University of Munich
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Queen’s University of Belfast
University of Turin
University of Warsaw
Aarhus University

Project Lead

Dr. Chryssa Dimaki

TU Munich


Activity Lead

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