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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


    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 COVID-19 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

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.

Solveiga Pakštaitė

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

Gain Velocity

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


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.

Nathan Gold

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Belinda Büchner

Belinda gives a presentation on TUM entrepreneurial culture and founder support

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

Immersion Bootcamp Impressions

Organising Partners of Bootcamp

    TUM 1

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.