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Inspire summer schools of EIT food will enable talanted individuals to become European food leaders. Use your entrepreneurial spirit to solve the challanges of our food system.

Leading food system transformation

The Inspire programme will raise awareness on global food challenges and educate in latest and greatest innovations in Food & Agriculture. Entrepreneurial capacity and business creation skills will be teached like design thinking, business idea development, entrepreneurial self-efficacy, team building, market and risk analysis.





Inspire Summer Schools 2021

Sustainable Aquaculture

Aquaculture is a important sector for food security. Over the last years algal biomass production became a rapidly growing field with huge opportunities for entrepreneurs, concerning the production of food or nutraceuticals. Not to forget the fish feed production, which is also part of aquaculture. To use this opportunity of a new business creation knowledge of related technology and its application is necessary.
The summer school encourages talanted recruits to create innovative solutions, which increase the productivity and profitablility within aquaculture. Therefore, the course will provide you training and theory in finfish, shellfish, algae biology, culturing, growth, molecular and metabolite analysis.

Protein for Future

How can alternative food proteins be integrated in our food systems? How to develop a sustainable future food system? How do we design and develop plant-based and cell based proteins? How do we reach 50% of the diet plant based by 2040?
Research examines the entrepreneurial process and EIT Food partners / expert guests contribute with their perspective and insights into the future of proteins. Use the great option of  networking at the summer school.

Digitalization for Circular Food Systems

During the 2020 global pandemic, we witness how our failing supply chain, endangered essential workers and wreaked havoc in our economy. Now, more than ever, manufacturers around the world are facing enormous pressure to make our supply chain more resilient. Potential solution include the digitalization of our supply chain to achieve circular economy. To understand the fundamentals of the circular economy, to learn more about the application of existing technologies (from AI to IoT), to improve products in our foodsystem, to change the system after Covid-19 towards more digitalisation within the food chain apply to our summer school.

Sustainable Food Packaging

Most single-use plastics end up in a landfill and our nature. Most single-use plastic packaging ends up in a landfill and in our nature. In the food industry, plastic is the common packaging material to make a food product last longer. Aren't there other more sustainable and viable solutions?
This summer school will guide participants in learning about the life cycle of single-use plastic packagings and its impact on the environment, give update on novel sustainable food packaging and bioplastic solutions, discuss the latest EU packaging regulations as well as the resulting business opportunities.

Targeted Nutrition

Do you want to create a product for a certain nutritional need or for people with dietary issues?
Apply now for the summer school "Targeted Nutrition"! You will learn to develope healthy innovative food products for consumers with specific nutritional and consumer needs.
Get to know the problem: the target groups with special dietary needs, dietary issues and the EU's policy landscape. Collaborate with other learners to design and assess existing product formulation process, estimate product development costs, and learn how to communicate with various stakeholders.  

Inspire Entrepreneurship Spine

This activity aims to tackle our food system's most significant problem opportunities by equipping talented individuals with the essentials of entreprenerial and business creation skills. It will provide participants of all summer schools with a holistic approach of our complex food system, identify issues, and how it affects various players in the ecosystem.  

The goal of entreprneurship activity is to foster the entrepreneurial capacity of Inspire participants with the view to lead the transformation of the food sector. Under this task Inspire will educate in the area of entrepreneurship and business creation and upscale competences such as leadership, communication skills, problem solving, creativity and critical thinking.

The Entrepreneurship skills developed will primarily those that underpin entrepreneurship competences:

- Valuing ideas
- Assessing consequences of ideas (social, environmental, and economic impact)
- Identifying individual and group strengths and weaknesses
- Mobilising resources/making the most of limited resources
- Planning and management
- Basic financial literacy
- Taking decisions when the result is uncertain
- Handling fast-moving situations
- Working remotely using contemporary digital tools
- Pitching skills


Hear what our participants have to say about their experience at EIT Summer Schools

  • entrepreneurial skills:

“Honestly , I knew very little about being a successful entrepreneur, had a lot of assumptions on business start up. Now am well equipped with the knowledge from summer school”.

“By dealing with both theory and real entrepreneurs, I had a really good value of the course”.

  • experiences with online courses 2020:

“The diversity of online courses prepared me in considering different aspects (technological, legal, practical/field) of my individual project”.

“I think for an online summer school it was quite good! However not comparable to face to face teaching (especially concerning group activities).”

Check out past Summer School Editions of EIT Food

Summer Schools 2020

Inspire Summer School Structure

Food system related summer schools plus entrepreneurship programme

Online Learning

  • Introduction to the challenges of the food system with focus on Summer School´s specific topic
  • Knowledge & skills on how to launch a business

Interactive learning & Hands-on work

face to face event or blended format depending on Covid-19

  • Generate business ideas in food space & work on viable solutions, to turn food and agriculture into a sustainable, healthy and trusted sytem for all

- Leading academic and industry partners of EIT Food will contribute with important insights and mentoring

- Receive seminars, workshops, professional guidance, networking events and more

- Immersion into key innovation ecosystem in Europe

- Final pitch competition to select Inspire winners 2021


Students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and professionals interested in creating a business idea around our food system's most significant issues.


A small portion of the total cost of the program is charged as a participation fee. More specific information on costs will follow shortly.


The following partners are involved in the project

Aarhus University
Queen’s University of Belfast
Technical University of Munich
University of Cambridge
University of Reading
University of Turin
Swiss Food Research
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Grupo AN S.Coop

Project Lead

Chryssa Dimaki

Technical University Munich

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