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Test Farms
Test Farms

Test Farms

Get matched with a farmer and test your solution on the field!

Need help with testing your agritech solution?

Apply for Test Farms and validate your product with farmers!

Test Farms links agricultural startups with farmers and testing-land. 

Through enabling these links EIT Food wants to help innovative agritech ideas to validate and test their products and services, showcase their business to customers and investors and finally support the technological transformation in European agriculture. 

This year, EIT Food is offering Test Farms program to the following applicants: 

  • RIS startups - startups registered in countries eligible for the Regional Innovation Scheme (see point 4.a of Terms and Conditions - Eligibility criteria for RIS participants for the list of countries). 
  • non-RIS startups - startups not registered in RIS countries = not eligible for the funding from Regional Innovation Scheme. 

Participation in the Test Farms program as well as financial subgrant to support testing needs will be available under specific conditions for eligible RIS startups. Non-RIS startups cannot receive the subgrant, however they will be given the possibility to join the program and benefit from the match-making and expert support provided by EIT Food. The cost of these services is 1500 EUR. 

Full information on eligibility, selection criteria and commitment is available in Terms and Conditions of the programme (update on the 29.03.2021).

APPLY HERE FOR TEST FARMS

Commitment

RIS startups chosen to participate in the program commit to the following actions (all actions are mandatory for all startups participating in the Test Farms program):  

  1. Application – Interested startups are invited to apply for the program via https://www.f6s.com/test-farms-2021.  
  2. Match-making event - Shortlisted startups will be invited to join one of match-making events. At these events, startups will meet with farmers, evaluate the possibility of testing their innovative solutions on the farms and create a plan to test their solutions together with the selected farmers. 
  3. Subgranting agreement – Startups must sign an agreement stipulating the commitments and terms for receiving the grant. 
  4. Test phase – Startups will test their solutions on the test fields according to the plan created during the match-making event.   
  5. Reporting – Startups will report their progress throughout the testing phase to the Test Farms managers and interested clients.  
  6. Demo Day - Following the testing, startups together with farmer will organise a Demo Day for local farmers/clients to attend. This will give the startups the opportunity to show their the solutions to potential buyers and investors. EIT Food will help to organise these events. 
  7. Final report – Participating startups must submit a report on their involvement in the Test Farms project.       
  8. Success fee – if EIT Food succeeds in helping the participating startup to capture new clients and make sales exceeding in total 30 000 EUR gross within 1,5 year from the date of signing the subgranting agreement, EIT Food team will ask the startup to return half of the grant (1500 EUR) to support future participants in the validation and promotion of their innovative ideas.  

Non-RIS startups willing to participate in the program need to commit to the following actions: 

  1. Application – Interested startups are invited to apply for the program via https://www.f6s.com/test-farms-2021.  
  2. Advance payment – Pre-selected startups who are interested in the match-making service and expert support provided in the Test Farms program must make an advance payment of 350 EUR.  
  3. Match-making event - Shortlisted startups will be invited to join one of match-making events. At these events, startups will meet with farmers, evaluate the possibility of testing their innovative solutions on the farms and create a plan to test their solutions together with selected farmers. 
  4. Service agreement and payment – once the successful matches are made, the startups must sign all necessary documents stipulating their commitments and payment of the remainder of the match-making service fee (1150 EUR).  
  5. Test phase – Startups will test their solutions on the test fields according to the plan created during the match-making event.   
  6. Reporting – Startup will be encouraged to report their progress throughout the testing phase to the Test Farms managers and interested clients.  
  7. Demo Day - Following the testing, startups together with farmer are encouraged to organise a Demo Day for local farmers/clients to attend. This will give the startups the opportunity to show their the solutions to potential buyers and investors. EIT Food can support in the organisation of these events. 
  8. Final report – Participating startups will be encouraged to submit a report on their involvement in the Test Farms project.   

Eligibility criteria - 2021

Full information on eligibility, selection criteria and commitment is available in Terms and Conditions of the programme. 

This year, EIT Food is offering Test Farms program to the following applicants: 

  • RIS startups - startups registered in countries eligible for the Regional Innovation Scheme (see point 4.a - Eligibility criteria for RIS participants for the list of countries). 
  • non-RIS startups - startups not registered in RIS countries = not eligible for the funding from Regional Innovation Scheme. 

Participation in the Test Farms program as well as financial subgrant to support testing needs will be available under specific conditions for eligible RIS startups. Non-RIS startups cannot receive the subgrant, however they will be given the possibility to join the program and benefit from the match-making and expert support provided by EIT Food. The cost of these services is 1500 EUR.  

Eligibility criteria for RIS participants. 

Startups are eligible to participate in the programme as RIS startups and receive a subgrant if they: 

  • Are a company registered in one of the following countries: Albania*, Armenia*, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands*, Georgia*, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova*, Montenegro*, North Macedonia*, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey*, Ukraine*.  
  • Have received no more than 60,000 euros in funding from EIT Food in 2021.  
  • Have developed an innovative solution in agriculture/animal husbandry. 
  • Work towards furthering one of EIT Food’s six overarching strategic themes to transform our food system. The themes are: Alternative proteins, Sustainable agriculture, Sustainable aquaculture, Targeted nutrition, Digital traceability, Circular food systems 
  • Have submitted a complete application in English, i.e. answered all the questions included in the form available on the website: https://www.f6s.com/test-farms-2021, and completed and attached all the required documentation. 
  • Have not participated in the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Test Farms programme. 
  • EIT Food’s RisingFoodStars who are linked third parties are ineligible for the program (involved in KAVA activities). 

*Applicants from these countries will be considered eligible as RIS applicants only if the country of origin of the applicant signs the Association Agreement for Horizon Europe before the end of the application deadline on 30th of April.  

Eligibility criteria for non-RIS participants (not registered in RIS country). 

  • Startups are eligible to participate in the programme if they: 
  • Have developed an innovative solution in agriculture/animal husbandry. 
  • Work towards furthering one of EIT Food’s six overarching strategic themes to transform our food system. The themes are: Alternative proteins, Sustainable agriculture, Sustainable aquaculture, Targeted nutrition, Digital traceability, Circular food systems 
  • Have submitted a complete application in English, i.e. answered all the questions included in the form available on the website: https://www.f6s.com/test-farms-2021, and completed and attached all the required documentation. 
  • Commit to pay the 1500 EUR + VAT participation fee (advance payment of 350 EUR before match-making and final payment of 1150 EUR when EIT Food finds a suitable farmer).  

Financial support (only for RIS startups)

RIS startups enrolled in the programme can apply for financial assistance of up to 3000 EUR to offset their programme costs. 

The money can be used for: 

  • Travel costs for startup to attend the matchmaking event and visiting the test site. 
  • Rental of other devices necessary to perform the test.  
  • Costs to make necessary adjustments at the testing field to perform the test.  

Startups should reserve part of the money to reimburse the farmer in the event that (s)he suffers damage caused as a result of the testing. These potential costs should be estimated and set aside up front. 

The budget cannot be used for: 

  • Salaries for company employees. 
  • Product development, production and improvement (e.g. product elements and materials, research) 
  • Costs not directly related to the testing of the product/service.  

Success fee – if EIT Food succeeds in helping the participating startup to capture new clients and make sales exceeding in total 30 000 EUR gross within 1,5 year from the date of signing the subgranting agreement, EIT Food team will ask the startup to return half of the grant (1500 EUR) to support future participants in the validation and promotion of their innovative ideas. 

2020 Test Farms cohort - startups

Following teams are currently testing their solutions with farmers around Europe:

Ullmanna (Czech Republic) - Weeding Organic Robotic Machine (W.O.R.M) equipped with software and AI which can recognize weeds from root crops. Solution tested with farmers from Polish Association of Beetroot Producers. Contributes to lower use of pesticides and lower cost of labour. 

Bisari Agroinnovation (Spain): Electrostatic technology enabling assisted pollination of susceptible crops.  Increases fruit set rate and therefore higher yields. Tested with Spanish almond tree growers. 

Ekolive (Slovenia) - organic fertilizer produced as a result of bioleaching process, contributing to increasing health and fertility of the soil, crop growth and yield. Tested with farmers in Portugal. 

Terrabio (Poland): The first mobile genetic analyser on the agri-food market which can identify up to 16 pathogens in single reaction in any environmental sample e.g., soil, water, plants. Contributes to detection and elimination of contaminated produce and pesticide use reduction. Tested with Bulgarian wheat farmers. 

Episome Biotechnologies (Turkey) - Bio-organomineral fertilizer that supports and protects crop plants in a variety of ways:  protection against pathogenic diseases, enhancing growth of root system, enhancing flowering, increasing overall yield (up to 20%), improving nutrient uptake from soil and enhancing soils physical and chemical properties. Tested with cereal farmers in Bulgaria.  

BeeSage (Latvia) - beehive monitoring systems based on IoT , which provides new insights to the beekeepers, optimizes their workflow, and allows them to make informed decisions. Solution contributes to wellbeing of bees and increased beekeepers’ profit by boosting productivity and decrease bee mortality. Tested with beekeepers in Bulgaria.  

Sponsh (Portugal) - Water producing tree guard absorbing water from air every night and autonomously releases water to roots of the seedling, contributing to higher survival rate of seedlings, lowering water usage and costs. Tested with orchard farmers in Portugal. 

Ficosterra (Spain) - Biofertilisers and biostimulants that regenerate the soil, stimulate crops, improve productivity, and increase the resistance of plants to environmental stress. Tested with farmers in Portugal.   

Bio2Coat (Spain) - Water-based natural edible coating in a form of an invisible semi-permeable barrier on the fruit, which reduces the respiratory rate and the water evaporation and protects against microorganisms. Reduces losses during transport, storage and improves the visual aspect, prevents fungi development and does not alter the nutrients. Tested with strawberry farmer in Spain. 

LumiSep (Poland)- new and fast portable method for toxins analysis. First focus is on aflatoxins in cereals and PAHs in edible oils. Contributes to increased food safety and traceability. Tested in Bulgaria with cereal farmers.  

Solar Fertigation (Italy)- Automatic fertilization and irrigation system with integrated IoT technology and stand-alone photovoltaic system. Resulting in increased agricultural productivity andlLand recovery for food production. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

Agrodrone.pt (Portugal) - Organic solution on crop fertility, which generates savings on irrigation and fertilization. Agrochar (product) traps carbon into soil and increases nutrient and water retention in soil. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

BrioAgro (Spain) - smart irrigation system, providing water just when the crop needs it. Monitoring with sensors, plus microclimate and satellite tracking to help in agronomic decision making. Tested with tomato and olive farmers in Spain.  

SmartBerries (Poland) - Fast, easy and mobile paper test for polyphenol (antioxidants) content in fruits and fruit products, increasing the produce value for the farmer and showing its health benefits. Tested with strawberry farmer in Spain.  

Evja (Italy) - Intelligent decision support system based on sensors, predictive agronomic models and AI. Helps growers make the best decisions, improving agrichemicals and irrigation management and allowing them to get a healthier and more abundant yield with the highest sustainability. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

South Agro (Italy) - Biostimulant made from seaweeds extracts that increases the quantity of yields and the quality of crops and reducing the need for use of chemical fertilisers. Tested with farmers in Portugal.  

Benefits

Test Farms programme is designed to link startups that are looking to validate their agricultural solutions with farmers or agricultural/pasture land to do a pilot project.

Program outline

 

  1. Application period : March 3rd to April 30th 2020
  2. Evaluation and selection of program participants : May 4 to 16, 2020
  3. Announcement of the results (pre-selection for farmer matching): May 18, 2020 
  4. Pre-matching with farmers: May 18 to 31, 2020 
  5. Match-making event : June 7 to 11, 2020  -  Shortlisted startups will be invited to join one of the match-making events, where they will meet with farmers, evaluate the possibility of testing their innovative solutions on their premises and together create a plan for testing the technology.
  6. Testing phase : July 2021 - July 2022  - Startups test their solution on the premises of the farmer/test field according to the plan created during the match-making event.
  7. Demo Day : July 2021 - July 2022 - Following the testing, selected startups together with farmers will organise a Demo Day for local farmers/clients to attend, test the solution and possibly buy the product/service.

Apply here

Before applying, please read carefully Terms and Conditions of the programme.(update on the 29.03.2021).

Applications for 2021 cohort are open from the 3rd of March till 30th of April 2021.

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RIS Business Development Manager - North-East

Contact details

adriana.balazy@eitfood.eu

Philip Fernandez
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EIT Food

Role

Agriculture Project Manager

Contact details

philip.fernandez@eitfood.eu

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