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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...;
  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 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, the startup will return to EIT Food 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...;
  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 500 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 (2000 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 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.