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Our RIS entrepreneurship programmes

Our RIS entrepreneurship programmes

Startups may be small in terms of staff and revenues, but they can be big in the role they can play in economic growth and in transforming the food system.

Startups spur innovation and are open to fierce competition, therefore we provide them with support at every step of their company’s development, from ideation to acceleration and funding.  

Innovation Prizes 

RIS Innovation Prizes is one of the largest startup competitions in the agrifood vertical in Southern and Eastern Europe. Prizes are awarded to entrepreneurs and early stage startups to support the development of new products and services which can help transform our food system, making it healthier, more sustainable and more trusted.

The prizes will be distributed at 17 regional finals with the three best startups taking €1,000, €3,000 and €5,000 in each final. In addition to the cash prizes, participating startups will benefit from access to investors, high-quality training and our community of mentors and experts. 

The competition will conclude with the Grand Final during which the 1st prize winners from all 17 countries will compete for three main prizes: €10,000, €15,000 and €25,000.

For whom: early stage agrifood startups and entrepreneurs from RIS targeted countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey). 

More information - see the competition webpage here. 

          

Legal and Accounting Support:

Legal and Accounting Support offers up to €2,500 to startups and entrepreneurs to cover the costs of company incorporation, intellectual property protection, trademark and permit registration, accounting and other. 

For whom: idea holders (not registered yet) and registered startups from RIS targeted countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey). 

More information can be found here. Applications for Legal and Accounting Support are being accepted in five rounds with the final deadline on September 30, 2020. 

        

Test farms

Test Farms programme is designed to link 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.

Fom whom: startups with solution applicable in farming; farmers open to testing new technologies from RIS targeted countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey

More information can be found here.

       

Challenge Labs

Creative groups designed to find solutions to current and future challenges in the food and agriculture system and spark cofounder relationships in a mixed environment of agrifood enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, industry experts and EIT Food partners

For whom: enthusiasts wanting to start a business or with an idea in mind, experts from the agrifood field from RIS targeted countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey.

More information can be found here.

For all the above business creation activities you can contact :

Adriana Bałazy (CLC North-East) adriana.balazy@eitfood.eu

Yulia Bodnar (CLC North-East) yulia.bodnar@eitfood.eu 

Joseph Gridley (CLC South) joseph.gridley@eitfood.e

Current projects

Legal and Accounting Support for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

Legal and Accounting Support for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

EIT Food offers grants for legal and accounting support to early stage entrepreneurs from Southern and Eastern Europe that are making the food system better for people’s health and better for the environment.

RIS Growing Consciousness: Revitalizing agrifood value chains in rural areas

RIS Growing Consciousness: Revitalizing agrifood value chains in rural areas

Our objective is to produce a set of activities (summer schools, focus groups, professional workshops, stakeholders and community meetings, business creation support).

Test Farms

Test Farms

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

The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

Regenerative agriculture offers one of the greatest opportunities to help Europe address human and climate health, along with the financial well-being of farmers.

The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution is a series of activities whose overall aim is to help farmers and agrifood businesses adopt more regenerative farming practices and raise public awareness about the important health, environmental and economic benefits of eating regeneratively produced food.

Challenge Labs

Challenge Labs

Creative workshops designed to find solutions to current and future challenges in the food and agriculture system 

Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe

Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe

EIT Food, EIT Climate, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Raw Materials and BioAzul joint forces to face the real challenges around water scarcity

The objective of this programme is to enhance knowledge and overcome current barriers to tackle water scarcity in Southern Europe through innovation, entrepreneurship, education and communication.

EWA- Empowering Women in Agrifood

EWA- Empowering Women in Agrifood

Training, mentoring, business coaching and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector

The objective of this programme is to motivate early stage female entrepreneurs to harness their power, understand their innate ability to succeed and overcome any obstacles, equip them with the appropriate knowledge,confidence and networks to successfully start and develop sustainable businesses.

Our other Regional Innovation Scheme programmes

Our RIS education programmes

Our RIS education programmes

Cultivating and attracting talent is essential to create a future innovative food system that produces sustainable and healthy food, and at the same time helps to increase the innovativeness and competitiveness of regional economies.

Our RIS innovation programmes

Our RIS innovation programmes

RIS innovation programmes target societal challenges through technology-based products and services with breakthrough potential.

Our RIS public engagement programmes

Our RIS public engagement programmes

Communication is at the centre of all our activities. We want to engage all European citizens and turn them into enthusiastic change agents in the food system through multiple initiatives.