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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

EWA- Empowering Women in Agrifood
Entrepreneurship

EWA- Empowering Women in Agrifood

Up to 50 women entrepreneurs from countries with modest to moderate innovation rates (check countries here) will participate, during 6 months, in an educational programme tailored for female-specific challenges regarding entrepreneurship....

Challenge Labs
Entrepreneurship

Challenge Labs

Challenge Labs are designed to tackle the big problems facing the food sector by bringing together diverse groups of people. It is hoped that Challenge Labs will spark co-founder relationships,...

Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe
Regional Innovation Scheme

Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe

There is no denying that more innovation is needed to reduce and optimize water use - a challenge that covers mutiple facets-, produce food in a more sustainable way,...

The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution
Entrepreneurship

The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

Reports from leading organisations, such as FAO, IPCC, and EAT Forum, state the fundamental importance of transitioning to more regenerative agriculture methods if Europe is to meet its climate change...

Growing Consciousness: RIS Challenge project aimed at revitalizing agro-food chains in rural areas through sustainable innovation
Regional Innovation Scheme

Growing Consciousness: RIS Challenge project aimed at revitalizing agro-food chains in rural areas through sustainable innovation

Our objective is to produce a set of activities (summer schools, focus groups, professional workshops, stakeholders and community meetings, business creation support), which will foster skills, techniques and know-how aimed...

Test Farms
Regional Innovation Scheme

Test Farms

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...

Legal and Accounting Support for Early Stage Entrepreneurs
Regional Innovation Scheme

Legal and Accounting Support for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

EIT Food knows that the legal and financial hurdles of startup life can be very challenging. In fact, recent statistics demonstrate that a failure to manage finances well...

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.