Startup Club The RisingFoodStars

EIT Food offers amble opportunities to agrifood startups & entrepreneurs in Europe. Support is available at every step of a company’s development, from ideation to acceleration and funding, offered through diverse programmes. An overview of all the opportunities can be found here.

However, the most promising mature startups and early scaleups in the agrifood ecosystem can also become part of EIT Food’s network in a long term collaboration, instead of only benefitting from it through one of the above opportunities, by becoming a member of the Association RisingFoodStars.

The RisingFoodStars, our club of outstanding agrifood startups and scaleups

The RisingFoodStars Association serves as an umbrella association for high potential agrifood startups and scaleups. It is a partner of EIT Food and allows as such its members to participate “on equal height” in all EIT Food activities. The RisingFoodStars are involved in key communications and key events of EIT Food and, as such, contribute to deliver on EIT Food’s strategic objectives.

This unique international innovation vehicle offers outstanding young companies access to knowledge, networks and the opportunity to actively engage in EIT Food’s activities. They are benefitting from  access to the partners, the expert network, programmes, technological infrastructure and business creation support as well as potential customers and distribution channels, which will significantly accelerate their international growth.

On the other hand, as agile and swift partners, they can drive the innovations of the future within this large network. The collaborations between the RisingFoodStars and the other EIT Food partners provide an entrepreneurial and agile innovation culture which will bring complementary competences of startups lined up along the food supply chain and unprecedented value in terms of cutting-edge technologies and innovative business models.

The RisingFoodStars Association elevates high potential agrifood mature startups and scaleups to the next level in becoming the international gamechangers.


  • Foster networking between its members and with the most important players in the European agrifood chain;
  • Encourage its members to further evolve their innovations in an international context and in cooperation with the members of EIT Food specially;
  • Support its members in technological, technical, marketing and techtransfer issues;
  • Be a valuable source of information and expertise regarding state of the art technology in the field, and to facilitate access to laboratories and equipment (prototyping/scaling facilities) at research institutions and companies to develop products or technologies;
  • Give advice on project opportunities – regarding funding/financing possibilities and innovation content.

How become a member?

Between April 1- May 1 (23.59h), a yearly call for new members is open on via F6S. Hereby, we look for those companies, on a mission to transform the food system, which are excellent, committed and complementary towards our current members. They are selected, also taking into account their potential in tackling EIT Food’s Strategic Objectives.
Please refer to the application Terms and Conditions for more details about the process.

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • You are a small sized company as defined by EC recommendation 2003/361/EC (see 5. Below)
  • You are part of or of added value to the agrifood ecosystem
  • You are past the ideation phase, with minimum a MVP with traction in your home market, preferably already with sales
  • Your business must be within the scope of the main challenges in EIT Food strategic business agenda:
    • Making the agrifood system better for people’s health
    • Making the agrifood system better for the environment
    • Making the agrifood system more trusted and transparent
  • At least 1 member of the core team will be present at the Deep Dive training end of September in Leuven (B)
  • Only candidates who submit a complete application and answer all the questions in the online application step will be evaluated by the Advisory Committee
  • Application must be submitted in English

What is the timeline?

If interested, do not hesitate to contact our RisingFoodStars Manager.

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