The EIT Food

Accelerator Network

Access an unparalleled Network

Accelerate your growth and impact

This is THE only programme of its kind in Europe, for ambitious agrifood startups looking to accelerate business growth and impact. EIT Food’s Food Accelerator Network (FAN) provides the tools, connections and mentoring to help you increase your company’s visibility, fast-track growth and maximise the chances of success.

Helping your business to transition from early stage company to impactful innovator.

This year, for the first time, Finland joins the programme

FAN 2020 – 6 locations

Not to be missed

Germany, Spain, Israel, UK, Switzerland, Finland


Are you looking to grow your Agrifood business? The four-month EIT FAN programme is delivered at six unique innovation ecosystems in Europe and offers:

Expert business mentors and coaches

Benefit from the knowledge and experience of the best mentors and coaches in the EIT Food network.

Investor and media exposure

Connect with investors and media outlets specialised in agrifood to increase your company’s visibility and be well positioned for future funding negotiations.

Access to a world-class agrifood customer base

Unparalleled access to a high functioning agrifood ecosystem, to deliver your innovation faster.

Collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs

Gain access to co-working spaces to share knowledge, gain real insights and learn from experiences that could prove invaluable for your next move!

World-class skills training

A fully bespoke curriculum created by academic and industry leaders in agrifood to support your transition from early-stage to impactful innovator.

Financial support of up to €100k

Kickstart your business with financial support and cash-equivalent services of up to €100,000 (€20,000 in equity-free cash, €20,000 in cash-equivalent services and / or €60,000 in SAFE warrants) for each of the top three graduating companies.

"The EIT Food Accelerator Network has been a catalyst to get us to market as quickly as possible through its network in the food industry”

—  Nick Hooton, Jellydrops, FAN 2019

"EIT Food has been the springboard to realising my product vision”

—  Andrea, LiVEON Health-tech, FAN 2019

"Thanks to the EIT FAN, we sharpened our strategy, value proposition and business model, found strategic partners and advisors and raised a pre-seed round thanks to the accelerator contact and staff. This is the best program for Foodtech startups!"


—  Eshchar, Founder Redefine Meat, FAN 2018



Apply now for FAN 2020

Get selected

Share your vision  


Join an accelerator programme at your preferred location


Participate in the four month acceleration period

Pitch to win

At the end of the accelerator, pitch your idea, showcase your business and win


Read the full Eligibility Criteria


JAN 15

Applications open

MAR 10

Applications close


Deadline: March 10, 2020 at 6pm CET






Pitch to win

Smart Farming Sidetrack

Is your business focused on creating innovative, sustainable solutions that could change the future of farming and agriculture? Technical University of Munich (TUM), John Deere, PepsiCo and UnternehmerTUM invite you to submit your application to the Smart Farming Sidetrack within FAN 2020.

Join EIT FAN to increase your visibility and impact, fast-track your growth and maximise your chances of success

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