The Basque Country, renowned for its industrial heritage and excellence in agriculture and food production, is an ideal location for startups in the agrifood sector to develop and grow their ventures.
The third edition of our highly successful accelerator programme offers participants with unique opportunities to gain insights into the Spanish and wider European agrifood industry. With a generous budget, we facilitate your participation in the programme and provide you with the resources to develop and test your business. Drawing on a broad network of industry experts, we provide you with 30 days training and networking opportunities to take your startup to the next level.
Apply today and join the strongest agrifood ecosystem in Southern Europe, a top-rated location for market opportunities and growth.
Why choose FAN Bilbao?
Non Repayable Grants
FAN Bilbao offers a generous budget to cover the costs of your participation in the programme and support your business.
Train for personal growth and success
Described by entrepreneurs as a ‘mini MBA’, FAN Bilbao offers a custom-made and inspiring training programme to help you grow and thrive as an entrepreneur. We know as entrepreneurs you are very busy, so we have designed the programme in 3 x two-week sprints. There is no need to relocate for our accelerator – though you can if you want to experience the beautiful Basque summer.
Extensive network of partners
FAN Bilbao has the largest network of partners in the agrifood sector, with a focus on Southern Europe. You will meet over 600 contacts and have access to the Basque Country’s leading food and agricultural research centres, Azti and Neiker, providing you with the opportunity for product development and testing.
"I learnt how to pitch, design press releases, develop my public speaking skills, market my product... It’s like a mini MBA."
Stefan Foldi, Founder and CEO of Rawckers, FAN Bilbao Startup
"FAN Bilbao is an amazing accelerator! The organization and planning of the trainings were very complete and valuable to us. Their network and contacts were incredible, and we had the opportunity to connect with several stakeholders and great personalities that otherwise could not be possible.'
Sara Goncalves, Founder of Trigger Systems, FAN Bilbao Startup
“The EIT Food Accelerator Network in Bilbao will take your startup to the next level. It's the most powerful program for early-stage food startups in Europe.”
Taig Mac Carthy, Managing Director at Eywa Space Incubator, San Sebastian
“I believe the EIT Food FAN 2019 experience was outstanding not only because it was meticulously organized and the potential of the startups attending the program was great, but also the human side was really amazing, and this is key to me."
Pedro Alvarez, Cofounder and y CEO ivoro, Food Innovation Hub
"Connecting inspiring mentors to an entrepreneur is one of the most important steps in supporting any startup. The matchmaking is done very well, and I am sure that the relationships established will last long once the mentoring period is over”.
Claus Rosenberg Gotthard, Serial Entrepreneur