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 second 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 €15,000 grant, 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.

Location Contact

Juliet Bray

Startup Support Manager

T: +34 944 719 409

M: +34 696 270 237


Why choose FAN Bilbao?

Non Repayable Grants

FAN Bilbao offers €15,000 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.  



Applications open on 15th January 2020 and close 10th March. Apply early to beat the crowds! Make sure you click 'EIT FAN Accelerator' when applying through the Mass Challenge platform and select Bilbao as your first choice location. If you want a discount code to waive the application fee, please contact

Get selected

Selected startups will find out if they have been selected in late May 2020.


If selected, before the accelerator starts, we will spend lots of time with you learning about your business and what you want the accelerator to include. At FAN Bilbao, we co-design our curriculum to meet all the startups' needs.


FAN Bilbao is divided over 3 two-week learning sprints.  One at the beginning of July, one in September and one in October. More details on the exact dates and curriculum will follow soon.

Pitch to win

At the end of FAN Bilbao, compete against the other accelerator locations for your chance to win 100.000 in funding.

"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 2019

"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 2019

“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 


FAN Bilbao 2019 highlights and success stories

Rawckers, plant based cheese and yoghurt, EIT FAN, Spain, startup

Founded by a raw vegan couple, Stefan Foldi and Marisha Zaporojan, based in Romania, Rawckers develops plant-based cheese and yoghurts made with butter from cashew nuts and almonds.


Thanks to FAN, Stefan gained new business skills which have helped him and his  partner, take the business to the next level. With a professional mechanical background, the training provided essential business skills including tips for pitching such as being more persuasive and communicating more effectively about his venture.


Since joining the FAN programme in Bilbao, Stefan and Marisha are in the process of planning to start a company and production unit in Spain, targeted to the Iberian market. Thanks to his mentor, Stefan has now developed an excellent network in Spain. Azti, a leading food production and research centre in the Basque Country, has also been fundamental for providing Rawckers with advice on the Spanish consumer market, helping them to test and validate their products for Spanish consumers. Stefan was also able to benefit from the expertise of a Spanish lawyer, provided free of charge during the programme.

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

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