The city of Bilbao joined the EIT Food Accelerator Network in 2019. Situated on the Northern Coast of Spain, Bilbao is one of Europe’s most pioneering cities when it comes to food and agriculture. With world-class agrifood research facilities, a local government that is committed to transforming the food system and a large agrifood industry presence, the Basque country is the perfect location to scale your agrifood start-up.
Through selecting Bilbao, startups will benefit from:
Access to state-of-the-art pilot factory facilities through our partnership with Azti. Also, startups will have access to a sensory tasting lab to better understand their customers.
Access to agricultural land and resources close to Bilbao.
Cash bursaries for each selected start-up to support travel, accommodation and additional training costs.
Location Contact: Joseph Gridley
Munich is the most vibrant city for high-tech startups in Germany. Host in Germany is XPRENEURS, the incubation program of UnternehmerTUM (partner of Technical University Munich and one of the Top 5 entrepreneurship centers in Europe).
Through selecting Munich, startups will benefit from:
Free office space in Werksviertel Munich and access to “MakerSpace”
Partly being refunded some of the costs incurred for building a prototype
Networking events and workshops with investors and successful founders.
Location Contact: Dorothea Haider
Founded in 2016, MassChallenge Switzerland has quickly become a leading driver of innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe by connecting startups with the experts and resources they need to grow. With the support of our corporate partners, many of them key agri/food industry players, we accelerate the highest potential startups through a selective four months program.
Through selecting Lausanne, startups will benefit from:
Unrivalled access to a strong network of key industry players, startups and universities (such as Bühler, Nestlé, Südzucker, Barry Callebaut, GEA, EPFL or Givaudan to name a few)
Free office space for one year, a makerspace in which you can use machinery while being professionally advised.
Tailored programming and curriculum as well as an established international community of startups
Location Contact: Yefei Xia
The EIT-FAN program at the Technion (Haifa) is a fruitful collaboration between the Faculty of Biotechnology & Food Engineering and the Strauss Group. The Technion ranks among the leading technological universities around the world, has 3 Nobel Prize Laureates and has a tremendous contribution to Israel and the world. Strauss Group, based in Isarael, is an international company and considered the largest Food & Beverage company in Israel.
Through selecting Technion, startups will benefit from:
An academic and business curriculum tailored to the needs of the participating entrepreneurs: lectures, practicum workshops, success stories, round table and one-on-one mentoring.
Access to the Technion’s faculty experts, its vast research infrastructure, labs and network of professional contacts.
Industry tours in leading food factories and companies as well as meet the VCs event.
Location Contact: Dr. Avital Regev Siman-Tov
Home to one of the world’s leading technology clusters Cambridge is a fantastic place to develop your startup. Consistently ranked one of the most dynamic cities in the UK Cambridge has given rise to 10+ billion pound companies and per capita of population publishes more patents than the next three UK cities combined. To explore the Cambridge cluster click here.
Through selecting Cambridge, startups will benefit from:
Being a part of the ideaSpace founder community
Membership of Agritech-East
A knowledge intensive startup ecosystem few can match
Location Contact: Stewart McTavish