A green tech startup hotspot in an area with rich agricultural heritage – that’s Munich in Bavaria. Germany’s EIT FAN programme is your door opener to leading local and international industry partners, experts and mentors that will help you grow your business and reach your target customer. With Munich’s thriving food tech ecosystem and access to state-of-the-art facilities, the Munich FAN programme is the ideal location to get ready for scaling up.
Why select Munich?
Mentoring by local agritech experts
We have a wide range of strong partners including Döhler, John Deere, NX FOOD, StartLife and DIL, to provide unique expertise and insight. On top of that, we provide an extensive network of experienced founders and business experts who help you tackle your individual challenges during the programme. With TUM, we also have a strong academic partner on board. In total, we provide each team with up to 3 mentors covering different topics and perspectives.
Access to state-of-the-art facilities
We provide office space in the Munich Urban Colab, an exciting new innovation hub opening soon in the center of Munich, access to an amazing makerspace and other prototyping facilities provided by our partners. Each startup also receives a grant from EIT Food for the finishing touch of your products.
Outstanding track record
100% of our previous participants would participate in the programme again and 90% would recommend it to other startups.
“I am very happy that I was a part of EIT FAN Germany as a mentor. It's really inspiring to meet young Agrifood entrepreneurs and it is highly gratifying to be able to give something back to the community. Founders with strong food-tech-background are hard to find and I’m proud to be part of the strong EIT FAN-family.”
— Fabian Schlang, Co-Founder of air up GmbH, Mentor
“EIT FAN Germany connected us with experienced food entrepreneurs within Munich's startup ecosystem. Besides sharing their lessons learned, they helped us with specific questions arising during the time of the acceleration. We can highly recommend the program to fellow participants.”
— Niklas Katter, Co-Founder of VlyFoods, Participant
“EIT FAN Germany hosted by XPRENEURS not only provided the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs and partners, but also gave us access to office space, the makerspace and a prototyping grant, which clearly helped us moving forward. Looking backwards, I can highly recommend being part of EIT FAN Germany at XPRENEURS.”
— Pedro Gómez, Co-Founder of Orbem, Participant & Judge
“We gained more valuable industrial contact for new pilot projects and potential customers. Furthermore, we are now able to work on prototypes for new products with the German institute for food technology. All in all, we went one step further growing our business.”
— Julia Piechotta, Co-Founder of Spoontainable, Participant 2020
“I loved everything about the program. The knowledge provided through the workshops and exchange with other start-ups, amazing networking events, prototyping grant and all the support provided by the amazing team of EIT FAN Munich Hub. It was great being able to get in touch with the biggest market players and being able to exchange with them.”
— Michael Sysoev, Co-Founder of Pläin, Participant 2020
EIT FAN Munich Hub highlights and success stories
Winner – EIT FAN 2018
Wisefood has created the world's first edible straw made of apple pomace to offer a more sustainable and ecological alternative. Since graduating from the program, the startup has sold more than 10 million straws and counting. Well-known brands like Transgourmet, METRO, EDEKA, REWE, NOVOTEL, Mecure Hotel and many more have already bought wisefood-straws.
Winner – EIT FAN 2019
Orbem’s AI-driven imaging method GENUS makes it possible to determine the fertility and sex of poultry embryos still in the egg. The startup, part of the 2019 EIT FAN, has raised well over 1M € in public grants and prize money since the start of the programme to turn its vision into reality.
EIT FAN 2020
Walding discovers treasures in the fungi world and uses them to create tasty vegan products that are natural, sustainable and additive-free. Their main project is the cultivation of a unique tree mushroom called chicken of the woods. Three months after participating in EIT FAN, they are about to launch a new product, an innovative fungi-based burger!