EIT Food Seedbed Incubator Programme

The EIT Food Seedbed Incubator Programme is delivered by top EIT Food Partner Universities and Research and Innovation Organisations (Seedbed Hubs), providing their expertise in technology commercialisation and their vast connections with Industry to support researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs launch or progress a commercially viable business based on market need. 
Seedbed Hubs provide participants with the skills, personalised business coaching, Industry connections and funding to get out of the building and test innovative ideas directly with 100+ potential customers and end-users and learn how to progress from a great idea to a validated business proposition.
EIT Food Seedbed supports aspiring entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial academics, and newly formed startups presenting one of EIT Food's Focus Areas, listed below:
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Alternative Proteins
  • Digital Traceability
  • Circular Food Systems
  • Targeted Nutrition
The beneficiaries will gain expert support (training and mentoring) and financial support (up to €8,000 to facilitate market testing activities and to speak to 100+ potential customers, stakeholders, and end-users to validate business ideas; plus the opportunity to access follow-on EIT Food funding and support through the Startup Launch Grant).
The program is run in the English language in five European hubs: in Poland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Spain, and Denmark.
Register your interest now at www.businesscreation.eitfood.eu.
Applications open 14th Feb 2021. Once you have registered, you will automatically receive a link to apply. Applications close on 10th April 2021.
More information about the program you can find at https://www.eitfood.eu/projects/Seedbed and on the website of Seedbed Hub Warsaw: http://timo.wz.uw.edu.pl/Seedbed 
Applicants should present an innovative idea, which has the potential to make a big impact on any part of the food sector including the way we produce, deliver, consume and recycle our food. Apart from typical agri-food solutions, start-ups may also operate in fields related to the food system, including machines and equipment for agriculture and food manufacturing, logistics, packaging, ICT solutions, food waste reduction, business services, or social innovations.
The program addresses idea holders and early-stage startups. Are encourage those, whose business idea is connected with their technological research, and its further development requires specialist business skills and contacts with potential customers in various European countries.
At the end of the programme, all Seedbed alumni have the chance to secure follow-on funding from EIT Food to help participants launch or progress their business.