EIT Food’s Global Food Venture (GFV) programme supports 30 highly motivated PhD students from across Europe to turn their research into successful business concepts in the food and agtech space.
The programme will support upcoming innovators in the area of entrepreneurship and business creation, through an intensive curriculum of tailored seminars and workshops. Participants will leverage the knowledge and expertise of a diverse consortium of EIT Food industry partners and benefit greatly from the one-to-one mentoring of an academic partner institute. During a period of 9 months, the GFV program will bring together talented researchers with technology experts, mentors and investors to prototype viable solutions with validated value propositions, and therefore tackle challenges across the food and agriculture industry. Unlike any other European entrepreneurship programme, GFV participants will have the unique opportunity to visit two key international entrepreneurship ecosystems (Israel and the Silicon Valley), pitch their ideas internationally, and network with key players from the food and agtech space.
The programme is suitable for early stage (pre-seed) start-ups if co-founded or co-led by a current PhD student.
Key activities and time scope:
- Tailored, one-to-one virtual mentoring by a partner institute (nine months)
- One-week bootcamp by TU Munich (June 2018)
- 10 day visits in two international ecosystems, Israel and the Silicon Valley (July and November 2018 )
- Food & agtech conference in Europe with final pitches and a best start-up award by EIT Food (December 2018)
Documents needed to apply:
- Motivation letter (maximum one page)
- CV (maximum two pages);
- Video pitch of one min;
- Start-up description
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 April 2018.
What are the evaluation criteria?
- Innovative idea and/or early stage technology from the agrifood value chain with potential impact in the field
- Potential to commercialise or demonstrated market need
- Entrepreneurial mindset and motivation to bring the idea to the market
- Likely benefit from the programme
- Environmental sustainability and social impact of the idea
Successful candidates will receive a fellowship, which will be utilised to cover all of their mobility costs (travel, subsistence and attendance expenses).
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