• Sarah Luiz

EIT Food Entrepreneurs

Updated: Feb 3

Welcome Summer! It has been an exciting season so far, now I can officially announce that over the next six months I will be working closely with EIT Food (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) to help develop their Seedbed Incubator Programme, and their new data driven startup network and community platform. I cannot put into words how thrilled I am about this because with EIT Food there's an opportunity to achieve HUGE impact in making our global food systems more sustainable, healthy and trusted. Find out more about EIT Food here

Seedbed is a programme funded by the European Union to support aspiring entrepreneurs on their journey to commercialise innovations that are helping to solve big food system challenges. I recently attended the programme's bootcamp and then I created the final cohort brochure to announce this year’s teams - you can take a look at all the profiles in more detail here. It's impressive to learn all about the new technologies that are being developed across EIT Food's key focus areas: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Aquaculture, Digital Traceability, Circular Food Systems, Alternative Proteins and Targeted Nutrition.

I also recently moved to Barcelona to connect with more startups in the circular business innovation space. Barcelona feels very cosmopolitan, creative and progressive - all the things that align well to grow a quality network of high impact investment ventures. So watch this space! I'm now looking forward to creating a new communications strategy, and to building the organisation's startup community.

This community - EIT Food Entrepreneurs, will offer lots of free startup training events throughout the year, in addition to the 'limited place' funded programmes, which support you to launch, accelerate and scale up your business innovation. A full event agenda and programme application information will be announced in January 2022, after a soft launch this year. I cannot wait to see all of this work come to fruition after it has been such a strong vision of mine for so long!

UPDATE: The site is now live! https://entrepreneurship.eitfood.eu/

I'll be publishing another blog next month to detail all the plans I have in place for 2022

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