Global Food Venture Programme 2018

The Global Food Venture programme 2018 educates upcoming innovators in the area of entrepreneurship and business creation through an intensive 3 – week curriculum of tailored seminars and workshops spread out over a period of 6 months, Jun to Dec 2018. During this period, PhD students will leverage the knowledge and expertise of a diverse consortium of EIT Food partners and benefit greatly from a virtual mentoring scheme on entrepreneurship and the challenges of building a start-up (online meetings, 2 hours / month). GFV participants will additionally have the unique opportunity to gain insight into two international innovation ecosystems (Israel and the Silicon Valley) and network with key players from the food & agtech space, in order to build and validate their value propositions and fuel innovation across food & agriculture in Europe.

Key activities & time scope

  • One-to-one virtual mentoring by a partner institute on how to start your start-up (time requirement 2 hours / month)
  • 1 week bootcamp by TU Munich (June 2018)
  • 1 week visit to Technion, Israel (July 2018)
  • 1 week in San Francisco area visiting Silicon Valley and UC Davis (October 2018)
  • 1 day conference in Paris with final pitches and best start-up awards (up to 50K Euro) by the EIT Food Business Creation (December 2018)
Flyer Global Food Venture Programme 2018
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For who?

PhD students from any European Institute or H2020 associated countries can enter the programme with a start-up idea or with an early stage start-up (pre-seed) in the food & agtech space. PhD students who have completed their studies in the 2nd half of 2017 or students planning to join a PhD programme within 2018 are also eligible to apply for the Global Food Venture.

Why should you join?

The Global Food Venture programme will strengthen your entrepreneurial spirit and help you improve your entrepreneurship and business creation skills. You will learn about the process and challenges of building a start-up and be supported by a mentor for a period of at least 6 months. You will visit established agrifood companies, start-up incubators and accelerators and gain access to an international network of food & agtech experts, mentors and investors to help you validate your idea and embark on a journey to become yourself a successful entrepreneur.

Feedbacks from the participants

The Global Food Venture Programme 2018 aims at training and facilitating food innovators in an entrepreneurial mindset to boost their creativity and turn their knowledge into value.

How was their experience in 2018? Let us discover the impressions of PhD students who have been participating to this innovative programme!

Partner universities

EIT Food ivzw, Ubicenter A Philipssite 5, 3001 Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium