Global Food Venture Programme 2018

In 2018 a cohort of 24 PhD students experienced a Journey of 6 months to develop their product idea into a feasible business opportunity. They kicked-off in Munich in June, went to Technion in Haifa, Israel in July, and completed a 10-day stay in Silicon Valey, USA. During the process they have been supported by experts and coaches from top Universities in Europe, such as Queens University, University of Madrid, and ETH Zurich.

During these months we've been educating 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 leveraged the knowledge and expertise of a diverse consortium of EIT Food partners and benefit greatly from an onsite and online mentoring scheme on entrepreneurship and the challenges of building a StartUp.


GFV participants additionally had 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.

The final Summit

In October, the PhD students of the Global Food Venture Programme spent 10 days in the Silicon Valley and completed their third workshop. The last step of the Global Food Venture was the intense and fruitful Conference in Paris, on November 28th 2018. This final Summit hosted a Pitch Competition with the assignation of Prize Awards. 

TU Munich

Technion, Israel

Silicon Valley


18-22 June 2018

The PhD students of the Global Food Venture Programme participated in the first step of the journey, starting with this intense bootcamp.

22-28 July 2018

The Technion GFV workshop aimed at validating the market-product fit in the domains of Agrotech and Foodtech.

10-20 October 2018

In October the PhD students of the Global Food Venture Programme had their 10-day intensive workshop in San Francisco.

November 28th, 2018

The EIT Food Venture Summit is the 1st yearly Business Creation global networking event, gathering the European  Agrifood innovation community's main actors.  

Key activities & time scope

  • One-to-one virtual mentoring by a partner institute on how to start your StartUp
  • 1 week bootcamp by TU Munich (June 2018)
  • 1 week visit to Technion, Israel (July 2018)
  • 10 days in San Francisco, visiting Silicon Valley and UC Davis (October 2018)
  • 1 day conference in Paris with final pitches and best StartUps awards (up to 25K Euro) by the EIT Food Business Creation (November, 28th 2018)
Flyer Global Food Venture Programme 2018
Flyer GFV.pdf
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Partner universities

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