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.
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.
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.