Final Summit in Paris 2018

The EIT Food Venture Summit is the 1st yearly Business Creation global networking event, gathering the main stakeholders and actors from across the European AgriFood innovation community for matchmaking, and celebrating the EIT Food Business Creation activities. 

This one-day invitation Business Creation event was held on Wednesday 28 November (09:00 – 19:00) at the state-of-the-art venue Station F in Paris, a 34,000m² start-up campus that gathers a whole entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof (the world biggest StartUp campus).


The 5 most innovative ideas among the GFV project proposals were chosen and rewared. 

At this inspiring and interactive event for the AgriFood industry from all over Europe, èarticipants could meet with major corporates, StartUps & ScaleUps, investors and experts.




This event in a nutshell, or, better, in three key-points, was an opportunity to:


  • meet our first cohort of Agrifood StartUps and ScaleUps (RisingFoodStars and winners of the EIT Food Accelerator Network -EIT FAN),
  • engage with the business and financial venturing ecosystem
  • learn about the entrepreneurial ideas of the Global Food Venture Programme (GFVP) and finalists of the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) programme

A great opportunity for the Rising Food Stars, the Food Accelerator Network, and the Global Food Venture Program PhDs to meet the major Food system players, investors, and companies!


Find out all about the programme here.

Event's programme

9:30 - 9:40 

Welcome Speaker: Maarten van der Kamp

9:40 - 10:00

Inspirational speech Speaker: Luca Morandi

10:00 - 12:00

Start-up Pitch competition chaired by Giuseppe Caputo and Martine van Veelen

12:00 - 12:30

Certificates ceremony by Jury members

Closing by Maarten van der Kamp

Pitch competition among the 24 Business ideas

During the Final Summit the 24 talented PhD students of the Programme will have the chance to present their projects and compete to win one of the 5 Prize Awards.

The founders will present the ideas they have developed during these months, and a Jury will evaluate them.

Have an overview of the 24 Business ideas here! 

The Global Food Venture Evaluators Jury

Our judges selected 5 StartUps, and rewarded them with 5 prizes. Let's meet them.

Maarten van der Kamp

Director of Education, EIT Food

Dr Maarten van der Kamp is EIT Food’s Director of Education. He is passionate about helping students and entrepreneurs to find ways in which they can create a more sustainable society. Maarten sees it as his mission to equip innovators with both the competences to make sense of current and future social and environmental challenges, and the entrepreneurial spirit through which they can have a positive impact – wherever they might find themselves. With a background in industry, academe and as the founder of a consultancy, he is trying to use his experience to develop theoretically sound and practically applicable knowledge for more ethical markets and practices.


Lukxmi Balathasan, PhD

PhD, EIT Food

Lukxmi currently works for EIT Food’s Business Creation Team. Her mission is to ensure that all the creativity and innovation brewing within academia and the minds of aspiring entrepreneurs are supported and developed into sustainable businesses that deliver impact. After a decade as a medical researcher, her drive to bring scientific discoveries to the market led to a career shift from the lab bench to business.   Lukxmi has supported the commercialisation of research from within the NHS, academia and the charity sector. Most recently,  Lukxmi lead both product and business development activities at Vecotech Ltd, a University spin-out company developing novel methods to control insect pests of medical significance. 


Giuseppe Capetta

Industry Innovation Manager, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center

Giuseppe is responsible for fostering and enabling the adoption of Open Innovation models by large corporations operating in Food & Beverage and Distribution industries. He’s specialized in scouting of cutting-edge technologies for industrial applications (focus on FMCG/CPG), with a holistic approach. He’s also a mentor at Startupbootcamp FoodTech and pro bono advisor of his favorite startups. Since 2009 he has contributed to the creation and development of Intesa Sanpaolo StartUp Initiative, the international acceleration platform which looks for promising high-tech startups, selects and coaches them, and connects them with financial and corporate investors.

Luca Morandi

Senior Investment Manager, Indaco Venture Partners

Luca is Senior Investment Manager at Indaco Venture Partners, the largest indipendent asset management company in Italy focused on venture and growth capital with +€250Mln AUM across five funds. Luca is involved in the origination, execution and management of portfolio companies across a wide range of industries and also serves as board member and board observer in several portfolio companies. He also serves as mentor on Deloitte FoodForward accelerator and Startupbootcamp FoodTech. Prior to joining Indaco Venture Partners, Luca was Senior Investment Manager at Quadrivio Capital covering venture capital investments. He has also an extensive experience in corporate M&A at General Electric Company and Barilla Group where he was involved on a broad range of domestic and cross-border transactions including acquisitions, divestments, joint venture and several cross-functional business development projects. 

Rogelio Pozo

General Manager, AZTI Tecnalia

25+ years global experience in Product Development and International Funds. 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor in the Life Sciences sector. Expertise in development and launching new products to the market (B2B and B2C) Business Plans and Strategic Development of Companies in the Food sector Managing Partner in F4F Capital (20 M€) in Food Sector Member of the board of directors of companies/foundations • Basque Culinary Center Foundation • ELIKA – Basque Food Safety Agency • Euskalit – Basque Quality Management Foundation • UCL Winemaker at Rioja • MM SL – Mussels and oyster production • New Food Spray SA until 2015 • Roboconcept SA until 2015 • Ondartxo Arraiak SA • Tecnología y Calidad Láctea SA until 2009 • Aerovisión Vehículos Aéreos SA (Dron Company) until 2013 • Agrocomerce Internacional SA Fish Electronic Auction until 2004 • BIONOR SA – Biofuels until 2003 TEACHING ACTIVITIES • Professor of the Master on Food Safety by the Faculty of Veterinary and Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid and the Spanish Agency of Food Safety and Nutrition, 2009-2016


Mario Roccaro

Programme Manager Education, EIT Food

Mario has joined EIT Food in 2018 as Programme Manager Education in charge of developing educational offerings including the Professional Development actions for postgraduates and personnel of the Food sector. Previously, he was engaged at the European Commission DG EAC as policy officer in charge of designing and implementing the HORIZON 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. After receiving his first degree in Food and Science Technology from the University of Milan (IT) he worked for several food industries in Italy before pursuing further education. He received a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh (UK). Subsequently, he worked as plant scientist at the Max Planck Institute Cologne (DE) performing basic and applied science.


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