EIT Food Seedbed Incubator for Agrifood Entrepreneurs and Early-stage Startups looking to validate their MVP

This game-changing customer-discovery programme allows you to test the market directly with 100+ potential customers and learn how to progress from commercial proposition to validated business. At the end of the programme, you’ll pitch your idea to a panel of industry experts, receiving constructive feedback and the chance to secure up to €20,000 follow-on funding from EIT Food to help bring your product to market.
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This multi-location Launch programme trains and supports teams over a six-month period to help them better understand the needs of their customers and validate their business ideas. Seedbed is designed for early stage products or services that utilise innovative agrifood technologies set to make a big impact on any part of the food sector, including the way we produce, deliver, consume, recycle and value our food.
 
Who
 
Technology and business savvy agrifood entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and early-stage startups looking to validate their minimum viable product and test their assumptions.
 
How
 
This game-changing customer-discovery programme allows you to test the market directly with 100+ potential customers and learn how to progress from commercial proposition to validated business. At the end of the programme, you’ll pitch your idea to a panel of industry experts, receiving constructive feedback and the chance to secure up to €20,000 follow-on funding from EIT Food to help bring your product to market.
 
Benefits
 
Held in Northern Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Poland, the Seedbed programme supports innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs from across Europe to go out and meet potential customers.
 
You will receive
  • Training at a five-day residential bootcamp based on unique customer-oriented methodology to help you create a startup business model. Your business address will determine your Seedbed bootcamp location. See below for 2020 dates and locations
  • Mentorship from leading agrifood sector experts with specialised knowledge and skills to develop food sector innovation
  • Funding of up to €10,000 to validate your business idea with potential customers, plus the opportunity to access a further €20,000 through a Startup Launch Grant.
Please note, you will be invited to a final event where you will pitch your validated business idea.
 
Examples of agrifood technologies
 
Although not an exhaustive list, we particularly encourage applications that fall within one of the following areas:
  • Innovative Food Technologies including alternative/novel ingredients, Sustainable Alternatives, Waste Technologies
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Biotechnology
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Smart Farming including Precision Agriculture and Indoor Agriculture
  • Farm Management Software/ Sensing/IoT
  • Ag-tech including Animal Health & Livestock, Soil & Crop Tech, Crop Protection & Nutrition, Water Tech
  • Big Data & Predictive Analytics
If you have a technology that does not fall within one of above areas and want to apply please get in touch to discuss your technology.
 
Application deadline: March 15, 2020
 
Source: EIT Food

Tractor using precision agriculture (credits: United Soybean Board / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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