The EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN) programme aims to fast-track science and technology-based innovations that are helping to solve global food system challenges. The four-month programme is managed by leading EIT Food partner organizations, operating from different regional hub locations in Europe. Impactful agrifood startups are connected with industry-leading corporate and research partners, in order to pilot innovative technology and to achieve a successful market adoption.
For your business to be eligible, innovation must be underpinned by a science or technology with a proof of concept, or pilot project execution. It must also fall under one of EIT Food’s key focus areas: Alternative proteins; Targeted nutrition; Digital traceability; Sustainable agriculture; Sustainable aquaculture; Circular systems.
In order to apply for EIT FAN your company must be registered and established in an EU member state, or Horizon Europe associated countries. Your company must be at a pre-seed stage (you must not have closed a Series A investment round yet), and ideally, it has successfully completed customer validation and is able to demonstrate traction, for example, through letters of support, sales, or signed letters of intent.
Funding: up to €10,000
With the EIT FAN grant also comes the opportunity to access follow-on EIT Food funding and support through EIT Food’s Impact Fund.
Date for submitting applications
You can submit your applications from the beginning of January to the end of February each year, and all applications are evaluated from March-May. The start-ups considered to have the highest impact potential will be selected (up to 60 startup teams).
For more information access: https://entrepreneurship.eitfood.eu/accelerate/