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The food industry has been changing right in front of our eyes. Producers, restaurants and supermarkets are discovering the huge potential that plant-based cuisine can bring to their business. Flexitarianism, plant-based protein, meat alternatives are terms which have been used extensively by the media when commenting on the food industry in recent years.
Are you sufficiently prepared for the new wave? We will provide answers and inspiration at the Plant Powered Perspectives Conference! You will have the opportunity to meet leading plant-based food experts and be inspired to expand your business and include innovative products within your range.
Date and location of the event: 12 October 2020; on-line event
Představa vlastního podnikání Vám není cizí? Máte nápad, který chcete rozjet? Nebo naopak hledáte ten správný nápad, který stojí zato rozvíjet?
Pak je online Design Thinking workshop právě pro Vás!
KDY: 30. 11. 2020, 9:00 - 17:00
Proč EIT Food?
V EIT Food podporujeme inovace v potravinářství a zemědělství, od chytrého monitorování včelstev, přes aplikace pro prevenci plýtvání jídlem nebo sledování původu potravin až po biohacking.
Společným jmenovatelem je zejména udržitelnost a transparentnost systému potravin.
Proč právě Vy?
Protože právě Vy můžete být tím, kdo přijde s dalším velkým nápadem, který převrátí zemědělský a potravinářský sektor vzhůru nohama!
Co Vás čeká?
Během workshopu si vyzkoušíte
Jak se staví efektivní týmy
Jak dělat správně výzkum i vést empatický rozhovor
Nové techniky pro brainstorming. Které jsou skvělé i pro stydlivé introverty
Jak postavit prototyp a otestovat si ho
A jak ke svému projektu spustit marketing s minimálním rozpočtem
Co to je Design Thinking a k čemu vám může být dobrý nejen pro stavbu nových produktů
Případové studie z celého světa, na kterých si Design Thinking názorně ukážeme
Workshopem Vás provede Pavlína Louženská
Pavlína konzultuje produkt, marketing a byznys primárně pro technologické startupy a módní značky. Za poslední rok pomáhala 300+ firmám v zemích po celé Evropě, nejen jako Lead Mentor Google Developers Launchpad a certifikovaný trenér Google na Design Thinking. Založila skupinu #HolkyzMarketingu, která dnes má přes 25 000 členek. Je členkou správní rady Transparency International. Získala stipendium Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative Fellowship, Czech-German Young Professionals a Aspen Institute Young Leaders. Píše nejen napavlinaspeaks.com.
The CEE Food Foresight and country reports can be downloaded here.
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the most pressing challenges in our complicated food system.
What can we do to better prepare for the transformation of the agrifood sector caused by coronavirus?
How can we grasp the opportunities that come out of the crisis and improve our food?
As the EU Commission stated, Strategic foresights will play a key role in helping future-proof EU policymaking by ensuring that short-term initiatives are grounded in a longer-term perspective. The EIT Food Strategic Foresight Analysis outlines how COVID-19 has affected the agrifood system in Europe, what the possible future scenarios are and how we can use the opportunities that come out of this pandemic.
Key insights from South and Central European countries will be shared in the following areas:
Food manufacturing and supply chain
CEE Foresight Analysis
The CEE Food Foresight was based on the macroeconomic analysis, brainstorming sessions with experts, interviews with academic, business, and research partners from 12 countries in the CEE region: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
The agrifood industry analysis per country includes the influence of various scenarios of pandemic development on each part of the food value chain. While establishing the foresight matrix we took into account economic and public factors.
The aim of the project is two-fold:
identifying the influence of COVID-19 on specific areas within the agrifood industries of each country. We understand impact here as both: impact that has already occurred, and impact that may continue to arise into 2021.
providing policy recommendations and specific actions that can be taken either at the EU or national level to best combat this adverse impact and capture potential opportunities in the short and long-term.
The final product of the research is a comprehensive reportcovering the region as a whole, as well as each analysed country separately. It will serve as a tool:
to determine, prioritize, and coordinate efforts made by EIT Food as an EU innovation partnership, its partners and other key stakeholders in the countries where we operate.
to inform EU and national policymakers on the current situation of the agrifood industry in specific countries and the actions that need to be taken to best combat the adverse effects of COVID-19 and capture potential opportunities.
Download the CEE Food Foresight and country reports HERE
Laboratoře EIT Food společně se spotřebiteli pomáhají potravinářským společnostem vyvíjet nové produkty
Rádi vaříte nebo připravujete různé pokrmy? Často nakupujete potraviny a suroviny pro přípravu jídla? Chtěli byste se podělit o své zkušenosti a potkat se s dalšími lidmi, kteří mají podobné zájmy a koníčky? Pokud ano, zapojte se do zajímavého projektu zaměřeného na potraviny a jejich spotřebu.
Pokud je Vám 65 a více let, zveme Vás k účasti v projektu EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs. Jedná se o projekt financovaný Evropským inovačním a technologickým institutem, který je součástí Evropské komise, koordinovaný Varšavskou univerzitou a v České republice realizovaný odborníky z Vysoké školy chemicko-technologické v Praze.
Jedná se o interaktivní seminář, během kterého budete mít příležitost hovořit o potravinách, přípravě jídla, stravovacích návycích, sdílet své zkušenosti s ostatními účastníky a zapojit se do kreativních cvičení. Kromě toho budete mít možnost ovlivnit proces vývoje nových potravinářských výrobků, a ty nejslibnější nápady by mohly následně být realizovány potravinářskými společnostmi. Vážíme si vašich zkušeností, postřehů a názorů, a rádi si o nich s Vámi popovídáme!
Projekt bude realizován prostřednictvím deseti online seminářů, které se budou konat během 2 týdnů v termínu od 9. do 13. listopadu 2020 a od 23. do 26. listopadu 2020 (přibližně v časech 15:30-18:00). Během seminářů budete pracovat ve skupině s dalšími účastníky workshopu na praktických cvičeních včetně jednoho domácího úkolu. Díky tomuto procesu získáte cenné zkušenosti s navrhováním nových potravinářských výrobků, stanete se poradci pro zavedenou potravinářskou firmu a seznámíte se s metodami, které pomáhají rozvíjet inovace.
Všechny části workshopu budou zahrnovat skupinové aktivity, které Vám zapojení odborníci a moderátoři důkladně vysvětlí, takže nebudete potřebovat předchozí odborné znalosti o potravinách, technologiích nebo inovacích. Jediné, co potřebujete, je počítač s přístupem k internetu. Vy a Váš tým budete mít nejen čas na práci na připravených úkolech, ale budete mít také spoustu příležitostí k seznamování se, konverzaci, a poznávání nových lidí.
Věříme, že seminář bude zajímavou zkušeností. Účastí v tomto projektu získáte mimo jiné tyto výhody:
možnost ovlivnit vývoj potravinářských výrobků, které budou odpovídat Vašim zdravotním a výživovým potřebám a budou v souladu s Vašimi preferencemi,
stanete se součástí inovačního procesu v potravinářském sektoru,
setkáte se se zajímavými lidmi - dalšími účastníky workshopu, vědci a zástupci potravinářských společností, které zajímají Vaše názory a doporučení,
budete mít možnost diskutovat o potřebách, preferencích a hodnotách s ostatními účastníky a odborníky pracujícími v potravinářském sektoru.
dárkový poukaz v hodnotě 1 000 Kč a produktový balíček s obsahem doplňků stravy a superpotravin značky Neobotanics®
Kdy se můžete do projektu přihlásit? 26.10. – 5.11.2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE: EIT Jumpstarter will take place online. DEADLINE is prolonged until 5 April 2020.
Apply for the new edition of the EIT Jumpstarter 2020, one of the most well-known European pre-accelerator programmes.
Focus on Central-Eastern and Southern European talents
The programme has a special focus on Central-Eastern and Southern European talents who want to validate their business concept, develop a business plan and pitch their ideas to the potential future investors. In the previous editions, over 90 teams from 13 countries were already trained, mentored and supported in expanding impactful ideas into powerful business models.
Building a business in a unique cross-industry environment
If you are an innovator in the following domains: raw materials, healthcare, agri-food, energy, manufacturing or urban mobility with an innovative business idea, then this programme is perfect for you.
EIT Jumpstarter is open to students, PhDs, researchers or entrepreneurs. Participants will learn how to get started on building a business in a unique cross-industry environment: how to create a team, business processes, and organisational design. The primary focus is put on quantitative business model building. Through the EIT Jumpstarter programme, trainers and coaches will guide you to find the best fitting business model for your idea, and help you validate it. At the end of the program, graduates will prepare their pitch deck, business model canvas, competitive landscape, go-to-market strategy and a roadmap.
The EIT Jumpstarter 2020 is divided into four phases:
Phase 1: Submission of ideas - deadline is extended to 5 April 2020
Phase 2: Boot Camp and Coaching
Phase 3: Local Joint Trainings
Phase 4: Mentoring and Final Pitching
Through the programme, you will receive support from the best-in-class trainers and mentors , scholarship for the related travel costs and have a chance to win up to EUR 10 000!
Are you PhD student and/or postdoctoral researcher interested in learning more about strategies applied in food analysis, including current trends in analytical methods development, data evaluation, QA/QC, troubleshooting?
Join us to meet up with the experts in the field of food safety, quality, authenticity assessment and learn more on other young colleagues and stakeholders in order to exchange on their current and future research activities.
The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity to PhD students and post-docs to be trained in advanced analytical strategies applied for food safety, authenticity and quality assessment. Various case studies will be presented, including analytical methods development, data evaluation, QA/QC, … Participants will have an opportunity to meet up with the experts and learn more from other young colleagues in order to network and discuss on their current and future research activities.
Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe
EIT Food is looking for 30 startups working on disruptive and innovative solutions dealing with 6 specific challenges on Water Scarcity. Candidates are able to submit their SMART solutions in four thematic categories, agrifood, climate, raw materials and manufacturing. The 30 selected startups will participate in a 3 step programme: training, mentoring and competition. They will present their solutions in competitive events (InnoWise Challenge Labs) held in Greece, Italy and Spain, and they will benefit from market-oriented training and mentoring activities. 6 startups (2 per target country) will be awarded with a first economic prize of 10,000€ and a second prize of 5,000€ in each country.
Main selection criteria:
- Applicants must be a resident, citizen or a legal entity based in a RIS targeted country by EIT or RIS H2020 Associated Countries - Applicants cannot have received 60,000 euro or more of funding in total from EIT. - Applications must be submitted in English with all sections completed. - At least one team member of the selected finalist team must take part and present their idea in the Challenge Lab competition. - The idea described in the application must be within the scope of the main challenge proposed Water Scarcity and must comply with EIT KIC scope of action in the sectors of Agrifood, Manufacturing, Climate, Raw Materials. - Demonstrate the solution has a significant impact and strong potential to solve the Challenges identified in the “Terms and conditions” - Complete list of criteria is available in the “Terms and conditions”
The objective of EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is to empower talents to co-create, address, and gain experiences on excellent ideas capable of bringing their careers a step further, and foster innovators ready to respond to global food challenges.
About the programme
EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is designed to offer you a highly stimulating and creative six-months programme coupled with the acquisition of key skills and mentoring to translate an idea in business idea. After an evaluation step, aiming to select the best talents/ideas, the talents will participate in a Foodathon.
The Foodathon will be an immersive, competitive, and stimulating experience where you will form a team with the best, most exciting ideas. Furthermore, during the Foodathon you will be able to boost and diversify your career path, creating new networks and improving their competences/skills.
The Foodathon will serve to form and consolidate teams, to co-create and further develop the best ideas proposed by the participants in a multi/interdisciplinary setting, with one-to-one mentoring. The newly created teams should demonstrate complementarities and synergy. The best teams, will be selected at the end of the Foodathon; after pitching their ideas in front of an evaluation committee. The selected teams will win the next step of the journey:
At the end of the Foodathon teams will pitch their ideas in front of an evaluation committee to win the next step of the journey.
Who can apply?
If you are, at the date of the call deadline, in possession of a doctoral degree or if you have have a Master Certificate and at least four years of full-time equivalent research and innovation (R&I) experience, you are qualified to apply. EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is open to all creative talents from academia (Post-Docs) and non-academia (Young Professional) worldwide.
EWA is a new EIT Food programme providing training, mentoring, business coaching and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector
The objective of this programme is to motivate early stage female entrepreneurs to harness their power, understand their innate ability to succeed and overcome any obstacles, equip them with the appropriate knowledge,confidence and networks to successfully start and develop sustainable businesses.
Applications open for EWA
The ground-breaking programme, EWA, includes support, training and personalized mentoring for six months, as well as prizes up to 10,000 euros. Registration is open until 15th June 2020 in Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Romania and Turkey.
The programme, which will be developed from July to December and will be entirely free, includes tailor-made online and face-to-face training (the final details will depend on the evolution of the Covid-19 health crisis). In addition, mentoring will be offered by female experts in business and agrifood as well as by other successful entrepreneurs. It will include both women that have an idea to materialize, and those who have already created a startup and are taking their first steps. The workshops, as well as the different actions, are driven by professional women.
The EWA programme also incorporates a remarkable financing section which will give access to prizes up to 10,000 euros at the end of the process and will also facilitate the link to other EIT Food programmes with access to finance.
The third aspect of the programme is the creation of a community through events and a network with over 100 female entrepreneurs and mentors in the sector, as well as access to contacts from diverse fields such as investment, technology, corporate or other contacts from the net of the European consortium.
Apply for Test Farms and validate your product with farmers!
Deadline has been extended to 24 May 2020!
Test Farms links agricultural startups with farmers and testing-land.
Through enabling these links EIT Food wants to help innovative agritech ideas to validate and test their products and services, showcase their business to customers and investors and finally support the technological transformation in European agriculture.
Test Farms programme is designed to link startups that are looking to validate their agricultural solutions with farmers or agricultural/pasture land to do a pilot project.
You will receive:
Matchmaking with farmers/agricultural or pasture land with the required conditions for a successful pilot project.
The opportunity to do a pilot with professional farmers in a realistic setting in Spain, Portugal and Bulgaria to achieve validation of your agricultural solution.
Possibilities to showcase your solution in a realistic setting to display your proof of concept during Demo Day organised at the site of farmer.
Access to EIT Food network.
3000 EUR budget to support the travel and testing phase.
Online application: 11.03 – 24.05.2020
Evaluation and selection of program participants :from 24.05
Announcement of the results: tbc
Match-making event : September 2020 (TBC) - Shortlisted startups will be invited to join one 2-day match-making events. At these events, they will meet with farmers, evaluate the possibility of testing their innovative solutions on their premises and together create a plan for testing the technology.
Testing phase : September 2020 - September 2021 - Startups test their solution on the premises of the farmer/test field according to the plan created during the match-making event.
Demo Day – September 2020 - September 20201 - Following the testing, selected startups together with farmers will organise a Demo Day for local farmers/clients to attend, test the solution and possibly buy the product/service.
Information on the eligibility criteria and detailed information about the programme are available here.
Identify key customers and test the market with Seedbed programme!
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.
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.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: GEA will be organised online. DEADLINE is prolonged until 5 April 2020.
EIT Food Government Executive Academy brings together government representatives from 28 RIS countries, researchers working in the field of agri-food innovations from industry, academia and European institutions. The Academy is an advisory and capability building program that offers insights into challenges related to food system innovations and regulations. It is also an opportunity to exchange best practices that will contribute to further improvements of Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies and future development of operational programs based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds as well as a chance to build networks of government representatives crucial for new EU funded programs.
The Academy is delivered by University of Warsaw, EIT Food CLC North-East and EIT Food CLC South with a group of industrial partners: Danone, VTT, and PepsiCo.
Key features of the Academy
workshops focused on real-life challenges experienced by global food industry players and actual needs of industry and customers;
lectures offering insights into the complexity of food system, state-of-the-art technologies and innovations developed by the agri-food industry;
highly interactive learning program based on case-studies and real-life examples;
working with European experts in agri-food industry and innovation management;
participants do not pay tuition fee and have travel and personal costs reimbursed (offered as a lump sumof €1,000 gross refunded after the event in accordance with EIT/Horizon 2020 rules for financial support disbursed to third parties);
excellent opportunities to build an international network of policy makers working on the agri-food related Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), exchanging experiences to continuously improve the national and regional policies.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: we are currently preparingfew scenarios for INTERNSHIPS, including home office with webinars and videoconference with mentors or postponing the internships for the end of the year (and probably beginning of 2021).
Successful candidates have been invited to the workshop. Workshop for Czech Republic will take place online, on 15 May, 9:00-12:00.
Develop your talent with top agri-food players during a paid internship in EU! MSc students and graduates with different educational backgrounds as well as Ph.D. students and post-docs from 28 RIS countries will discover job opportunities in the food industry, by getting a unique, professional, paid 3-6 months internships.
Who are we looking for?
During the recruitment process we will look for young passionate people from higher education upon the return to their homes RIS countries, will spur a wave of entrepreneurial innovations and support the development of the local agri-food ecosystem.
EIT Food RIS Fellowships project is divided into two complementary components:
Dedicated to MSc students, graduates and young entrepreneurs. They will reveal their talent in agri-food sector, throughout gaining hands-on experiences and strengthening their job-related skills, including analytical thinking and creative problem solving. RIS Fellowship interns will be engaged in learning-by-doing activities (internal projects and tasks of EIT Food Partners) carried out by each host company.
Dedicated to doctoral students and young post-docs. They will benefit from lessons learned in your own academic research and they will also be encouraged to engage in industrial collaboration or entrepreneurship. RIS Talents interns will be participated in innovation projects of EIT Food as well as R&D projects by becoming involved in dedicated internships in the EIT Food partners organizations.
Precise matching candidates to the offered internships areas specified by each host company.
Gain hand-on experience by creative problem solving and solving real work problematic situations of the organizations.
Get 1,350€ (Fellowships) – 2,000€ (Talents) gross grant/month for support your expenses.
Know and learn about other ways of working and discuss from a different point of view.
Improve your curriculum vitae and get contacts and opportunities that will open up doors for your professional life.
Enrich yourself knowing another country and getting involved in its culture.
Timing and Process
STEP 01 > Fill in the application form (RIS FELLOWSHIPS, RIS TALENTS) and upload 1-minute self-video. (DEADLINE EXTENDED: 13 APRIL 2020)
STEP 02 >Participate in workshop. If you have been selected we will contact you to take part in one of the 17 workshops that will take place in different RIS countries. Challenge yourself by solving group case-study and taking paper-pencil tests. (mid APRIL/mid MAY: WORKSHOPS WILL BE ORGANISED ONLINE)
Workshop for Czech Republic will take place on 15 May, 9:00-12:00.
STEP 03 > Present yourself during on-line interviews. If you meet the selection criteria, you will be invited to interviews with host companies. Check the final list of interns on the project website www.eitfoodrisfellowships.eu(mid MAY/mid JUNE)
STEP 04. Enjoy your internship!(JULY-DECEMBER)
Who is eligible?
Candidates must study or come from one of the following 28 EIT RIS countries or regions:
EIT Food knows that the legal and financial hurdles of startup life can be very challenging. In fact, recent statistics demonstrate that a failure to manage finances well and address legal issues are responsible for around half of all startup failures. To help brilliant agrifood startups avoid these difficulties, EIT Food offers up to €2,500 to early stage entrepreneurs to help with specific legal and accounting challenges. The grants are available for early stage agrifood startups from Eastern and Southern Europe. The selected companies will receive up to €2,500 to reimburse the costs of the services such as company incorporation, intellectual property protection, trademark and permit registration, accounting and other. The application deadline for the program is September 30, 2020 with new applications being evaluated every two months. Startups are encouraged to apply early due to the limited amount of grants.
Call for proposals to carry out activities to build entrepreneurial capacities for women in the agrifood business
EIT Food is looking for 3 organisations based in the South of Europe, namely from Greece, Portugal, Spain or Turkey and 2 organisations based in the East of Europe, namely from Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia or Slovenia to organise activities within a project aiming at boosting the entrepreneurial skills of women in the agrifood sector.
The main objective of this project is to find innovative solutions that tackle the problems faced by the food system created by women entrepreneurs while supporting them to grow these entrepreneurial ideas.
The activities will include:
mentoring and education of female entrepreneurs working in the agri-food sector,
organising workshops and providing networking opportunities,
organising a final competition event
The selection process is implemented as an open call managed by EIT Food, Co-Location Centre South, using clear and transparent selection criteria.
This is THE only programme of its kind in Europe, for ambitious agrifood startups looking to accelerate business growth and impact. EIT Food’s Food Accelerator Network (FAN) provides the tools, connections and mentoring to help you increase your company’s visibility, fast-track growth and maximise the chances of success.
Apply for 4 moths accelerator programme and join the exclusive network of business and academic partners! Moreover, start-ups have a chance to win €100 000 EUR!
FAN will help your business to transition from early stage company to impactful innovator.
This year, RIS Innovation Prizes are open to early stage entrepreneurs again!
Do you have an innovative idea in the agri-food area? Apply and get a chance to win prize of €1,000, €3,000 and €5,000! In addition to the cash prizes, participating startups will benefit from access to investors, high-quality training and our community of mentors and experts.
The regional finals will take place in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey. The competition will conclude with the Grand Final during which the 1st prize winners from all 17 countries will compete for three main prizes: €10,000, €15,000 and €25,000.
Apply online: Applications can be accessed and completed online via F6S
Deadline for application: extended to 24 May 2020
Evaluation process: 25 May - 5 June, the finalists will be announced on 5 June
Phase 2: EIT Food Demo Day
Live finals where 10 start-ups with the highest scores will pitch and compete for the €1,000, €3,000 and €5,000 prize. Apart from that, participants will learn about how to make a successful business plan, how to impress an investor, what are the public-funding opportunities for start-ups and see an inspiring success story!