European FoodNexus Startup Challenge

European FoodNexus Startup Challenge


The European FoodNexus Startup Challenge is a challenge for food & agtech startups in seven EU countries that aims to offer growth opportunities to the startups by fostering collaboration with leading food & agri corporates. The challenge is initiated by the FoodNexus consortium, and organized by StartLife.

On the 13th of December the grand European Finals of the European FoodNexus Startup Challenge take place in Wageningen! Here, 15 of Europe’s best food & agtech startups will pitch for a chance to win €50,000. Moreover, all 15 startups are able to work with Unilever, FrieslandCampina and the other corporate partners.

We’re further glad to announce that Marjolijn Sonnema, Director-General for Agro and Nature at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, to deliver a short keynote address.

13 December 2017 – EU Finals

European FoodNexus Startup Challenge




12:30    Opening by Rens de Jong

12:35Welcome by Louise Fresco, president Wageningen University & Research

12:40Startup pitches by Natural MachinesYourLocalLe Champignon de BruxellesInsylo and Seamore.


13:10Panel on Corporate-Startup Engagement with Rob Hamer (Director R&D Foods, Unilever), Frank Giezen (Founder & Managing Director, OJAH) and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands.

13:35Short networking break

14:00Startup pitches by KuantomRevoilutionCeresconAnudairy and Melixa.


14:30Intermezzo: A European Perspective on Entrepreneurship in Food & Agriculture

14:40Startup pitches by WyldssonBoreal LightAveineSensomind and Urban Crop Solutions.


15:10Keynote & jury deliberation

15:25Announcement of the winner

15:35Networking reception


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The Challenge

Why join the challenge?

If you are selected, you have the opportunity to pitch your startup to a European audience of investors and corporates, for a chance to win €50K. The European finalists will receive additional mentoring and support on collaborating with corporate partners during a two-day bootcamp. This will prepare you for a potential partnership with one of the corporates in the challenge, who can help you as launching customer or R&D partner.

Criteria for startups

Please consider the following application criteria:

  • Your startup was founded at most five years ago
  • You have a multidisciplinary team with strong technical and business skills
  • Your business model and customer segment are clear
  • You have some initial market traction, or you have developed your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Your technology is unique, strong and applicable
  • Your startup is making global economic and societal impact within one of the ten key focus areas

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