Contest for most innovative agro and food start-up now open

(26-06-2017) Until September 11th, Belgian agtech and foodtech start-ups can present their innovative ideas in the first European FoodNexus Startup Challenge.

The competition recognizes and accelerates the most promising food and agro start-ups in Europe, and consists of selection rounds in seven European countries: Denmark, Spain, Italy, Ireland, France, Belgium and The Netherlands. More EU member states are eager to join this prestigious program from 2018 onwards.

Belgian preselection

To select the best Belgian start-ups, Ghent University – Food2Know, the University of Liège and Flanders’ FOOD now organize a Belgian preselection. Participants will present their innovative agtech and foodtech concepts on October 12th and 13th in Gembloux and Gent respectively. 

Start-ups can apply until September 11th in one of the three core domains: Agrotechnology for Food Security and Sustainability, Technology for Food Quality and Safety and Food technology for Health and Well-being.

After a preselection by a jury of agtech and foodtech experts, Flemish and Walloon start-ups will be invited to pitch their ideas on Thursday, 12th and Friday, 13th of October. The Flemish and Walloon winner will be announced on October 26th and will receive a free Flanders’ FOOD or Wagralim membership.

“When it comes to sales and employment, food is the largest industry in Belgium besides construction. The food industry represents a large part of the Belgian export and is at the European top of innovation and entrepreneurship” says Prof. Benedikt Sas (Ghent University – Food2Know).

“That’s why we want to boost Belgian start-ups to proof their expertise in this international contest”, says project manager Dr. Isabelle Sioen, who coordinates the national preselection at Ghent University.

European final

The two winning Belgian start-ups will be invited to participate in the European final of the FoodNexus Start-up Challenge on December 7th in Wageningen (NL).

The winner of the European final will receive 50.000 euros. All European finalists will receive cash prizes, premium exposure to the investors community, exclusive access to the support of leading European food & ag companies, including Unilever, and business development support from high-level mentors.

More info and registration


Isabelle Sioen
Food2Know – Ghent University
T +32 9 264 93 95

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