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The newest cohort to join the EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN) 2022 were chosen for their potential, commercial viability and impact on the food system.

The 61 startups are spread across the six programmes – Sustainable Agriculture, Alternative Proteins, Targeted Nutrition, Circular Food Systems, Digitalised Traceability and Sustainable Aquaculture – running in parallel in Munich (Germany), Haifa (Israel), Paris (France), Bilbao (Spain), Helsinki (Finland) and Cambridge/Reading (UK).

For example, Green Spot Technologies​ has developed a zero-waste process that is circular by design and relies on ‘nature co-design’ millenary technology (fermentation), the side streams (such as seeds, pulps and peels) of processing from sectors like the cereal and beverage industries to create functional ingredients. The French company has been included under the Circular Food Systems programme.

Female founders

“25% of the EIT FAN programme applications came from female founders and it’s great to see this percentage increasing each year,”​ said Marie Russier, EIT Food Accelerator Network operations manager.

“These startups have gone through a rigorous and comprehensive review process to assess their innovative potential, commercial viability and positive impact on our food system. Thus, we are extremely grateful not only to the startups trusting us with their application, but also for the tremendous effort from our EIT FAN community who supported the selection process.”

Over 500 startups across the EU were initially evaluated online by over 100 experts from the agrifood industry. In April, 120 advanced to a second evaluation round to present their solution during a technology deep dive session, resulting in the 61 most promising ventures.