Global Food Venture Programme of EIT Food

Due to COVID-19, the Global Food Venture Programme is moving some of its planned activities ONLINE! The summer school of Stage I & the business pre-incubation bootcamp of Stage II will now run in a virtual format. The rest of the Stage II activities planned in Autumn 2020 may take place as physical events, depending on the European guidelines at that time. No activity will be cancelled and the organisers work hard to ensure that the programme will deliver impact once again for our successful candidates. If you have any concerns regarding your participation, do not hesitate to contact us ( Looking forward to your application!

The Global Food Venture Programme of EIT Food will support once again highly innovative PhD students from across Europe and H02020 associated countries to turn their research ideas into market value. The programme will help you upscale your skills & competences in the area entrepreneurship and business creation and develop viable business propositions in the food space.


  • Bespoke training curriculum in business creation & entrepreneurship 
  • Bootcamps in key innovation ecosystems
  • Mobility grants for individuals
  • Innovation prizes
  • Access to EIT Food partner network
  • Online educational resources

Participation is fully covered by EIT Food and free of charge for the student. There are two open calls for applications in 2020: GFVP Stage I and Stage II.

Programme`s description

Idea Development – GFVP Stage I

40 highly motivated PhD students from across Europe will get together for a life-changing, immersive entrepreneurial experience to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and develop business propositions in the food space.

  • 10-day Summer School (online by UAM & IMDEA)
  • Mentoring by an EIT Food partner
  • Mobility grants

Business pre-Incubation – GFVP Stage II

25 PhD students with solid business ideas in food & agtech will be selected for an online bootcamp and coached over a period of 6 months to bring their idea to next level. Best projects will join a 2nd bootcamp in Europe and our final pitch competition with innovation prize awards!

  • 1-week Pre-Incubation Bootcamp (online by EPFL)
  • 1-week immersion Bootcamp in key European ecosystem (in physical or virtual format by the TUM)
  • Mentoring by an EIT Food partner
  • 1-day Final Event with pitch competition and innovation prizes (in physical or virtual format)

Deadline for applications April 30th, 2020

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