Application for MassChallenge Switzerland 2021 Starts 20th January

Application for MassChallenge Switzerland 2021 Starts 20th January

Accelerate the impact of your business through MassChallenge Switzerland 2021 by sending your applications starting today, January 20.

MassChallenge Switzerland is a leader in helping startups across Europe expand their businesses by partnering them with corporations and renowned mentors in the field. Since 2016, they have promoted about 400 startups from different industries, raised over CHF 196M in funding, and created 157,000 jobs. 

Accelerator Benefits

  • Unrivaled access to 15+ global corporate partners including Nestlé, Bühler, Givaudan, Barry Callebaut, General Mills, and Südzucker – totalling to over CHF 250 billion in revenue
  • World-class mentoring from 550+ experts and a tailored program curriculum provided with no equity taken in return
  • The opportunity to compete for up to CHF 1M in non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards
  • Switzerland-specific advice on regulations and tax, easy access to the EU market, and strong trade links
  • A proven model that has helped more than 65% of finalists to raise funds during or immediately after the program

Sustainable Food Systems Industry Track

In this core program, select early-stage startups will receive additional specialized support and resources. The goal of this track is to accelerate the impact of startups in production, distribution, packaging, and food disposal through a collaboration of the largest multinational food corporations, world-class mentorship from food experts, and tailored curriculum focused on sustainability, food, and packaging. 

Sustainable Food Systems Challenge

Here, startups or scale-ups are matched with one of MassChallenge’s partners to accelerate innovation in the food sector. They will work directly with key stakeholders within a global food corporation and get access to co-development opportunities, product validation, customer connections, strategic investments, or advisor introductions.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Early Stage: Startups with no more than $1Mio of capital raised or $2M of Sales 
  • Impactful: Our judges are looking for the startup to define the impact. Successful applicants show how they create value for themselves and society. 
  • Viable: Teams, advisors, and plans are to be assessed to ensure their idea is executed.

 

For interested and eligible startups, apply here.

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Join the upcoming China AgriFood Tech Bootcamp 2021

Join the upcoming China AgriFood Tech Bootcamp 2021

Join the upcoming intense and tailored startup internationalization bootcamp organized by swissnex China and Innosuisse to take a deep dive into the China market, while leveraging the exciting opportunities within the world’s largest and most dynamic sustainable Agri-Food space.

The China Agri-Food-Tech Bootcamp 2021 offers Swiss startups a unique opportunity to take a deep dive into the fast-growing Agri-Food space in China, gain insight into the specific IP / legal frameworks while connecting with potential partners and customers.

Organized by swissnex China and Innosuisse, this program will provide tailored support to participating startups via virtual workshops, exclusive pitch sessions to investors, IP & regulation consulting, as well as market research reporting, connecting them with investors, industry experts and potential partners, while maximizing their exposure to a broad audience in China. This program is offered free of charge to the selected startup attendees.

The participating startups are encouraged to travel to China to further develop and implement
their local market entry as international business travel resumes.

  • Application Deadline: February 20, 2021
  • Virtual Bootcamp: March 22-31, 2021
  • Tailored Individual Support: Upon arrival in China, 2021-2022

General information
• Virtual Bootcamp duration: March 22- 31, 2021
• Detailed bootcamp agenda and logistics details will be announced in early March.
Important: Applying startups need to be in the Innosuisse coaching program.

Camp support
Swissnex China provides tailored, individual guidance to Campers by delivering virtual
workshops, exclusive pitch to investors, IP & regulation consulting, market research report
during the period while international travel is still restricted. When participating startups are able to
travel to China in person within the stipulated Innosuisse China Camp period, swissnex China
can facilitate 2-3 connections with relevant entities for further market validation or market entry.
Startups are expected to follow-up with the contacts and complete camp milestones. 

Travel stipend
All startups are encouraged to travel to China to further develop the market after the Virtual
Bootcamp. Innosuisse and swissnex China will offer travel stipends of CHF 3000 (Market
Validation Campers) or CHF 6000 (Market Entry Campers) to startups who will travel to China in
person during the camp year.

Eligibility
Participating startups are required to be currently active in an Innosuisse Coaching program, or
have recently obtained an Innosuisse Certificate / CTI-Label in the last 3 years.
If you’re not in the Innosuisse Coaching program, apply here. If the timeframe is tight, we advise
you to apply for coaching and camp in parallel. 

CONTACT
Reach out to our program manager to learn more:

Ms. Simin Yang
simin.yang@swissnexchina.org

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Vegan Market Products by DieCuisine & SwissFoodResearch | Zürich | 10.12.2020 to 31.12.2020

Vegan Market Products by DieCuisine & SwissFoodResearch | Zürich | 10.12.2020 to 31.12.2020

As member of the Innovation-Cooperative dieCuisine, Swiss Food Research supports the project “Vegane Markthalle” taking place from 10 – 31 December 2020.


In it’s unique location on the FOGO-Areal in Zürich-Altstetten, a mix of food-fair, store and bistro offers producers of vegan products an opportunity to display and sell products to consumers, to show-case possibilities of a plant-based nutrition and to network with a community of regional suppliers and gastronomy chefs.

dieCuisine is a living lab that promotes sustainable food and nutrition with social inclusion and education. “Vegane Markthalle” was born out of the Corona restrictions and offers a great opportunity to stand together and show great vegan offerings to a broad audience and increase consumption. We invite all producers of vegan food to participate and respond quickly to fill the stands.

For further inquiries please contact Marina Helm or consult the information below. (German only)

  • Vegane Markthalle 
  • Date: 11 – 31 December 2020
  • Time: 10:00h to 20:00h
  • Location: dieCuisine, Geerenweg 23a, 8048 Zürich

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Switzerland Driving the Future of Food @Bangalore Tech Summit | 20.11.2020

Switzerland Driving the Future of Food @Bangalore Tech Summit | 20.11.2020

Switzerland: Driving the future of food and nutrition

WEBINAR: Swiss agri-food experts at Bangalore Tech Summit 2020 | 20.11.2020 at 10.30am

Did you know that 2.6 billion francs are invested in food innovation, with F&B exports reaching 8.9 billion per year?  A unique ecosystem has emerged from Geneva to Zurich, due to Switzerland’s deeply rooted agricultural tradition, an unmatched density of world leading companies and scientific institutions as well as a large number of start-ups in areas such as food, nutrition, life sciences and robotics.

As we continue to push the case for the Food and Nutrition Valley in Switzerland, we ask the creators, the integrator and an innovator about their views on how this plays out in the global ecosystem. And how could India, and specifically, Karnataka contribute or benefit from Switzerland’s expertise.

SPEAKERS

Alexander Mathys
Professor, Sustainable Food Processing, ETH Zurich

  • Dr. -Ing. Alexander Mathys is a food technologist and has been Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Sustainable Food Processing at ETH Zurich since 2015. He received his doctoral degree in food processing in 2008. Dr . Mathys is the author of more than 80 publications (incl 10 patent applications,) and was selected IFT W.K. Kellogg International Food Security Award Winner 2020, Young Researcher of the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates 2010, and Einstein Young Scholar 2010 at Falling Walls 2010.
Olga Dubey

  • Dr. Olga Dubey is the co-founder and CEO of AgroSustain SA. Following her PhD thesis, Olga decided to focus on the applied research understanding the need for sustainable agriculture, aiming to provide high-quality food with no negative impact on the environment and human health. That led to the foundation of AgroSustain – a Nyon (Agroscope) based startup that develops multiple solutions to fight the food waste, starting with biological freshness extension solutions for fruits and vegetables and followed by the antifungal biological solutions.
  • Dr Fabian Wahl is the Head of the ‘Food Microbial Systems’ Strategic Research Division at Agroscope. Previosly Fabian worked for the Merck Group, as Head of New Business and was responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy.

  • Fathi Derder is currently the Managing Director at the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley. He is a journalist by training, with about 12 years of experience working at the public service radio station (Radio Suisse Romande) as a senior reporter, before becoming the deputy editor-in-chief. In 2008, he launched a regional private television of which he is the editor-in-chief. He was a Member of the National Council (federal parliament) from 2011 to 2019. 

 

Moderator: Sebastien Hug, CEO & Consul General, swissnex India

Organized by swissnex India, book your ticket here.

 

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Webinar: Latest news on the FoodTech Ecosystem | 23.11.2020 at 9am

Webinar: Latest news on the FoodTech Ecosystem | 23.11.2020 at 9am

Innovaud, the EHL Innovation Village and the Agropole are pleased to invite you to a webinar on Monday 23rd of November 2020, 9am – 10.15am.

This is an opportunity to get together the FoodTech community and keep you updated about the latest news and some key players in the food and nutrition sector.

PROGRAM

  • Introduction and moderation by Innovaud – Pierre-Jean Wipff, Innovation advisor

  • Update on the Swiss Food and Nutrition Valley by Fathi Derder – Presentation of an initiative gathering and promoting the foodtech ecosystem to achieve tomorrow’s food and nutrition challenges.

  • Agropôle of Molondin by Julie Schüpbach – Fields for trials, industrial infrastructures, service providers and commercial network; Agropôle is a unique site to accelerate the implementation of tomorrow’s sustainable solutions.

  • News of the EHL Innovation Village by Winaretta Zina Singer – Resilience on the food and hospitality innovation scene.

  • Vivent by Carrol Plummer – Harnessing biosignals for the future with plant monitoring.

  • Aquantis by Marc Van Rompaey – Innovative sensors for in-line moisture, particle size and freezing monitoring.

  • Firmenich D-lab by Eric Saracchi – Tackling Artificial Intelligence to augment innovation across fragrance and taste creation.

Please register with this link
Once registered, you will receive a zoom link the day before the event.

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EIT Food launches search for the next 100 high-impact agrifood entrepreneurs

EIT Food launches search for the next 100 high-impact agrifood entrepreneurs

EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), today launches a search to find the next 100 agrifood entrepreneurs who can transform the food system to be healthier, innovative and more sustainable.

The search for the 2021 cohort, comes following news that EIT Food has provided more than €10 million in direct financial support across its Business Creation programmes in 2020. This support has helped entrepreneurs to grow and scale their impact faster – from help with market testing new ideas, providing access to experts, connections to corporate partners across the food industry, and support with investors. Last year, successful EIT Food startups raised more than €91 million in external investments as a result of the programme.

The food system faces major challenges if the world is to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and adhere to the Paris Agreement climate targets. Yet, less than 4% of startups in Europe are in the agrifood space, creating a huge market opportunity for innovators, investors and entrepreneurs alike.

From aspiring entrepreneurs with new business ideas across universities and education centres, to early stage startups and scaleups wanting to expand internationally, EIT Food is looking for ideas and businesses across European markets, designed to have the highest impact when shaping the future of food, and aligned with the European Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy. The search focuses on new ideas across six key focus areas; sustainable agriculture, sustainable aquaculture, alternative proteins, digital traceability, circular food systems and targeted nutrition.

In the first ever virtual EIT Food Venture Summit, on 17 and 18 November 2020, investors and corporates will be able to explore commercial partnerships and investment opportunities with 130+ high-impact startups and will hear pitches from a select group of some of EIT Food’s existing partners and entrepreneurs. Interested new startups will also have an opportunity to learn about flagship programmes and connect with other agritech leaders.

 

Our purpose at EIT Food is to create a culture across Europe for entrepreneurship to thrive. Only a spirit of entrepreneurship will help Europe to make the transformation we need, creating a food system fit for the future, that is healthy, sustainable, and meets the needs of a growing population.

Today we are calling for new ideas from experts, innovators and investors, right across the food system. We encourage anyone who has an idea or a business that can make a real difference, with potential to scale and grow, to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Andy Zynga

CEO, EIT-Food

Many startups, already working with EIT Food, will be appearing at the Venture Summit to showcase their ideas and pitch to new investors.

Brij Sahi, Co-Founder and CEO of SwissDeCode, says: “EIT Food has enabled us to tap into some of the largest corporations in the world and to establish proof of concepts with them. This opportunity means we can directly engage with corporates and discuss on a one-to-one basis what we could do together.” 

Those that join the network benefit not only from easy-to-access funding and investment, but also access to world-leading agrifood entrepreneurs, corporates and partners, such as Pepsico, Danone, Nestlé and Cambridge University.

Damien Jourdan, Open Innovation Manager at Danone, comments: The EIT Food Seedbed program’s focus on customer discovery is really interesting and distinctive – startups need to understand whether they will have customers to buy their product. As a key partner in the network, we’re here to bring value and to help entrepreneurs grow their venture faster with our expertise.” 

Whether applicants join the EIT Food Seedbed programme as an early-stage startup looking to verify their proposition and market, the Food Accelerator Network to gain access to tools, connections and expertise, or the RisingFoodStars Association to scale and reach new markets, startups will gain support and mentorship as part of the vibrant and diverse EIT Food community. In order to generate new knowledge and technologies, and to drive the growth and competitiveness of the EU, these activities will all be measured against economic, societal and environmental impact.

Applications will open early next year and close in Spring 2021. Register your interest and find out more through this form.

Sign up to the Venture Summit via the EIT Food website to meet EIT Food’s entrepreneurs and partners.

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