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EIT Food RIS Venturing School

Tuition fee FREE

Support for travel will be available – travel cost (return ticket/tickets from the place of residence / study / work in the RIS region to Olsztyn) of up to 350 euros covered for up to 40 overseas students and paid by EIT Food RIS Venturing School upon receipt.

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Innovative side streams solutions in food industry

40 students with different study backgrounds and from different RIS regions will meet together to use their scientific experience and university knowledge to create new concepts and ideas that will lead to sustainable and innovative re-usage of side streams in food industry. This seven-day training managed by professional tutors will introduce participants to several topics such as: innovations in food sector, human nutrition in food systems, food and digital disruptions, as well as business model generation and presentation pitching. Participants will work in interdisciplinary teams, identifying problems, prototyping viable solutions with a validated value proposition and pitching their projects in front of a panel of experts. Moreover, participants will have an opportunity to attend scientific conference VII International Session for Young Researchers, where they can also present the results of their own research during a special English session.

The EIT Food RIS Venturing School is organized by Matis (Iceland), University of Cambridge (England), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS (Poland). A special input will be also delivered by Polish startup businesses operating in the agri-food sector.

What is it about?

The EIT Food RIS Venturing School aims at attracting talented researchers to improve their entrepreneurial and managerial skills to solve complex multidisciplinary challenges and enhance innovation.

Building ideas: Team up with students and professionals with diverse backgrounds and face the opportunities and challenges associated with valorization of side streams in the food industry.

Concepts and Products Development: Apply venture creation methodology to develop new food concepts, products and start-up businesses.

RIS Networking: Experience the melting pot of ideas with students and young entrepreneurs from RIS countries.

Soft skills and entrepreneurship training: Improve your entrepreneurial and managerial skills to to solve complex multidisciplinary challenges and enhance innovation.

Which regions are RIS-eligible?

EIT RIS regions/countries are as the following: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy* (only regions: Molise, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia, Sardegna, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Campania, Valle d’Aosta), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro Poland* (only regions: Łódzkie, Lubelskie, Małopolskie, Podkarpackie, Świętokrzyskie, Podlaskie, Wielkopolski, Lubuskie, Dolnośląskie, Opolskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Zachodniopomorskie, Mazovia Regional – without Mazovia-Capital); Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain* (only regions: Galicia, Principado de Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja, Castilla-la Mancha, Extremadura, Illes Balears, Andalucía, Región de Murcia, Canarias, Castilla y León, Aragón, Comunidad Valenciana), Turkey, Ukraine.

Who are we?

The EIT Food RIS Venturing School is a joint venture partners that complement expertise in innovation.


Matís vision is to increase the value and ensure safety of food processing and food production. Its strengths are in research and development in sustainable utilization of marine resources by managing and changing the supply chain of products to consumers and turning side streams and waste into valuable products through innovative biochemical processing. Several employees also hold associate positions within Iceland’s universities, while many Ph.D. students and M.Sc. students conduct their research at Matis in collaboration with the industry in Iceland and abroad.

University of Cambridge

The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. The university boasts a number of international centers of excellence the inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship e.g.: Centre for Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship Centre, Maxwell Centre, Idea Space and the new accelerator programme at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. These work closely with initiatives like the Global Challenges initiative to enable entrepreneurship that solves meaningful problems. Collectively, the entrepreneurship structures at the University of Cambridge support the full entrepreneurial journey – starting with the empowerment of aspiring entrepreneurs to the creation and development of early-stage ventures, all the way to small and medium size enterprise growth.


VTT paves the way for the future by developing new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. VTT creates technology for business – for the benefit of society. Multidisciplinary experts work together to help customers and partners create new products, production processes, methods, and services. In doing so, we help promote sustainable development, employment and well-being. The Digital Transformation team focuses on how companies move forward and take benefit from digitalization. We have created tools that support internal discussion and prioritization of digitalization actions, and take into account people, business and technology perspectives.

Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS

Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences is Poland’s foremost research entity in agricultural sciences, holding the status of a Leading National Research Centre and recognized as a dynamic “innovation engine”. The versatile team of the Institute successfully integrates studies in food quality and safety, reproductive biology and aquaculture to design high quality food and fodder to optimize consumers and animals’ well-being . Institute provides a wide range of mentoring and networking activities to students and young professionals, and supports them in the development of their own research projects that can be transferred to food system-related solutions.

Programme structure

23.05 Registration. Welcome reception. Networking.
24.05 Attending an English session of VII International Session of Young Scientific Staff. Presentations of start-ups.
25.05 Brain storming. Screening and voting for ideas. Team building. Presentation of side streams in food processing. Discussions. Team working on ideas.
26.05 Business model canvas and how to pitch a presentation. Team working on ideas.
27.05 Trip to local food company. Team preparing presentations. Mentoring. Working dinner.
28.05 Feedback from tutors and discussion. Thematic dinner.
29.05 Presentations in front of a jury. Handing out certificates. Check out.

Apply now! Venturing School 2019
Application period has ended
Studies commence
May 23, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States