Application fee €363 per programme

Programme fee: 300 EURO programme commitment fee including VAT (21%). This fee applies to the selected fellows invited to the programme.
The selected fellows shall pay this fee within 15 days of receiving the invitation to participate.

Overview

The EIT Food Innovator Fellowship Programme aims to empower talents to co-create, address, and gain experiences on excellent ideas capable of bringing their careers a step further and fostering innovators ready to respond to global food challenges.

Global challenges in the Agri-Food systems require a mind-shift and a thrilling change in the awareness and competencies of talents: the new generation of entrepreneurs is asked to play a key role in solving the planet’s food-related issues.

Talents from academia (Researchers) and non-academia (Professionals) are called to boost and diversify their career paths, solve global challenges, and enhance their career prospects.

Future Agri-Food systems leaders need a new set of competences beyond those acquired in research and academic environments. They require a proficiency that allows them to propose, manage, implement, and lead interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research and innovation projects and to transform lab-ideas into business ideas.

This is why EIT Food has designed for you Innovator Fellowship, a career-boosting path for Researchers and Professionals.

EIT Food ecosystem is the perfect network to enhance your career prospect, offering further opportunities to develop your business idea.

Be creative and a leader in the Agri-Food systems and transform your lab-ideas into business ideas!

Programme fee: 300 EURO programme commitment fee excluding VAT (21%). This fee applies to the selected fellows invited to the programme.
The selected fellows shall pay this fee within 15 days of receiving the invitation to participate.

Programme structure

After an evaluation step, the best talents will be invited to the programme. The journey will start with a series of training sessions to build a community of game changers, progressing through team formation and business idea development and culminating with the final pitch of the business proposition in the presence of venture capitalists and innovative food system specialists.

The Innovator Fellowship journey will be articulated over six months. Your involvement takes about 10 – 12 days of training and mentoring during the six months. The journey is designed to be compatible with your routine activities and associated with a reduced workload (see below).

Innovator Fellowship consists of six steps.

Step 1 – COMMUNITY & TEAM BUILDING – |ONLINE TRAINING| July 5th – 6th 2024 – (14:30 18:30).

To move from individuals to a community and to perform teamwork, it is necessary to connect personally before making commitments, forming teams, and working together. People who complement, challenge, and support one another make fantastic teams. In the Community&Team Building training, your values will be the chemistry and glue to form a game-changer community sharing the same values and making informed choices about who enables you to innovate.

Step2 – SYSTEM THINING & SDGs FOR THE FOOD SYSTEMS |ONLINE TRAINING| July 12th 2024 (14:30 – 18:30).
TOUCH AND GO WITH MENTORS |ONLINE Meeting| July 13th 2024 (15:30 – 17:30).

System Thinking and Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) for Food Systems will allow you to acquire a system approach to problem-solving that is essential later to decide which problem you wish to concentrate on and which agrifood challenge to solve.
Mentoring is considered by the former fellows as one of the best activities of the programme. We will provide high-level, one-on-one mentoring activities to help you shape your idea successfully. Step 2 begins by meeting the mentors and helping you identify the best pair mentor team. Scheduled workshops will be accompanied by structured mentoring to advance the team’s original project via a real working viability frame. The Innovator Fellowship management will assign the mentor; however, if you already have a team before the next step, you could express a preference.

Step 3 – INNO-CAMP |ON-SITE| September 6th – 10th 2024 (4.5 days on-site activities).
DESIGN THINKING & BUSINESS PLANNING FOR IDEA DEFINITION
Per Diem support is foreseen for travel and subsistence.

Step 3 allows you to choose, focus, and “fall in love” with the problem you want to solve in the food systems. The Innovation Camp will challenge your assumptions and redefine your problem to initiate the ideation process and create an innovative solution. Design Thinking and Business Model are at the core of this process. This is when you start building a business proposition, initiate collaborations within the Innovator Fellowship cohort and create/consolidate a team. You will be a head-hunter or be selected by other talents for your expertise. A team and teamwork are the ultimate assets for executing any function in a real work context, and the ability to collaborate is the key strategic factor. In step 3, we will help you to develop your team. Teams can be composed of 2 to 5 talents. Collaborative joint effort to transform an idea into a business idea will remain a prerogative of the programme.
This step will be done ONSITE in an attractive European city with flight connections.

Step 4 – BUSINESS4GROWTH – |ONLINE|
Business Planning – October 11th – 12th, 2024 (one and a half days).

Step 4 is the core entrepreneurial education training. The training courses are tailor-made, unique, business-driven momentum, delivered by highly specialised experts. They cover areas designed to enable the teams to acquire entrepreneurial and transversal skills to develop and implement their ideas. You will broaden your horizons and deepen your competencies, learning to analyse your idea from different angles to have a viable, financially sustainable, and impactful project/product or service impacting the Food system. Moreover, the teams will fine-tune their initial idea into a mature proposal to expand opportunities for further financial support.

Step 5 – ENGAGE2INNOVATE – |ONLINE|
Leadership Skills – October 25th 2024 (14:30 – 18:30).
Communication and Pitching Skills – November 8th- 9th and 16th 2024 (two and a half days).

Leadership and Communication Skills are assets of great importance in your professional careers. The ability to be an effective leader to mobilise human capital efficiently and accomplish a shared goal goes hand-in-hand with the ability to communicate and inspire others. Pitching a business proposition to an audience of venture capitalists who should decide to support your business idea financially requires a brilliant way to deliver the solution proposed. In Step 5, you will be trained to reach your goals based on responsible management practice and to communicate and pitch your business idea. Personalised coaching for each team is organised to deliver the best pitch.

Step 6. FINAL PITCH EVENT |ONSITE| – InnovAbility: from research space to new business ventures. December 13th 2024 (half day – morning)

Per Diem support is foreseen for travel and subsistence.

The final event is where teams present their fully developed business idea to experts and venture capitalists. This programme’s winners will access services for prototyping and/or market analysis and fine-tuning business planning.

Apply now! Innovator Fellowship 2024
Application deadline
28 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
5 Jul 2024
Apply now! Innovator Fellowship 2024
Application deadline
28 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
5 Jul 2024
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