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StartLife à la Carte

A tailored support program for AgriFoodTech startups with a strong product-market fit, that are seeking to leverage StartLife’s ecosystem to accelerate the growth of their business.

StartLife à la Carte

A tailored support program for AgriFoodTech startups with a strong product-market fit, that are seeking to leverage StartLife’s ecosystem to accelerate the growth of their business.

Pick what you need

At StartLife we believe that startups are the driving force behind innovation and that innovative agrifoodtech startups can make a lasting impact on the world. However, the fact that only one out of every ten startups thrives past the five year mark, indicates that entrepreneurs who enter the food and agri domain face many challenges.

Even seasoned serial entrepreneurs with plenty of skills and business knowledge run into serious roadblocks when entering the world of FoodTech and AgriTech.

With StartLife à la Carte you can skip the starters and head straight to the main menu, where you can choose to connect with and learn from peers or initiate collaborations with investors, researchers and corporate partners.

What's on StartLife's À la Carte menu?

A dedicated StartLife Business Coach

As a knowledgeable waiter, our coaches will help you select the support that best fits your appetite. And throughout the year, you’ll meet with your coach four times. This way we can check up on our service and make sure you leave our program with full satisfaction. 

Access to our network of investors

We have warm relationships with a number of leading investor partners, from seed to growth stages. These investors trust our selection process and acknowledge our valuable support. With our support you have a competitive edge in the capital market. 

Access to our network of corporate partners

Get connected to our global corporate partnership network and push your business forward.

Access to our network at Wageningen University & Research

As one of our founding partners, Wageningen University & Research, offers many benefits for startups like yours. Think access to researchers, shared facilities, and ease of collaboration.

Support from mentors

Our mentors are smart, experienced people who have been there before. They are keen to pass on their learnings and connect you with key people in your industry.

Peer-to-Peer sessions

Share learnings, discuss challenges and spark connections during annual peer-to-peer sessions with like-minded startups from your domain.

Support from our program partners

Our program partners can help you with some of the common hurdles of building a company. Think of the different areas of business you’ll encounter as you start to grow. Accounting, non-dilutive funding, growth marketing, intellectual property, upscaling and legal

Access to talent

With Wageningen University next door, we’re in close proximity of young agrifoodtech talents. Hire the best of the bizz by promoting your job vacancies on StartLife’s Job Portal.

Office & Meeting Spaces on Wageningen Campus

Want to be close to the action in Europe’s agrifood hotspot? We can help with the facilitation of office or meeting spaces here on the Wageningen campus. The services come at a fee.

Free non-dilutive funding scan

Courtesy of our Program partner Catalyze, all startups joining the program will receive a free non-dilutive funding scan.

Who can apply?

StartLife à la Carte is open to startup teams working on technologies and new business models in the food, agriculture or bio based economy. We are particularly interested in ideas with a clear technical focus and a strong innovative aspect. Our criteria for entry are as follows:

  • You have a validated product/ market fit.  
  • You are active in FoodTech or AgriTech
  • You are developing a highly innovative technology or product
  • You are addressing a relevant social, health or environmental need
  • You have at least two founders / team members
  • You have the ambition to scale and grow fast
  • You would truly benefit from receiving support from StartLife
  • You are willing to travel at least once to the Netherlands

How do I apply?

For StartLife à la Carte we accept applications on a rolling basis. Once a month, our business coaches meet to review the current applications and select startups for acceptance onto the program. Simply show us your interest through the button below. We will run a quick check and contact you for an informal one-on-one talk.

If your startup is accepted, you’ll have 12 months of access to our services and support. Afterwards, you’ll become a StartLife Alumnus, ready for the next phase of your entrepreneurial journey. 


What is the difference with StartLife Accelerate?

All elements from StartLife à la Carte are also included in StartLife Accelerate. Yet the latter is limited to 8-10 carefully selected participants each round and includes an additional high-quality curriculum with workshops and training on team, product & customer validation and investor-readiness. Plus the possibility to become eligible for loans up to €250.000.

Which StartLife program is best suited for me?

If you’re new to entrepreneurship or want to breathe life into your innovative business idea with loans from €25.000 to €250.000, following StartLife Accelerate with the curriculum is most likely your best pick. StartLife à la Carte is first and foremost designed for more seasoned entrepreneurs who are new to foodtech, agtech or bio agtech and are looking for valuable business connections, professional support and investment opportunities.

Am I eligible for StartLife support if we are not based in the Netherlands?

Absolutely. We support startups from all over the world. However, only startups that are registered in the Netherlands are eligible for StartLife’s pre-seed loan.

Still questions?

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