Astanor Ventures Partners With StartLife To Help Scale Up Disruptive Agrifoodtech

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Astanor Ventures, a venture capital fund uniquely focused on supporting and scaling disruptive solutions to some of the most urgent global needs in food and agriculture, has joined the StartLife partner community. Together we will maximize impact by helping startups grow internationally. The partnership connects StartLife’s large network of startups with Europe’s largest impact investor … Continue reading Astanor Ventures Partners With StartLife To Help Scale Up Disruptive Agrifoodtech

StartLife and Box Enter Partnership To Accelerate Transformation To A Sustainable Food System

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We proudly announce our strategic partnership with Blue Ocean Xlerator (BOX). As two startup builders from the Food Valley we aim to accelerate the growth of startups that are developing sustainable innovations for the food supply chain. We also want to increase the international profile of the Food Valley region and draw more domestic and … Continue reading StartLife and Box Enter Partnership To Accelerate Transformation To A Sustainable Food System

ICL Planet Joins With StartLife For Next Generation Crop and Food Innovation

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ICL, a leading global specialty minerals company, has partnered up with StartLife in its quest to invest in startups focused on new ways to address global challenges in food and agricultural production.  These challenges range from increasing yields and tackling food insecurity, to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  With both organizations being fully geared toward accelerating … Continue reading ICL Planet Joins With StartLife For Next Generation Crop and Food Innovation

StartLife Welcomes Agrifoodtech Community at F&A Next 2022

On 18-19 May, StartLife will welcome, once again, hundreds of the world’s leading tech startups, scale-ups, investors and corporates in food & agriculture at the annual F&A Next summit at Wageningen Campus, and online. As co-founder of this summit, StartLife looks forward bringing the agrifoodtech community together to connect, share insights and explore partnership opportunities … Continue reading StartLife Welcomes Agrifoodtech Community at F&A Next 2022

StartLife Selects 9 Early-stage Startups Targeting Global Agrifood Challenges

StartLife has selected nine new (very) early-stage startups to join its eighth acceleration program this spring. The startups have been selected for their promising technological solutions to tackling global agrifood challenges, including sustainable farming, food waste prevention and the protein transition.  REGISTER FOR GRADUATION DAY, 23 JUNE The startups selected will enter StartLife’s 3-month acceleration … Continue reading StartLife Selects 9 Early-stage Startups Targeting Global Agrifood Challenges

Signature Partners With StartLife To Advance Precision Farming Tech

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Investment management company Signature has partnered with StartLife to tap into European agricultural innovation, as it aims to optimize natural resources and improve food security in Africa and other regions where the company will expand in the coming years. For impact-driven tech startups, the partnership could provide a route to on-farm validation of novel technologies. … Continue reading Signature Partners With StartLife To Advance Precision Farming Tech

CJ CheilJedang and StartLife Unite Korean Nutrition and European Foodtech

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Korea’s No.1 food and bio company CJ CheilJedang has partnered with StartLife to benefit from European innovations for the global market, while also expanding the worldwide presence of Korean cuisine and ingredients. For European startups the partnership provides a gateway to Asian markets for their novel food technologies. Founded in 1953, CJ CheilJedang offers a … Continue reading CJ CheilJedang and StartLife Unite Korean Nutrition and European Foodtech

StartLife Will Again Invest Millions In Agrifoodtech Startups

In the next few years, innovative tech startups working to make our food chain more sustainable can request subordinated loans from StartLife. The loans will vary from €75,000 to €250,000. Financing is from a new fund, Startup Fund Gelderland (SFG). Our current food supply is under pressure and traditional production systems have a very negative … Continue reading StartLife Will Again Invest Millions In Agrifoodtech Startups

Plantcarb Introduces Starch with Superpowers

One in ten adults lives with diabetes and the number is rising fast. With diabetes being the world’s fastest growing chronic condition, we need to lower our sugar consumption. Jan Mousing, CEO of the agbiotech company Plantcarb, believes to have found a solution with a unique proprietary starch, which can be used as a health … Continue reading Plantcarb Introduces Starch with Superpowers

PeakBridge VC Opens Dutch Office At StartLife

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PeakBridge VC is strengthening its European presence by extending its partnership with StartLife, which includes the opening of a Peakbridge office at StartLife on Wageningen Campus. StartLife will assist PeakBridge in building a strong local community while better serving European startups in the Agrifoodtech space. PeakBridge is a highly networked investment platform dedicated to managing … Continue reading PeakBridge VC Opens Dutch Office At StartLife

Vacature: Secretaresse bij StartLife

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Ben jij de enthousiaste en proactieve secretaresse die zorgt dat alles op rolletjes loopt? StartLife is de top agrifoodtech startup accelerator in Nederland en Europa, opgericht door Wageningen University & Research. Wij ondersteunen startups in ons acceleration program, verbinden ze met business mentoren, non-equity financiering en een wereldwijd netwerk van startups, investeerders, bedrijven en tech … Continue reading Vacature: Secretaresse bij StartLife

Carbon Farming: A Green Revolution Driven By Satellites?

Startups paving the way for carbon farming Food production can go hand in hand with removing CO2 from the atmosphere and fixing it in the soil, and if financial incentives are in place farmers can be encouraged to perform this carbon sequestration. It’s known as “carbon farming” and it has the potential to deliver a … Continue reading Carbon Farming: A Green Revolution Driven By Satellites?

B-Mex New Startup Tenant at Plus Ultra II

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StartLife warmly welcomes B-Mex, a StartLife startup and WUR spin-off, into the startup offices at Plus Ultra II. The company is specialized in making crop models that provide growers and farmers with valuable insights and help optimize their crop yield. The company moved to Wageningen Campus to be closely to connected to its ecosystem and … Continue reading B-Mex New Startup Tenant at Plus Ultra II

Verdify Raises €1.3M To Scale Its Swapmeals Platform For Personalized Recipes

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Startlife alumnus Verdify has raised €1.3 million financing from Brightlands Venture Partners, Joles and the company’s founders. The investment will be used by Verdify to scale up its Swapmeals recipe platform that enables consumers to get tailored meal inspiration based on personal nutrition profiles. This round follows last year’s capital injection of €750,000 for developing and … Continue reading Verdify Raises €1.3M To Scale Its Swapmeals Platform For Personalized Recipes

StartLife Launches Job Portal for Agrifoodtech Startups

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At StartLife, we continuously explore new opportunities that will help our agrifoodtech startups accelerate their business. To help our growing startups attract new talents, StartLife has launched a job portal for all our portfolio companies! “Our startups can post any type of job vacancy here: full-time, part-time, internship, student jobs, co-founder or advisory board members”, … Continue reading StartLife Launches Job Portal for Agrifoodtech Startups

Hudson River Biotechnology Partners Up To Optimize Plant Breeding With CRISPR

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Hudson River Biotechnology (HRB), a Wageningen-based agricultural biotechnology company, and Computomics, a Tübingen-based bioinformatics company, announced to start offering an end-to-end solution using CRISPR-based gene editing for novel plant trait development. This partnership combines Computomics’ expertise in accurate and precise machine learning-based identification of novel gene editing targets without off-target effects, and Hudson River Biotechnology’s … Continue reading Hudson River Biotechnology Partners Up To Optimize Plant Breeding With CRISPR

Online Graduation of StartLife’s Fall 2021 Cohort

On December 9th, nine early-stage agrifoodtech startups will conclude the StartLife Accelerate Fall 2021 program with an online presentation to a wide and global audience of investors, corporates, partners and other agrifood enthusiasts. It is an open event. Sign up to get a glimpse, and possibly even become involved, in the future of food! A … Continue reading Online Graduation of StartLife’s Fall 2021 Cohort

Bioventure Sundew Acquires MicroSynbiotiX And Completes €1.4M Funding

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Sundew, a Dutch-Danish biotech startup focused on combating aquatic pests, diseases and invasive species, announced today the acquisition of MicroSynbiotiX in an all-share transaction. The addition of the algal RNA platform and pipeline accelerates Sundew’s commercialization. In parallel, Sundew raised 1.4 million euro in equity and convertible loan funding from The Yield Lab Europe and … Continue reading Bioventure Sundew Acquires MicroSynbiotiX And Completes €1.4M Funding

Biotech startup Scope Biosciences Attracts €1M Funding For CRISPR-diagnostic Platform

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Scope Biosciences, a Wageningen University & Research spin-off and a StartLife portfolio company, announced to have raised an investment of €1M. The funding is provided by GenDx,  a global leader in molecular diagnostic laboratory solutions. The proceeds will be used to speed up the development of its proprietary ScopeDx CRISPR-diagnostic platform and expand its partnerships. … Continue reading Biotech startup Scope Biosciences Attracts €1M Funding For CRISPR-diagnostic Platform

These Foodtech Startups Successfully Recruited Their Seasoned Mentors

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It’s widely known that startups benefit from advice and guidance by experienced entrepreneurs and professionals. Sometimes the spark between a mentor and his mentee light up to such extent that the mentor ends up being recruited by the startup. It happened to foodtech startups Cano-ela and Greencovery. When interviewing them about the change of roles, … Continue reading These Foodtech Startups Successfully Recruited Their Seasoned Mentors

Microalgae Milk Pioneer Sophie’s Bionutrients Sets Ground in Wageningen

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Singapore-based Sophie’s Bionutrients introduced the world’s first milk alternative made from protein-rich microalgae earlier this year. With the support of StartLife, CEO and co-founder Eugene Wang now aims to shift the business to the Netherlands to tap into its plant-based protein ecosystem. Algae-based ingredients have piqued food industry interest in recent years as a sustainable, … Continue reading Microalgae Milk Pioneer Sophie’s Bionutrients Sets Ground in Wageningen

4 Tips To Obtain A Patent For Your Agrifood Startup At Minimum Cost

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You may have developed a new harvesting technology, or an improved production method. Or maybe a synergistic combination of ingredients, or a better packaging. Filing a patent application appears the way to go, in order to add value to your company and to attract investors. But some startups first need the investors to be able … Continue reading 4 Tips To Obtain A Patent For Your Agrifood Startup At Minimum Cost

Muddy Machines Demonstrates Green Asparagus Harvesting Robot

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Today, Muddy Machines, a UK agtech startup, announced that they have successfully developed a prototype robotic harvester for green asparagus, which they’ve named “Sprout”. Working closely with Cobrey Farms, the largest asparagus grower in the UK, Muddy Machines company has spent the last year developing and testing their machine on-farm. Farms require a high volume … Continue reading Muddy Machines Demonstrates Green Asparagus Harvesting Robot

Plant-E Receives €2.5M EU Grant for Development of Plant-powered Sensors

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Wageningen-based company Plant-e was awarded a €2.5 million grant from the European Innovation Council (EIC). The grant was awarded for the further development of sensor applications that are powered by living plants. The EIC grant is the last push towards commercialization and scalability of its sensor applications. The Plant-e team reacts enthusiastically. Marjolein Helder, CEO … Continue reading Plant-E Receives €2.5M EU Grant for Development of Plant-powered Sensors

Orbisk Secures €2.4M In European Grant Funding

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Today, food waste fighter Orbisk announced to be have received €2.4 million from the European Commission’s European Innovation Council (EIC). The company will use the funding for scaling up their business internationally and further enhancing the technology. Orbisk is one of 65 companies that have been awarded a grant from the EIC Accelerator today. The … Continue reading Orbisk Secures €2.4M In European Grant Funding

StartLife’s New Neighbors: Fuji Oil Global Innovation Center Europe 

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StartLife welcomes Fuji Oil Global Innovation Center Europe to Plus Ultra II, the multi-tenant complex and incubator on Wageningen Campus. It’s Fuji Oil’s first research center to open in Europe and will promote open innovation. The Fuji Oil’s Global Innovation Center Europe (GICE) will support and enhance innovation within Fuji Oil Group, with a focus … Continue reading StartLife’s New Neighbors: Fuji Oil Global Innovation Center Europe 

InsectSense Wins Topsector Horticulture Innovation Prize 2021

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Last week, Aria Samimi and his InsectSense team won the Topsector Horticulture Innovation Prize 2021. InsectSense received the award for its biosensor that integrates the smelling abilities of bees to detect plant diseases.  The jury said:  “InsectSense harnesses the incredible sense of smell by real bees for the early detection of plant diseases. The method … Continue reading InsectSense Wins Topsector Horticulture Innovation Prize 2021

StartLife Joins FoodTech 500 By Forward Fooding

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StartLife proudly supports the 2021 edition of FoodTech 500, the ‘Fortune 500’ of the FoodTech sector, an initiative by Forward Fooding. Together we will uncover the most promising and positive FoodTech disruptors of 2021. AgriFoodtech companies around the world can apply till 15 November to be considered for the coveted ranking. CEO of Forward Fooding, … Continue reading StartLife Joins FoodTech 500 By Forward Fooding

NIZO And StartLife Join Forces: Innovating Together For Better Food And Health

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Today, NIZO, a Contract Research Organization in Food and Health, and StartLife announced that they have entered into a strategic and operational partnership to support food and agtech startups shaping a sustainable food system. Thanks to a blend of accelerator expertise and facilities, the strategic partnership can help startups with both individual challenges and longer-term … Continue reading NIZO And StartLife Join Forces: Innovating Together For Better Food And Health

StartLife Picks 9 Startups Building Toward Sustainable Agriculture

StartLife has selected nine new early-stage startups to join its seventh acceleration program this fall. The startups have been selected for their promising technological solutions that are designed to fix issues like food waste, pollution and decarbonization, and support sustainable food production. Almost half of the tech startups selected are co-founded by women. Globally, we … Continue reading StartLife Picks 9 Startups Building Toward Sustainable Agriculture

StartLife Welcomes FUMI Ingredients To Startup Office

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StartLife, Kadans Science Partner and Wageningen Campus are excited to welcome FUMI Ingredients to the startup community located in Plus Ultra II, the newest multi-tenant building on Wageningen Campus. FUMI Ingredient is moving into one of the  office spaces dedicated to agrifoodtech startups. Established in 2019, with the support of StartLife, FUMI Ingredients is an … Continue reading StartLife Welcomes FUMI Ingredients To Startup Office

Future Food Fund and StartLife: Elevating Game-changing Agrifood Startups

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Future Food Fund, a Dutch seed capital fund with a focus on innovative agricultural and food technologies, announced today that they have joined forces with StartLife. The partners will utilize each other’s expertise and global network to provide innovative startups in the food and agricultural domains with the best possible growth support. The human race … Continue reading Future Food Fund and StartLife: Elevating Game-changing Agrifood Startups

Food Waste Monitor Orbisk Raises €1.05M Seed Funding

StartLife alumnus Orbisk has successfully raised  €1.05M seed funding for its fully automated food waste monitor for hospitality organizations.  Orbisk will use the funding to further its R&D and go-to-market efforts and advance towards scale. Using artificial intelligence, Orbisk’s waste monitors automatically identify what food and how much of it is thrown away by food … Continue reading Food Waste Monitor Orbisk Raises €1.05M Seed Funding

WUR Remains Best Agricultural University Worldwide

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For the fifth time in a row, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is ranked as the best agricultural university worldwide, according to the 2021 edition of the Shanghai Ranking. In addition to the number one position in agricultural science, the WUR is ranked 2nd in geography, 3nd in food science & technology and 4nd in … Continue reading WUR Remains Best Agricultural University Worldwide

Crop CRISPR Startup Hudson River Biotechnology Raises €5M Series A Funding

The Dutch agricultural biotech company Hudson River Biotechnology (HRB), a StartLife alumnus, has  raised 5 million euro in Series A funding. The company focuses on CRISPR-based genome editing in plants. The raised investment – which consists 50% of non-dilutive funding- will be used to further develop HBR’s nanotech offering and explore market opportunities, as well … Continue reading Crop CRISPR Startup Hudson River Biotechnology Raises €5M Series A Funding

Time-travelling Milkman Receives €550K Investment For Plant-based Dairy Fat

Time-travelling Milkman (TTM), a spin-off of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and StartLife alumnus, develops creamy, healthy and sustainable fat ingredients for improving the texture and acceptability of dairy alternatives. With its technology, TTM extracts fat droplets from seeds (e.g. sunflower) to make creamy unsaturated fat ingredients. With an investment of €555.000 by Oost NL … Continue reading Time-travelling Milkman Receives €550K Investment For Plant-based Dairy Fat

Future Of Food Texture Challenge: Givaudan’s Call For Startups

Givaudan, global leader in flavors and natural food ingredients and one of StartLife’s corporate partners, is committed to fast-track market access and innovation for  foodtech startups. Together with StartLife, Givaudan is calling for startups that offer solutions for sustainably feeding 10 billion people by 2050 while improving food experience for consumers. Givaudan will provide all … Continue reading Future Of Food Texture Challenge: Givaudan’s Call For Startups

Call For Startups That Accelerate Sustainable Innovations In Horticulture

Is your startup working on a game-changing technology that will accelerate circular agriculture, climate-neutral horticulture, improve the health & safety of food or sustainable water consumption in horticulture? Then you are an ideal candidate for the Topsector T&U Innovation Prize! The deadline for registration is Sunday, 15 August 2021. The winning team will receive a … Continue reading Call For Startups That Accelerate Sustainable Innovations In Horticulture

Anterra Capital Announces Initial Closing of Second Agrifoodtech Fund at $175M

Anterra Capital , the international agrifood VC firm and investor partner of StartLife, announced the initial closing of its second food and agriculture technology fund, Anterra F&A Ventures II. With $175 million they exceeded the targeted size of the fund. Due to the positive market reception for the fund’s mission and strategy, Anterra is tracking … Continue reading Anterra Capital Announces Initial Closing of Second Agrifoodtech Fund at $175M

StartLife Links Agrifirm To Innovative Agrifoodtech Startups

Today, at the biannual graduation day of StartLife, it was announced that the agrifoodtech startup accelerator teams up with Royal Agrifirm Group. The Wageningen University & Research (WUR) affiliated startup accelerator will support Agrifirm to engage with its European startup ecosystem. The strategic and corporate partnership aims to further expand their networks and innovative solutions … Continue reading StartLife Links Agrifirm To Innovative Agrifoodtech Startups

Discover Why These Agrifoodtech Startups Will Change The Future Of Food

On June 24th, major players in the agrifood industry are directing their eyes on seven early phase startups that will showcase their novel agrifood technologies on the closing of StartLife’s acceleration program. The startups serve the food value chain with technologies and solutions that help create a more sustainable food system, from the smallest cells … Continue reading Discover Why These Agrifoodtech Startups Will Change The Future Of Food

Asian Dairy Giant Yili Partners Up With StartLife To Connect To Visionary Ag & Food Startups

Yili, Asia’s biggest and fast-growing dairy company, is now officially partnering with the agrifoodtech accelerator StartLife. Through the partnership Yili strengthens its access to a very large ecosystem of innovative agriculture and healthy food startups to help overcome future challenges facing the industry, including those emerging over the next decade and beyond. The collaboration with … Continue reading Asian Dairy Giant Yili Partners Up With StartLife To Connect To Visionary Ag & Food Startups

Pymwymic And WUR Join Forces In Healthy Food Systems Impact Fund II

Impact investor Pymwymic has launched its Healthy Food Systems Impact Fund II which is aimed at supporting innovative ideas and technologies in the domain of sustainable food systems. Pymwymic has also entered into a strategic partnership with Wageningen University & Research to source and analyze potential launching investments. Throughout the world, there is a visible … Continue reading Pymwymic And WUR Join Forces In Healthy Food Systems Impact Fund II

Nutrileads: How One Health Ingredients Innovator Navigated The Investor Landscape

Hitting the sweet spot between pharma and nutrition isn’t easy.  How did the health ingredients innovator Nutrileads successfully navigate its way through the fundraising labyrinth? We’ll take you through the highs and lows of NutriLeads’ journey from zero to seed and beyond – and share what the team learned along the way. StartLife alumnus NutriLeads … Continue reading Nutrileads: How One Health Ingredients Innovator Navigated The Investor Landscape

Inside The Mind Of A Venture Capitalist: A Quick Guide To Raising Smart Capital Effectively

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Many early-stage startup founders, especially first-timers, have very limited experience in interacting with venture capital investors (VCs). Consequently, venture capital is seen as a “black box”, largely due to a lack of insight into how VCs work and think. This article provides you valuable insights! Founders frequently ask  “which investors should I approach?”, “how far … Continue reading Inside The Mind Of A Venture Capitalist: A Quick Guide To Raising Smart Capital Effectively

Yield Lab Europe Expands Agrifood Fund And Partners Up With StartLife

The Yield Lab Europe has announced almost €50 million at second close for its sustainable agrifoodtech venture capital fund, investing in seed- to Series A-stage companies in Europe. They will also open an office on Wageningen Campus as part of a new partnership with StartLife. The Yield Lab Europe will be investor-in-residence with StartLife and … Continue reading Yield Lab Europe Expands Agrifood Fund And Partners Up With StartLife

Surfix’s Biophotonic Diagnostic Platform Attracts €8.5M Investment

Surfix announces an investment of €8.5M by a Dutch consortium consisting of Lionix International, Qurin Diagnostics, Photondelta and Oost NL. Surfix will use the investment to accelerate the development of its plug-and-play diagnostics platform for all sorts of point-of-core tests. The initial target applications are early cancer diagnosis, Covid-19 detection and tracing of pathogens in … Continue reading Surfix’s Biophotonic Diagnostic Platform Attracts €8.5M Investment