Collaboration with Lidl: organises innovative pitching event

Supermarket chain Lidl is looking for suppliers and startups that create innovative products for Lidl to sell in 2019. During the new theme week, Lidl will present a number of products that are new, healthy and/or very sustainable. Suppliers and startups can register until 16 September, after which they will be invited for a selection … Continue reading Collaboration with Lidl: organises innovative pitching event

Startups and Startife at the World Wide Wageningen Alumni Day, lots of fun!

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More than 1500 alumni enjoyed the great demo’s and tastes of Startups Saturday 23rd of June on Wageningen Campus. With the theme Sustainable Food & Nutrition, startups showed themselves to the audience. Umameat’s, Mendelt Tillema: “I got a lot more out of it than I ever dreamed off” Also Burgs Foods and Botanic Bites prepared … Continue reading Startups and Startife at the World Wide Wageningen Alumni Day, lots of fun!

StartLife trained young entrepreneurs at the Masterclass in Greece

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Heraklion, June 12, 2018 Press Release: Masterclass on Agri-Entrepreneurship The annual Agri-Food Masterclass on Entrepreneurship, the intensive Masterclass on entrepreneurship in the agri-food sector, took place this year in Heraklion, Crete, June 6-8, 2018. Teams/start-ups with activities in the fields of agri-food and agro/bio-technology participated at the Masterclass. The Masterclass is initiated and supported by the … Continue reading StartLife trained young entrepreneurs at the Masterclass in Greece

4TU launch MOOC ‘Entrepreneurship for Engineers’

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To encourage and help more people put their ideas to innovative use and start their own company, the 4 Dutch technical universities (e.g. WUR) launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC); ‘Entrepreneurship for Engineers’: The course is a a toolbox for building a technology startup from idea to execution! You can find more information … Continue reading 4TU launch MOOC ‘Entrepreneurship for Engineers’

Founder Story BLUE-tec | A breakthrough in waste water treatment

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StartLife has an enormous network of startups with inspiring founders. These startups are eager to share their experience with other entrepreneurs. This story is about Lex van Dijk, founder of BLUE-tec. BLUE-tec uses forward osmosis to treat waste water in a sustainable way. The technique is revolutionary in the water treatment industry and has applications … Continue reading Founder Story BLUE-tec | A breakthrough in waste water treatment

WUR scientist create value with research results at the ESG Challenge

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Project managers and senior scientists of the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) have formed teams around recent project results in search for further valorization. The goal was to develop proposals for new projects, products, patents, partnerships, grants or startups. Call for ideas A call for promising research ideas resulted in … Continue reading WUR scientist create value with research results at the ESG Challenge

Agri-food Masterclass supported the Greek startup scene

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The annual Agri-Food Masterclass on Entrepreneurship took place in Greece from 3-5 November. Eighteen startups participated the 3-day Masterclass. The Masterclass was initiated and supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Athens and the Wageningen-based organization StartLife. The first prize was won by Eleni Gogou, from startup Natural Food Additives. She gets the opportunity to participate … Continue reading Agri-food Masterclass supported the Greek startup scene

Four startups won a collaboration with Makro

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As part of cooperation with METRO, Makro invited 4 StartLife startups to their “network-square” in Nieuwegein on the 10th of October. Groentenbrood, Oatelli, Botanic Bites and Organic Love got the opportunity to present their product (or concept) to a critical food-innovation panel. Their presentations were inspiring, enthusiastic and very tasty. All of them “won” a … Continue reading Four startups won a collaboration with Makro

Founder Story | Onszaden

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StartLife has an enormous network of startups with inspiring founders. These startups want to share their experience with other entrepreneurs. This story is about Sander Onsman founder of Onszaden, a company that sells foreign seeds. Teacher or entrepreneur Sander studied biology in Wageningen. He wasn’t an ordinary biology student. Sander was interested in entrepreneurship, teaching … Continue reading Founder Story | Onszaden

Free advice from Rabobank | walk-in office hours

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StartLife start-ups can get financial advice from the Teckle-team; the innovative side of Rabobank. Joey Borgers, start-up coordinator and member of the Teckle-team at Rabobank Vallei en Rijn, is looking forward to meeting entrepreneurs! Get in touch with our Rabobank expert Joey Joey Borgers: “Bringing an innovation to the market successfully requires a good plan and … Continue reading Free advice from Rabobank | walk-in office hours

New Program Partner PNO Consultants, offers discount on WBSO (R&D tax credit)

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Technological development is rewarding! The WBSO enables you to reduce your R&D costs – not just wage costs, but also other expenses associated with your R&D project, such as the cost of prototypes or research equipment. Companies who have technically novel projects can apply for WBSO. It is important that the technical novelty of the … Continue reading New Program Partner PNO Consultants, offers discount on WBSO (R&D tax credit)

StartLife acceleration program was tailor-made

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As one of the three winners of F&A Next, startup NeoFarms won an acceleration program at StartLife. NeoFarms developed a “greenhouse” home device. It is the first highly productive home appliance based on aeroponics; a technique used by NASA which doesn’t require water or soil. At the moment, NeoFarms is working on its first small … Continue reading StartLife acceleration program was tailor-made

‘Algreenies’ embraced by the world of haute-cuisine

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StartLife nurtures an enormous network of startups with inspiring founders. These startups want to share their experience with other entrepreneurs. This story is about Algreen, a company that produces fresh ‘underwater’ vegetables. Undiscovered beauties Stefano Canziani and Hendrik Staarink met each other by co-incidence at Droevendaal. Hendrik studied in Wageningen and worked as a consultant … Continue reading ‘Algreenies’ embraced by the world of haute-cuisine

Proven practice in agrifood entrepreneurship

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Tips & tricks from a ‘soft-lander’ Rocio Torres has the ambition to strengthen entrepreneurial approaches with academic knowledge. As a researcher she works on optimizing business models in the agrifood industry by gathering empirical data. Besides that, as an entrepreneur, she gained knowledge from practice during her exchange period at StartLife. Rocio is founder of … Continue reading Proven practice in agrifood entrepreneurship

Startups pitched at Makro network square

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As part of cooperation with METRO, Makro invited 5 StartLife startups to their “Network-square” in Nieuwegein on the 17th of July. These startups got the opportunity to present their product (or concept) to a critical food-innovation panel. Bart Verweijen of startup Waterly and Everlyn Liu of EatmeStraws, both received a collaboration agreement with Makro. This … Continue reading Startups pitched at Makro network square

StartLife joins the board of EBN

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Jannet de Jong has joined the EBN-board. EBN is the European Business Network comprised of around 140 quality-certified EU|BICs (business and innovation centres) and 100 other organisations that support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. EBN is also a community of professionals whose day-to-day work helps these businesses to grow in the most effective, efficient and sustainable … Continue reading StartLife joins the board of EBN

StartHub introduces its new student board

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StartHub Wageningen, StartLife’s student incubator, has a new student board! The 2017-2018 board consists of: Thijmen van Loon, Jelle Hofstra, Mick van Eck Dos Santos and Pien van Streun. The board will be officially starting from September 2017. Meet them at the Entrepreneurial Drinks at StartHub Wageningen on September the 6th! Thijmen van Loon – … Continue reading StartHub introduces its new student board

StartHub organizes the Advanced Startup Summer School

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From the 20th to the 25th August StartHub Wageningen organizes the Advanced Startup Summer School (ASSS). During this intensive course teams, of 2 to 4 members, will develop their business idea towards investor readiness. The event is part of the Wageningen Summer School. It is targeted at teams of bachelor and master students as well … Continue reading StartHub organizes the Advanced Startup Summer School

Tools that save money for farmers | Founder Story Zip Drill

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StartLife nurtures an enormous network of startups with inspiring founders. These startups want to share their experience with other entrepreneurs. This Founder Story is about Thierry Stokkermans founder of Zip Drill. Zip Drill develops tools for conservation agriculture. Worldwide, conservation agriculture is the first alternative to conventional farming. Soil-loving product engineer Thierry studied agriculture in … Continue reading Tools that save money for farmers | Founder Story Zip Drill

European FoodNexus Startup Challenge is Open for Applications

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As of today food & ag startups are invited to apply for the European FoodNexus Startup Challenge, a contest and support program that will recognise and accelerate the most promising food & ag startups in Europe. Apply at www.fnsc.eu. The European FoodNexus Startup Challenge, organized for the 2017, consists of selection rounds in seven European … Continue reading European FoodNexus Startup Challenge is Open for Applications

CRISPR-Cas9 to boost natural ingredients | Founder Story Hudson River Biotechnology

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StartLife nurtures an enormous network of startups with inspiring founders. These startups want to share their tips & tricks with other entrepreneurs. This Founder Story is about Rudi Ariaans and Ferdinand Los founders of Hudson River Biotechnology (HRB). The duo noticed the current need for more profitable crops producing natural ingredients. HRB helps companies to … Continue reading CRISPR-Cas9 to boost natural ingredients | Founder Story Hudson River Biotechnology

Klasmann-Deilmann starts partnership with StartLife

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Supporting young entrepreneurs and innovative ideas | Aimed at finding innovations to promote horticulture The Klasmann-Deilmann Group is increasing its activities to develop innovative product solutions for the professional horticulture sector. They have recently begun a partnership with the Dutch Food & Agri Incubator StartLife, which is supported by Wageningen University & Research and hosts … Continue reading Klasmann-Deilmann starts partnership with StartLife

A new partnership: EP&C Patents & Trademarks

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Get in touch with our expert Mark EP&C can assist start-ups in all matters concerning Intellectual Property (IP). IP can help start-ups protect their products and activities against copycats. Conversely, innovative entrepreneurs do not want to find themselves surprised by IP, of other parties, that may affect their business. EP&C employs 30 patent and trademark … Continue reading A new partnership: EP&C Patents & Trademarks

Startup Envoy, Prince Constantijn present at F&A Next

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As co-founder, StartLife is honored and thrilled to have Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands at F&A Next 2017! In his role as Startup Envoy, Prince Constantijn will take the stage, share his views on innovation in food and agri and announce the winning startups of FoodBytes! @F&A Next. ‘Global challenges – like the food security … Continue reading Startup Envoy, Prince Constantijn present at F&A Next

Free consult at Innova Connect | Innovation consultant Clemens Stolk

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Under the name Innova Connect, Clemens Stolk offers support to companies and other organisations to collaborate in a purposeful manner towards concrete innovations. Motivated by a drive to contribute to innovations with impact, Clemens has developed from plant scientist to innovation consultant. Wherever your innovation process may be faltering – be it lack of inspiration, … Continue reading Free consult at Innova Connect | Innovation consultant Clemens Stolk

The drinking-water revolution | Founder Story Waterly

StartLife nurtures an enormous network of startups with inspiring founders. These startups want to share their tips & tricks with other entrepreneurs. This Founder Story is about Bart Verweijen, the founder of Waterly. Bart aspired to make drinking-water more attractive and satisfying for people at the office. StartLife helped him to introduce “fruity water”; a … Continue reading The drinking-water revolution | Founder Story Waterly

StartLife and METRO sign partnership agreement

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On 6 March StartLife signed a partner agreement with METRO in order to develop innovative FoodTech solutions. The company is represented in the Netherlands by its wholesale sales line Makro. Until 1st of March 2020 StartLife and METRO will cooperate on supporting startups. Get in touch with METRO/MAKRO The METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is … Continue reading StartLife and METRO sign partnership agreement

F&A Next: platform for food and agriculture companies, investors and startups.

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Smart production of food with less ecological impact and its connection between nutrition and health are the two topics that will be taking centre stage at F&A Next on the 17th and 18th of May 2017. Interested companies, startups and investors in the field of food and agri(culture) can register to attend the event. Register … Continue reading F&A Next: platform for food and agriculture companies, investors and startups.

Startup Week: the Journey from Student to Entrepreneur

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In February, StartHub Wageningen, the student incubator of StartLife, hosted the annual Startup Week. This event was hosted for Wageningen University & Research students and recent graduates. It is a 6-day long “pressure-cooker” that gets these student entrepreneurs down the right track onto starting their business. This intensive week is a mix of theory, practice, and … Continue reading Startup Week: the Journey from Student to Entrepreneur

Thunderstorm-technique for sustainable crop growth| Founder Story VitalFluid

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StartLife has a large network of startups. These startups have inspiring founders who are willing to share their tips & tricks with other entrepreneurs. This Founder Story is about VitalFluid, one of the few companies in the world who brought plasma activated water (PAW) to market. When the idea was born, Vital Fluid had a … Continue reading Thunderstorm-technique for sustainable crop growth| Founder Story VitalFluid

4 Business Model Innovation Strategies in Ag & Food

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  Why should I care? In the search for new growth opportunities, large and small companies across industries have changed their business models. These companies realize that to be competitive, they must move beyond incremental product innovation into more radical business model innovation. Most publicized examples of business innovation come from the IT domain: ‘Uber, … Continue reading 4 Business Model Innovation Strategies in Ag & Food

10M extra for value creation @NLValoriseert!

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On the 23rd of January, the 6th anniversary of the “NL Valoriseert” program was celebrated by more than 400 people. Thanks to this initiative aiming to increase valorisation, StartLife was established. “Valorisation, or knowledge transfer, should be encouraged”, said Henk Kamp, the Minister of Economic Affairs. At the event he emphasized the importance of value … Continue reading 10M extra for value creation @NLValoriseert!

Cerescon starts the asparagus-revolution | Founder Story

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StartLife has a large network of startups. These startups have inspiring founders who are willing to share their tips & tricks with other entrepreneurs. This Founder Story is an interview with Thérèse van Vinken, one of the co-founders of Cerescon. It all started in the province of Brabant, 17 years ago. Thérèse and Ad van … Continue reading Cerescon starts the asparagus-revolution | Founder Story

Dutch-Spanish collaboration to boost agri-food innovation

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Encouraged by the EOI EUROPEAN COWORKINGS, StartLife and RSC Talent have agreed to, in December 2016, explore the potential of a soft landing exchange project for agri-food centric tech-starters. Agri-food startups in Andalusia, Spain, can be further developed by collaborating with the existing network of technostarters from StartLife and Wageningen University and Research as well … Continue reading Dutch-Spanish collaboration to boost agri-food innovation

Plant-e nominated for the Young Startup Award

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Every year, the most promising and innovative Dutch start-up receives The Young Start-up Award. Twelve start-ups from several Dutch regions were selected as finalists: LUMICKS, Slim Opgewekt, Delft Hyperloop, ZTRDG, BitSensor, TrusttheSource, Emosys, Pearltect, Rural Spark, Clear Flight Solutions, TMI and Plant-e. The finalists will present themselves at the NL Valoriseert event on the 23rd … Continue reading Plant-e nominated for the Young Startup Award

Two new SEED Capital funds available for agri-food start-ups

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On the 14th of December Martijn van Dam, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, announced that not one, but two funds will be available for agro-food start-ups. As previously announced the Ministry of Economic Affairs will support young enterprises with the SEED Capital fund. This fund of 6 million Euro will be doubled … Continue reading Two new SEED Capital funds available for agri-food start-ups

B-Mex creates value with greenhouse-science | Founder Story

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StartLife has a large network of start-ups. All of these start-ups have powerful inspiring founders who are willing to share their tips & tricks with other entrepreneurs. In order to give these founders a platform to share on, we started the StartLife Founder Stories. This story is an interview with Fokke Buwalda, founder of B-Mex. … Continue reading B-Mex creates value with greenhouse-science | Founder Story

International visits at StartLife

In November StartLife strengthened its international ties. StartLife visited Greece, Vietnam and welcomed guests from all over the world. 3rd of November – Delegates of Dutch embassies Delegates of Economic Affairs from 22 Dutch embassies worldwide visited StartLife to get inspired by our start-ups, the Stage Gate Program and the way we support entrepreneurs. These … Continue reading International visits at StartLife

Persistent startup gets wings at last | Founder Story Foodcase

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StartLife has a large network of startups. All of these startups have powerful inspiring founders who are willing to share their tips & tricks with other entrepreneurs. In order to give these founders a platform to share on, we started the StartLife Founder Stories. This story is an interview with Wilbert de Louw, co-founder of … Continue reading Persistent startup gets wings at last | Founder Story Foodcase