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

PHYSEE (Par+) Closes Series A With €8M Total

PHYSEE concluded its Series A investment round by raising another 4 million euro. The company has now raised in total 8 million euro in growth capital to fund the European roll-out of its smart and sustainable building platform SENSE and to accelerate the industrialization of its light-converting coatings, PAR+. PHYSEE, a spin-off from the Technical … Continue reading PHYSEE (Par+) Closes Series A With €8M Total

Free Research Capacity: Wageningen Student Projects

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Innovative ideas do not always lead to completely developed projects, due to lack of time and / or creative energy. Students of Wageningen University & Research may offer a solution to this problem. In different courses, BSc and MSc students work in groups on a project supplied by external commissioners. Education Project Services (Onderwijsloket) iscontinuously … Continue reading Free Research Capacity: Wageningen Student Projects

How Do Agrifoodtech Startups Measure Their Impact?

As one of Europe’s leading agrifoodtech accelerators, StartLife supports startups shaping a sustainable food system. Loet Rammelsberg, StartLife’s Program Director, did a quick study and analysis of what the Sustainable Development Goals mean to our startups and how they link them to their impact. In 2015, the United Nations launched and adopted 17 sustainable development … Continue reading How Do Agrifoodtech Startups Measure Their Impact?

Döhler Ventures and StartLife Boosting Healthy Nutrition Innovation

Early-stage venture capital firm Döhler Ventures and StartLife announced today that they extend their running strategic partnership for another three years. The partnership is aimed at supporting startups that apply innovative technologies to develop healthy, natural nutrition and food ingredients. Startups are a driving force in developing much needed innovative technologies that help develop safe … Continue reading Döhler Ventures and StartLife Boosting Healthy Nutrition Innovation

StartLife Welcomes Time-travelling Milkman And Innogusto In Startup Offices

StartLife alumnus Time-travelling Milkman and Innogusto have joined the startup community located in Plus Ultra II, the newest multi-tenant building on Wageningen Campus. The two startups recently moved into one of the spaces dedicated to agrifoodtech startups, an initiative of StartLife, Wageningen University & Research and Kadans. Time-travelling Milkman: sustainable fat ingredients Time-travelling Milkman is … Continue reading StartLife Welcomes Time-travelling Milkman And Innogusto In Startup Offices

StartLife Partners With Leading Agricultural Manufacturer, Kubota

Kubota, the world’s leading agricultural manufacturer, has partnered with StartLife. By joining forces, the two organizations will work to identify challenges facing the agriculture sector, brainstorm new ideas and facilitate the exchange of conversation among partners in the industry. Kubota will also tap into StartLife’s ecosystem of visionary agrifoodtech startups to usher in fresh collaborations, … Continue reading StartLife Partners With Leading Agricultural Manufacturer, Kubota

Icos Capital and StartLife Unite Forces In Building Agrifood Scale-ups

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Icos Capital, a market-leading collaborative venture capital firm, has joined StartLife as investor partner. The partnership will see Icos Capital tap into StartLife’s sizable ecosystem while addressing the needs of agrifoodtech startups that are seeking guidance and investment. Collaboration: a strategic approach to startup growth Icos Capital is the sector’s premier early growth stage investor … Continue reading Icos Capital and StartLife Unite Forces In Building Agrifood Scale-ups

Cricket and Grasshopper Meat Producer Burgs Foods Is Served Funding

Burgs Foods, a young Dutch insect-based food producer, has raised funding from early-stage venture capitalist Unknown Group. The funding is to aid Burgs Foods in its goal for every European to eat at least one meal per week made of insect meat by 2030. Under the established brand, De Krekerij, Burgs Foods, a StartLife startup … Continue reading Cricket and Grasshopper Meat Producer Burgs Foods Is Served Funding

Meet These 8 New Impact-driven Agrifoodtech Startups 

In April, StartLife welcomes its sixth cohort of startups that help build a future-proof food ecosystem. The selected startups introduce novel technologies and solutions including 3D food printing, computational designed enzymes, botanical biopesticide and AI-driven greenhouses. On June 24th the startups present themselves during a live online pitching event. Let’s take you on a trip … Continue reading Meet These 8 New Impact-driven Agrifoodtech Startups 

6 Do’s And Don’ts In Startup Mentorship

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Behind every successful entrepreneur, you can be sure to find one, if not many, invaluable business mentors who shepherded them along the way. Mentors can do wonders for you and your startup, but there are rules of engagement to be taken into consideration. Caroline Bijkerk, who connects StartLife’s startups with mentors, highlights six important do’s … Continue reading 6 Do’s And Don’ts In Startup Mentorship

Ellipsis Drive Raises €1.9M For Its Spatial Data-Sharing Platform

Ellipsis Drive, a provider of a plug-and-play solution for using, sharing, and selling spatial data, announced today its seed round funding of €1.9 million. This funding round was led by Promus Ventures, through its Luxembourg based space investment fund, Orbital Ventures, and had participation from Techstars.  “We are excited to back the team at Ellipsis. … Continue reading Ellipsis Drive Raises €1.9M For Its Spatial Data-Sharing Platform

Rival Foods Partners Up to Develop Juicy Whole-cut Plant-based Chicken

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Rival Foods, a Dutch gastronomy startup that produces whole-cuts of plant-based meat, announced a partnership with LIVEKINDLY Collective that aims to fasten the development of a perfect plant-based chicken, bringing a tasty and sustainable alternative for mindful consumers.  Rival Foods, a StartLife startup alumnus, has developed and commercialized a production process to transform plant-based ingredients … Continue reading Rival Foods Partners Up to Develop Juicy Whole-cut Plant-based Chicken

Trends in The Agrifoodtech Startup Climate

Joar Nilssen is StartLife’s startup analyst. He is responsible for scouting and analyzing agtech and biotech startups. Each year, he meets hundreds of innovative startups and quickly discovers changing patterns and movements in the agrifood markets. Today, Joar shares what he is observing in the current agrifoodtech startup climate. Global trends Admittedly, enough pieces have … Continue reading Trends in The Agrifoodtech Startup Climate

StartLife And Pymwymic Facilitating Growth Of Disruptive Agrifoodtech Startups

Worldwide the food supply chain is in dire need of innovations that aid the transition to a healthier and sustainable food system. Agrifoodtech startups with high potential solutions are now given an extra hand to get from pre-revenue stage to growth. Pymwymic, Europe’s oldest impact-driven growth investor, and StartLife, Europe’s first agrifoodtech accelerator, have partnered … Continue reading StartLife And Pymwymic Facilitating Growth Of Disruptive Agrifoodtech Startups

Anterra Capital Strengthens Ties with StartLife As Investor Partner

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Anterra Capital, one of largest dedicated agrifoodtech venture capital firms in the world and a pioneer in the sector, has entered into an investor partnership with StartLife. Together we will back entrepreneurs who are building a healthier and sustainable food system. The partnership is an expansion of years of fruitful collaboration. The announcement is made … Continue reading Anterra Capital Strengthens Ties with StartLife As Investor Partner

Join StartLife’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

On 9 December we will celebrate StartLife’s 10 year anniversary in combination with the graduation of the fifth group of startups of our renowned acceleration program. We cordially invite our entire F&A community to join our virtual Jubilee Graduation Day. REGISTER FOR STARTLIFE’S JUBILEE GRADUATION DAY The year 2020 is very special to StartLife. We … Continue reading Join StartLife’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

StartLife Alumni Updates – October 2020

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Brief updates from StartLife Alumni and Community members. Major Breakthrough For Malaria-fighter In2care A malaria-free world? The chances of pulling off this immense mission have taken a great leap forward. The Wageningen-based company InCare Trading company has developed and tested a solution that reduces the chances of malaria infections with an unprecedented result of more … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates – October 2020

Shift Invest and StartLife Prolong Impact-driven Investment Partnership

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Tech startups which help make the agrifood value chain more sustainable can rely another three years on the strategic partnership between StartLife and SHIFT Invest, the largest seed and early-stage impact investor for agrifood, biobased and circular sectors in the Netherlands. StartLife helps ambitious agrifoodtech startups to swiftly validate their business and become investor ready. … Continue reading Shift Invest and StartLife Prolong Impact-driven Investment Partnership

Citrosuco And StartLife On Joint Quest To Make Juice Industry Fully Sustainable

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Today, the Brazilian juice giant Citrosuco announces a strategic partnership with StartLife. The company has teamed up with the StartLife to gain better access to European startups, in particular those with new technologies that can help the juice value chain become 100% sustainable. Citrosuco offers startups funding and technical and operational expertise. As one of … Continue reading Citrosuco And StartLife On Joint Quest To Make Juice Industry Fully Sustainable

Viroteq Attracts Funding To Build Smart Stacking and Packaging Robot Software

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Efficiently stack packages and objects of different sizes? With the intelligent on-the-fly mixed palletizer software that can make robots deal with flexible situations in a smarter way, this becomes a breeze. Viroteq makes grateful and efficient use of the latest machine vision and deep-learning techniques. Thanks to a fund managed by Horizon Flevoland, the company … Continue reading Viroteq Attracts Funding To Build Smart Stacking and Packaging Robot Software

Verdify Raises €750k To Create First AI-powered Platform For Personalized Nutrition

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The Dutch Foodtech company Verdify, a StartLife alumni, has raised a seed investment of €750.000. Two private investors and AI-investment company Genzai enable the development of the world’s first AI-powered platform for fully personalized and guideline-based nutrition. Verdify will use the funding to create the first international recipe platform with fully adaptive recipes. The company … Continue reading Verdify Raises €750k To Create First AI-powered Platform For Personalized Nutrition

CES Unveiled Conference: Tech Solutions for Global Challenges

How do we provide technology solutions to global challenges? Think along and participate in the online event CES Unveiled Conference: ‘Tech Solutions for Global Challenges’ on 15 October. Power of innovation The conference is about ‘The Power of Technology to Address Global Challenges’. Leading companies and investors, technology influencers and European ministers will speak about … Continue reading CES Unveiled Conference: Tech Solutions for Global Challenges

Russian Grain Improvers Spinning Out To Wageningen

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With support of StartLife and Oost NL the Russian company Grain Improvers has settled in Wageningen. The founders of Grain Improvers have many years of experience in the Russian flour and baking market and have developed patented natural enzymes based grain improvers, which application is particularly relevant for flour, starch and gluten producers. Grain Improvers … Continue reading Russian Grain Improvers Spinning Out To Wageningen

Bioventure Sundew Raises €1.4M In Seed Financing

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Sundew, an innovative bioventure targeting aquatic pests and diseases, has received €1.34 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s BioInnovation Institute, bringing its total funding raised to date to €1.4M. This funding will allow Sundew to bring its first product, for the treatment of the fish disease ‘Ich’, to market. Aquatic pests and diseases are a … Continue reading Bioventure Sundew Raises €1.4M In Seed Financing

StartLife Selects 9 European Startups That Help Reshape The Food Industry

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We have selected nine European startups for our Fall 2020 cohort. The startups are introducing new technologies that tackle global challenges such as diminishing food waste, boosting sustainable production and enhancing productivity. In the coming months the startups will be diving deep into their businesses. Their ‘graduation’ is due on 9 December. According to McKinsey, … Continue reading StartLife Selects 9 European Startups That Help Reshape The Food Industry

StartLife Alumni Updates – September 2020

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Brief updates from StartLife Alumni and Community members. Orbisk launches international consortium co-funded by €1.2M Eurostars grant On a global scale, a mind-boggling amount of 1.3 billion tons (1.300.000.000.000 kgs) of food goes to waste, every single year. Food waste fighter Orbisk has just secured a EUR 1.2 million Eurostars grant to help make a … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates – September 2020

StartLife Takes Startup Branding To Next Level With HLO Branding Agency

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StartLife is excited to announce a new partnership with HLO Branding Agency aimed at helping young agrifood brands to grow and stand out from the crowd. Startups have loads of great ideas for innovative products and services, but it can sometimes be challenging to market those brilliant ideas in a clear and attractive way that … Continue reading StartLife Takes Startup Branding To Next Level With HLO Branding Agency

Normec Foodcare Joins StartLife for Aiding FoodTech Startups

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StartLife and Normec Foodcare have joined forces to help innovative food(tech) startups get their impactful food products and technologies faster to market. By making highly specialized food compliance knowledge and services more and more easily accessible to food startups, they want to help them overcome the daunting task of figuring out all requirements they must … Continue reading Normec Foodcare Joins StartLife for Aiding FoodTech Startups

What Lidl And Food Startups Learned From Second Future Goods Week

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Last July Lidl and StartLife jointly organized the second Future Goods Week. Six sustainable food products from promising startups were made available in all Lidl stores in the Netherlands. What are the lessons learned? Are consumers truly interested in sustainable food? And will there be a third edition next year? Let’s find out.  “Due to … Continue reading What Lidl And Food Startups Learned From Second Future Goods Week

NutriLeads Attracts €6.5M Series B Funding

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Dutch Health Ingredients company Nutrileads, a StartLife alumni, has announced the closing of a Series B financing round of €6.5 million. The company will use the capital to launch its the immune-enhancing ingredient Xtramune and to progress its portfolio of health ingredients. The capital is provided by Icos Capital together with Goeie-Grutten and existing shareholders … Continue reading NutriLeads Attracts €6.5M Series B Funding

The Netherlands in Top 3 Best Startup Ecosystems in Europe

The Netherlands has moved from fifth to third position for best startup ecosystems in Europe as shown in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020 by Startup Genome. The Amsterdam-Delta takes a higher position each year and is now in 12th position in the global ranking. Startup Genome finds the Agtech, Food & Life Sciences performance … Continue reading The Netherlands in Top 3 Best Startup Ecosystems in Europe

Highlights Graduation Day of StartLife Accelerate Spring 2020

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On 24 June we celebrated the graduation of nine startups of the StartLife Accelerate Spring 2020 cohort. On behalf of StartLife and the nine graduated startups we thank all 200+ participants for joining our first global and virtual graduation day. We are happy to share some Graduation Day highlights with you. Video Compilation View our … Continue reading Highlights Graduation Day of StartLife Accelerate Spring 2020

StartLife Alumni Updates – July 2020

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Brief updates from StartLife Alumni and Community members. Ellipsis closes deal with the city of Rotterdam In the context of our energy transition, the city of Rotterdam wants to continuously map how many solar panels are installed in their city. Ellipsis has been selected to detect all solar panels in Rotterdam using remote sensing and … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates – July 2020

Lidl Provides Shelf Space To StartLife Startups During Future Goods Week

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For the second year in a row Lidl and StartLife co-organize the Lidl Future Goods Week. From July 9th you will find six sustainable food products from promising startups in all Lidl stores in the Netherlands. With this initiative Lidl provides food startups the opportunity to get their first retail experience, whilst Lidl works on … Continue reading Lidl Provides Shelf Space To StartLife Startups During Future Goods Week

Limagrain Explores Partnership Opportunities At Wageningen Campus

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This week we held a virtual Innovation Day for and with one of StartLife’s newest corporate partners, Limagrain. Limagrain, one of the largest seed companies worldwide, actively explored their partnership opportunities with the StartLife community on Wageningen Campus. And when we say active, we mean active! Devoted to innovation We were impressed with Limagrain’s truly … Continue reading Limagrain Explores Partnership Opportunities At Wageningen Campus

Virtual Graduation Day of StartLife Spring 2020 Cohort

With great pleasure we invite you to the graduation of nine ambitious Food- & AgTech startups of the StartLife Accelerate Spring 2020 Cohort, which takes place online on Wednesday, June 24th 2020 from 15.30 to 18.00 (Central European Summer Time). For the first time we open the doors to our graduation day to the  global F&A community.  … Continue reading Virtual Graduation Day of StartLife Spring 2020 Cohort

StartLife Alumni Updates – May 2020

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Brief updates from StartLife Alumni and Community members. 3 million euros for Cerescon’s asparagus harvesting robot StartLife alumnus since 2015  Cerescon, the developer of the very first selective asparagus harvesting robot, Sparter, seems to benefit from the impact of the coronavirus. Many growers of asparagus, the ‘white gold’, are currently confronted with a 30% shortfall … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates – May 2020