4 Reasons For Talking To A Patent Attorney At An Early Stage

EP&C Patent Attorney Mark Jolink

This month EP&C, a patent attorney agency, extends their partnership agreement with StartLife. StartLife helps early stage technology start-ups to validate their business, find investors and achieve their growth ambitions. Patent protection is crucial at this early stage, so EP&C help the young entrepreneurs with this. In recent years, the company has assisted them with … Continue reading 4 Reasons For Talking To A Patent Attorney At An Early Stage

Dutch Largest Impact Investment Fund for Early Startups Is Launched

In March StartLife partner Shift Invest launched their third fund for impactful early-stage startups: SHIFT III. It is expected that the fund will manage EUR 65 million by the end of the year, which makes it the largest impact investment fund in the Netherlands. Wageningen & University & Research and Rabobank, two other StartLife partners, … Continue reading Dutch Largest Impact Investment Fund for Early Startups Is Launched

9 New Agrifood Startups Prepare To Tackle Global Challenges

Logo-sheet StartLife Spring 2020 Cohort

The agrifood industry is actively searching for sustainable food alternatives, like plant-based dairy, land-based salmon and, oh yes, bugs! The industry is also concerned with a more sustainable use of resources, striving to minimize water usage and crop spoilage and optimizing the circularity of materials. How can corporates ensure trust, quality and fair ownership in … Continue reading 9 New Agrifood Startups Prepare To Tackle Global Challenges

Founder Story of Ellipsis: Using Satellite Data and AI To Build A Better World

Ellipsis-Earth-Intelligence

Satellites constantly monitor every part of our planet’s surface, but until now, only the most technically-minded have been able to access the relevant data. Ellipsis Earth Intelligence wants to change that, bringing automated analysis of satellite imagery to the mainstream. Founded in April 2018, Ellipsis Earth Intelligence has developed a self-teaching system that gives a … Continue reading Founder Story of Ellipsis: Using Satellite Data and AI To Build A Better World

StartLife Alumni Updates: March 2020

Cholesterol

Brief updates from StartLife Alumni and Community members 1) EzCOL B.V. takes major steps forward with cholesterol reduction technology StartLife alumni / community member EzCOL, a spin-off from the European Space Agency research program ‘MELiSSA’, has been working on the development of innovative highly effective cholesterol lowering technology. The technology has shown LDL reductions of … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates: March 2020

Catalyze and StartLife Partner Up to Maximize Funding for Agri-food Startups

Neeltje Ramnaths of Catalyze and Jan Meiling of StartLife shake hands after signing strategic partnership

What if funding wasn’t a barrier to innovation? With this question in mind funding consultancy firm Catalyze and agri-food accelerator StartLife today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership. The partnership aims to help innovative agri-food startups establishing an optimal long-term non-dilutive funding strategy. By joining forces they expect to better enable game changing … Continue reading Catalyze and StartLife Partner Up to Maximize Funding for Agri-food Startups

FUMI Ingredients Receives Investment of Half a Million Euro for Natural Egg White Replacers

Producers of meat alternatives all over the world have long been seeking for a break-through solution that allows them to exchange egg whites for a plant-based substitute, making their products 100% vegan. FUMI Ingredients, a Wageningen University & Research spin-off, has found an alternative that is natural and at the same time more cost effective … Continue reading FUMI Ingredients Receives Investment of Half a Million Euro for Natural Egg White Replacers

Founder Story Sundew | targeting ‘huge unmet need’ for aquaculture

Andy Gardiner of Sundew

Fish farming has become an increasingly important part of the food supply – but there are major flaws with the range of treatments available for aquatic pests and diseases. Now, a team of biotech entrepreneurs is taking a radical new approach to solve one of industry’s biggest problems. Sundew is an early-stage biotech company that … Continue reading Founder Story Sundew | targeting ‘huge unmet need’ for aquaculture

StartLife Alumni Updates: January 2020

Premal's MTego Pot - Mosquito trap

Greats news about alumni and community members of StartLife. 1) PreMal Introduces New Mosquito Trap Model alumnus of StartLife’s Spring 2019 cohort Malaria prevention and control company PreMal has introduced a new variant of their proprietary MTego mosquito trap – The MTego Pot. The core competence and functionality is the same for both products; both … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates: January 2020

F&A Next Opens Call for Next Heroes in Food & AgTech 2020

Startup presenting on stage at F&A Next

Innovative Food- and AgTech startups from all over the world are invited to apply for showcasing themselves at the fifth edition of F&A Next on May 13-14, 2020 in Wageningen (the Netherlands). In total 16 most promising Food- & AgTech startups will be selected to pitch their innovations on stage. F&A Next attracts an international … Continue reading F&A Next Opens Call for Next Heroes in Food & AgTech 2020

StartLife and BDO continue collaboration to support Food & Agri startups in the Foodvalley

Rachel Dibbets of DBO and Jan Meiling signing partnership agreement

StartLife and BDO continue their collaboration to support Food & Agri startups in the Foodvalley. The goal for the coming years is to help even more startups make a positive impact. When you start your own company, it is not only important to validate customer needs but also to have up-to-date and accurate insights into … Continue reading StartLife and BDO continue collaboration to support Food & Agri startups in the Foodvalley

StartLife Alumni Updates – December 2019

Greats news about alumni and community members of StartLife, 1) Zero FoodWaste First to Raise Revenue-based Capital alumnus of StartLife’s Fall 2018 cohort Photo: Non-Dilutive Capital Zero FoodWaste, developers of the world’s first fully automated food waste monitor, is the first startup in the Netherlands to raise funding from an investor on revenue-based terms, rather … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates – December 2019

StartLife Presents Seven New AgriFood Challengers

StartLife Accelerate Fall 2019 Cohort

Last Wednesday seven new agri-food startups successfully completed the StartLife Accelerate program. For three months they received intensive training and support to further shape, refine an accelerate their business. They ended the program with a presentation to a large group of investors and corporates, known as graduation day. Pressure Cooker From more than 50 startups … Continue reading StartLife Presents Seven New AgriFood Challengers

Limagrain Enters into Partnership With StartLife

Team of StartLife and Limagrain toasting on the kickoff of their partnership

Yesterday Limagrain, the Fourth Largest Seed Company Worldwide, and StartLife entered into a partnership for a close collaboration in the next three years. The partnership is aimed at moving agriculture forward to meet the huge food challenges that our world faces. Limagrain will benefit from early access to innovative projects from qualified startups, dealing with … Continue reading Limagrain Enters into Partnership With StartLife

Unilever Opens Global Foods Innovation Center Next Door To StartLife

Image of Hive - Unilever's Global Foods Innovation Center

On 6 December Unilever, corporate partner of StartLife since 2018, opened their new Global Foods Innovation Center next door to StartLife. The center was officially opened by His Majesty the King of the Netherlands. Our managing director Jan Meiling, together with senior management of Unilever, was given the opportunity to discuss the value of open … Continue reading Unilever Opens Global Foods Innovation Center Next Door To StartLife

Free Research Capacity: Wageningen Student Projects

Wageningen Students working on Consulting project

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) is … Continue reading Free Research Capacity: Wageningen Student Projects

Personalized Nutrition Planning Platform Verdify Has Launched

personalized nutrition planning platform verdify

After two years of preparation and development nutrition startup Verdi Food has launched their platform for evidence-based personalized nutrition planning: Verdify. The platform empowers patients with a chronic medical condition to easily implement medically prescribed diets in their daily routine. Verdify will also soon be integrated with a large Dutch supermarket. This will allow users … Continue reading Personalized Nutrition Planning Platform Verdify Has Launched

Seven new StartLife startups contributing to Food and Agtech innovation

StartLife startups

Biological approaches to treat aquatic pests and diseases or an aerial scout in the greenhouse: just two examples of the seven promising food & agtech startups selected to participate in the StartLife Accelerate Fall 2019 Program. From the fifty early-stage food and agtech startups who showed interest in the program, the review committee had the … Continue reading Seven new StartLife startups contributing to Food and Agtech innovation

Follow events on LinkedIn

StartLife has started a group page on Linkedin where we will post all national and international events relevant for our startups. We invite all our (alumni) startups and network partners to become a member of this group. You can find the group via: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13745115/

Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et)

Solving the Protein Puzzle on a Global Level A global “return” to balance in protein consumption; less animal and more vegetable. During the third international edition of the Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et), on 17 October 2019 in Wageningen, food producers, growers, breeders, investors, research institutes and the government are coming together, in Wageningen, to … Continue reading Foodvalley Summit: The Protein Plan(et)

Join StartLife at the Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge 2019

The most exciting innovations are coming from small startups who are largely unknown to the wider industry. Now in its fourth year, the Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge 2019 will give startups the opportunity to pitch their idea to the whole host of F&B industry players that make up Fi Europe’s 1,700+ exhibitors and 30,000+ … Continue reading Join StartLife at the Fi Global Startup Innovation Challenge 2019

Join the Topsector T&U Innovation Prize and win € 25,000 research budget and a wildcard for the StartLife Accelerate Programme

Topsector T&U Innovation Prize

Are you an innovative food or agri start-up or scale-up? A future maker with a promising idea? Then you are the ideal candidate for the Topsector T&U Innovation Prize! Topsector T&U invites new technical innovations that demonstrably increase the efficiency of food production in a greenhouse environment in order to meet global food demand in … Continue reading Join the Topsector T&U Innovation Prize and win € 25,000 research budget and a wildcard for the StartLife Accelerate Programme

Vacature: Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

Jij zorgt er voor dat de missie van StartLife vertaald wordt naar alles wat wij doen Onze missie is om ondernemerschap te bevorderen in de voedsel- en landbouwsector en om ondernemers en hun teams te ondersteunen bij het transformeren van innovatieve ideeën in ondernemingen met een wereldwijde impact. Jij kunt daarbij een belangrijke rol spelen! … Continue reading Vacature: Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

Agri-Tech Startups wanted for Agricultural event in Ireland

Agri-Tech Startups wanted for Agricultural event! The Dutch Embassy is looking for Agri-Tech startups who want to discover the Irish Agri-market. The National Ploughing Championships (NPC) is Ireland’s biggest agriculture event and the largest agricultural open-air event in Europe. This year the NPC will take place in Carlow, Ireland from September 17-19. One of the … Continue reading Agri-Tech Startups wanted for Agricultural event in Ireland

Register for participation in EP&C’s ‘Master of the Future’

Patent agency EP&C is launching an innovation competition for students and start-ups. In honour of its 80th anniversary, EP&C is giving the new generation of innovators a platform on which to present their innovative idea. The innovation can be in concept form or already be on the market. As long as the innovation is not … Continue reading Register for participation in EP&C’s ‘Master of the Future’

“The program encouraged me to be more ambitious”

Graduation Day StartLife Accelerate Program

StartLife Accelerate Program makes promising Food & Agtech startups ready for investors Beginning this week about a hundred people attended the StartLife Graduation Day, where eight Food & Agtech startups showed their achievements. The Accelerate Program prepares startups to successfully enter the agri-food market. All startups that took part in the program are currently closing … Continue reading “The program encouraged me to be more ambitious”

StartLife and five other prominent Dutch university-linked Incubators commit to Fundsup

Fundsup logo

The six most important Dutch university incubators, including StartLife, will collaborate with Fundsup, a platform that brings startups into contact with investors. The other incubators are YES!Delft, Bright Move in Eindhoven, Novel-T from Twente, the Amsterdam ACE Incubator and UtrechtInc. Fundsup is a platform that brings startups into contact with investors. With the partnership, StartLife’s … Continue reading StartLife and five other prominent Dutch university-linked Incubators commit to Fundsup

Insects, seaweed wraps and socks made from old fishing nets on the shelves at Lidl

Supermarket chain presents futuristic sustainable products from June 27, during the ‘FutureGoods’ week Amsterdam, June 18 2019 – Insects, granola with mealworm powder, seaweed wraps, socks made from recycled fishing nets and ‘rescue food’. Supermarket chain Lidl organizes the ‘FutureGoods’ week from June 27, in collaboration with incubator StartLife. During this week special, sustainable and … Continue reading Insects, seaweed wraps and socks made from old fishing nets on the shelves at Lidl

Contact with students via Education Project Services

Onderwijsloket

Educational Project Services, part of Wageningen University and Research, connects external stakeholders to courses of Wageningen University & Research. In these courses, groups of students can work on real-life assignments, and thereby apply their academic knowledge. In the course Data Management, MSc-students pick their own practical assignment to design and build a database for a … Continue reading Contact with students via Education Project Services

Givaudan fosters entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector through partnership with StartLife

Press Release Givaudan, the world’s leading flavour and fragrance company, announced today a new partnership with StartLife, the leading food and agritech incubator in Europe. This is the latest example of Givaudan’s strategy to enable the development of real-world applications for disruptive ideas and breakthrough technologies to deliver superior and sustainable solutions for the food … Continue reading Givaudan fosters entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector through partnership with StartLife

Successful Corporate Partner Day

Successful Corporate Partner Day

StartLife organized the Corporate Partner Day on April 17, to provide StartLife Accelerate startups a unique opportunity for market validation. During this day the startups brought into practice effective market- and customer validation approaches that underly the StartLife Accelerate program. See our website for more information on the StartLife Accelerate program

Founder Zzinga invited for lunch with the royal couple for excellent performance

photo: © RVD

Last week, Fabian Lindner of Zzinga, one of our startups, was invited to have lunch with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima. Once a year, they have an ‘uitblinkerslunch’ (luminaries lunch) with people who have been given a prize for their achievements to show their appreciation for these special people. Fabian was … Continue reading Founder Zzinga invited for lunch with the royal couple for excellent performance

Make use of Unilever’s Pilot Plant

Unilever has chosen to become an active participant of the Wageningen Foods Innovation ecosystem. Being close to Wageningen University, worldwide Food Science & Technology university number 1, to tap into strong international knowledge and talent, Unilever opens its doors for others and approach others where they don’t have all the answers. This way, Unilever would … Continue reading Make use of Unilever’s Pilot Plant

Test prototypes or innovations during one of our Innofest festivals

Test prototypes or innovations during one of our Innofest festivals

Are you an innovative (starting) entrepreneur and do you want to launch your product better and faster at the market? You should consider testing your innovation at a festival. Innofest sees these festivals as temporary societies, with their own energy grid, logistics, water infrastructure, waste and thousands of test subjects. A dynamic and measurable environment … Continue reading Test prototypes or innovations during one of our Innofest festivals

Boosting the Dutch innovation climate

Seven new food & agtech startups for StartLife’s Accelerate Program

PRESS RELEASE, Wageningen, March 18, 2019 Eight new food & agtech startups for StartLife’s Accelerate Program A microbiologist producing sustainable proteins from micro-organisms and a technician who developed a robot for automated harvesting in greenhouses: just two of the eight promising high-tech startups selected to participate in the second StartLife Accelerate Program. It is the … Continue reading Boosting the Dutch innovation climate

Startup Week 2019

Startup Week 2019

The past weeks at StartHub were dedicated to the Realisation Program where students were challenged to realize their validated propositions. During the Startup Week, nine entrepreneur(ial) teams dedicated their time to learn more about sustainable business models, pitching, negotiating and implementing this knowledge to tweak their business plan. During the prototyping weekend a week later, … Continue reading Startup Week 2019

Education Project Services

Onderwijsloket

Education Project Services connects projects and assignments from society with the study programs of Wageningen University & Research. A company, startup, foundation or other societal partner that wants to start a project or assignment with students from the university, can enlist the help of Education Project Services. Education Project Services asserts whether the question is … Continue reading Education Project Services

Meet up with the Agri-Food sector at the CROP Innovation & Business conference

At the CROP Innovation & Business conference on April 14-16, 2019 at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam you’re able to meet up with the international Agri-Food sector and explore business opportunities. Encounter new ideas. Expand your network. Engineer opportunities. During this bi-annual conference the most influential trends that will affect crop innovation and value chain strategies … Continue reading Meet up with the Agri-Food sector at the CROP Innovation & Business conference