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

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

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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

Boosting the Dutch innovation climate

Eight 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

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

Collaboration Klasmann-Deilmann and Agtech-startup Sigrow

Substrate producer Klasmann-Deilmann and Agtech-startup Sigrow benefit customers’ outcome Corporate StartLife partner Klasmann-Deilmann and StartLife startup Sigrow successfully collaborate in commercial horticulture. Their co-operation resulting in innovative insights and benefits for greenhouse growers – and new clients. Agtech startup Sigrow is working together with greenhouse growers to provide more insights in their growing environment. At … Continue reading Collaboration Klasmann-Deilmann and Agtech-startup Sigrow

Money Meets Ideas

Money Meets Ideas – StartLife On the 30th of January 2019 Rabobank, KplusV and StartLife are organizing a special AgriFoodTech edition of Money Meets Ideas at StartLife in Wageningen. During this event we invite five AgriFoodTech entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for informal investors. About Money Meets Ideas Money Meets Ideas is an informal investing … Continue reading Money Meets Ideas

Press Release: Hudson River Biotechnology

Hudson River Biotechnology and Gen-X deliver Proof of Concept for SuRE technology in plants Wageningen, 30 October 2018 – Two Netherlands-based start-ups take major technological step in precision plant breeding, by showing that the SuRE technology can be successfully applied to the tomato genome, delivering a new genetic target identification platform for use in agricultural … Continue reading Press Release: Hudson River Biotechnology

Job Opening – Communications Intern

Communications Internship at StartLife StartLife is a non-profit organization located on Wageningen Campus in The Netherlands. StartLife was co-founded by Wageningen University & Research, the leading university in the field of food, agriculture and life sciences. Our unique incubation program supports the most promising early-stage startups in technological- and business development, and aims to help … Continue reading Job Opening – Communications Intern

Nine promising food & agri startups join the new StartLife Accelerate program

StartLife Accelerate supports promising food & agri startups as they develop their product, business model and team. For the first time, nine startups join together in one cohort. For three months they can learn and work together to validate their business with potential customers and pitch to investors. As of September 17th, the ten startups will … Continue reading Nine promising food & agri startups join the new StartLife Accelerate program

Collaboration with Lidl: sell your product at Lidl supermarkets

Lidl is organizing a so-called theme week with innovative consumer products. They are looking for suppliers and startups that can deliver those new, healthy, and/or very sustainable food and non-food products. StartLife is working together with Lidl to select startups for this week and we agreed that a minimum of 15 products will be products from … Continue reading Collaboration with Lidl: sell your product at Lidl supermarkets

New partner StartLife: PHW Group! PHW Group invests in young F&A talent

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PRESS RELEASE StartLife: PHW Group invests in young talent and innovative food as well as agricultural solutions Rechterfeld / Wageningen, June 2018. At the beginning of this year, the PHW Group entered into a strategic partnership with the Israeli start-up SuperMeat, which specialises in the production of meat from cell cultures. This was followed by … Continue reading New partner StartLife: PHW Group! PHW Group invests in young F&A talent

Edwin Bark: “Startup should test, learn and go fast” | Mentor Story

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Edwin Bark recently became mentor of Hacklent, a startup from StartLife’s community. Currently Managing Director Tivall Europe, the Vegetarian Meal Solutions division of the Nestlé Group, Edwin is a senior executive who gained experience in the personal care, consumer healthcare and Food&Agri industry. He has worked extensively in the fields of Marketing, Sales and General … Continue reading Edwin Bark: “Startup should test, learn and go fast” | Mentor Story

BDO Insight: Is the Agri and Food sector ready for the new privacy law; ‘AVG’?

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Due to the increasing media attention for data leaks and internet fraud, people realize more than ever where their data is stored. The safety of IT systems is also in the spotlights. In the Netherlands, the privacy rules are laid down in the “Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming” (AVG). This European law (originally the General Data Protection … Continue reading BDO Insight: Is the Agri and Food sector ready for the new privacy law; ‘AVG’?

Unilever R&D signs Partnership Agreement with StartLife Wageningen

Supporting young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas Startups are not hindered by any status quo and have a radical focus to serve a customer need. Yet often startups need a corporate partner to scale their solutions quicker or to be successful at all. And especially early stage startups need guidance in developing their ideas into proof … Continue reading Unilever R&D signs Partnership Agreement with StartLife Wageningen

Hudson River Biotechnology raises seed investment round

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Press release Wageningen-based CRISPR start-up accelerates growth Hudson River Biotechnology (HRB) has raised a strategic investment round, fully funding its current business plan and bringing in a team of experienced investors and entrepreneurs. Wageningen, 21 March 2018 – HRB is a young and highly innovative agricultural biotech company located in Wageningen (Netherlands). HRB applies novel … Continue reading Hudson River Biotechnology raises seed investment round

How to impress an investor & invest in a startup

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On the 28th of February, 4 startups were given the opportunity to pitch in front of a group of private investors at ‘How2Finance’. At the event mentors and business angels from the network of StartLife and OostNL, shared information and learned about startup investment. StartLife and OostNL offered the startups a training from pitch coach … Continue reading How to impress an investor & invest in a startup

Founder Story Farmertronics | A machine for farmers of the future

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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 Thieu Berkers, founder of Farmertronics. Farmertronics develops an unmanned, clean tech tractor to work the land, not running on diesel but electrically driven. It is a cross-over between the sectors … Continue reading Founder Story Farmertronics | A machine for farmers of the future

BDO Insights: How strong is the innovation power in your company?

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How can your start-up be innovative in proposition, processes or business? And how to use the inaction tax incentives? 25 February 2018 Oscar Sijtsma and Niels Krouwel Many start-up companies set off with an innovative concept. But how do you move from a good idea to a proof of concept and even more demanding; from … Continue reading BDO Insights: How strong is the innovation power in your company?

Subsidy for a feasibility project via PNO

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Do you want subsidy for a feasibility project? PNO Consultants helps! The MIT-feasibility subsidy finances a feasibility project for 40% of the eligible costs (maximum 25.000 euro). A feasibility project consists of a feasibility study, or a combination of a feasibility study and experimental development or industrial research. The purpose of the subsidy ‘Stimulating Innovation … Continue reading Subsidy for a feasibility project via PNO

Software to optimize yields | Founder Story AgriSim

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StartLife has an enormous network of startups with inspiring founders. These startups are eager to share their experiences with other entrepreneurs. This story is about Ronald de Bruijn, founder of AgriSim. AgriSim uses big-data, technology and algorithms to optimize farms (agri and livestock), by creating options for better decision-making in farming and land-use. With the … Continue reading Software to optimize yields | Founder Story AgriSim

BDO Insights: Why an effective strategy is necessary to grow further!

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BDO REVENUE MONITOR: STRATEGY You have successfully navigated the first phase of starting your own business, but have now reached a stage where you want to go to the next level and perform better. You need a qualified adviser and coach, who can help you with the growth of your business. Someone who asks positive … Continue reading BDO Insights: Why an effective strategy is necessary to grow further!

FreshStrips won the Golden KIEM Award

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FreshStrips has won the Golden KIEM Award including 25K for product research. With the Golden KIEM, NWO, the top sector Chemistry and InnovationLink, annually award the best chemical start-up. FreshStrips is a new StartLife startup that develops smart-packaging solutions that inform consumers on the quality of food products. For more information on FreshStrips check their … Continue reading FreshStrips won the Golden KIEM Award

Collaboration StartLife startups & Makro results in healthy burger

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As part of StartLife’s cooperation with METRO, wholesale specialist Makro helped several food startups to develop their products further and prepare for market introduction. Together with Groentenbrood (bread with vegetables), Botanic Bites (vegan burgers based on vegetables) and  Organic Love (healthy mayonnaise based on vegetables), Makro created a super healthy burger: a tomato or seaweed burger, served on crispy carrot bread … Continue reading Collaboration StartLife startups & Makro results in healthy burger