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 of this immense mission has 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

Founder Story: Epinutra Targets A Natural Solution To Heartburn

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When the team behind Epinutra first started its research, it was looking for solutions to strengthen the connections between cells in the body. Ten years later, it has developed a natural food supplement that could provide a new way to tackle heartburn – even in vulnerable groups like pregnant women. Epinutra’s CEO and founder Richard … Continue reading Founder Story: Epinutra Targets A Natural Solution To Heartburn

Rabobank And StartLife Extend Strategic Partnership To Drive Food & AgTech Innovation

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Rabobank and StartLife announced today that they have extended their strategic partnership aimed at supporting impactful food and agtech startups for another three years. Both parties feel it is vital to ensure innovative and sustainable solutions that help secure the future of our global food supply get the best chances to succeed. Now more than … Continue reading Rabobank And StartLife Extend Strategic Partnership To Drive Food & AgTech Innovation

Royal Cosun Opens Doors For Innovative Agtech Startups With StartLife

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Today, 23 April 2020, Royal Cosun and StartLife announce a strategic partnership aimed to actively connect innovative agtech startups with Cosun. Cosun’s ambition is to be a leader in plant based innovations. To increase their innovative strength and development speed they seek out for close collaborations with innovative startups. Cosun has set out the ambition … Continue reading Royal Cosun Opens Doors For Innovative Agtech Startups With StartLife

Founder Story of Verdify: Better Health Through AI And Personalized Nutrition

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Healthy eating should be easy for everyone – including those with chronic medical conditions and specific dietary needs, according to the founder and CEO of personalized nutrition platform Verdify. Launched in November 2019, Verdify is an artificial intelligence platform that links food retailers’ recipe databases with consumers who have special dietary requirements. Users can choose … Continue reading Founder Story of Verdify: Better Health Through AI And Personalized Nutrition

StartLife Alumni Updates – April 2020

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Brief updates from StartLife Alumni and Community members NGS Secures Convertible Loan Of 250k euro From LIOF alumnus of StartLife’s Fall 2019 cohort Next Generations Sensors (NGS) receives €250,000 from the Limburg Business Development Fund (LBDF) of LIOF, the regional development company of the Dutch Province of Limburg. NGS will use the funding to deliver … Continue reading StartLife Alumni Updates – April 2020

Klasmann-Deilmann Extends Corporate Partnership with StartLife

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In May 2017 Klasmann-Deilmann entered into a strategic partnership with StartLife. The partnership was aimed at boosting their innovation development program and gaining access to innovative startups in commercial horticulture. As the collaboration exceeded their expectations by far, the market leader in professional horticulture substrates decided to extend their corporate partnership for another three years. … Continue reading Klasmann-Deilmann Extends Corporate Partnership with StartLife

StartLife Becomes Partner Of EIT Food

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StartLife proudly announces to have been accepted as Network Partner in EIT Food, a pan-European consortium that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. Its members are world-class players in the international food and agricultural domain. Being a member of EIT Food enables StartLife to connect with new startups and partners as well … Continue reading StartLife Becomes Partner Of EIT Food

Wageningen University & Research Joins International Foodshot Global Network

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Wageningen University & Research joined Foodshot Global, an international capital investment network of funding bodies, banks, businesses and knowledge institutions that provides credit to startups and other new businesses in the field of innovative food systems. Foodshot Global also organizes competitions whereby it hands out cash prizes to nominated individuals with a proven track record. … Continue reading Wageningen University & Research Joins International Foodshot Global Network

F&A Next Presents ‘Eight Next Heroes In Food- & AgTech 2020’

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For the fifth year in a row StartLife is one of the leading organizers of the international agrifood event F&A Next.  Together with Foodbytes! by Rabobank eight most promising startups have been selected as this years’ ‘Next Heroes in Food- & AgTech’. On May 13, they will pitch their innovations during a (free) live webinar … Continue reading F&A Next Presents ‘Eight Next Heroes In Food- & AgTech 2020’

100 Million Euro Bridge Financing for Dutch Startups

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The Dutch government has mobilized a first 100 million euro to grant soft-loans to startups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs in the Netherlands that suffer deeply from the Corona crisis. Companies can apply for a bridging loan up to two million euros. can The loans will be provided via regional development companies in The Netherlands. The … Continue reading 100 Million Euro Bridge Financing for Dutch Startups

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

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This month EP&C, a patent attorney agency, extends their partnership agreement with StartLife. StartLife helps early stage technology startups 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

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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

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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

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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 Agrifood Startups

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What if funding wasn’t a barrier to innovation? With this question in mind funding consultancy firm Catalyze and agrifood accelerator StartLife today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership. The partnership aims to help innovative agrifood 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 Agrifood 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

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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

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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

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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

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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