Vacature: Secretaresse bij StartLife

Agrifood Accelerator StartLife Team 2020

Ben jij de enthousiaste en proactieve secretaresse die zorgt dat alles op rolletjes loopt? StartLife is de top agrifoodtech startup accelerator in Nederland en Europa, opgericht door Wageningen University & Research. Wij ondersteunen startups in ons acceleration program, verbinden ze met business mentoren, non-equity financiering en een wereldwijd netwerk van startups, investeerders, bedrijven en tech … Continue reading Vacature: Secretaresse bij StartLife

Carbon Farming: A Green Revolution Driven By Satellites?

Startups paving the way for carbon farming Food production can go hand in hand with removing CO2 from the atmosphere and fixing it in the soil, and if financial incentives are in place farmers can be encouraged to perform this carbon sequestration. It’s known as “carbon farming” and it has the potential to deliver a … Continue reading Carbon Farming: A Green Revolution Driven By Satellites?

B-Mex New Startup Tenant at Plus Ultra II

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StartLife warmly welcomes B-Mex, a StartLife startup and WUR spin-off, into the startup offices at Plus Ultra II. The company is specialized in making crop models that provide growers and farmers with valuable insights and help optimize their crop yield. The company moved to Wageningen Campus to be closely to connected to its ecosystem and … Continue reading B-Mex New Startup Tenant at Plus Ultra II

Verdify Raises €1.3M To Scale Its Swapmeals Platform For Personalized Recipes

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Startlife alumnus Verdify has raised €1.3 million financing from Brightlands Venture Partners, Joles and the company’s founders. The investment will be used by Verdify to scale up its Swapmeals recipe platform that enables consumers to get tailored meal inspiration based on personal nutrition profiles. This round follows last year’s capital injection of €750,000 for developing and … Continue reading Verdify Raises €1.3M To Scale Its Swapmeals Platform For Personalized Recipes

StartLife Launches Job Portal for Agrifoodtech Startups

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At StartLife, we continuously explore new opportunities that will help our agrifoodtech startups accelerate their business. To help our growing startups attract new talents, StartLife has launched a job portal for all our portfolio companies! “Our startups can post any type of job vacancy here: full-time, part-time, internship, student jobs, co-founder or advisory board members”, … Continue reading StartLife Launches Job Portal for Agrifoodtech Startups

Hudson River Biotechnology Partners Up To Optimize Plant Breeding With CRISPR

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Hudson River Biotechnology (HRB), a Wageningen-based agricultural biotechnology company, and Computomics, a Tübingen-based bioinformatics company, announced to start offering an end-to-end solution using CRISPR-based gene editing for novel plant trait development. This partnership combines Computomics’ expertise in accurate and precise machine learning-based identification of novel gene editing targets without off-target effects, and Hudson River Biotechnology’s … Continue reading Hudson River Biotechnology Partners Up To Optimize Plant Breeding With CRISPR

Online Graduation of StartLife’s Fall 2021 Cohort

On December 9th, nine early-stage agrifoodtech startups will conclude the StartLife Accelerate Fall 2021 program with an online presentation to a wide and global audience of investors, corporates, partners and other agrifood enthusiasts. It is an open event. Sign up to get a glimpse, and possibly even become involved, in the future of food! A … Continue reading Online Graduation of StartLife’s Fall 2021 Cohort

Bioventure Sundew Acquires MicroSynbiotiX And Completes €1.4M Funding

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Sundew, a Dutch-Danish biotech startup focused on combating aquatic pests, diseases and invasive species, announced today the acquisition of MicroSynbiotiX in an all-share transaction. The addition of the algal RNA platform and pipeline accelerates Sundew’s commercialization. In parallel, Sundew raised 1.4 million euro in equity and convertible loan funding from The Yield Lab Europe and … Continue reading Bioventure Sundew Acquires MicroSynbiotiX And Completes €1.4M Funding

Biotech startup Scope Biosciences Attracts €1M Funding For CRISPR-diagnostic Platform

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Scope Biosciences, a Wageningen University & Research spin-off and a StartLife portfolio company, announced to have raised an investment of €1M. The funding is provided by GenDx,  a global leader in molecular diagnostic laboratory solutions. The proceeds will be used to speed up the development of its proprietary ScopeDx CRISPR-diagnostic platform and expand its partnerships. … Continue reading Biotech startup Scope Biosciences Attracts €1M Funding For CRISPR-diagnostic Platform

These Foodtech Startups Successfully Recruited Their Seasoned Mentors

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It’s widely known that startups benefit from advice and guidance by experienced entrepreneurs and professionals. Sometimes the spark between a mentor and his mentee light up to such extent that the mentor ends up being recruited by the startup. It happened to foodtech startups Cano-ela and Greencovery. When interviewing them about the change of roles, … Continue reading These Foodtech Startups Successfully Recruited Their Seasoned Mentors

Microalgae Milk Pioneer Sophie’s Bionutrients Sets Ground in Wageningen

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Singapore-based Sophie’s Bionutrients introduced the world’s first milk alternative made from protein-rich microalgae earlier this year. With the support of StartLife, CEO and co-founder Eugene Wang now aims to shift the business to the Netherlands to tap into its plant-based protein ecosystem. Algae-based ingredients have piqued food industry interest in recent years as a sustainable, … Continue reading Microalgae Milk Pioneer Sophie’s Bionutrients Sets Ground in Wageningen

4 Tips To Obtain A Patent For Your Agrifood Startup At Minimum Cost

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You may have developed a new harvesting technology, or an improved production method. Or maybe a synergistic combination of ingredients, or a better packaging. Filing a patent application appears the way to go, in order to add value to your company and to attract investors. But some startups first need the investors to be able … Continue reading 4 Tips To Obtain A Patent For Your Agrifood Startup At Minimum Cost

Muddy Machines Demonstrates Green Asparagus Harvesting Robot

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Today, Muddy Machines, a UK agtech startup, announced that they have successfully developed a prototype robotic harvester for green asparagus, which they’ve named “Sprout”. Working closely with Cobrey Farms, the largest asparagus grower in the UK, Muddy Machines company has spent the last year developing and testing their machine on-farm. Farms require a high volume … Continue reading Muddy Machines Demonstrates Green Asparagus Harvesting Robot

Plant-E Receives €2.5M EU Grant for Development of Plant-powered Sensors

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Wageningen-based company Plant-e was awarded a €2.5 million grant from the European Innovation Council (EIC). The grant was awarded for the further development of sensor applications that are powered by living plants. The EIC grant is the last push towards commercialization and scalability of its sensor applications. The Plant-e team reacts enthusiastically. Marjolein Helder, CEO … Continue reading Plant-E Receives €2.5M EU Grant for Development of Plant-powered Sensors

Orbisk Secures €2.4M In European Grant Funding

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Today, food waste fighter Orbisk announced to be have received €2.4 million from the European Commission’s European Innovation Council (EIC). The company will use the funding for scaling up their business internationally and further enhancing the technology. Orbisk is one of 65 companies that have been awarded a grant from the EIC Accelerator today. The … Continue reading Orbisk Secures €2.4M In European Grant Funding

StartLife’s New Neighbors: Fuji Oil Global Innovation Center Europe 

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StartLife welcomes Fuji Oil Global Innovation Center Europe to Plus Ultra II, the multi-tenant complex and incubator on Wageningen Campus. It’s Fuji Oil’s first research center to open in Europe and will promote open innovation. The Fuji Oil’s Global Innovation Center Europe (GICE) will support and enhance innovation within Fuji Oil Group, with a focus … Continue reading StartLife’s New Neighbors: Fuji Oil Global Innovation Center Europe 

InsectSense Wins Topsector Horticulture Innovation Prize 2021

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Last week, Aria Samimi and his InsectSense team won the Topsector Horticulture Innovation Prize 2021. InsectSense received the award for its biosensor that integrates the smelling abilities of bees to detect plant diseases.  The jury said:  “InsectSense harnesses the incredible sense of smell by real bees for the early detection of plant diseases. The method … Continue reading InsectSense Wins Topsector Horticulture Innovation Prize 2021

StartLife Joins FoodTech 500 By Forward Fooding

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StartLife proudly supports the 2021 edition of FoodTech 500, the ‘Fortune 500’ of the FoodTech sector, an initiative by Forward Fooding. Together we will uncover the most promising and positive FoodTech disruptors of 2021. AgriFoodtech companies around the world can apply till 15 November to be considered for the coveted ranking. CEO of Forward Fooding, … Continue reading StartLife Joins FoodTech 500 By Forward Fooding

NIZO And StartLife Join Forces: Innovating Together For Better Food And Health

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Today, NIZO, a Contract Research Organization in Food and Health, and StartLife announced that they have entered into a strategic and operational partnership to support food and agtech startups shaping a sustainable food system. Thanks to a blend of accelerator expertise and facilities, the strategic partnership can help startups with both individual challenges and longer-term … Continue reading NIZO And StartLife Join Forces: Innovating Together For Better Food And Health

StartLife Picks 9 Startups Building Toward Sustainable Agriculture

StartLife has selected nine new early-stage startups to join its seventh acceleration program this fall. The startups have been selected for their promising technological solutions that are designed to fix issues like food waste, pollution and decarbonization, and support sustainable food production. Almost half of the tech startups selected are co-founded by women. Globally, we … Continue reading StartLife Picks 9 Startups Building Toward Sustainable Agriculture

StartLife Welcomes FUMI Ingredients To Startup Office

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StartLife, Kadans Science Partner and Wageningen Campus are excited to welcome FUMI Ingredients to the startup community located in Plus Ultra II, the newest multi-tenant building on Wageningen Campus. FUMI Ingredient is moving into one of the  office spaces dedicated to agrifoodtech startups. Established in 2019, with the support of StartLife, FUMI Ingredients is an … Continue reading StartLife Welcomes FUMI Ingredients To Startup Office

Future Food Fund and StartLife: Elevating Game-changing Agrifood Startups

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Future Food Fund, a Dutch seed capital fund with a focus on innovative agricultural and food technologies, announced today that they have joined forces with StartLife. The partners will utilize each other’s expertise and global network to provide innovative startups in the food and agricultural domains with the best possible growth support. The human race … Continue reading Future Food Fund and StartLife: Elevating Game-changing Agrifood Startups

Food Waste Monitor Orbisk Raises €1.05M Seed Funding

StartLife alumnus Orbisk has successfully raised  €1.05M seed funding for its fully automated food waste monitor for hospitality organizations.  Orbisk will use the funding to further its R&D and go-to-market efforts and advance towards scale. Using artificial intelligence, Orbisk’s waste monitors automatically identify what food and how much of it is thrown away by food … Continue reading Food Waste Monitor Orbisk Raises €1.05M Seed Funding

WUR Remains Best Agricultural University Worldwide

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For the fifth time in a row, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is ranked as the best agricultural university worldwide, according to the 2021 edition of the Shanghai Ranking. In addition to the number one position in agricultural science, the WUR is ranked 2nd in geography, 3nd in food science & technology and 4nd in … Continue reading WUR Remains Best Agricultural University Worldwide

Crop CRISPR Startup Hudson River Biotechnology Raises €5M Series A Funding

The Dutch agricultural biotech company Hudson River Biotechnology (HRB), a StartLife alumnus, has  raised 5 million euro in Series A funding. The company focuses on CRISPR-based genome editing in plants. The raised investment – which consists 50% of non-dilutive funding- will be used to further develop HBR’s nanotech offering and explore market opportunities, as well … Continue reading Crop CRISPR Startup Hudson River Biotechnology Raises €5M Series A Funding

Time-travelling Milkman Receives €550K Investment For Plant-based Dairy Fat

Time-travelling Milkman (TTM), a spin-off of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and StartLife alumnus, develops creamy, healthy and sustainable fat ingredients for improving the texture and acceptability of dairy alternatives. With its technology, TTM extracts fat droplets from seeds (e.g. sunflower) to make creamy unsaturated fat ingredients. With an investment of €555.000 by Oost NL … Continue reading Time-travelling Milkman Receives €550K Investment For Plant-based Dairy Fat

Future Of Food Texture Challenge: Givaudan’s Call For Startups

Givaudan, global leader in flavors and natural food ingredients and one of StartLife’s corporate partners, is committed to fast-track market access and innovation for  foodtech startups. Together with StartLife, Givaudan is calling for startups that offer solutions for sustainably feeding 10 billion people by 2050 while improving food experience for consumers. Givaudan will provide all … Continue reading Future Of Food Texture Challenge: Givaudan’s Call For Startups

Call For Startups That Accelerate Sustainable Innovations In Horticulture

Is your startup working on a game-changing technology that will accelerate circular agriculture, climate-neutral horticulture, improve the health & safety of food or sustainable water consumption in horticulture? Then you are an ideal candidate for the Topsector T&U Innovation Prize! The deadline for registration is Sunday, 15 August 2021. The winning team will receive a … Continue reading Call For Startups That Accelerate Sustainable Innovations In Horticulture

Anterra Capital Announces Initial Closing of Second Agrifoodtech Fund at $175M

Anterra Capital , the international agrifood VC firm and investor partner of StartLife, announced the initial closing of its second food and agriculture technology fund, Anterra F&A Ventures II. With $175 million they exceeded the targeted size of the fund. Due to the positive market reception for the fund’s mission and strategy, Anterra is tracking … Continue reading Anterra Capital Announces Initial Closing of Second Agrifoodtech Fund at $175M

StartLife Links Agrifirm To Innovative Agrifoodtech Startups

Today, at the biannual graduation day of StartLife, it was announced that the agrifoodtech startup accelerator teams up with Royal Agrifirm Group. The Wageningen University & Research (WUR) affiliated startup accelerator will support Agrifirm to engage with its European startup ecosystem. The strategic and corporate partnership aims to further expand their networks and innovative solutions … Continue reading StartLife Links Agrifirm To Innovative Agrifoodtech Startups

Discover Why These Agrifoodtech Startups Will Change The Future Of Food

On June 24th, major players in the agrifood industry are directing their eyes on seven early phase startups that will showcase their novel agrifood technologies on the closing of StartLife’s acceleration program. The startups serve the food value chain with technologies and solutions that help create a more sustainable food system, from the smallest cells … Continue reading Discover Why These Agrifoodtech Startups Will Change The Future Of Food

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 7 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 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 from the UK … Continue reading Meet These 7 New Impact-driven Agrifoodtech Startups