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 combine their fund, expertise and global network to provide innovative startups in the food and agricultural domains with the best possible growth support. The human race is … 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 

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