Global Partnership Network

To help agrifoodtech startups succeed, StartLife has established strategic partnerships with world-renowned corporates and leading service providers. They support you with a broad range of measures, including industry and market insights, pilots projects,  testing facilities.  financing opportunities and services that will speed up your go-to-market process. Below you will find a list of our corporate and program partners.

Meet StartLife’s Corporate Partners

StartLife believes that many of our startups can benefit from partnering with corporates and that corporates benefit from interacting with startups. Startups are not hindered by any status quo and have the radical focus to serve a customer need. Yet often they need a corporate partner to scale their solutions more quickly. Corporates on the other hand get inspired and can learn from new technologies or business models, and increase their own innovation speed.

Below you will find corporates we have partnered up with. As you can see, our corporate partners range from Farm to Fork and cover a world-wide network, from the Netherlands, to Japan and Brazil.

Logo of Limagrain - Corporate Partner of StartLife Limagrain is a cooperative of 200 farmers originating from the Limagne area in Auvergne, France. Currently, they are the number 4 seed company worldwide. They are looking to provide farmers throughout the world with sustainable solutions to help meet food-related challenges.
PHW Group produces and distributes high-quality poultry products. Other areas of business include both animal and human nutrition and health in a group of more than 35 independent companies. They use their experience and network to advise young entrepreneurs and act as mentors in the poultry sector. PHW Group is also expanding its business model into Alternative Proteins.
klasmann-deilmann premium partner startlife startup substrate agriculture Klasmann-Deilmann is the leading group of companies in the international substrate industry, with subsidiaries and trade partners in more than 70 countries. They have chosen to collaborate with StartLife to give young entrepreneurs and their excellent ideas to advance horticulture and the entrepreneur.
Givaudan Givaudan is a Swiss manufacturer and the global leader in the creation of flavours and fragrances. Givaudan is looking to work together with innovative food-ingredient startups to develop new ingredients, as well as to work with new consumer goods, to discuss and test new ingredient applications.
Unilever is a multinational consumer goods company. Within this company, StartLife collaborates with the R&D department. Unilever can give technical guidance, safety and quality awareness and support by trained operators and processing technologists.
Logo Lidl Lidl is a retailer with over 400 supermarkets in the Netherlands. Lidl feels it is important to use their knowledge and experience to help small companies kick off successfully and get their product supermarket ready. At the same, time Lidl learns from the startups, who show courage and vigor by developing their own product.
Logo Cosun Royal Cosun was established nearly 120 years ago by Dutch sugar beet growers who united into a cooperative. They produce food ingredients and products that make their way to the food industry, foodservice sector and retail channels. The group is also increasingly focusing on components for non-food applications.
Log Citrosuco Citrosuco produces 100% natural juice and takes full advantage of the oranges they process. Citrosuco is in charge of growth, production and delivery, and has become one of the largest orange juice producers in the world. They aim to be the best company of natural fruit juice and ingredients in the global food industry.
Kubota uses a wide range of products and technologies to provide solutions in the areas of food, water, and the environment, which are indispensable for people’s lives. From a grain of rice or a drop of water to the foundations of society and industry, Kubota’s solutions support the lives of human beings.
Yili build the global Yili Innovation Ecosystem with innovative companies, think-tanks and networks to grow their outreach and continuously improve the management of collaborations. They scout for new products, innovative packaging, improved processing and new scientific insights in food safety and nutrition & health and link these to relevant opportunities for the Chinese dairy market.
Royal Agrifirm Group contributes to a responsible food chain for future generations. They deliver measurable, relevant and sustainable value at farm, field and industry. Founded over 120 years ago in the Netherlands, they now are a leading agricultural cooperative with an international network of subsidiaries within Europe, South America, United States of America, Asia and a worldwide distribution network.
Logo Rabobank Founded by farmers in the 19th century, nowadays Rabobank is the largest Food & Agriculture bank worldwide with the mission: ‘Growing A Better World Together’. Rabobank’s proposition for startups consist of three elements: knowledge, networks and financial solutions.
The Dutch Ministry of Defense works together with businesses to develop products and solutions for the future, and fulfils the role of launching customer. As a StartLife, they are interested in collaborations in the food and agricultural sector, focusing on the development of healthy and safe nutrition, and reducing food waste.

How to join StartLife as Corporate Partner?
Is your agrifood corporate hungry for innovation that helps you build a sustainable food system? Do you also feel that connecting and working with startups is a great of boosting your innovation cravings? Get yourself a front row seat in the world of agrifoodtech startups, become one of StartLife’s corporate partners. Interested? Just reach out to our Global Partnerships Manager, Caroline Bijkerk, for information and an introduction meeting.

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Meet StartLife’s Program Partners

StartLife works with industry-leading partners to help you develop, validate and grow your company. Along with the corporate partners, we can connect you with program partners with expertise in areas such as intellectual property, marketing, finance and legal.  Our You may enjoy both free and discounted services from our program partners.  We will also support you in developing effective collaborations with Wageningen University and Research.

bdo startlife partner premium BDO offers organizations new perspectives with services in the areas of audit and assurance, tax advice, advisory, accountancy and business advice. They do this worldwide with more than 64,000 employees, spread over 1,400 locations in 150 countries. This makes them the 5th largest accountancy and advice network in the world.
EP&C mark jolink startlife startup food agri ip EP&C helps entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property. This goes beyond patent or design protection. It has to fit in with your ambitions, strategy and market. We give honest advice, using plain language, based on years of experience. This ensures that you do not just get the best protection for your innovation, but for your organization as well.
Logo Catalyze Group Catalyze provides support in grant application and funding advice to businesses in life sciences, agri, food and bioeconomy. They help secure financing for ambitious R&D projects, from early to growth stage. Their goal is to help prioritize R&D activities in organizations and to use the best funding opportunities as building blocks for these activities.
Logo FlexIEbel The legal issues of tomorrow can be prevented by making clear legal arrangements with co-founders, investors, suppliers and customers today. FlexIEbel specializes in commercial and corporate contracting, IT and IP contracting. With a personal and pragmatic approach, we act as trusted legal advisors to many startups and scale-ups.
Double is a growth marketing agency specialized in marketing for early-stage startups and scale-ups. Double brings you your own dedicated growth team, led by one of the three partners. You’ll work with experienced marketers with a proven track record in scaling startups into international brands.
Logo FundsUp Fundsup is an investor/founder matchmaking platform. It is built for one purpose only: unlocking the potential of powerful connections between founders of qualified startups and accredited investors.

How to join StartLife as Program Partner?
Is your company also interested in becoming one of StartLife’s program partners? Please reach out to our Program Director, Loet Rammelsberg, for information and an introduction meeting.

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Meet StartLife’s Investor Partners

StartLife also has strategic partnerships in place with dedicated agrifood investors. Visit our investors page to read more about our investor partners.


How to join the StartLife community?

Even if you are not a strategic partner of StartLife, you can still join our startup community.

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