StartLife funding opportunities for startups

StartLife is a gateway to early-stage funding for food & agtech startups. Next to StartLife’s own pre-seed fund we provide access to an extensive international network of investors that can provide additional funding and partners that provide professional support in attracting non-equity funding.

If you are interested in raising funds for your agrifoodtech startup, we welcome you to contact us. Considering our large funding network, we might be able to introduce to the right people.

StartLife Pre-Seed Funding 

To fund initial business activities StartLife has the opportunity to grant food- & agtech startups a pre-seed loan, with very favorable terms and conditions, of €75,000 in total. The pre-seed funding is available for startups that are admitted to the StartLife Accelerate program ánd have their company (also) registered in the Netherlands.

The StartLife pre-seed funding is provided in two stages:  €25,000 after successful completion of the program and €50,000 after reaching mutually agreed milestones. If you turn out to be a true high flyer we have the option to offer you another €175.000, which brings our total funding to €250.000!

For each stage you pitch and defend you case in front of StartLife’s Review Board; a group of agrifood investors and serial-entrepreneurs.


StartLife Student Startup Loan

Are you a (Phd) student or recent graduate from Wageningen University & Research and looking for money to fund your first startup activities? Then you can apply for a StartLife Student Startup Loan up to €8.000.

Criteria for application

  • Student or recent graduate (<2 years) of Wageningen University & Research
  • Not been registered with your startup at the Dutch chamber of commerce for over 5 years
  • Innovative product (not solely service)


Meet our food & agri investors network

StartLife has close ties to a growing number of investors, from seed to growth, that help our food & agri startups raise capital. Our investors network includes -but is not limited to- the following companies.

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OostNL: regional development

The East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL) is a publicly owned regional business development and investment agency with extensive experience in helping foreign companies setting up European activities in the eastern region of the Netherlands (the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel).  Services cover four areas: Regional Development & Innovations, Business Environment, Foreign Investments and Venture Capital.  Focus is on three important clusters: food & nutrition, health and technology.

Shift Invest: impact investment fund

SHIFT Invest is a Dutch impact investment fund that invests in disruptive innovations within the field of agri, food, health and clean/biobased technologies. The fund only invests in companies that have a positive impact on either the environment or on health.  The SHIFT Invest Fund is managed by New Balance Impact Investors (NBI-Investors). They also manage Dutch Greentech Fund and Mainport Innovation Fund.

Doehler Ventures: early stage nutrition & technology startups

Doehler Ventures is a long-term oriented and entrepreneurial investor supporting early stage startups in the nutrition & technology ecosystem.  The venture activities are focused on Europe & the US with currently more than 50 portfolio companies. “Our philosophy is to invest in early stage startups with innovative and scalable business models created by committed and ambitious teams of entrepreneurs.”

Agfunder: international funding

Access to smart capital is crucial for Food & Agtech startups with a global reach. To help our startups attract international funding StartLife collaborates with Agfunder, a US based venture capital firm focused on agrifood tech startups. Aside from capital (tickets between $250K and $1M) Agfunder also connects startups with its ecosystem of +75,000 members including customers, talent, media and ultimately potential acquirers.

Non-equity funding

Catalyze: support in optimal funding strategy and grant applications

If you want to optimize your long-term funding strategy than check the services of our program partner Catalyze:  a fast-growing consultancy firm that provides support in grant application and funding advice to innovative businesses in life sciences, agri, food and bioeconomy. The company helps innovative researchers and companies secure financing for ambitious R&D projects, from early stage up to growth stage. Their goal is to prioritize specific short-term and long-term R&D activities in organizations and to use the best funding opportunities as building block for these activities.