StartLife Accelerate

StartLife Accelerate Program

Validate your business and raise funding

StartLife Accelerate is the #1 program in The Netherlands supporting Food & Agtech startups to validate customer segments, raise funding and access leading corporates and investors in the industry. The best trainers, entrepreneurs, and Wageningen University & Research experts offer you the resources you need to scale up your company. A new cohort will start in the spring of 2020. Interested? Please apply before Feb 1st, 2020!


The program

StartLife Accelerate is a 12-week program for the most promising food & agtech startups, that offers pre-seed funding, business support and access to leading corporates and investors.

Our offer to startups Startups commit to
€10,000 pre-seed soft loan at the start- and €25,000 after successful completion of the program Participation with at least two founders for the full duration of the program
The connection to industry experts, WUR researchers, corporates, and investors Presence during several training weeks, workshops and events
High-quality curriculum addressing team, product, customer validation and investor-readiness A fee of €400 per team catering and other expenses

The StartLife Accelerate curriculum addresses what is crucial to validate your business, attract funding and grow your company.

Criteria for entry

  • Are developing a highly innovative technology or product
  • Are beyond the idea phase: you have a prototype or MVP of your product
  • Have at least two founders able to participate in the curriculum
  • Are active in food, agriculture or the biobased economy
  • Are addressing a relevant social, health or environmental need
  • Have the ambition to scale and grow fast.

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Graduates of the Fall 2018 cohort

Graduates of the Spring 2019 cohort

Clevabit Fumiingredients PEF Premal
SAIA Taste Index Thelial Wageningen Agricultural Monitoring

“We are so pleased to have been a part of this fantastic program! We have come such a long way since the selection day and been provided with the tools and coaching necessary to grow our little venture! Thank you StartLife!”
Henry Fairbairn – founder, PreMal BV

“Thanks to StartLife and the Accelerate Program for all the learnings during the last months. We are officially Investor Ready ;)”
Edgar Garcia Suarez – founder, FUMI Ingredients

“This program really helped us move forward and focus on all the aspects important to entering the market with a foodtech company”
George Brandenburg – founder, BurgsFoods

“In 12 weeks I went from just the technology and concept into a real company with a clear business plan”
Birgit Dekkers – founder, Plant Meat Makers

“I enjoyed most that we were continuously being challenged both by coaches and by peers, who are all in different levels and have unique experiences”

Olaf van der Veen – founder, ZERO FoodWaste