The EIT Food Accelerator Network with MassChallenge is a multi-location accelerator that will support 50 high-impact food-space startups over a four month program. Selected startups will have access to a buffet of tools, connections, mentors and expertise to help them to succeed. At the end of the program, the best startups from all locations will be awarded with attractive financial prizes.

Program Benefits

Held in Germany, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, the EIT Food Accelerator Network with MassChallenge will make Europe the go-to innovation hub for the world’s most promising food space startups. At each location, startups will receive:

  • coaching and mentorship by leading food sector players and world renowned academics with specialized knowledge and skills to develop food sector innovation 
  • access to technology, pilot sites and international markets
  • both a broad entrepreneurship curriculum, and a food-focused syllabus, to equip food space startups with the knowledge they need to succeed
  • connections to potential investors and media outlets specialized in agri-food
  • co-working spaces where you can work alongside like-minded entrepreneurs
  • the opportunity to win up to 100k in financial support and cash-equivalent services (20k in equity-free cash, 20k in cash-equivalent services and / or 60k in SAFE warrants)

Eligibility Requirements

The EIT Food Accelerator Network with MassChallenge accepts applications from early-stage agri-food startups:

  • that are set to make a big impact on any part of the agriculture or food supply chain
  • that have raised less than €500k in equity-based funding, generated less than €1M in revenue in the last 12 months (if a startup has slightly exceeded these guidelines, we still recommend the startup apply to the program)
  • from anywhere in the world (but: we expect active, consistent engagement in the program - this requires regular, physical presence from at least one team member in one of our locations for the duration of the accelerator program)

About the Application Process

It takes just six easy steps to apply for the EIT Food Accelerator Network with MassChallenge:

  1. Register as startup at

  2. Fill the registration form

  3. Create your startup profile

  4. Pay the application fee* to access the application

  5. Complete your application

  6. Submit your application

* We charge a small ($99 USD) application fee to help make sure that only committed startups are applying to the program. We do this to reduce the burden our judges: everyone who applies receives written feedback from our judges. We can reduce the application fee for some applicants. Please email us at for more information.