The 2021 EIT Food Annual Partner event & Venture Summit will take place as back-to-back events over two days in Málaga, Spain on 19 & 20 October 2021 in a fully hybrid format. 

EIT Food will use this event as an opportunity to celebrate its 5 years of existance and discuss moving forward for impact.  With the aim of creating new opportunities for co-operation and building new relationships, this year for the first time ever, part of the event will be open to non-partners from other agrifood leaders, from a.o. industry, academia and civil society, working to solve the biggest challenges in our food system. 

Over two focused days, participants will be able to engage in a series of interactive presentations, as well as breakout and networking sessions geared towards showcasing different EIT Food projects from our impact areas, and to kickstart work for the next years. Participants will have the opportunity to take an active role in the EIT Food Marketplace and EIT Food Awards. The Marketplace (on location and virtual) will welcome EIT Food projects and start-ups showcasing their innovative solutions to the food systems challenges, spotlighting their projects and sharing results to both internal and external audiences. More information with regards EIT Food awards and the EIT Food marketplace will follow shortly.

Day 1 we host the Annual Partner Event, EIT Food’s annual partner matchmaking event, where EIT Food partners will gather to network, showcase and matchmake projects from across all of EIT Food’s Impact Areas. EIT Food has already hosted four previous editions of the Annual Partner Event – in Bilbao in 2017, Reading in 2018, Turin in 2019 and in Budapest in 2020. The 2020 edition was attended by around 400 participants.

Day 2 will host The Venture Summit, an annual celebration of EIT Food’s Business Creation activities, gathering the main stakeholders and actors from across the European agrifood innovation community for networking, inspiration and matchmaking. EIT Food has already hosted three previous editions of the Venture Summit – in Paris in 2018, in Lisbon in 2019 attended by about 300 participants (the most recent in-person event), and the 2020 online edition which was hosted in Brussels. Last year’s online edition was attended by around 450 participants.


Explore opportunities

From the comfort of your own home you can explore commercial partnerships and investment opportunities with 130+ high-impact startups through our online platform, and hear pitches from a select group of some of EIT Food’s leading entrepreneurs.

This is also a chance to learn about our flagship entrepreneurship programmes and meet other agritech leaders.

Meet our corporate network

Meet agrifood leaders from EIT Food’s rich network of 100+ corporate partners who are working to solve the biggest challenges in our food system and looking to build relationships with entrepreneurs for their innovation efforts.

Immersive marketplace

In our 3-D expo space, you’ll be immersed in a walkthrough marketplace which will capture the feel of a real event, allowing you to visit virtual startup stands and arrange individual meetings with founders to explore opportunities in:

agrifood industry leaders






virtual market stalls


big digital convention


Please note, this is subject to change, and speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Day 1: Partner Events
Day 2: Venture Summit
Morning – Closed program: Partners only
ALL DAY: EIT Food Marketplace (on location and 3D virtual marketplace)

• Projects and start-ups showcasing their innovative solutions to the food systems challenges and looking for partnerships / investments.

ALL DAY: Networking opportunities
  • (1-on-1 conversations, on location or online)
09:30 - 10:00
Doors open for registration, coffee/tea @ the EIT Food Market place
10:00 - 11:00
5 Years EIT Food: Plenary session
  • Welcome by Andy Zynga, CEO EIT Food
  • Looking back and forward, Andy Zynga & partners EIT Food
11:00 - 12:00
EIT Food Awards pitches, Plenary session
12:00 - 13:30
Networking Lunch / EIT Food Marketplace
Afternoon – Open program: Partners + Non-partners
13:00 - 13:30
External guests arriving / registration
13:30 - 15:30
Strategy & impact: Plenary session
  • Opening by Andy Zynga, CEO EIT Food
  • Keynote, external speakers
  • Striding forward -> EIT Food strategy and impact, Andy Zynga and Andrew Carlin
  • Opportunities for cooperation @ EIT Food
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 18:00
Breakout sessions / Networking / EIT Food Marketplace
  • More information on breakout sessions will follow asap
18:00 - 19:00
EIT Food Award ceremony, networking, closing of the day
Evening – Closed program: Partners only
Partners-only Dinner
ALL DAY: EIT Food Marketplace (on location and 3D virtual marketplace)

• Projects and start-ups showcasing their innovative solutions to the food systems challenges and looking for partnerships / investments.

ALL DAY: Networking opportunities
  • (1-on-1 conversations, on location or online)
08:30 - 09:00
Doors open for registration, coffee/tea @ the EIT Food Market place
09:00 - 09:30
Welcome to the EIT Food 2021 Venture Summit
09:30 - 10:30
RisingFoodStars: Fast Track to Market Initiative
  • Presentation of the new initiative to accelerate the commercialisation of B2B technological solutions of RisingFoodStars through co-funded pilot projects with agri-food Corporates
  • Pitch rounds by RisingFoodStars and/or Corporates, matchmaking and scheduling 1-on-1 meetings
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
Founders and Investors panel on scaling FoodTech ventures
  • Hosted by FoodSparks® Fund, a mixed panel of FoodTech founders/CEOs and investors, will share about how they see the path to scale and how investors can support them in the journey
12:00 - 13:30
Networking lunch
13:30 - 15:30
EIT Food Accelerator: Fostering Start-up – Corporate collaboration
  • In this session EIT Food celebrates Start-up-Corporate collaboration by giving firsthand insights into the 2021 EIT Food Accelerator Network. This includes but is not limited to exciting start-up showcases, expert insights from our community and engaging talks.
17:00 - 18:00
Closing Cocktails
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Interested stakeholders, investors and EIT Food partners will be able to join either in person or online to take part in interactive presentations and workshops on EIT Food’s Impact Areas, for networking and matchmaking and to meet our cohort of agrifood startups & scaleups, many of which have been finalists in our Business Creation programmes such as the Innovation Prizes, Seedbed, EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN) and RisingFoodStars.

Select your desired form of registration below:


EIT Food Impact Awards

In order to mark the 5th year of EIT Food and to recognise the valuable work of our partners, we are launching ‘EIT Food Impact Awards’! Every partner and every activity that have previously received investment support from EIT Food can send in an application for the Impact Awards. In addition to being nominated for the Award, all nominations will be featured in our new international publication ‘EIT Food Gamechanging Solutions for Food Systems Transformation’.

EIT Food Impact Awards – will recognise the impactful outcomes of EIT Food activities along our impact pathways. These are: ‘Dietary Change; ‘Trust Conditions’; ‘Circular Economy’; and ‘Environmental Impact’. It will be sufficient for any partner or consortium to complete the attached short templates as application for the Awards. A jury will select top 3 nominees based on impact per each impact category, and during the Partner Day (October 19), we will invite attendees to vote to determine which projects should take home the  award.

EIT Food Gamechanging Solutions for Food Systems Transformation – conceptualised to be the ‘Drawdown’ for food systems transformation, this new publication will bring together impactful solutions developed through EIT Food ecosystem and will allow partners and their activities to be recognised internationally. EIT Food will be making the publication featured through United Nations, European Union, FAO, UNFCCC and other relevant international and national organisations and events.


We are looking forward to receiving the completed applications from all partners and all activities.

Please send questions, enquiries and the completed templates to: barbaros.corekoglu@eitfood.eu


Alternative Proteins

Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture

Targeted nutrition

Digitalised traceability

Circular Food Systems



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About EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. We believe that we are all responsible for and connected to the food that we eat, so we all need to work together to improve it. We are building a unique network of diverse partners that provide a holistic view of the food value chain, including key industry partners, agrifood startups, research centres and universities from across Europe, all working together to deliver an innovative and entrepreneurial food sector.


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Patricia Willems-Mawenu using any of the details below.

Patricia Willems-Mawenu
Events Manager | EIT Food