The 2021 EIT Food Annual Partner event & Venture Summit will take place as back-to-back events over two days at the FYCMA – El Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de 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 existence 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. 

Day 1 will 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. Meetings can be scheduled throughout the two days, parallel to the program. Please note that if you want to attend a certain program session to not schedule meetings in that timeframe)
09:30 - 10:00
Doors open for registration, coffee/tea @ the EIT Food Market place
10:00 - 10:20
Opening: the importance of partnerships in food system transformation

• Welcome by Andy Zynga, CEO EIT Food
• Sean de Cleene, Head Food Systems Initiative; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum (online)

10:20 - 10:45
EIT Food Awards – pitches part 1
  • Impact Award Dietary Change
  • Impact Award Trust Conditions
10:45 - 11:30
5 Years EIT Food: Plenary session
  • Looking back and forward, Andy Zynga & EIT Food partners Luca Cucolin (University of Torino), Anneli Ritala-Nurmi (VTT), Thomas Engel (John Deere) and Veerle Poppe (Colruyt)
11:30 - 12:00
EIT Food Awards – pitches part 2
  • Impact Award Circular Economy
  • Impact Award Environmental Impact
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

13.30 – 14:10: Opening / Striding forward -> EIT Food strategy and impact
Andy Zynga (CEO EIT Food) and Andrew Carlin (Director of Strategic Programmes EIT Food)


14:15 – 14:45: Future Voices: Next gen food makers
o Alejandro Vergara, PhD Researcher, School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, University College Dublin
o Solveiga Pakštaitė, Founder & Director Mimica
o Júlia Montoliu Boneu, graduated pharmacist and Nutrition Student at University of Navarra


14:45 – 15:05: Keynote: The food sector as a catalyst for carbon-negative global systems, Laura Lorenzo, CEO, ALBEDO Insulation
The magic of food is only visible in our lives when we look at it beyond its core function of providing energy and nutrients. It happens in all those moments where food provides us the comfort of identity, sense of belonging, and cultural heritage. In this talk, I will invite you to discover the magic of the food sector as a catalyst for carbon-negative global systems by looking beyond its core function, and how this magic can become very tangible and transforming by applying systems thinking, and the sustainable circular economy principles.


15:10 – 15:25: Keynote: Castillo de Canena: harmonizing agronomic activity with the promotion of biodiversity and respect for the environment, Francisco Vañó, General Manager Castillo de Canena Group
A transformation story exposing the different actions and activities that were implemented in the Castillo de Canena Estate over the last 16 years to encourage the regenerative economy, sustainability, social footprint and the circular economy without losing the focus of carrying out an economic activity.

15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 18:00
Parallel program: Breakout sessions / Networking / EIT Food Marketplace

Select your sessions of preference. Sessions will also be recorded and made available after the event.


16.00 – 18:00 Innovation Meet & Greet Drop-In Session
Interact and discuss main subjects of concern or provide ideas for future actions and find out about the latest developments of the 2022 Call for Proposals. Partners inputs will be collected for thoughts, in particularly on how to achieve impact through their activities and their contribution to the Focus Areas challenges.


16:00 – 17:00 Operations – The Horizon Europe transition
Hear more on how we will make the jump into Horizon Europe, and the key changes for partners.


16:00 – 16:45 KPIs & Impact
Hear more about the new Horizon Impact logic and new KPIs that became applicable to all EU and Horizon funded activities from 1st January 2021. The Session will also be an occasion for attendees to ask questions and brainstorm how to capture value from ongoing and future activities.


16:15 – 17:00 RIS @ EIT Food
Innovate with us! Come and find out what´s in it for you, the latest update on coming opportunities for the 2022 Call for Proposals and ‘Request for Contributors’ dedicated to RIS countries and beneficiaries. We will share great success cases and collect inputs on how to achieve wide impact through
the activities in RIS countries.


16.15 – 17:00 Public Engagement & Communication opportunities
Come and discover ‘Request for Contributors’ for our infrastructure activities Consumer Events and Consumer Engagement Labs; discuss our Proof of Concepts and FoodUnfolded® opportunities and learn about the benefits for you of our new communication hub.


17:00 – 17:45 KPIs & Impact (repeat session of 16:00)


17:15 – 17:45 Operations – Calls and Projects
Learn more on our 2021 and 2022 plans for open calls and developing our portfolio.


17:15 – 18:00 RIS @ EIT Food (repeat session of 16:15)


17:15 – 18:00 Public Engagement & Communication opportunities (repeat session of 16:15)


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. Meetings can be scheduled throughout the two days, parallel to the program. Please note that if you want to attend a certain program session to not schedule meetings in that timeframe)
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

• Welcome by Andy Zynga, CEO EIT Food, & Benoit Buntinx, Director of Business Creation
• Keynote Foodtech in Spain: an opportunity on the rise, José Luis Cabanero (Eatable Adventures)

09:30 - 10:30
RisingFoodStars: Fast Track to Market Initiative
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee/tea break
11:00 - 12:00
It’s your second marriage, choose well. A panel on the relationship between Investors and Founders
  • Hosted by FoodSparks® Fund, a mixed panel of FoodTech founders/CEOs and investors, will share about how they see the relationship between founders and their investors in their path to scale.
    • Moderated by Nadav Berger, Co-founder and Managing Director PeakBridge
    • Christina Schwab – Investment Director DSM venture
    • Yoni Glickman – Managing Partner FoodSparks®
    • Peter Odemark – Managing Partner RE:Food (Gullspång)
    • Bosco Emparanza Garcia – CEO and cofounder of MOA Foodtech
    • Fanny Rolet – CEO Antofénol
12:00 - 13:30
Networking lunch
13:30 - 15:30
EIT Food Accelerator: Fostering Start-up – Corporate collaboration
  • EIT Food celebrates Start-up-Corporate collaboration by giving first-hand insights into the 2021 EIT Food Accelerator Network.
    o First hand insights in the 2021 programme and outlook into 2022
    o Fireside chat with 2021 EIT FAN programme participants and partners including Mirva Lampinen (Co-creation Manager at VTT), Artem Khlebnikov (Director Strategic Partnerships, Investments & Prospective at Danone Nutricia Research), Nils Helset (Cofounder and CEO at DigiFarm)
    o Live demos of selected 2021 EIT FAN start-ups
17:00 - 18:00
Closing Cocktails
Select date to see events.


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