14h00 - 22h30

(Progamme open to invited participants only)

As one of the most important assets in the business, we need to fuel you for the scaling journey, but the reality of founder-life makes that challenging in practise – always leaving you at the bottom of the to-do list. In this interactive workshop we’re going to work out another way: We’re going to crack open some of the challenges that make fuelling yourself as a founder (and taking a rest!) so hard. We’ll dive into the neuroscience of stress and pressure, explore your personal barriers to sustainable productivity and performance, and identify simple day-to-day steps that will boost your performance, without stealing time from your startup mission. 


What to expect:

Over an engaging 90 minutes you’ll get the chance to listen, learn and share with other founders on what makes the founder-life uniquely challenging. Together you will literally walk the journey that supports us being able to navigate stress and perform at our best. By the end you’re guaranteed to have practical next steps to boost your day-to-day performance and a deep peer connection with those in the room too.

Join us for a 2-hour inspiring and closing networking session.
Part 1 will focus on Impact, Sustainability, Best Practices and Key tips to continue a successful
acceleration journey.
Part 2 will be dedicated to EIT Food startups opportunities post programme and will also
include some time to mingle and network with the 50 EIT FAN startups 2023.

Join us for an interactive three-hour networking session with fellow open innovation professionals from across Europe. Learn from others, share your insights about startup collaborations, and forge valuable connections within the European agrifood innovation ecosystem.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to engage, learn from each other, and get inspiration.

Meet and greet our pan-European community of leading startup founders, corporate partners, and investors at a delicious dinner on the banks of the Tagus River in the ever-changing city of Lisbon.


9h00 − 18h00

(Programme open to all)


Analisa Winther, Event Host
Andy Zynga, CEO at EIT Food

Speaker: Jamie Crummie – Co-founder at Too Good to Go

Food waste is feeding climate change: one way to a resilient food system  

This session will introduce the issue of food waste, explaining how food waste truly is feeding climate change. It will explore solutions and outline how TGTG has been able to utilise technology to bring impact at scale.

9h45 – 10h20

For far too long the stresses of founderhood have been felt behind closed doors, yet it’s at epidemic levels and that does nothing for the health of our founders or our startups. This session will kick off with an opening keynote from Christina Richardson who will share her mental-health journey as a tech founder and how this led to the first European research on the extreme pressures of entrepreneurship. The results don’t make light reading and so our panel will dive into why being a founder is so filled with pressures and what we can all do – collectively as an ecosystem – to fuel our founders to thrive, not just survive on the growth journey.


Christina Richardson, founder at weare3Sixty

Panel Moderator:

Narjis Chakir, RisingFoodStars Programme Lead


Christina Richardson, Founder at weare3sisty

Adam Askew, Founder at CattleEye

Mary McCarthy, Partner at Sofinnova Partners

What works already well when it comes to startup / corporate collaborations, where is need for improvement? In this session we aim to identify together with selected experts from our EIT Food community best practices of startup / corporate collaboration models.


Marie Brueser, Corporate Venture Manager at EIT Food


Kari Tronsmo, Danone
Sonia Huppert, IFF
Teresa Geß, Netzsch Group

In the second half of the session, we will present for the second time again the EIT Food Corporate Venturing Award to recognize the outstanding commitment and achievements of selected corporate partners.

Scaling foodtech is imperative to achieving the impact potential of FoodTech in creating a healthier, more sustainable food system. As an ecosystem, and as an asset class, we are only in the nascent stages of this transformation.

Whilst the level of investment from venture capital funds is increasing, a much broader conversation is needed to engage institutional, government and – most importantly – industry players. All have a key role to play in financing and supporting the next phase in scaling the many impactful ideas being proposed by entrepreneurs. In this panel we will discuss (A) What the gaps are in funding the
FoodTech revolution, (B) What makes the scaling of FoodTech vital to human and planetary.


Thomas Van Den Boezem, Principal at FoodSparks® by PeakBridge


Maija Itkonen, Founder & CEO Onego Bio
Mario Augusto Maia, Managing Partner at Cogent Venture Partners
Felix Leonhardt, Managing partner at Oyster Bay Venture Capital

15h00-15h10 Keynote speaker: Ludovic Reysset – Head of Alternative.s at Sparkfood

Mission 1: Healthier Lives Through Food
How to increase health adjusted life years (HALYS) through food and what role technology plays?
How to increase the availability of food products with improved nutritional profile to consumers, with reduced levels of salt, sugar, or trans and saturated fats?

15h10 – 15h30 Mission 1: Startup pitches – How is your startup creating impact at scale?

Bosque Foods (RFS)

Adamo Foods (FAN)

Seedbed startup (TBC)

BlueTreeTechnologies (FAN)

15h45-15h55 Keynote Speaker: Imran Afzal – Open Innovation Lead EU at Mondelez

How to reduce CO2 and other significant environmental impacts in the food system?

How to increase the number of products on the market that use food waste, side-streams, alternative or new ingredients and improve environmental impact outcomes?

15h33 – 16h15 Mission 2 – Startup pitches: how is your startup creating impact at scale? 

Yangi (RFS)

Agrodit (FAN)

Revive-Eco (FAN)

Seedbed startup (TBC)

16h15-16h25 Keynote Speaker: David Taylor – Head of EMEA Sales and Business Development at Agritask

How to reduce the cost burden attached to food insecurity and food safety issues?

How to increase Societal Return on Investment due to the adoption of technology improving transparency, traceability, or security across the food system?

16h25 – 16h45 Mission 3: Startup pitches – How is your startup creating impact at scale?

Tilkal (RFS)

Oligofeed (FAN)

Seedbed startup (TBC)

FreshSens (RFS)

Benoit Buntinx, Director of New Business Creation, EIT Food

FoodHack Lisbon is a chapter of FoodHack, a global community of startup founders, investors, researchers, producers. retailers and service providers who have in common an interest and activity in foodtech. People who share the desire to promote the development of businesses and collaborations in this area, because they believe that, at the base of long-term success, is helping those around to be successful. It’s sending the elevator back to those who want to go up too.

FoodHack Lisbon is proud of having Sogrape and Continente Food Lab as Corporate Sponsors and being supported by Startup Lisboa, Nova School of Business & Economics and Casa do Impacto.

See more details about the side-event here.