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News | Jul 12 2019

Agrifood Startups Join Accelerator Program in Zamudio in the Basque Country

Participants from Spain produce meat alternatives with 3D printing and create nanocapsules for healthy ingredients and probiotics

Zamudio is the place to be for startups as the new accelerator program is live at the Bizkaia Science and Technology Park. EIT Food, a consortium backed by the European Union, is hosting 10 agri-food companies from Europe, which were handpicked to participate in the program. There will be five centers in total created in Europe and 50 companies will participate, from 321 applications.

During the four-month program, participating startups will receive advice and support for growth, and they will be able to compete for funding upon completion.

The entrepreneurs come from Romania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Spain and the UK. The Spanish participants are Novameat (Barcelona), which produces meat alternatives with 3D printing; Nucaps Nanotechnology (Navarre), which creates nanocapsules to make safe and efficient probiotics; and BioBee Technologies (Extremadura), makes miniature devices for remote biological mediums characterization. Other participants have projects which include designing plates which absorb excess grease from foods, supporting the sustainable cultivation of fish and plants, and creating beverages which improve mental health and activity.

EIT Food is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) and is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It is based out of Belgium and aims to connect startups, researchers, students and businesses from Europe to “support sustainable, innovative initiatives that will improve our health, the environment, and allow access to quality food,” according to atzi.es.

EIT Food / Photo by: @EIT Food

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