Germany Involved in ‘FoodConnects’ Innovation Cluster

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced the winning team selected to set up EIT Food, a new pan-European partnership bringing together leading businesses, universities and research organisations. The mission of the research cluster is: to boost innovation, growth and job creation and put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food.

FoodConnects, the winner of EIT Food, is a consortium of 50 partners from 13 countries, including:

  • PepsiCo Inc.,
  • Fraunhofer,
  • the University of Cambridge,
  • the Polish Academy of Science,
  • Robert Bosch GmbH,
  • the Autonomous University of Madrid, and
  • Sodexo SA.

“We are thrilled to win. Our partnership will put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production. We will do this by delivering products, services and ideas that will contribute to the safety and sustainability of food across Europe. EIT Food will support the creation of 350 start-ups in the next seven years to help us achieve our goals,” said Thomas Hofmann from the Technical University of Munich, the key coordinating partner.

One of the big challenges of the future is sustainably produced food, and the strategic partnership will help keep Europe competitve in this global challenge.

To facilitate EIT Food’s launch, the EIT will provide the winning partnerships with a start-up grant of up to EUR 4 million to ensure that it is fully operational as soon as possible. Provided that they achieve the expected results, EIT Food could receive funding in the range of EUR 400 million from the EIT over the coming years. In addition, it is expected to attract significant funding from other sources of private and public sector investment, multiplying the investments made by the EIT.

Photo credit: Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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