Food Innovation Hub Europe
We can only change a food system together. Local, regional, national and global parties have to join and work transparently and energetically to accelerate the transition to an efficient, inclusive, sustainable, nutritious and healthy food system.
To promote this collaboration, the World Economic Forum initiated together with public, private and civil society sector partners Food Innovation Hubs worldwide. Foodvalley NL is a leading partner towards the development of the Food Innovation Hub Europe to initiate collaboration and co-create innovation projects to address continent-specific challenges and connects regional hubs in the various member countries to address common and region-specific issues.
Do you want to get involved in Food Innovation Hub Europe as a partner, e.g. as a European cluster or organization? Or do you have ideas for new innovation projects? Send an e-mail and reach out to us.
Food Innovation Hub Europe Initiatives
A Call to Action to Find Innovative Solutions to Reduce Obesity and Malnutrition in Europe
Obesity and malnutrition are complex challenges, but by accelerating innovation in personalised nutrition, we can help to create a healthier and more equitable food system. EIT Food, Foodvalley NL and Food Innovation Hub Europe have organised a 2022 challenge: Personalised Nutrition for All!
Personalised nutrition for all is a call to action to find innovative solutions to reduce obesity and malnutrition in Europe. This year six winners will be awarded €30,000 to further develop their solution, opening the possibility for further funding by EIT Food to develop their project and go to market.
Startups and multi-stakeholder groups are invited to submit their Personalised Nutrition ideas. Winners will be announced on 14 October, in advance of World Food Day.
Prevent and Reduce Obesity through Personalised Nutrition by Multi-stakeholder Initiatives
Food Innovation Hub Europe is always looking for new initiatives in the field of personalised nutrition that aim to reduce obesity (within Europe and beyond).
Three initiatives received the Booster Award in 2021. They received: 30,000 euros development budget, 1 year of monitoring, visibility of the initiative and access to a large international food network. The award is intended to encourage these initiatives that support the reduction and prevention of obesity through the use of personalised nutrition tools. The 2021 winners are;
- Happy Feet on Healthy Food
- J.A.App (Juvenile Antiobesity App)
- Ready to (h)eat meals tailored to gut, genes and guidelines
A new edition has been launched in May 2022. Please find more information and how to submit here .
Facilitating and Supporting Learning on Entrepreneurship in the Food and Bioeconomy Value Chain
P2P FINBIO is a pan-European project. The 5 participating partners share their current support services and methods offered to SMEs and exchange good practices in order to generate insights and develop a common Design Options Paper. The project started September 2021 and will end September 2022. Participating clusters are Food and Bio Cluster Denmark (FBCD), Denmark; Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA), Spain; Association Industries et Agro-Ressources (IAR), France; Technology and Innovation Campus (BLC3), Portugal and Foodvalley NL, The Netherlands.
Boosting the sustainable transition of the food system worldwide through collaboration and innovation
Global FOODture is a project designed to boost the sustainable transition of the food system worldwide through collaboration and innovation. It developes and implements a joint internationalisation strategy that facilitates access to countries outside Europe for European SMEs. With this approach Global FOODture will help strengthen participants’ capabilities to adapt to food sustainability challenges. Learn more about Global FOODture
Regenerative Agriculture Innovation Fund
Regenerative agriculture offers one of the greatest opportunities to help Europe address human and climate health, along with the financial well-being of farmers. Reports from leading science, knowledge institutions and business networks, state the fundamental importance of transitioning to more regenerative agriculture methods if Europe is to meet its climate change targets, food security needs, protect arable lands and environmental landscapes and build a healthier food system. Various companies have made commitments to source materials and ingredients from regenerative agriculture, while organizations across the world are looking to reduce the Scope 3 emissions of their supply chain operations. Transitioning to regenerative agriculture offers:
- Restoring the natural rhythm of our ecosystems
- Reviving landscapes
- Curbing GHG emissions for generations to come.
With such an impact in mind EIT Food, Foodvalley NL, Food Innovation Hub Europe and Imagine Food Collective are setting up the Regenerative Agricultural Innovation Impact Fund Europe. The Impact Fund will invest in a portfolio of innovations, initially between 2022-2025, to accelerate and enable transitioning to regenerative agricultural production, sourcing and procurement of food towards 2030 targets.
The growing Action Team, is responsible for the development and execution of the partnership and programs of the Food Innovation Hub in Europe. The Action Team will act as a focal point secretariat, implementing and developing activities with European clusters and function as multi-stakeholder platform.
Left to right:
- Jeroen Wouters – Foodvalley NL, chairperson
- Lisa Smits - DSM
- Corinne Abbas - Foodvalley NL
- Jan-Paul Bruins - Unilever
- Elina Coerts - Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
- Martin Reesink – Rabobank
- Angelique van Helvoort – Global Coordinating Secretariat Food Innovation Hubs
- Frans Kampers - Wageningen University and Research (WUR)
- Tjerna Ellenbroek – Foodvalley NL
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World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum (WEF), committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Global Coordination Secretariat supporting the Food Innovation Hubs in collaboration is based in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Sean de Cleene, Member of the Executive Committee at the WEF: “We believe that Foodvalley NL is exactly the right partner to establish such a leading Hub in Europe. They have developed a strong ecosystem of business, knowledge institutes, governments and NGOs, with the specific goal of scaling innovations together with other innovation clusters in and beyond Europe.”
Are you interested to read more about the Food Innovation Hubs worldwide? Please visit the website for more information.
Wageningen University and Research, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality, Unilever, DSM, Rabobank, Topsector Agri-Food and Foodvalley NL are initial partners supporting the development of the activities to establish the Food Innovation Hub in Europe.