Future Food Fund, a Dutch seed capital fund with a focus on innovative agricultural and food technologies, announced today that they have joined forces with the Dutch agrifoodtech accelerator StartLife. The partners combine their expertise and global network to provide innovative startups in the food and agricultural domains with the best possible growth support.
The human race is up against the biggest food challenge of all times: feeding a large and growing world population with a declining amount of resources. The entire food value chain needs to be radically changed in order to ensure a sufficient and healthy food supply whilst also safeguarding our planet. Bringing about change is never easy. And, by definition, systemic change is never achieved by just one organization. Organizations need to work together and utilize each other’s strengths.
This is where the partnership of StartLife and Future Food Fund (FFF) comes in: providing potential game-changing startups a combination of capital, know-how and the ability to open doors that otherwise remain shut. Together we can help make that change .
Supporting entrepreneurial ingenuity
Innovative startups have to overcome many challenges and hurdles to reach the point where they start making an impact. Only a few startups make it that far. “We need to ensure that the entrepreneurial ingenuity that is out there is given all the support needed to reach that threshold for change. This partnership is designed to do just that,” says Jan Meiling, Managing Director of StartLife.
“With FFF, StartLife not ‘only’ brings an investor partner on board, we also welcome a team of entrepreneurs with backgrounds in food & agriculture and technology who are dedicated to lifting early-stage startups to a higher level. What it comes down to is that StartLife helps early-stage agrifoodtech startups to get ready for the follow-up growth support by FFF.
Smart agrifood technologies
Both organizations focus primarily on technology-based startups in the agriculture and food domains. Arensman: “We are particularly interested in technologies related to smart and clean farming, bio-based economy, sustainable food production, circular intelligent logistics and alternative foods as we believe that these areas offer some of the best chances for large-scale impact.” Ambitious startups in these fields are invited to connect with StartLife. “Our doors are always open”, says Meiling.
StartLife is Europe’s longest running agrifoodtech startup accelerator. Its mission is to accelerate food and agtech startups shaping a sustainable food system. StartLifeprovides a full arsenal of business development services including training, mentoring, funding and access to a global community of startups, investors, corporates and experts. Since 2010, the accelerator, that was co-founded by Wageningen University & Research, has supported over 400 startups that have so far raised over €185 million follow-on capital.
About Future Food Fund
Future Food Fund is a seed capital fund that is founded and funded by 30 entrepreneurs. They have backgrounds primarily in the food & agriculture and technology domains and wish to actively contribute to the success of the fund, not only with money but also with their experience and network. Future Food Fund is aimed at Dutch companies that want to impact the food & agricultural sector with innovative technology and/or disruptive business models.
For further information, please contact:
Managing Director at StartLife
+31 (0)6 1325 9470