Regional Innovation Scheme

EIT Food Regional Innovation Scheme

EIT Food Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT Food RIS) aims at strengthening those regions in Europe which are modest and moderate in terms of innovation in agri-food sector. This outreach scheme is open to innovators that are not partners of EIT Food and provides targeted support to EIT RIS stakeholders through a portfolio of projects. Fostering transformation in European regions with modest to moderate rates in agri-food innovation.
EIT Food Regional Innovation Scheme

EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)

The EIT RIS is the EIT Community’s outreach scheme introduced in 2014 to share good practices and experience emerging from EIT Community activities. The EIT RIS opens up the activities of EIT’s Innovation Communities to innovators that are not partners, by providing targeted support to individuals and organisations to take part in and benefit from EIT Innovation Communities’ activities, services and programmes.

The objective of the EIT RIS is to contribute to boosting the ability to innovate of countries and regions in Europe that belong to the groups of so-called ‘modest and moderate’ innovators (according to the European Innovation Scoreboard).

EIT Food Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT Food RIS)

EIT Food RIS aims at strengthening those regions in Europe which are modest and moderate in terms of innovation in agri-food sector. This outreach scheme is open to innovators that are not partners of EIT Food and provides targeted support to EIT RIS stakeholders through a portfolio of projects.

Contact us: RIS@eitfood.eu

Our national contact points: EIT Food HUBs

Selected through an open call, EIT Food HUBs are our regional ‘contact points’ in EIT RIS countries. These organisations are key players in their national innovation eco-systems and gather strong regional outreach and experience in supporting entrepreneurs and organising local events.

There is currently a network of 13 EIT Food HUBs located in 13 targeted RIS countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

You can find more information on EIT Food HUBs here.

EIT Food RIS’ activities

There is a portfolio of projects currently being implemented or under development within the EIT Food RIS Strategy. These activities are in line with the Innovation, Education, Business Creation and Communication areas.

OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

  • RIS Fellowships: an internship programme within EIT Food partner companies open for talents from higher education and young entrepreneurs. It’s available for students and graduates of various disciplines coming from RIS countries. Candidates selected upon transparent criteria will participate in 3-6 months internships and will have the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in practical contexts of work at KIC partners.

    For whom: talents from higher education and young entrepreneurs
    Contact: Martyna Czerniakowska mczerniakowska@wz.uw.edu.pl
    More information on RIS Fellowships here

 

  • EIT Food RIS Solutions: program engaging RIS countries student groups with multi-disciplinary backgrounds and of all educational levels to work jointly on problem cases responding to agrifood challenges in RIS countries. Both academics and professionals will support students to develop industry-related solutions. Selected student groups will present the results of their activities (i.e. a food prototype, a new solution, a business model) in “Food Marathon - Foodhatons”. EIT Food RIS will enable students to improve proposed food solutions through learning-by-doing activities, intensive collaboration with peers and consultations with mentors from industry, universities and research organizations. In 2019, Foodhatons will be organized in Poland and Italy.

    For whom: students from 28 EIT RIS countries
    Contact: Agnieszka Czura a.czura@maspex.com
    More information here

 

  • EIT Food Venturing School: a venture creation workshop connected to the XXIV Session of Young Scientific Staff and VII International Session for Young Researchers. The participants will learn the art of creation by building and testing their own strategy instead of listening to theory. Likewise, this would be an excellent opportunity for them to meet possible partners to set up a start-up. It will address the needs of students from RIS countries. The proposed action addresses the challenge of improving entrepreneurial culture, gaps in talents and skills of university graduates as well as well as insufficient adoption of emerging technologies. There is an opportunity to get more impact out of food-related scientific events by linking them to “Venturing Schools”.

    For whom: students and young researchers from 28 EIT RIS countries
    Contact: Gudjon Thorkelsson gudjont@matis.is or ventureschool2019@pan.olsztyn.pl
    More information here and here

 

  • EIT Food Summer School on New Product Development: program for food sector professionals interested in improving their skills in new product development (NPD). 35 participants from EIT RIS countries with different backgrounds come together for an intensive 3-day workshop to gain knowledge of not only how to create and execute NPD by understanding the market and consumer’s needs, but also gain insight on how to handle competing project requirements and constraints.

    For whom: food professionals, SMEs from 28 EIT RIS countries
    Contact: Katarzyna Słowińska kslowinska@wz.uw.edu.pl
    More information here

 

  • CHAMPP: a workshop series for representatives of poultry-production small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). It aims to identify contemporary challenges and solutions in the poultry industry. The project supports and stimulates the dialogue between SMEs, poultry related industry and research in Europe. The qualified specialists from Germany, Poland, Italy, United Kingdom and the Netherlands share knowledge during SME workshops, which in 2019 will be held in Poland, Lithuania, Italy and Hungary.

    For whom: Representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises of poultry industry from EIT RIS regions (feed manufacturers, advisors, vets, farmers and employees in poultry factories, managers responsible for the strategy and profitability of fodder and poultry production)
    Contact: Joanna Fotschki j.fotschki@pan.olsztyn.pl
    More information here

 

  • EIT Food Government Executive Academy: an advisory and capacity-building programme for representatives of public administrations from EIT RIS countries. The Academy offers insights into challenges related to food-system innovations and regulations. It is also an opportunity to exchange best practices that will contribute to further improvements on Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies and inspire the future development of operational programmes based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds. 

    For whom: representatives of public administration from Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey.
    Contact: Adam Puchejda apuchejda@wz.uw.edu.pl

 

OUR INNOVATION PROGRAMMES

  • The Food R&D Expert Community: LinkedIn group that gathers selected agrifood sector professionals with business, academia and/or research backgrounds to discuss trending food innovation topics and with the aim of creating a real community, where participants can expand their professional network and connect to high profile peers from around the world, increase their industry knowledge and exchange opinions and ideas with other experts in the agrifood sector.

    For whom: agrifood sector professionals with business, academia and/or research backgrounds
    Request access here 
    Contact: foodexperts@eitfood.eu

 

  • RIS Talents: program for doctoral students and young postdocs who want to participate in R&D projects carried out by EIT Food partners. It is available for scientists from EIT RIS countries who are involved in scientific disciplines other than food science.

    For whom:  doctoral students and young postdocs
    Contact: Martyna Czerniakowska mczerniakowska@wz.uw.edu.pl
    More information here

 

OUR COMMUNICATION PROGRAMMES

  • RIS Consumer Engagement Labs: pre-competitive, co-creation sessions carried out by a similar group of consumers in a joint, physical place and limited in time. They focus on the development of new product concepts. The Lab methodology is developed jointly by industrial and academic experts, and activities are pre-competitive in nature, i.e. multiple companies could be inspired by insights into consumer preferences. In 2019, these Labs will be organised in Poland, Lithuania, Portugal and Spain, engaging senior consumers. The Labs are implemented with local consortia of scientific organisations, food retailers, food producers, start-ups and non-governmental organisations from the targeted countries, empowered to introduce to market new products resulting from the co-creation process.

    For whom: elderly consumers from Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Spain working with local scientific organisations, companies and non-governmental organisations.
    Contact: Krzysztof Klincewicz kklincewicz@wz.uw.edu.pl
    More information here

 

OUR BUSINESS CREATION PROGRAMMES

  • Innovation Prizes: Europe’s largest agrifood startup competition with more than 250.000 euros in prizes. The competition is for early-stage entrepreneurs who are transforming our food system with innovative products and services, making it better for people’s health and the environment. There are 15 live finals across Europe, where entrepreneurs will receive top quality business training and be able to pitch to investors and industry experts.
    RIS Innovation Prize: applicants must be citizens and/or residents of Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
    Innovation Prize: any resident, citizen or legal entity based in an EU Member State and Horizon 2020 associated countries

    For whom: early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs
    More information here

    Demo Day: this is the final step of the RIS Innovation Prizes. It is a series of 1-day local events for agrifood entrepreneurs in RIS countries organized by each EIT Food Hub. During those events entrepreneurs meet and pitch in front of the agrifood community, producers, investors and innovators.
    For whom: early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs from RIS targeted countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey)

 

  • RIS Legal and accounting support: grant that provides entrepreneurs and early stage startups from RIS countries with pro-bono legal and accounting services to support their legal and accounting needs (entity registration, investment, labelling, compliance, sales contracts etc.)

    For whom: idea holders (not registered yet) and registered startups from RIS targeted countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey)
    More information here

 

  • Test farms: this project matches high-potential startups with farmers to test the most innovative technologies on the field

    Fom whom: startups with solution applicable in farming; farmers open to testing new technologies from RIS targeted countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey

 

  • Challenge Labs: creative groups designed to find solutions to current and future challenges in the food and agriculture system and spark cofounder relationships in a mixed environment of agrifood enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, industry experts and EIT Food partners

    For whom: enthusiasts wanting to start a business or with an idea in mind, experts from the agrifood field from RIS targeted countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey

 

For all the business creation activities you can contact Adriana Bałazy (CLC North-East) adriana.balazy@eitfood.eu or Joseph Gridley (CLC South) joseph.gridley@eitfood.eu

 

Contact EIT Food RIS
You can contact EIT Food RIS team at: ris@eitfood.eu