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Food has crafted the world that we live in, from the placement of our cities to the complexity of earth's ecosystems, and its production has changed in troubling ways over the past few centuries. Too much of the world's food is over-processed and produced unsustainably. Those are only two of the countless problems with our food system, and - though these problems can seem daunting - each one represents an opportunity for a great company to change the world.

My advice for any entrepreneur or innovator is to get into the food industry in some form so you have a front-row seat to what's going on. - Kimbal Musk

Now, as technology becomes more available and more food issues are being illuminated, food technology is poised to explode. Companies like Impossible Foods are generating global attention, and more global FoodTech resources are popping up around the world. From FoodTech accelerators to investors, advisors, univeristy programs and more, there is now more infastructure to support rising FoodTech companies than ever before.

That's why, as we open applications for a second cohort of our Helsinki FoodTech Accelerator program, we're excited to release the FoodTech Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below!

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version, and we need your help to compile a full list of the FoodTech resources available for startup founders.

Are you looking to join a FoodTech accelerator in Europe? Then apply to the Helsinki Founder Institute's FoodTech program today


Startup Stages

There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new FoodTech entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

Inspire

Educate


Validate



2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

Develop


Launch




3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

Recognition 



Funding



Growth


4. Success Stories

Successful FoodTech companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.




Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.  (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc)


2. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that educate about FoodTech and produce talent.


 

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Learn more about the Startup Resource project here, and leave us your thoughts on the FoodTech Guide on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking for a FoodTech accelerator in Europe? Then apply to the Helsinki Founder Institute's FoodTech program today

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