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The Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, is launching the first-ever “Food Tech Programme" as part of the Nordic Virtual Fall 2020 program 

The FI Helsinki Food Tech Programme helps early-stage food entrepreneurs build innovative businesses in the Helsinki Founder Institute through:

  • Feedback and Mentorship from top mentors in different areas of the food ecosystem

  • Special expert mentor matching for specific advice

  • Connections with the industry on a global and local level

  • Introductions to business angels, VCs and Corporate VCs investing in the food ecosystem globally 

  • Special sub-tracks

    • Food & retail

    • Products and Services in the food chain

    • Production and supply chain

    • HORECA (hotels, restaurants, catering)

    • Agriculture

  • A Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Advisors

  • Over €1.5MM in Partner Deals and Resources

  • Several Fellowships Awarded to the Top Applicants, allowing them to participate in the program for free

The goal of the program is to help support more than 30 promising companies that are solving the problems of the food ecosystem in 2020, and help build Founder Institute further as a centre for food innovation. The stakes are high in feeding our planet sustainably, and the problems are many, but the Global Food Ecosystem Program is designed to accelerate progress for food founders while helping them pursue daring solutions

Who Should Apply?

The Founder Institute is the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, with chapters across 185+ cities and alumni companies that have raised over $950M in funding. Leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more. 

The Global Food Ecosystem Program (scheduled with Nordic Virtual Fall 2020 program) takes place from  Oct 21, 2020 to Feb 4, 2021. Any pre-seed entrepreneur interested in building a food or agritech startup is encouraged to apply, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies (pre-funding). 

The entire global program is run virtually, so no physical presence is required. The weekly mandatory sessions are scheduled to take place starting 8.30AM PDT / 11:30AM EDT / 5:30PM CET / 6:30 EET and will last for 3 hours.


What to Expect?

To apply to the Global Food Ecosystem Program you must complete your application below. 

During the program you can expect:

  • 3,5 months of systematic development on your idea and your company

  • 200+ specific tasks to develop your idea and your company

  • Direct and honest feedback about your business

  • Weekly online group sessions with top mentors giving practical guidance and Q&A session on specific topics

  • Personal and group office hours with hand-picked experienced mentors

  • Later in the program, introductions to corporates and potential investors

  • Global online demo day webinar for the graduates!

Rules of the game:

  • A limited number of applicants will be accepted to the program

  • We require execution - if you are not learning and executing, you may be dropped from the program

  • You will get strong peer support from other founders in your cohort

  • No need for physical appearance but mandatory remote video appearance for three hours on Thursdays

After the short form, you will be invited to take our Entrepreneur DNA Assessment, which is our main criteria for evaluating applicants. 

The Final Application Deadline is on Oct 11, 2020. Food Fellowship recipients will be chosen from the top overall applicants to the program, and be notified via email within a few days of applying. 

Apply to the Founder Institute Food Programme

The Helsinki Founder Institute is not currently accepting applications, but will be soon. 

You can see our currently enrolling chapters at, our full list of cities at, or register below to get notified when there are new startup programs in Helsinki.