The Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, is launching its first-ever global food and agriculture program 

The Food Ecosystems Accelerator helps early-stage food and agriculture entrepreneurs build innovative businesses globally and locally with 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 

  • Over €1.5MM in Partner Deals and Resources

The goal of the program is to help support more than 50 promising companies that are solving the problems of the food ecosystem in 2021, 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 Food Ecosystems 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 200+ cities and alumni companies that have raised over $1.75BN 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, building a co-founding team, and more. 

Our focus is to help build companies and technologies in all areas of the Food ecosystem, including:

  • Food & retail

  • Products and Services in the food chain

  • Production and supply chain

  • HORECA (hotels, restaurants, catering)

  • Agriculture

The Food Ecosystem 2024 program takes place from  Apr 16, 2024 to Jul 23, 2024. 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). 


What to Expect?

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 Apr 07, 2024. 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 Ecosystems Accelerator

The Food 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 Food.