Finnova Foundation’s Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon moves closer to semifinal stage

  • A total of 45 professionals from the sector, from different European and Latin American countries, are participating in this call focused on innovation and improvement of the processes used in agriculture.
  • The winners will be eligible for European funding through programmes such as LIFE, Horizon 2020 or Next Generation EU.
  • The online semi-final will be held on Wednesday 26th, January 2022.

[Brussels 22/12/2021]

Finnova Foundation is launching a challenge to the primary sector with the aim of encouraging open innovation to promote disruptive ideas or projects in the field of precision agriculture. The improvement of processes and innovative proposals are the groundwork of the Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon. This initiative covers three types of projects: those on the use of water and the implementation of new technologies in agriculture, those aimed at green and smart agri-food systems and those improving processes through biofertilizers, recovery of native seeds and degraded soils.

The winner of the Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon of Finnova Foundation will be awarded with an “acceleration ticket”, whose purpose is to support and present this idea as a project to the European programmes LIFE, Horizon 2020 or Next Generation EU. These are funding strategies offered by the European Union to encourage innovation and promote environmental protection among citizens.

The call has already started with the work and activities planned for the 45 participants who have joined this Accelerathon. Participants, coming from Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Spain, have been divided into ten working teams, mentored by professionals of the sector from Finnova Foundation: Iñigo Bilbao, David Vinue, Héctor Juan, Adrián Noheda, Álvaro Reina, Carolina Lechado, Carla García, Jose Manuel Requena and Juan Viesca.

On next Wednesday 26th, January 2022, the Agritech Startup Europe Accelerathon Semi-Final will be held, an online event with the participation of judges specialized in the sector. The winning team will be announced on next Thursday, March 3.

 

About Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) (https://startupeuropeawards.eu/seua/)

It is a methodology of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, implemented by the Finnova Foundation since 2016. SEUAs are an open innovation tool for identifying disruptive startups that promotes public-private collaboration and raises awareness of the importance of self-entrepreneurship as a driver of employment.

It also generates alliances that help to meet the United Nations SDGs and the actions of the European Green Deal, contributing to the circular economy, the fight against climate change, innovation of processes and improved water use, among others.

 

About Finnova (www.finnova.eu)

European foundation for the financing of innovation based in Brussels and Spain, whose objectives are to promote public-private cooperation through innovation to address social challenges such as employment, training, entrepreneurship, the UN SDGs, the circular economy, etc. Finnova organizes the Startup Europe Awards, an initiative of the European Commission and the Finnova Foundation, to recognize the best European startups in the social field.

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