Five reasons to join our startup accelerator programme

Are you a food innovator? Do you have an exciting startup, but need support in getting it off the ground? The ProVeg Incubator might be just the place for you ?

We are currently searching for promising food-tech companies to join the ProVeg Incubator as part of our upcoming cohort of startups. The ninth edition of our startup accelerator programme will begin in September 2022. The deadline to apply is the 31st of July.

To summarise, we’re looking to work with ambitious founders who’re building the next big plant-based, fermentation, and cultured-food companies. You should have a convincing mission, a stellar team, and a product that the world actually needs. What will you get from us in return, you ask?

Since the Incubator launched in late 2018, we have worked with over 70 startups from all over the world. Collectively, they have raised more than €230 million and launched products in over 15,000 stores. Still need convincing? Here are five great reasons to join us…

We offer up to €250,000 in funding

Yes, you read that correctly. Every startup that joins the ProVeg Incubator could receive up to €250,000 in funding (incl. €50,000 in-kind services). We’re not saying it’s all about the money, but that’s a significant amount of cash that can really help a business. Particularly in the early stages, you are going to need cash for R&D, product development, and recruiting, for example.

The investment terms are determined based on our evaluation framework and will be agreed upon before startups join the programme. In-kind services include workshops and coaching sessions led by proven experts, access to our extensive industry networks, the use of our facilities, and much more.

ProVeg Incubator Demo Day marks the end of each edition of our startup accelerator programme. Credit: Cadenza Zhao

We know who you need to know 

Everyone has heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know”, right? ProVeg Incubator has an extensive network of partners, investors, retailers, and food industry experts that we will connect you with. Every founder needs support on their entrepreneurial journey and having the right people in your network is essential to achieving your business goals.

You’ll get individual mentoring 

We assign every one of our startups with a personal mentor, who is experienced in the areas the company needs help with most. In addition, founders get access to our entire mentor network, so you can tap into their skills and experience when you need it most.

We work with over 50 renowned experts, skilled in retail, marketing, investment, business planning, branding, product development, and building a team. They provide support and advice to our startups with workshops, fireside chats, Q+As, and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Alumni from the ProVeg Incubator startup accelerator programme
Founders of alumni startups Legendairy, Better Nature, Panvega, and Greenwise

You’ll have access to all of our services 

As well as participating in all of the workshops, expert talks, and exclusive events that are part of our programme, by joining the ProVeg Incubator you’ll get access to many other services. For example, our co-working space in Berlin, our 20k+ member test community, and the know-how of our food industry, food services, and research departments. You could also benefit from V-Label certification (subject to suitability) and our links to key industry events, fairs, and media publications.

You’re joining a community

Many of our alumni startups tell us that one of the most valuable assets of our startup accelerator programme is the community it creates. When you join ProVeg Incubator you’ll join a group of like-minded founders with similar goals to transform the global food system.

You might all have different products, solutions, and business models, but you’ll face many of the same challenges. You can support and learn from one another. We’ll also connect you with our alumni founders who have been there and done that.

So, are you ready to apply? Applications are now open for the next cohort of startups, kicking off in April 2022. The programme lasts for 12 weeks and we expect it to be hosted online due to corona measures.

Submit your application on our website today. Just click the link or go to the apply section at the top of this page.

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