ProVeg Incubator launches food-tech hackathon

Budding entrepreneurs challenged to build alt-protein startup in four days

ProVeg Incubator, one of the world’s leading alt-protein accelerators, has launched a food-tech hackathon to foster the next generation of startup founders.

The Future Food Hackathon will take place remotely between the 4th and 7th of November 2021 and is open to students and budding scientists and entrepreneurs based in Europe, who are passionate about building a plant-based, fermentation, alt-protein, or cultured-food company.

Hackathons are platforms to help innovators make major progress on projects, fast. For a set period of time, teams hack away at a project in order to reach significant goals. In this case, it’s turning groundbreaking ideas into pioneering food-tech companies.

Teams and solo participants are welcome to apply to join the hackathon via the ProVeg Incubator website ( Solo applicants will be matched with a suitable team for the event, and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

What will participants get?

  • A unique programme, specifically designed to help tackle the challenges of building a food-tech startup.
  • Workshops and expert talks covering the five key pillars of starting a successful food business.
  • Access to local university laboratory space for developing product prototypes.
  • The opportunity to win prizes and pitch for investment in front of a high-profile audience at the hackathon’s investor-focused demo day.

Albrecht Wolfmeyer, Head of the ProVeg Incubator, said: “With the Future Food Hackathon, we are expanding our impact-driven work. At the ProVeg Incubator, we support mission-driven early-stage startups with a full-fledged programme, customised services and a vast network. The Hackathon provides aspiring entrepreneurs access to our resources and partners and the opportunity to develop their product ideas together with like-minded food technology and business experts. The goal is to bring a pool of talent and startup builders together that aim to create the foods of the future.”

The ProVeg Incubator Future Food Hackathon is supported by: EVIG Group, Smart Protein, EIT Food, DIL Innovation Hub, and several renowned European universities, including University of Hohenheim, Wageningen University & Research and the Technical University of Munich.

More information will be released in the weeks leading up to the Future Food Hackathon, but for now, here is a look at the current schedule in brief:

Day 1: Ideation and matchmaking

Day 2: Product development and funding

Day 3: Traction and pitch training

Day 4: Demo Day and pitching

ProVeg Incubator is one of the world’s leading alt-protein accelerators, exclusively supporting companies that are transforming the global food system.

Since its launch in 2018, the ProVeg Incubator has worked with over 55 startups from around the world. Collectively, those companies have raised more than €100 million and are selling products in over 15,000 stores.

To stay up to date with all the latest news about the ProVeg Incubator, please go to our website or follow us @provegincubator on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. 


For further information, please contact Tim-Daniel Schulz, Events and Office Manager for the ProVeg Incubator, on [email protected] 


  1. For more information on the ProVeg Incubator, check out
  2. ProVeg Incubator is part of ProVeg, a leading food awareness organisation working across four continents. More information can be found at 
  3. The ProVeg Incubator works with strategic partners Blue Horizon Ventures and M-Industry, as well as a number of other investors and partners, including the Association of Alternative Food Producers, Atlantic Food Labs, Beyond Advisors, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Good Seed Ventures, Katjesgreenfood, New Crop Capital, NX-Food, Purple Orange Ventures, Veg Capital, and VegInvest.

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