Registration for the Empowering Women in Agrifood programme organized by EIT Food has started!

Let’s change the landscape of startups in Central and Eastern Europe together and add a feminine touch! 

Are you interested in agri-food topics?
Do you see your future in it and have an idea for a dedicated project?

Take part in the Empowering Women in Agrifood programme organized by EIT Food and use a chance to receive up to EUR 10,000 to develop your business! 

EIT Food is Europe’s largest food innovation initiative built as a consortium of key business players in the food market, start-ups, research centers and universities from across Europe. It is one of nine Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an independent EU body created in 2008 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe.  EIT Food aims to ‘secure the future’ of the food system, which includes building an inclusive community to ‘support innovation at all stages of business creation’. 

Empowering Women in Agrifood – EWA programme supports women in the development of their agri-food business activities not only through funding, but above all through tailor-made training, mentoring and networking opportunities. The aim of this initiative is to comprehensively support female entrepreneurs at an early stage of their careers in using their potential, providing them with the appropriate knowledge and access to a network of contacts so that they can successfully start and develop sustainable business activities in the agri-food industry.

Eligibility criteria:

  • To be a female entrepreneur with passion for the agrifood sector and a business idea.
  • To be located in: Estonia, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Romania and Ukraine.
  • (In the case of a business registered) To have founded the company no longer than 2 years ago.
  • To have received less than EUR 30,000 in public and private financing.
  • To be committed to participate in the program and participate in its events.

Don’t wait! Apply for the program today! 
Entrepreneurs with a business idea that will revolutionize our food system can apply online until June 2, 2023 at:

From the submitted applications, 10 female entrepreneurs will be selected and invited to participate in workshops and dedicated events for 6 months, while developing their business idea under the individual supervision of a professional Mentor. As part of participation in the programme, there is also an invaluable opportunity to build an international network of industry contacts. Program will end with a pitching event where the 1st final grant winner is awarded 10 000 EUR and 2nd final grant winner 5000 EUR to develop their business ideas further. 

The project is carried out in cooperation with Tartu Biotechnology Park. 
Contact: Maris Väli-Täht, Project Manager, , Tartu Biotechnology Park


More information about the EWA programme here.