EIT Food

About EIT

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organizations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge.  EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth.

About EIT Food

EIT Food, one of the EIT Innovation Communities, is a pan-European consortium that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. To drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe, EIT Food is building an inclusive and innovative community of diverse food sector partners. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain: over 50 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 countries.


The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) was created by the European Institute of innovation and Technology (EIT) to close the gap between regions that are leaders in innovation and those regions which are progressing. The programme is implemented with the involvement of local Hubs.
EIT Food RIS aims at strengthening those regions in Europe, which are modest and moderate in terms of innovation in agrifood sector. There is currently a network of 13 EIT Food HUBs located in 13 targeted RIS countries, one of which is Tartu Biotechnology Park in Tartu, Estonia. 

Tartu Biotechnology Park and its goal as EIT Food Hub in Estonia

Tartu Biotechnology Park represents the EIT Food in Estonia and acts as a contact point for the local representatives in the agrifood sector. Tartu Biotechnology Park’s goal as EIT Food Hub is to promote EIT Food Community activities, to provide the necessary support for local entrepreneurial talent in the food sector and to help to reach the true potential of the local food sector.
Acting as EIT Food HUB in Estonia, Tartu Biotechnology Park supports innovators and entrepreneurs, organises local trainings and workshops for students, start-ups, researchers and farmers and supports dialogue with regional and national authorities.

EIT Food opportunities:

RIS Fellowships – unique, professional and paid 3-6 months internships for MSc and PhD students to help them gain hands-on experiences, strengthen their job-related skills and learn about job opportunities in the food industry.
Deadline of application: Calls will open in spring 2022
Find out more HERE.

EIT Jumpstarter is one of Europe’s best pre-acceleration programmes for early-stage start-ups again is looking for the finest talents and ambitious inventors.
Deadline of application: Calls will open in spring 2022
Find out more HERE.

TeamUp – a co-founder matching programme to build new ventures from the ground up for a better food system.
Deadline of application: Calls will open in spring 2022
Find out more HERE.

TestFarms – validate your agricultural startup by being matched with farmers (only Southern and Eastern Europe).
Deadline of application: Calls will open in spring 2022
Find out more HERE.

EIT Food Application Support

If you are not sure which programme to apply for or need help with submitting your application, join the Monthly Information Sessions for startups (via Zoom).
​During the Information Sessions, the EIT Food team will present the most important details of each program and help startups decide which might be the best opportunity for them. Following a short 20-minute presentation, we will leave plenty of time for questions.​
-> The Information Sessions will take place via Zoom on the following dates:  October 8, November 12, December 10 (same time for all sessions 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CET)​
-> Startups can sign up for the Information Sessions via this link.

Find out about the latest EIT Food opportunities and upcoming events also on Tartu Biotechnology Park’s News section and Calendar.

More information about EIT and EIT Food:

EIT website homepage: https://eit.europa.eu
EIT website in Estonian: https://eit.europa.eu/et/in-your-language
EIT RIS website: https://eit.europa.eu/our-activities/outreach/eit-regional-innovation-scheme-ris
EIT Food website: https://www.eitfood.eu/in-your-country/country/estonia

Contact us:

Sven Parkel
EIT Food Estonia Project Manager

EIT Food Hub Estonia
Tartu Biotechnology Park