EIT Food Summer School

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Are you ready to bring your ideas for a sustainable food supply chain to life?

Last year saw 26 students from many different study backgrounds and countries come together to tackle the challenges Europe's food system will face in the future. Following the success of this EIT Food Entrepreneurship Winter School, Queen's University Belfast, Technical University of Munich and University of Cambridge will come together to host an EIT Food Entrepreneurship Summer School this September. 


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Summer School 2018

During the EIT Food Summer School, 40 students from many different study backgrounds and countries will come together to bring their ideas for a sustainable food supply chain to life. Over the course of 6 days, participants will be working in interdisciplinary teams, to learn how digital technologies can be applied to foster sustainability and fair food supply chains. They will identify problems, prototype viable solutions with a validated value proposition and finally, pitch their results in front of a panel of experts. The Summer School will take place in Belfast and be hosted by Queen's University Belfast along with partners, Technical University of Munich and the University of Cambridge. There will also be mentoring by industry experts and the chance to receive further online coaching on business model development.

What is it about?

The EIT Food Summer School gives participants the chance to close the gap between Digital Technologies and Europe's food supply chain.


Team up with students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and identify the most pressing pain points in the areas

of "connected food systems" and "digital food supply networks".



Apply the Design Sprint methodology and develop minimum viable products to test your idea.



Take an entrepreneurial approach to tackling current issues of Europe's food systems to maximise the impact of your ideas.

Who are we?

The EIT Food Summer School is a joint venture of distinctive innovation partners.

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Save the dates!

Workshop 1 by Queen’s University Belfast

September 8th – 9th

During their first two days in Belfast, participants will learn the importance of leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship in the food

sector.  By way of team working, they will develop themselves as leaders, and learn to be effective and engaging communicators.

Additionally, participants will be able to distinguish leadership from management and will be able to appreciate how moving an idea

from development into production requires different leadership approaches.  By the end of these two days, participants will be

able to deliver impactful pitches and presentations.


Workshop 2 by Technical University of Munich, Germany

September 10th - 11th

During the TUM workshop, participants will learn about and apply Design Thinking methods to make Europe’s supply chains digital.

Based on the input on this topic received during the QUB workshop, a value proposition and product vision will be developed.

Coaching sessions from researchers and industry experts will support the teams in their entrepreneurial path.


Workshop 3 by University of Cambridge

September 12th – 13th

The University of Cambridge workshop will take the ideas and products developed with QUB and TUM to the next level:

these will be evaluated in terms of their commercial potential as well as their potential to solve a significant problem and the

potential social and environmental impacts. The week will culminate with a structured pitch in front of a panel of entrepreneurs,

industry partners, investors and support providers who will challenge the ideas and give feedback on the next steps of

commercially viable and environmentally sustainable ideas.


What you need to know.

When is the application deadline?

The EIT Food Summer School will accept 40 students in total. The spots will be filled on a rolling admissions basis.

You will receive an invitation or rejection email within two weeks of the closing date. This means you can submit your application between now and 20 July 2018 23.59 (BST). We will however, fill the available spots on a rolling basis according to our evaluation criteria, until they are full.

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How can I apply?

In order to be eligible for the EIT Food Summer School, please submit your application, including a short video and your CV (in PDF format), in English.  Please note, you require a google account in order to access the application form.

The application form can be found at the following link:

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When will I be notified of the decision concerning my application?

You will receive an invitation or rejection email to the address you provided in the application form within two weeks of the closing date.

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Who can apply?

The EIT Food Summer School is open to Masters students, PhD candidates, Post-docs and professionals.

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What are the evaluation criteria for the application?

We select students to take part in the EIT Food Summer School based on the following principles:

  • You are a Masters student, a PhD candidate, Post-doc or professional
  • You demonstrate open mindedness and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • You show that you are a team player and interested in working in an interdisciplinary and international setting
  • You are motivated to work on the challenges of Europe’s future food system
  • You have a strong academic track record and, ideally, support community initiatives on a volunteer basis.
  • You show a strong proficiency in English.
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Which costs are covered?

  • Lodging: We will provide a place for you to stay in Belfast during the Summer School. You do not need to make any accommodation arrangements yourself. If you wish to stay longer outside of the programme dates, you will need to make additional arrangements yourself.
  • Catering: We will provide all meals during your stay.
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What is the cost?

  • The EIT Food Summer School does not charge a tuition fee.
  • Travel costs: You will need to provide your own transportation to and from Belfast. Please try to take the environment into consideration when booking your travel and choose a train ride over a flight, if possible.
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Where will the EIT Food Summer School take place?

The workshops will take place in Belfast.  After the on-site sessions, online coaching will be available, where you will receive feedback from experienced mentors on how to further develop your idea and bring it to the market.

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What documentation will I receive upon successful completion of the EIT Food Summer School?

All participants will receive a certificate at the end of the EIT Food Summer School.

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What are the terms, rules, and conditions of the EIT Food Summer School?

  1. To apply for the EIT Food Summer School, you must be at least 18 years of age, when submitting your application and a Masters student, PhD candidate, Post-doc or professional.
  2. By applying, you agree to be available to travel to and from Belfast within 12 hours before the start of the EIT Food Summer School. If you need to make other arrangements, these need to be approved beforehand by the EIT Food Summer School organizers.
  3. During the programme, the following costs are covered for all participants:
    • Accommodation for 7 nights in Belfast during the workshop week (7 - 14 September).
    • You are responsible for covering any additionally occurring costs that are not mentioned here (e.g. any activity engaged in during free-time, etc.).
  4. You are expected to attend and participate in all programme activities organized by the EIT Food Summer School team during the programme period.
  5. By applying, you agree to the terms of the Privacy Notice found here.
  6. You are asked to treat any non-public knowledge you gain about the other involved parties (e.g. speakers or corporate partners) with confidentiality. This commitment shall continue following the end of the programme.
  7. As part of our project marketing, you acknowledge that the EIT Food Summer School has the right to use all promotional materials, including but not limited to photographs, videos and testimonials made during the workshop weeks for future communication activities.
  8. The EIT Food Summer School is not responsible for:
    1. Damage to the property of a participant or damage caused by a participant to the property of the EIT Food Summer School organizers and third parties.
    2. Other damages, losses, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the EIT Food Summer School programme.
  1. Should you accept a place in the EIT Food Summer School and fail thereafter to attend and fully participate in the activities up to and including the final presentation, you agree to be responsible for any upcoming costs. This excludes cases of force majeure or illness, which will be reviewed by the EIT Food Summer School management on a case-by-case basis.
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If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

A copy of our Privacy Notice can be found HERE


In order to be eligible for the EIT Food Summer School,  please complete the application form in the link below:


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Please also be aware that you must upload a short video.  Further details on how to do this can be found in the application form.


The application deadline is 20 July 2018, 23:59 (BST)