EIT Food Partners

EIT Food Partners

The Power of a European Partnership

EIT Food partners have been selected strategically from across Europe, to unite leading stakeholders within the food system across primary production, processing, packaging, logistics/distribution, retail, food service, consumer research, nutrition/health and the public sector. 

Over the seven-year span of the partnership, the partners will invest close to €1200 million matched with up to €400 million, financed by EIT.


Find out more about each of the EIT Food partners here:

EIT Food Partners


Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities and is globally renowned for its food safety, traceability and world-leading education programmes.  The University's position as a partner reaffirms it's global reputation.

The Institute for Global Food Security within Queen's plays a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world's growing population.

Queen's forms part of the North-West Co-Location Centre, which is led by the University of Reading.  Our local Network Partners include ABP Food Group who is one of Europe's largest vertically integrated Agri-Food processors and Rising Food Star, Analytics Engines, which was founded in 2008 from the world leading ECIT Institute at Queen's University Belfast.  Headquartered in Belfast, Analytics Engines is a global leader in high performance Big Data and Analytics.  Click here for more information.

Rising Food Stars

'Rising Food Stars' has been established as a legal entity, and acts as an umbrella organisation for 50 high-potential start-ups, with complementary competencies across the food supply chain. The aim is to support EIT Food’s mission to tackle the agrifood challenges of the future. It is a core partner of EIT Food and offers outstanding start-ups access to the network and the opportunity to actively engage in EIT Food activities.

The selection process to join EIT Food as a RisingFoodStar is rigorous: in addition to conforming to the EU definition of a Small Enterprise, each start-up must also meet three key criteria for entry to guarantee the dynamism and purpose of the start-up community:.

  • Complementary: candidates must complement the existing competences within RisingFoodStars along the value chain and/or bring in specific new emerging technology competences
  • Excellent: candidates must be able to fully support and contribute to the strategic ambitions of RisingFoodStars
  • Potential: candidates must have potential to grow and benefit from their membership of RisingFoodStars, considering areas such as their current status, their growth process and their continuing participation as a member.

If interested, do not hesitate to contact the RisingFoodStars Manager.


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