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COST Action CA15118 FoodMC

Workshop on knowledge transfer for start-ups in the agri-food sector

On March 18-21, 2019, the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship will host a FoodMC workshop on knowledge transfer, targeting researchers in academy that wish to gain insight on how to organize and manage start-ups in the agri-food sector. FoodMC will fund travel and accommodation for the selected participants.

When and where?

March 18-21, 2019 at the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), ACEStartup Village, Science Park 608, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Google Maps link).

Preliminary program "Entrepreneurship in Food and Technology"

Day 1 – Monday, March 18th Location: Startup Village event space (‘Night room’), Science Park 608

13.30 – 14.15 Welcome and introduction + Sharing initial business ideas TBA (Program Manager at ACE) and TBA
14.15 – 15.15 Entrepreneurship in Mathematics and Computer Science: In’s and out’s of new venture development TBA
15.15 – 15.30 - Break
15.30 – 16.45 Meet an entrepreneur (guest startup presentation) TBA

Day 2 – Tuesday, March 19th Location: Startup Village event space (‘Night room’), Science Park 608
9.30 – 10.15 Meet an entrepreneur (guest startup presentation) TBA
10.15 – 10.30 – Break-
10.30 – 11.30 Business model design Sander van der Blonk (Digital venture builder, Interim CDO, corporate startup mentor and angel investor)
11.30 – 12.00 Marshmallow challenge
12.00 – 13.00 – Lunch Break -
13.00 – 14.30 Lean startup: methodology for building and developing your business Sander van der Blonk (Digital venture builder, Interim CDO, corporate startup mentor and angel investor)
14.30 – 15.30 Team work: Improve business case with a group using the tools introduces during the workshops.
15.30 – 16.30 Problem validation: how to validate your business idea, Bram Kuijken, Assistant professor at Amsterdam Business School

Day 3 – Wednesday, March 20th Location: Startup Village event space (‘Night room’), Science Park 608
09.30 – 10.30 Intellectual Property for startups: IP, protection, patents Ronald Mooijer (Business developer at IXA)
10.30 – 10.40 - Break -
10.40 – 11:40 Legal journey of a startup TBA (ACE partner)
11.40 – 12.40 - Lunch -
12.40 – 13.20 Meet an entrepreneur (guest startup presentation) TBA
13.20 – 13.30 - Break -
13.30 – 14.30 Funding your startup, Robert Meijer, business coach and mentor at ACE
14:30 – 15:00 How startup incubators help develop your idea: case of Amsterdam Centre of Entrepreneurship, Darya Krasilnikov (Head of growth at ACE)
15.00 – 15.15 - Break -
15.15 – 16.45 Pitching a business idea: tips & tricks, David Beckett, pitch coach and presentation skills trainer

Day 4 – Thursday, March 21st Location: Startup Village event space (‘Night room’), Science Park 608
9.00 – 10.30 Pitch rehearsal: 10 mins per startups (3 min pitch + 5 mins Q&A)
10.30 – 11.30 - Preparation for a pitch round -
11.30 – 13.00 Pitching business ideas to the expert panel Participants and the expert panel

Interested in participating?

The workshop is open to FoodMC participants and other academic researchers coming from participating countries.  Ideal targets:
I. Early career investigators or PhD students, interested in exploring entrepreneurial opportunities.
II. Established researchers, interested in either gaining more experience in startup pitching and managing, or willing to transfer this knowledge to their students.

Due to the limited number of places available, a selection will be carried out by the local organizers. In case of overbooking, we will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: 
- researchers that already have a idea (even not developed) for a startup in the food sector
- belonging to an Inclusiveness Target Country
- being an Early Career Investigator

Click here to apply to the workshop

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