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Food Solutions

Be part of the solution to the global food crisis!

Based on a challenge-based learning Food Solutions is creating environments where students thrive in the future transformation of the food systems. Dive into a programme like no other! 

Applications are open now!

Course information




Open for applications!


March to November 2024

About : Your journey towards an industrial symbiosis!

The Food Solutions (FS) programme goal’ is to raise awareness of global food challenges and promote entrepreneurship as a possible career path.

The programme develops a combination of:

  • Entrepreneurial skills to help you become a sustainable kind of food innovator.
  • Key technical skills tailored to your career ambitions in the sector

A unique aspect of this programme is that you not only solve a real-world challenge within a multi-disciplinary team and possibly turn them into viable businesses but also get to know different academic and industrial perspectives of the food system and increase the competitiveness of your future employing companies. Each course provides a distinctly different challenge faced by the food industry and how you could overcome it supported by your host University and mentored by experts from industry, research and science.

The Food Solutions programme is designed for students who:

  • Have a passion and commitment to drive the transformation to a more sustainable food system
  • Currently in, or have been in, a degree in one of the following fields include, Agricultural Sciences, Food science, Nutrition, Engineering, Packaging technology, Economics and Management, Business or Marketing, Informatics and Computational science. This Programme expects predominantly M.Sc. and to some extent also B.Sc. and/or Ph.D. students.

Master your critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the dynamic world of the Food Solutions Programme! 

Please find below the application links for the each challenge:

Advantages :

By the end of the programme, you will be able to: 

  • Critically assess a real-world food industry challenges from an integrated business, scientific, ethical and inter-generational perspective. 
  • Collaborate in a team environment using a challenge-based approach. 
  • And much more!.. 

EIT Label : Educational quality assurance?

The Food Solutions Programme has been awarded with the EIT Label since 2023. This accreditation is a quality seal awarded to excellent non-degree programmes with a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurial education, aligned with the EIT-specific learning outcomes and other quality criteria required for the EIT Label. You can find more info on the EIT label and the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes at

Career Opportunities : Personal growth and…

Upon completion or during your entrepreneurship education, you can start a business in the food industry. You could earn your first merits from consulting or finding management work for a company. Here is a small selection of job ideas that could follow your entrepreneurship development program such as 

  • Start your own business. 
  • Work at a start-up 
  • Consultant 
  • Innovation Manager
  • Intrapreneur 

Another focus lies in development or research for companies in the food sector, as well as public institutions. Corresponding jobs are offered by state or federal government agencies and offices, insurance companies, and private consulting firms. 

What you'll learn : You will learn the following competencies:

Problem solving

Appraise the problem space to identify current and future needs

Mobilise effective methodologies to generate new ideas

Appraise the validity of new ideas and co-create sustainable solutions

Critical thinking

Collect, analyse, interpret and report information to develop sustainable solutions to current and future challenges

Appraise unintended consequences of any course of action to devise ethical goals


Create opportunities for value creation

Mobilise resources to create sustainable value for others

Design and implement effective actions to deliver impact


Implement a food system innovation project in a particular work or study context


Identify, engage with and respond to stakeholder needs

Develop strategies to deliver effective communications approaches

Translate complex ideas for different audiences

Technology management

Educate and support others to use emerging technologies in (radical or breakthrough) innovation processes

Challenge others to apply technologies to different problem spaces

Food systems

Develop strategies to address current and future sustainability challenges using systems approaches

Design innovative responses to address sustainability challenges in the food system

Structure & Modules : 9-months learning-by-doing programme

In Food Solutions, you will benefit from entrepreneurship and product development education to produce an innovative, tangible food solution. You will work within a multi-disciplinary team and be supported by your host University and mentored by experts from industry, research and science. 

Programme Structure:  

🏁 Project Kick-Off

In March, you will attend the live kick-off event introducing you to the challenge. After this event, you will be supported in the next steps for problem definition and ideation. 

💡 Entrepreneurship Spine (E-Spine): 

There are five E-Spine learning blocks spread throughout the programme, each consisting of a live workshop, online self-learning material, and a final task. Each learning block is designed to help you develop your venture and viable business case. 

💬 Industry Mentoring

Facilitated by your host University, you will be able to access mentoring by industry experts as a team to discuss your ideas and get guidance and insights. 

🎤 Presentations & Feedback

There are four pitch sessions between the kick-off and final pitch event where you will present your idea so far as a team and receive feedback to help you steer and improve your solution. 

♻️ Prototype Development

Throughout the programme, you will be supported by your host University to design and develop a prototype for your solution as a team. 

🏆 Final Pitch Event and Submissions

In November, you will submit your final assignments in Canvas and present your pitch live to a jury panel. There will also be prizes presented to winning teams. 


Join us on this extraordinary journey to shape the Food Systems Industry!

Practical :

What you need to know

  • Participation fee: 4000€ per academic year


We are committed to ensuring that no exceptional student is excluded from the programme based on ability to pay. Fee waivers are available for excellent candidates. Decisions on waivers are made based from the evaluation of the application of the admission committee.

“You will never know how capable you are of innovation until you take the first step. And in our case it was stepping to take part in EIT Foods with mentors helpings us to navigate in the right direction.”
Nishchaya Shriyan (Food Solutions 2023)
“Our Generation is the one that must change the way our food system works. We have to believe in our values: The circular approach in the Develop Tastes Challenge gave me an understanding we can change the system, bite by bite.”
Giorgia Zingales (Food Solutions, 2023)
Cut Gianluca Colombo
“I gained knowledge on subjects that I wasn’t familiar with, like economy and finance. Plus, you deal with people from different backgrounds - food scientists, chemists, engineers, ... - which was very enriching. At the same time, we needed to be able to explain our concept to a non-technical, more business-oriented audience.”
Gianluca Colombo, Alumnus Food Solutions Programme
Banabooms founders
“BanaBooms creators Ines Kutzli and Inna Zhuravlova  took part in our Food Solutions 2018,  where they developed a breakfast cereal  made from surplus bananas to reduce food waste. ”
Ines Kutzli and Inna Zhuravlova, cofounders of BanaBooms, Alumni Food Solutions
Resize Paola
“Holiroots rescue veggies that do not pass the farmer's gate and turn them into healthy and yummy vegetable crackers! We want to battle food loss by using vegetables that wouldn’t otherwise be used because they are too big, too small, not pretty enough, because they don’t have the ‘right’ shape, or simply due to overproduction. So far we have rescued 5 tonnes of vegetables! ”
Paola Varela, Co-Founder Holiroots, Food Solutions Alumna

Activity Leads :


EcoBite Delights

Swiss Food Research


University of Turin


University of Helsinki





ZeroWaste Design

Aarhus University 

Campden BRI Hungary

University of Helsinki

Unversity of Turin 

Swiss Food Research

Zero Waste Europea







Grupo AN

The Helix Way

Universidad de Valencia

Reading University 

University of Turin

University of Porto


Entrepreneurship and Innovation team

University of Reading

University of Warsaw

University of Aarhus


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