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Course information

This programme aims at laying the foundations to engage in early-stage investment in startups in the agrifood sector. The objectives of the course are:
  • To develop among agrifood business executives the ability to recognise, develop and act on entrepreneurial opportunities in the ecosystem, and to play an effective role in new venture growth. In particular to develop competences in the area of venture investment in agrifood startups.
  • To build capacity among early-stage investors to understand and analyse the food system, appraise current and future sustainability sector challenges, in order to assess investment in business opportunities specific to the sector.
Ultimately, the course intends to prepare agrifood executives to unleash their investment potential in the sector.
You as a participant will build the capability to explore your role as an investor in the agrifood sector, develop skills and how to use tools to analyze potential business opportunities from startups, and also you will understand how to support startups effectively from the investor seat.
  • Level – Explore (for executives without experience in startup investment)

  • Course duration: 4 weeks

  • Start date: 30/10/2023
    End date: 27/11/2023

  • Online

  • Language: English

What you learn?

You will learn the following competencies:

  • Entrepreneurship:
    • The course seeks to develop the ability to recognise, assess and select entrepreneurial investment opportunities, and to play an effective role in new ventures early-stage growth.
  • Food systems:
    • The course intents to create the ability among potential and active investors to analyse the food system, appraise current and future sustainability challenges, and assess new ventures potential within agrifood sector specific issues.

Structure & Modules

The Agrifood Investors Launchpad is straightforward content to help you understand the basics of startup investment in the agrifood sector. You will learn how to evaluate investment opportunities, the do’s and don’ts of your first investments, how to define your investment strategy, and the angel portfolio approach.


The course is divided in 8 modules:
  1. Introduction to angel investment
  2. Evaluating startups – the investor perspective
  3. Setting the price: Startup valuation at early stage
  4. First approach to basic deal terms and conditions in angel investment
  5. Investing in group as a business angel
  6. Adding value – Advisory Boards – and exiting

With an impressive team of academics and practitioners with experience in startup investment and seasoned in training executives, business people and professionals.

What else:

  • Testimonial learning pills based on real situations faced by investors.
  • Technical talks delivered by experts in the different agrifood business and technology areas.

When: from 15.00 – 17.00 pm (CET) every Monday

Starting: 30th October until the 27th November 2023

Duration: 4 weeks

Our trainers

  Mathieu Carenzo

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Mathieu is an experienced entrepreneur and dynamic Business Angel with investments in scale-ups like Glovo and Bizaway, along with promising start-ups such as Trioteca, Amphora, Funos, and participated in over 200 deals since 2004. He also teaches at IESE Business School’s MBA and GEMBA programs, across three languages and four continents. Co-founded Venture Hub and manager partner at Nero Ventures, he has supported high-growth start-ups and invested in technology services companies.

    David Frodsham 

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David is CEO, board member, and advisor in startups. His expertise lies in corporate development and M&A within the software, media, and telecoms sectors. He also teaches at IESE Business School MBA with a focus on Venture Capital. He co-authored the book ‘Getting Between the Balance Sheets,’ offers valuable financial insights for entrepreneurs. His specialities include fundraising, M&A, carve-outs, take-privates, and roll-ups. He excels in devising and executing international growth strategies and serving as a trusted CEO coach and advisor.

Participation Fees

This programme is free for RIS participants* and 400 euros (for non-RIS participants).

*EIT Food Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT Food RIS)

EIT Food RIS aims at strengthening those regions in Europe which are modest and moderate in terms of innovation in agrifood sector. This outreach scheme is open to innovators that are not partners of EIT Food and provides targeted support to EIT RIS stakeholders through a portfolio of projects.

Countries eligible to take part in the EIT RIS (2021-2024):

  • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.
  • Horizon Europe Associated Countries*: Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.
  • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

*These third countries, which are all listed in the European Innovation Scoreboard, will be fully eligible for the EIT RIS, following the successful conclusion of individual Horizon Europe Association Agreements.

Application deadline: 22nd of October.

Career Opportunities

Company executives and technology professionals with capacity to assess the viability of an investment opportunity in the agrifood sector would see their professional profile upgraded and expand their career options within the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. New career opportunties might rise within in venture capital funds, corporate open innovation units or investment teams in different types of organizations.

In collaboration with

Programme Leaders

Amparo de San José Riestra
Amparo de San José Riestra
Entrepreneurship Programme Manager South Europe, amparo.sanjose@eitfood.eu
Izaskun Valle
Izaskun Valle
Programme Coordinator,
Entrepreneurship Project Manager,

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