Start-up Village



The START-UP VILLAGE is a central meeting point in the exhibition area, bringing together innovative young businesses with investors as well as industrial corporations. It offers around 20 young founders who are active in industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy strong visibility among the international EFIB attendees, representing sector stakeholders from companies, academics, SMEs, investors, policy makers, NGOs and media.

  • Free Mini booth in the Start-up Village and free access to the 1:1 conference partnering
  • Company profile in the digital EFIB Stakeholder guide on bio-based innovation
  • free admission for 1 company representative to the EFIB and reduced fee for further company representatives conference
  • Free pitching slot on the Start-up Stage
  • Opportunity for food start-ups to present product tastings during the evening reception on 6 October

We invite founders to apply for the Start-up Village if they are active in industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy with a business focus on new bio-based technologies, services or industrial applications relevant for the following areas/sectors:

  • Circular & Sustainable Bioeconomy
  • Bioprocesses & Technologies
  • Bio-based Materials & Packaging
  • Food, Feed & Nutrition  
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Smart & Sustainable Cities

Your application should include a pitchdeck (PDF with a max of 25 slides) with the following information:

  • Business idea & state of science/technology & development phase of the bio-based solution
  • Targeted application area(s)/sector & market volume
  • Outlook of the next milestones (3+years)
  • Overview of funding team & management

Application deadline: 30 June 2021

If you are interested, please contact Nathalie Di Napoli (

We are looking for start-ups active in the following #EFIB2021 topic areas:
Digital Start-up Forum 2020:
Congratulations to the winner!
Christopher Kong, Better Nature 
BetterNature_LOGO_TagLine_BG_RGB Kopie
Thank you to our partners of the 2020 digital Start-up Forum:
Impressions from previous editions: