Givaudan expanding innovation with foodtech incubator team-up

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Swiss flavour and fragrance company, Givaudan, has partnered with a Dutch food and agritech incubator to expand its innovation ecosystem.

StartLife will act as a connector and early start-up innovation enabler with Dutch-based food entrepreneurs.

Givaudan said the partnership is part of its 2020 strategy of collaborative innovation.

StartLife, based on the campus of Wageningen University & Research, will be Givaudan’s innovation and scouting partner in the Netherlands.

The organisation will support Givaudan to further expand its innovation ecosystem by acting as a connector and early start-up innovation enabler with Dutch-based food entrepreneurs.

“Our partnership with StartLife forms part of our wider commitment to address global food challenges through collaboration and innovation,” said Fabio Campanile, Givaudan’s Head of Science & Technology, Flavours.

“It will enable us to engage with emerging start-ups on the Wageningen campus, which is becoming a hot-spot of food science and foodtech activity in the Netherlands.”

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StartLife’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship in food and agritech by supporting entrepreneurs and their teams as they build their business ideas into global enterprises with a lasting impact.

MD Jan Meiling said: “We currently work with over 300 start-up enterprises and believe they are the propelling force behind the food and agtech innovations required to meet global food demand in the future.

“Our partnership with Givaudan will provide start-ups with access to a wealth of food science knowledge and expertise to help them navigate challenges in their product development journeys.”