Enlightening a world-class breed of innovators
Education is nourishment, nourishment is what we eat. If we are what we eat, then we should start eating with our mouth, eyes and hears, what we want to be!
Education is our launch pad. Where we learn and take off. Learning about food starts at an early age and continues on for the rest of our lives. That is all FFI educational initiatives encompass all ages, from children, families, local communities, young entrepreneurs, future food leaders to food industry executives.
Boosting entrepreneurial potential to launch new food ventures
In order to achieve lasting progress it is essential to invest in the next generation of young entrepreneurs. In particular, young food entrepreneurs are key actors that can help in the sustainable advancement in the food industry. Collaboration sparks innovation, and we support entrepreneurship and celebrate the process of turning creative concepts into opportunities for real action through our start up accelerator.
Collaborative effort – the linchpin to future innovation success
We are at the forefront of dynamic experiences and movements in Italy and abroad through disruptive innovation events such as hackathons and co-creation events incorporating, a mix of different minds, diverse methodologies and international platforms that focus on how to confront global food issues; creating prototypes of business models or new products and evaluating the challenges with open dialogue to shape new scenarios for bettering the world. Since 2014, we has been promoting and mixing up different methodologies with several food hacking moments in Milan, Bologna and Ferrara, as well as maintaining a deep link with all other experiences, both nationally and internationally.
IMPROVING WORLD-CLASS AGRIFOOD EXPERTISE AND TRADITION
Emilia and Romagna, northern Italy, forms one of the most influential agrifood clusters in the world. It integrates culinary traditions and world class excellences in packaging, logistics, agriculture and food processing.
We connect and bring to the forefront local knowledge with a global network to leverage the impact we can make on the future through food, offering tools to strengthen and advance our community, while nurturing a global food innovation scene.
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If you are as passionate about food and its future as we are and want to be part of our dynamic ecosystem, then this is the place for you. We are always looking to expand our community with like-minded and passionate individuals for all around the world, sharing information, opportunities and stories . We welcome, encourage and empower all walks of life: Students, Foodies, Activists, Hackers, Makers, Seasoned designers, Founders, Storytellers, Food designers, Food scientists Researchers.
Have a food startup idea or already have one in the making and need help?
We offer a wide range of customized assistance in network building and expanding your international horizons. We are great believers in cross- pollination, which leads to creativity, serendipity, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Our mentors are experts that have a human approach in helping our startuppers think outside the box. In addition, we provide a wide range access to Calls and Rewards, as well as grant and funding opportunities. You’re never alone.
Are you a food industry player who believes in more than just your company’s bottom line? Is your company’s vision for long term growth and prosperity include making a positive impact on the Community at large? Here’s your chance to make real positive impact. Through the Future Food Ecosystem, your company will have direct contact with a cutting edge, local and global Community of food industry leaders pioneering the way to a more prosperous and sustainable world. Your company will have access to practical Foresight tools, industry research, and prototyping programs that will provide critical new insights. Your company will also benefit from getting to know fresh and skilled young minds that are armed with the potential to help your company reach new heights and stay abreast in this continually evolving sector.
Are you an investor looking to invest in early-stage food, beverage or food tech companies? Well look no further. Crowdfooding is our equity-based crowdfunding platform that connects food and beverage entrepreneurs with investors. It aims to leverage the disruptive power of the Internet to make early-stage investing for financiers, and fundraising for food and beverage startup companies, easy and immediate.
Research shows that institutions are vital to the expansion of entrepreneurial activity, which is at the heart of the process of development and economic growth. Institutions are the “anchors” that facilitate and create the positive climate that will have impact on the community. The world of food is a perfect example of how institutions can achieve positive impact in the Community at large. Food is a highly highly interdisciplinary sector, the first commodity and primary form of cultural expression. We help institutions improve food policy and help promote food education to the masses, bringing to the forefront best practices for food production, urban farming and help build relationships within communities.
- 24International events attended
- 80events organized across Europe
- 613EXPO Events traced
- 30Kids Labs carried out in 2015
- 24Food Innovation Global Expeditions
- 20People engaged
- 60Food Industries
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Have you ever thought about making a pasta dish starting from its essence? Not just from scratch, but actually savoring the experience of grinding the grains of wheat, then taking the still fragrant flour, experimenting with creating different forms and adding in natural aromas and flavors? Our very own Francesco Bombardi,…
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From the 8th to 11th of April, one of Italy’s most important and renowned exhibitions took place, Vinitaly. Unique tastings, concerts, meetings, guided tours and many other initiatives brought the most picturesque areas of the city to full bloom. It was a milestone year as Vinitaly celebrated its 50th edition…
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Startup Europe Week (SEW) is an initiative of Startup Europe and the European Commission that helps promote regional diversity and local policy within the continent. From the 1st to the 5th of February 2016 SEW put a spotlight on everything the regions are doing (and can do) to support European…