About the accelerator
Future Verticals provides the opportunity for startups in FoodTech and AgriTech to validate novel ideas and co-innovate with selected mentors and partners.
We connect the best in startup, business and science communities to help bring to reality faster, smarter and more sustainable innovation with positive impact on society and the environment. Together we define the future of the FoodTech and AgriTech verticals.
The program is backed by 50+ forward-thinking innovators in FoodTech and AgriTech. They come from leading scaleups, established corporations, venture capital funds, think tanks and the scientific community. And a few up-and-coming, food-loving, startup-passionate enthusiasts.
The program is designed with both startups, mentors and partners in mind and offers innovation know-how and insights, as well as co-creation opportunities. That positions them as innovation leaders, who define the future of food, across the value chain.
& first investment opportunity from Vitosha Venture Partners
Once the application window was closed in May, we selected the startups that joined the program.
Candidates were assessed by our selection team, consisting of the program lead, selected mentors and investors from Vitosha Venture Partners. Vitosha Venture Partners could at this stage independently offer equity investments to the most promising startups in the accelerator batch*.
of knowledge & inspiration with mentors and partners
The program started in June and within the first 4 weeks, participants gained knowledge and experience in key business areas, straight from the source: our network of 50+ mentors and partners shared their knowhow in customer discovery, product development, financial planning, sales and marketing, team management.
July & August
of co-creation, development and validation with mentors and partners
The next two months are all about further developing and validating ideas with dedicated teams of mentors and partners. Activities are adapted individually, to fit each startup’s specific needs.
The program offers many opportunities for networking, matchmaking with suitable mentors, behind-the-scenes visits to functioning innovation labs, prototyping, real world testing and an intensive co-innovation hackathon.
demo day & more investment opportunities, celebration
In September, teams will present their projects to potential Vitosha Venture Partners fund managers and other selected investors for an opportunity to secure further investments*.
*Disclaimer: Funding from Vitosha Venture Partners requires a legal entity with an address in Bulgaria and a founder team dedicated to the startup.
We have joined forces with outstanding partners around a shared mission to accelerate sustainable innovation and push forward the most promising ideas in FoodTech and AgriTech.
Our strategic partner Vitosha Venture Partners has a key role in the selection and further validation of startup projects with potential.
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