EIT Mass Challenge Food Accelerator Programme

The Food Hub project received a massive boost recently by being offered a place on the EIT MassChallenge Food Accelerator Network. Harmony Food Hubs made it through a rigorous selection process and was chosen from a field of 790 applicants from throughout Europe for one of just 40 places in the programme.

The team was delighted to hear that our application had made it through to the second round of the selection process. For the second round of judging project leader Duncan Catchpole had to travel to Geneva to give a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to a panel of five judges. Knowing how competitive the process was it was simply amazing to receive the e-mail congratulating us and offering us a place on the program.

The program takes place over four months, beginning in the middle of June. It will involve bespoke mentoring and a host of resources to help a business go from promising concept to being launch ready. This is serious stuff; it is intended to get high-impact, high-potential enterprises off the ground and this is precisely what should now be expected of the Food Hub over the coming months.

The program is based in the beautiful city of Lausanne on the banks of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It will mainly be attended by Alice Guillaume, who began working as an intern for the project during the summer of 2017 and, now that she has graduated from the University of Cambridge, has been given the role of project manager. We have every confidence in Alice and know that she will represent both the project and Cambridge well over the course of this prestigious program.

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