Are you an impact startup with a vision to make food production and consumption more sustainable in urban areas? Do you have a prototype ready and are you seeking support to test and launch it in the market with a pilot partner?
If so, Feeding the City is here to help. Our six-month online incubation program, developed in partnership with industry experts, is designed for Germany-based teams like yours that are working to bring their sustainable food solutions to life.
This means you and your team will have successfully transformed your initial business idea into a validated and tested product or service, featuring a clear USP. You will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to identify and establish strategic partnerships in order to grow your business and impact.
We are searching for impact-driven startup teams that:
Non-profit or charity organizations that aim to create an impactful business model are also welcome to apply.
Important: We encourage individuals from all cultural backgrounds, gender identities, ages, and religions to apply for the Feeding the City programme, and we particularly welcome applications from underrepresented communities in the sustainable food entrepreneurship industry. We believe diversity drives innovation and success, and we strive to create an inclusive environment for all participants.
Aixponic sells locally produced sea fish and sea vegetables cultivated with innovative indoor farming and aquaculture concepts, developed into a closed-loop system that combines the two systems and thus saves resources.
AllCup has developed a coating that makes products heat and water resistant, as well as edible. The aim is to replace plastic packaging. In the first use case, we transform a waffle into an edible coffee cup.
To communicate the joy of food and everyday food culture and to show, in the context of our diverse target groups, that a sustainable and healthy diet can be affordable and enjoyable at the same time.
Providing cooking courses and other activities for a variety of target groups especially children (currently Berlin public schools).
MealGood offers a reusable food-container solution in a modular system for large-scale catering. The startup relies on renewable raw materials and recyclable materials and ensure that the material really stays in the system and does not end up in the trash.
The beverage industry is one of the most polluting industries: In Germany generates 1.5 times more CO2 than domestic air travel. We transport glass and plastic bottles for hundreds of miles to be sold to offices or end consumers.
Re:Drink is the decentralized beverage infrastructure of tomorrow: Making it possible to drink sustainable and personalized beverages created at the point of use.
FoodTogether markets food from sustainable producers as directly and transparently as possible. The startups takes care of communication and visibility via their D2C platform, find new B2B distribution channels and take care of logistics.
With individual farms they have started to develop grain products and value chains with a special focus on regenerative agriculture. In 2023, the ambition is to turn FoodTogether into a collaboration brand that secures the necessary value and visibility for sustainable farms and brings it back to the farms.
The Feeding the City programme is an initiative of our Sustainable Food ecosystem. Together with our ecosystem partner Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, we support entrepreneurs and innovators to develop impactful solutions and projects within the sustainable food ecosystem and aid the transition towards a circular food value chain.
You are eligible
We specifically encourage individuals from underrepresented communities and solutions that support more inclusive communities and food systems to apply.
Yes. Just make sure to explain clearly in the application form what progress you have made in the meantime.
Yes. We accept applications from for-profit or non-profit (“gemeinnützig”) initiatives as long as you show the ambition to transition to a financially self-sustaining model with impact;
If you have questions about eligibility or the application form, feel free to schedule a call with Benjamin.
A diverse and complementary startup team is key, and will be considered in the application. However, if you have a great product/service and are currently seeking co-founders, you are invited to apply anyway and describe your situation in the application.
The programme is held online. It is not necessary to move to Berlin.
However, you should be willing to come to Berlin or another German city for 1-2 on-site events to get to know the other participants. We can provide travel subsidies for this – costs for accommodation cannot be covered.
You can estimate 2-4 hours of input per week plus self-organised work.
Masterclasses are generally hosted in English, with German-speaking moderators that can help with translations. Individual coaching will be conducted in English or German, depending on the participant’s preference.
You receive a participant bursary of 1.000€ for the duration of the whole programme, which you are free to spend (against proof) for business-related operations or further coaching.
The program is 100% free of charge / we don’t take any equity.
For the duration of the programme, you are granted a Connect Membership to the Impact Hub Berlin valuing 35€ per month.
The membership benefits are described on the website and include:
The programme team of Impact Hub Berlin will screen all applications. After the initial screening of applications, 15 teams will get the opportunity to participate in the selection bootcamp on March 28th/29th. On the second day of the bootcamp the selected teams will pitch their initiatives to an external jury. At the end, 7 teams will be selected to participate in the programme.