EiT Food Venturing School

11th – 16th of March, 2018

The Application deadline is February 22nd 24.59pm (CEST)

EiT Food Venturing School 2018

Europe´s Future in the Marine Bioeconomy

30 students from many study backgrounds and many countries will come together to use their scientific expertise to come up with new concepts and products that will lead to sustainable utilisation of marine resources.  During seven days participants will be informed about marine innovation, food and graphic design, human nutrition in food systems as well as food and digital disruptions. They will work in interdisciplinary teams, identifying problems, prototyping viable solutions with a validated value proposition and pitching their results in front of a panel of experts. Finally they will present and pitch their ideas at an event/exhibition as a part of the Design March festival in Reykjavik.

The workshop is organised by the food and biotech institute Matis in Iceland, University of Cambridge, England and VTT the Technical Research Centre of Finland together with the Icelandic Academy of Arts and the Food Science and Nutrition Department of the University of Iceland with input from entrepreneurial companies in marine innovation in Iceland.

Ready to take part in creation and future food businesses and food systems in Europe. Apply now to be part of this exciting event in March 2018.

What is it about?

The EiT Food Venturing School is a joint venture partners that complement each other expertise in innovation.


Team up with students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and identify challenges and opportunities in Europe's marine bioeconomy.

Concept and Products

Apply venture creation methodology to develop new concepts and product ideas.

Who are we?

The EiT Food Venturing School 2018 aims at attracting talented researchers to improve their entrepreneurial and managerial skills to enhance innovation by being able to solve complex multidisciplinary challenges.

VTT- Technical Research Centre of Finland

VTT paves the way for the future by developing new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. VTT creates technology for business – for the benefit of society. Multidisciplinary experts work together to help customers and partners create new products, production processes, methods, and services. In doing so, we help promote sustainable development, employment and well-being. The team of User Centric Media Concepts at VTT is strong in Human Technology Interaction, media technology and user experience and in collaboration tools to involve end users in innovation and development processes.

University of Cambridge

The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship. The Centre encompasses the full entrepreneurial journey – starting with the empowerment of aspiring entrepreneurs to the creation and development of early-stage ventures, all the way to small and medium size enterprise growth.

Matis – Food and Biotechnology Research in Iceland

Matís vision is to increase the value and ensure safety of food processing and food production. Its strengths are in research and development in sustainable utilization of marine resources by managing and changing the supply chain of products to consumers and turning side streams and waste into valuable products through innovative biochemical processing.  Several employees also hold associate positions within Iceland’s universities, while many Ph.D. students and M.Sc. students conduct their research at Matis in collaboration with the industry in Iceland and abroad.


11. March
Registration. Welcome reception. Networking.
12. March
09:00 - 17:00
Marine innovation. Food and graphic design. Food disruptions. Food systems and human nutrition.
09:00 - 11:00
Digital disruptions.
11:00 - 18:00
Idea generation. Pitching and voting for ideas. Team building. Start working on ideas.
14. March
09:00 - 18:00
Business model canvas. Teams working on ideas. Mentoring. Progress reporting.
15. March
09:00 - 12:00
How to pitch a presentation? Teams preparing presentations. Mentoring.
13:30 - 17:30
Icelandic Academy of Arts
Presentation in front of jury. Preparing gallery display
19:00 - 22:00
Dinner. Handing out certificates and prices.
16. March
9:00 - 14:00
Icelandic Academy of Arts
Setting up display in a gallery in connection with Design March.
14:00 - 18:00
Icelandic Academy of Arts
Opening of Food Design and Venture Creation Exhibition. Pitching and networking

FAQs: Everything you need to know

When is the application deadline?

The EIT Food Venturing School will accept 30 students in total. The application deadline of February 22nd 24.59 pm (CEST). We will however, fill the available spots on a rolling basis according to our evaluation criteria, until they are full.

How can I apply?

In order to be eligible for the EiT Food Venturing School, please submit your application, including a short motivation text and video and your CV, in English via our website. Applications via email or any other channels cannot be considered. If you are having trouble with the online submission, please try another browser or refresh the website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulties, please write us an email at Ventureschool2018 (at) matis.is.

When will I be notified of the decision concerning my application?

You will receive an invitation or rejection letter via the email address you provided in the application three days after the application deadline.

Who can apply?

All undergraduate, graduate, PhD students, early-stage researchers, and young professionals aged at least 18 years of age are welcome to apply for the EiT Food Venturing School. There is no precondition concerning your study background.

What are the evaluation criteria for the application?

We select students to take part in the EiT Food Venturing School based on the following principles:

  • You demonstrate open mindedness and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • You show that you are a team player and interested in working in an interdisciplinary and international setting
  • You are motivated to work on the challenges of Europe’s future marine bioeconomy
  • You have a strong academic track record and, ideally, support community initiatives on a volunteer basis.
  • You show a strong proficiency in English.

Which costs are covered?

Travel: Travel cost of up to 360 euros covered for up to 20 overseas students and paid by EiT Food Venturing School upon receipt.

Lodging: We will provide a place for up to 20 students to stay in Reykjavik for 6 nights during the workshop week. You do not need to make any accommodation arrangements yourself. If you wish to stay longer outside of the program dates, you will need to make additional arrangements yourself.

What is the cost?

The EiT Food Venturing School does not charge a tuition fee.

Where will the EiT Food Venturing School take place?

The workshops will take place in Reykjavik March 11th – March 17th. The first 4,5 days will be at Matis, Vinlandsleid 12, 113 Reykjavik and the last 1,5 day in the Icelandic Academy of Arts., Thverholt 11. 105 Reykjavik. Your accommodation will be close to Icelandic Academy of arts.  There will be buses free of charge to drive you to and from Matis.

What documentation will I receive upon successful completion of the EiT Food Venturing School?

All participants will receive a certificate at the end of the EIT Food Venturing School.

What are the terms, rules and conditions of the EiT Food Venturing School?

  1. To apply for the EiT Food Venturing School, you must be at least 18 years of age, when submitting your application and an undergraduate, graduate or PhD student or a young scientific professional.


  1. By applying, you agree to be available to travel to Reykjavik within 12 hours before the start of the EiT Food Venturing School. If you need to make other arrangements, these need to be approved beforehand by the EiT Food Venturing School organizers.


  1. During the program, the following costs are covered for all participants:


◦Accommodation in shared rooms for 6 nights in Reykjavik during the workshop week.

◦Transportation to and from Matis

◦You are responsible for covering any additionally occurring costs that are not mentioned here (e.g. any activity engaged in during free-time, etc.).


  1. You are expected to attend and participate in all program activities organized by the EiT Food Venturing School team during the program period.


  1. In order to guarantee fluid and cooperative communication among the teams and other stakeholders, you agree to the distribution of relevant professional data from your CV/LinkedIn to other parties involved in the project (such as corporate partners, other participants, coaches, etc.). This information will be handled in accordance with Icelandic data protection procedures.


  1. You are asked to treat any non-public knowledge you gain about the other involved parties (e.g. speakers or corporate partners) with confidentiality. This commitment shall continue following the end of the program.


  1. As part of our project marketing, you acknowledge that the EiT Food Venturing School has the right to use all promotional materials, including but not limited to photographs, videos and testimonials made during the workshop weeks for future communication activities.


  1. The EIT Food Winter School is not responsible for:
  2. The safety of the participants during events and activities throughout the program and final presentation.
  3. Damage to the property of a participant or damage caused by a participant to the property of the EiT Food Venturing School organizers and third parties.
  4. Other damages, losses, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the EiT Food Venturing School program.


  1. Should you accept a place in the EiT Food Venturing School and fail thereafter to attend and fully participate in the activities up to and including the final presentation, you agree to be responsible for any upcoming costs. This excludes cases of force majeure or illness, which will be reviewed by the EiT Food Venturing School management on a case-by-case basis.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via ventureschool2018 (at) matis.is.