FoodSeed 2024: the new call for disruptive startups to reshape the Italian Agrifood System

Milan, 20th February 2024FoodSeed, the Italian Foodtech acceleration program of the CDP Venture Capital SGR National Network, is launching its second edition – with the support of promoting partners and co-investors such as Fondazione Cariverona, UniCredit, and Eatable Adventures, one of the leading Foodtech accelerators on a global scale, as co-investor and operator. Additionally, corporate partners including Amadori, Cattolica, Business Unit of Generali Italia, Veronafiere, and scientific partners such as CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform and the Università degli Studi di Verona are also collaborating in this initiative.

After the success achieved in the firstbatch, which concluded in November with the selection of seven promising start-ups, all originating from Italy, FoodSeed reaffirms its pivotal role as a driver of innovation within the agri-food supply chain. Once again, up to ten Italian start-ups with cutting-edge solutions, capable of revitalizing the national industry – already a symbol of excellence worldwide –  will be selected and accelerated for this edition. These innovative ideas will infuse new energy into traditional companies within the sector and address the increasing demands of the agri-food supply chain, which, despite significant growth in Foodtech investments, still lags behind in terms of innovation.

According to the first Report on the State of Foodtech in Italy, released by Eatable Adventures and promoted by the Verona Agrifood Innovation Hub, the sector attracted €167 million in innovation and new technologies in 2023,  reflecting a 9.8% increase compared to 2022.

FoodSeed’s new Call4Startup aims to strengthen and consolidate the collaboration between emerging startups and corporations, with a focus on sustainability, technology, and ethical practices for supply chain development. This initiative cultivates an ecosystem where industry, startups, and investors converge, promoting the emergence of new synergies through Open Innovation. Maintaining competitiveness is paramount, and adopting an ‘open approach’ allows traditional companies to access cutting-edge skills and technologies essential for industry advancement and progress.

In March, FoodSeed will launch a roadshow across Italy to engage with Italian entrepreneurs and introduce them to the program and its mentors. The roadshow will commence in Verona and then continue to prominent cities throughout Italy, including Milan, Rome, and Bari.

As a scientific partner, CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform is also involved, serving as a global innovation hub dedicated to agri-food and climate-tech. It acts as a bridge between science and entrepreneurship, facilitating the rapid development and adoption of innovations.

A4IP will support Eatable Adventures in the selection and technical validation of early-stage start-ups.

In an increasingly competitive global market, innovation can emerge as a real strength of the Italian food supply chain. FoodSeed aims to create the right conditions for new ideas to be conceived and realized: collaboration among institutions, organizations, companies, and research centers paves the way for the development of startups capable of innovating the sector. The first edition of the program demonstrates that through open innovation and the cross-fertilisation of knowledge and skills, it is possible to create added value for the whole system, both in socio-economic and environmental terms. This new call is an invaluable opportunity for all companies in the area interested in playing a leading role in a key sector for our country”, commented Filippo Manfredi, General Manager of Fondazione Cariverona.

Francesco Iannella, UniCredit North East Regional Manager, states: “We continue our commitment for the benefit of Italy’s agrifood sector, the feather of Made in Italy’s cap and joy of Made in Italy around the world. The challenges for the sector, first and foremost those related to climate change, are many and complex, and we are confident that the innovative drive promoted by start-ups can provide companies in our territories with new ideas and solutions”.

“The first edition of FoodSeed ended with a notable success: we selected and accelerated seven promising Made in Italy startups – Agreen Biosolutions, AgreeNet, Foreverland, Hypesound, Regrowth, Soonapse and Trusty – which provided concrete solutions to the sector’s challenges, attracting strong interest from prominent entities right from the start”, comments Alberto Barbari, Regional VP Italy of Eatable Adventures. “We are pleased to embark on the search, once again, for new promising startups that will contribute to the entrepreneurial and technological growth and development of our country. Our aim is to foster innovative business models that encourage synergistic collaboration between established companies and emerging startups, paving the way for a new era of Italian AgrifoodTech. Grounded in principles of Open Innovation, sustainability, and ethics, this endeavor is poised to advance the sector and contribute to its development.”

Startups interested in participating can submit their innovative proposals by completing an application on

FoodSeed Accelerator: Unveiling seven “Made in Italy” startups ready to revolutionize the Italian Agri-Foodtech sector

Seven Italian startups have been selected for the 1st edition of the FoodSeed Accelerator, a program focused on innovative food technologies, part of the CDP Venture Capital National Network. FoodSeed was launched in March 2023 to promote excellence and innovation in the Italian agri-food industry, with the support of promoting partners and co-investors such as Fondazione Cariverona, UniCredit and Eatable Adventures, among the main foodtech accelerators on a global scale, with the contribution of corporate partners Amadori, Cattolica Business Unit of Generali Italia, Axxelera, Veronafiere and the scientific partner University of Verona.

After screening over 250 applications, the 7 startups presented concrete solutions to the main challenges affecting the food industry, at a national and global scale. The projects, showcased on the Demoday on November 13th in Verona, are ready to bring to the market solutions with a strong positive impact on the Italian FoodTech and Agritech sectors: from “non-chocolate chocolate” to prevention systems against water stress, to advanced fermentation via sound waves and the creation of organic products capable of extending the shelf life of products.

Every startup received an initial investment of 170.000 euros – with the possibility of increasing up to 500.000 euros for the best performers – and benefited from a 6-month acceleration program to consolidate their business proposal.

Foodseed also offered a coaching and mentoring program that supports startups in building relationships and networking from an Open Innovation perspective. This aims to foster collaboration between these new enterprises and existing traditional entities, making it easier for them to find investors who believe in the importance of innovation to address crucial sustainability challenges in the food sector, the beating heart of the Italian economy.

  • 1. Foreverland: The chocolate of the future on Italian tables

Foreverland introduces a revolutionary, sustainable, and Made in Italy alternative to the market: chocolate without cocoa. In response to the challenges posed by deforestation, water stress, carbon emissions, CO2 consumption, and the exploitation of over 1.5 million children in the chocolate industry, Foreverland addresses this pressing issue with Freecao. This breakthrough in the confectionery sector uses carob, a legume typical of the Mediterranean region and one of Italy’s major producers. By leveraging reverse engineering, enzymatic treatments, and fermentation and roasting techniques, Freecao significantly reduces environmental and social impact, supporting our system, lessening the issues on cocoa cultivation, and aiding local businesses in the sector. Freecao achieves an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 90% decrease in water consumption compared to traditional cocoa production. This alternative is free from the top 9 allergens, including milk and tree nuts, it is gluten-free, caffeine-free, and avoids the usage of artificial ingredients. Furthermore, it contains 50% less sugar than traditional milk chocolate, making it a healthier choice for consumers.

  • 2. Enhancing pasture well-being: Regrowth and remote livestock monitoring

The lack of adequate tools for extensive livestock farming management and the inadequacy of available products have brought Regrowth to the forefront. Hailing directly from Teramo, Regrowth introduces a Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) tool for extensive production farms, allowing farmers to monitor their farms. Regrowth offers a system capable of reducing animal losses by approximately 60% through early disease identification. Concerned about pasture well-being? With specific protocols, Regrowth can detect overgrazing caused by poor herd and pasture management. Moreover, their protocols aim to stimulate increased soil biodiversity, CO2 sequestration, water retention, and much more. To facilitate communication about livestock management, Regrowth makes farm data transparent and protected by anti-tampering protocols. The Regrowth team is currently adapting its system for intensive farms to ensure optimized management and monitor animal well-being levels.

  • 3. Water stress and water waste: Soonapse to the rescue

Amidst climate change, water waste, and the lack of innovative means to help farmers understand soil health, the agricultural sector seeks assistance. Soonapse, a startup based in Rome, has developed the first Decision Support System (DSS) specifically designed for IoT. This Dual AI system interprets climate change and provides forecasts with 99% accuracy, enabling farmers to optimize water usage and more. By combining contextual information with events (data collected from sensors, drones, and satellites) and predictions, Soonapse can predict water conditions in any soil/crop for the next 5 days. This involves Smart or Precision Irrigation, a predictive model that considers all crops, offering advice on the best cultivation based on seasonality. Currently, no technology guarantees this level of precision. With experience in the wine sector, Soonapse is extending its technologies to serve oenologists, allowing them to improve production quality through agricultural process control.

  • 4. Ozonated oil for sustainable agriculture: Agreen Biosolutions

By 2030, Italian (National Action Plan) and European (from Farm to Fork) regulations will reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 50% and increase the agricultural area cultivated with biological tools by 60% compared to today. Unfortunately, the market lacks sufficient products capable of protecting plants and replicating common phytosanitary agents, both in terms of effectiveness and cost. The agricultural market, therefore, needs an alternative with the same efficacy and comparable costs. Directly from Udine, Agreen Biosolutions proposes a solution to aid the transition to more sustainable agriculture: ozonized oil with a variable concentration of ozone, to be applied in agricultural fields, ensuring a preventive and/or curative effect. This certified “tonic” oil, with biostimulant and phytosanitary effects, eliminates the use of chemical pesticides and provides significant cost savings for farmers. A uniquely valuable product capable of stimulating and protecting crops.

  • 5. From farm to fork: Trusty advocating Product traceability transparency

To ensure transparency in the food supply chain, Trusty offers industrial traceability services in environmental, social, and corporate governance domains. The Pescara-based startup has developed a blockchain-based platform with a customizable dashboard for each industry. The system can integrate information from authorities and issue traceability certifications. Trusty follows the entire life cycle of food products, from Farm to Fork, providing reliable and accurate information to stakeholders about the origin, quality, and safety of products. The startup’s services align with certain regulations, such as the European Deforestation Free and Smart Label standards. A traceability system like this can address various issues related to food safety and monitor emissions of pollutants during production. Starting with long and complex supply chains such as Cocoa, coffee, and other tropical products, the startup can genuinely contribute to building trust between consumers and producers for a more sustainable food system.

  • 6.  Extending product shelf life: AgreeNET

Addressing food waste, a major issue in the food chain, safeguarding our raw materials, and supporting Italian exports that significantly contribute to the national GDP, AgreeNET proposes an innovative, biologically based, and biodegradable material for food packaging. AgreeNET has conceived a POD to insert into product packaging. Emitting natural substances normally produced by plants to protect against pathogens, the POD can extend the shelf life of products by up to 20 days, helping food producers resolve or mitigate the issue of food waste.

  • 7. Advanced fermentation through sound waves

What if sound therapy could benefit the industrial sector? The idea comes directly from Perugia: Hypesound, the startup selected by the acceleration program, has developed So’Sweep, a device that reproduces sound waves for advanced fermentation. It can accelerate the growth of microorganisms, increasing production by up to 300%, thus reducing time and costs. Currently, Hypesound is focusing on optimizing algae production, especially Spirulina and Chlorella. Still, the technology’s applications extend to the entire biotechnology sector.


“The impact of new technologies in the agri-food supply chain can truly change this market, bringing innovation to various aspects, from sustainability in production processes to food chain management and issues related to diet-caused pathologies,” comments Stefano Molino, Senior Partner and Head of the Accelerator Fund at CDP Venture Capital. “The quality of the new companies selected for the first edition of the FoodSeed Accelerator—one of the 18 operational programs of the CDP Venture Capital National Accelerators Network—shows us how enormous the potential of this market is in Italy. Together with co-investors and Accelerator partners, we will continue to monitor the growth of these entities.”


“We are convinced that supporting innovation is the only path to address global challenges that have very concrete repercussions on our territories, from the climate crisis to food insecurity. Startups will contribute to developing solutions capable of ensuring a future for our planet. The program also provides an opportunity for young people to play a leading role, helping them transform their projects into products and services, benefiting the entire community. As a Foundation, we want to create the right conditions for new ideas to find space and be realized, not only by providing economic resources but also by building strategic alliances, fostering the development of new skills, and encouraging the sharing of best practices,” comments Filippo Manfredi, General Manager of Fondazione Cariverona.


Francesco Iannella, Northeast Regional Manager at UniCredit, states: “The FoodSeed proposal has received a widely positive response, as evidenced by the high number of applications received. We believe that this initiative strongly desired and supported by us along with our partners, is yet another concrete demonstration of UniCredit’s attention to the communities in which it operates. It reflects our commitment to providing them, through the enhancement of specificities, with all the necessary tools to trigger virtuous cycles with positive repercussions for the entire territory.”


We are proud to be able to support these and future initiatives, bringing the know-how of Eatable Adventures to Italy in support of the national entrepreneurial ecosystem.declares Alberto Barbari, Program Director of Eatable Adventures for FoodSeed. “Open Innovation, synergy between tradition and innovation, technological ethics, and of course, a love for good food – these are the key elements that will give life to new enhanced business models, ready to provide effective momentum to the sector and the entire Italian economy of tomorrow. All of this is in favor of a culture of development linked to a careful, sustainable, and democratic use of new technologies.


The acceleration program has also had a strong resonance in the rest of Europe, especially in those countries where the food sector already collaborates with industry innovation: 5% of the received applications come from Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Switzerland. This data not only is unsurprising but further validates the inclusive nature of FoodSeed and emphasizes the general interest in safeguarding Italy’s role as a gastronomic excellence worldwide. An acceleration program capable of attracting new talents that can bring a breath of innovation to a sector that, although excellent, remains deeply rooted in tradition.


FoodSeed will select, every year, for three consecutive years, up to 10 startups capable of building ecosystems and value synergies that bring innovation to the entire sector for a more sustainable Italy. The call for startups participating in the 2nd edition of FoodSeed will open in February 2024.

Interview with Cattolica (Generali Italia)

Daniele Caceffo, Head of Agriculture at Generali Italia

What was your motivation for supporting and promoting the FoodSeed program? How do you believe this initiative can contribute to innovation and the growth and development of the food industry?

Born in 1896 to provide protection to landowners against fire and hail risks, Cattolica, a division of Generali Italia, boasts a well-established expertise in the agricultural sector. This experience, developed over the years through an Agriculture Line of Business comprising approximately 30 specialized professionals, including agricultural appraisers, agronomists, and veterinarians, has enabled us to offer tailored solutions and develop additional services for safeguarding agricultural businesses. Particularly with a focus on prevention. This offering helps us effectively address the needs of an industry currently facing critical challenges, from climate change to sustainability, through the utilization of new technologies.

In this context, it’s essential for us to engage with new digital entities and, within an open innovation framework, collaboratively explore new products and applications. Our decision to support FoodSeed aligns precisely with the objective of creating fresh opportunities for startups operating in the digital realm applied to agriculture. Our aim is to assist them in growing and becoming sustainable, enabling them to truly bring innovation to an industry that on its own constitutes a third of the national GDP.

What challenges do you think emerging startups in the Italian agri-food industry need to face now?

One of the phenomena most closely linked to the resilience of the agri-food sector is undoubtedly climate change. Global warming indeed impacts the entire supply chain, which can lead to consequences such as the unpredictability of seasonal weather, damaging entire harvests in certain years. Climate change also affects the agricultural products, necessitating significant adaptation of production to the new climate. The major challenge for new companies in the agri-food industry is therefore to develop fresh ideas, products, and solutions that assist agricultural entrepreneurs in coping, from a protective and preventive standpoint, with catastrophic events of this kind. These are, in fact, increasingly frequent occurrences that affect both the quantity and quality of production, directly impacting the business.

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Interview with Università di Verona


What was your motivation for supporting and promoting the FoodSeed program? How do you believe this initiative can contribute to innovation and the growth and development of the food industry?

The University of Verona engages within a highly competitive context in the agri-food system, offering expertise of excellence in the fields of biotechnology, artificial intelligence, engineering of production processes, and market research. The FoodSeed initiative is integrated into the network of collaborations that the university maintains with the entrepreneurial fabric, particularly concerning applied research and technology transfer, synergizing with the activities of the INEST innovation ecosystem, in which UNIVR coordinates the “Smart Agrifood” Spoke. The program is effectively an Open Innovation initiative, thus opening significant opportunities for access to innovation for Italian agri-food companies, enabling them to capitalize on growth and competitiveness.

What challenges do you think emerging startups in the Italian agri-food industry need to face now?

Emerging challenges are definitely represented by:

  1. Product innovation with a focus on environmental sustainability, ethics, and food safety;
  2. Process innovations aimed at accelerating the adoption of a circular economy approach;
  3. Digitization aimed at enhancing the transparency of information transfer to and from the market.

What are the main opportunities you identify for startups in the food innovation field?

The primary global challenge is represented by sustainable food production alongside the conservation of natural resources for future generations.

This is tied to various factors: the world’s growing population and increasing demands for food security; imbalances between geographic areas and macro-regions with contrasting food issues (food shortages and excesses); the rising focus on well-being as well as service quality, especially in developed countries; the necessity of ensuring quality throughout the supply chain. The operational domains for implementing innovation are extensive, thus presenting equally vast opportunities for the integration and initiation of new businesses for startups.

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Interview with Fondazione Cariverona


What was your motivation for supporting and promoting the FoodSeed program? 

FoodSeed is a critically important program for the Foundation, on which we have been working for over a year. This initiative aligns with the three strategic objectives that have been guiding our actions since 2020: environmental protection, the development of human capital and youth leadership, and social innovation. We decided to launch this project to generate a positive impact in a sector vital to the well-being of our communities.

The establishment of FoodSeed within the Verona Agrifood Innovation Hub is the result of a rather lengthy and complex operation. First and foremost, we assessed the presence of an attractive and interesting ecosystem for the agri-food sector. We then proceeded to identify an operational partner specialised in this field and to secure accreditation from institutional investors. Following this phase, we organised different strategic meetings with industrial sponsors, research centres, institutions, universities, and more. It was an arduous effort that yielded the desired outcomes: the Foundation not only played a key role in initiating the process but also facilitated the establishment of partnerships among all the involved parties.

What challenges do you think emerging startups in the Italian agri-food industry need to face now?

The agri-food sector is called upon to address crucial challenges that determine the future of the planet, not only on a global level but also locally. Research and development activities in this field are essential to combat phenomena such as food insecurity, ensuring the right to food for a global population set to increase from 8 to 10 billion within the span of three decades. Innovation is also the only viable path to find solutions to the climate crisis and its dramatic consequences, from droughts to extreme weather events, rising sea levels to temperature increases. These are issues often perceived as distant and remote, but they actually impact the lives of every community. I am convinced that FoodSeed will contribute to bringing forth ambitious and valuable ideas capable of addressing these urgent and complex matters.

What are the main opportunities you identify for startups in the food innovation field?

The agri-food supply chain represents the country’s primary great asset, not only in terms of economic and occupational factors, but also as a driving force for the “Made in Italy” concept and as an image of Italy worldwide. The startups involved in FoodSeed will have the opportunity to address the significant challenges of our time while simultaneously embarking on paths of professional and economic growth with positive impacts on the entire national system. 

The selected startups will be able to draw from a vast system of traditions, knowledge, and expertise. Nowadays, this system calls for further enhancement and renewal to continue playing a leading role on the international stage. For a startup, entering an acceleration program like FoodSeed means having the chance to transform ideas and projects into services and products, contributing to the writing of a new chapter in a story defined by excellence, much like Italy’s.

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Interview with Eatable Adventures

What was your motivation for supporting and promoting the FoodSeed program? How do you believe this initiative can contribute to innovation and the growth and development of the food industry?

Eatable Adventures is one of the leading global food-tech accelerators. Our mission is to promote the application of new technologies in the agri-food sector to make the entire agri-food value chain more efficient and sustainable. As an accelerator, we have successfully developed over ten incubation and acceleration programs worldwide to stimulate innovation and foster the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the industry. It has been an honour to be chosen by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and Fondazione Cariverona to create and manage the Foodseed acceleration program of the National Accelerators Network of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

This partnership fosters our commitment to promoting innovation in the agri-food sector and strengthens our leadership in the food-tech field.

The FoodSeed program will be the engine of a new generation of Food Tech startups in Italy that will help drive the transition of the global food system. It’s a significant opportunity for both startups and Italian agri-food companies that are facing a lot of challenges, not only economic but also environmental. FoodSeed provides startups with the necessary financial resources to develop these innovative projects but also: technical expertise, a worldwide network of experts and mentors, national and international visibility, and other crucial resources for their scalability.

Innovation is the primary response to key challenges and can make a breakthrough for our country.

What challenges do you think emerging startups in the Italian agri-food industry need to face now?

Italy has always been a gastronomic powerhouse known for its excellence worldwide. The Italian agri-food industry, in 2022, accounted for 25% of the national GDP, with a total economic value of around 538 billion euros. However, despite the significance of its food and wine culture and the leading position in quality and image, the Italian agri-food system falls short in technological research and innovative production processes compared to other more developed European markets. That is particularly evident in light of the current challenges posed by climate change, energy issues, and all the other parameters outlined in the European “from Farm to Fork” strategy.

The sustainability challenges are related to matters of corporate efficiency, and, in this context, startups must demonstrate their ability to intelligently leverage technologies to provide innovative solutions that reduce the environmental impact of the entire agri-food supply chain, balancing productivity with the quality and safety of food products.

The synergy between corporate efficiency and sustainability is crucial for successfully addressing the current challenges in the agri-food sector.

What are the main opportunities you identify for startups in the food innovation field?

Italy has always been a strategic market on the global scene. The turnover of the Italian industry grew by +14.7% in 2022 alone, driven primarily by export growth, which achieved a record figure of 60 billion euros.

However, the industrial excellence of Made In Italy needs to adapt to the current challenges we have discussed, mainly focused on issues related to environmental and social sustainability, as well as efficiency. Reducing food waste throughout the agri-food supply chain, seeking renewable and biodegradable raw materials to improve product shelf life, more efficient use of water resources, and digitalization of the field to optimise and streamline cultivation management are just a few examples of the areas where innovation and research need to be encouraged.

We cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity to position ourselves as a powerhouse in innovation within the agri-food sector and fall behind other markets that have always made technology and innovation their flag-bearers. The opportunity for this emerging ecosystem is within sight, as demonstrated by the immense interest that an initiative like FoodSeed has garnered. Thanks to initiatives like this, startups could have the chance to develop innovative projects and scale them in the market.

FoodSeed connects startups with key players in the industry, including companies, research centres, universities, etc. Why is collaboration with startups crucial for developing agri-food entrepreneurship?

The constant search for innovative solutions to address the most critical challenges in the agri-food sector has triggered a veritable acceleration in collaboration between major food companies and external agents contributing to the development of new technical solutions, such as startups, universities, and research centres.

The startups, with their boundless creativity and flexible approach, can identify new market opportunities, giving rise to innovative technological solutions aimed at improving the processes of production, transformation, and distribution of food products. Typically, the implementation of innovations and new processes within companies can be complex and time-consuming to test their applicability to the corporate reality. Thanks to collaboration with startups, companies in the agri-food sector can rapidly and effectively implement new ideas, significantly reducing risks and adeptly adapting to new market trends.

Flexibility, in an ever-evolving sector where consumer tastes, consumption trends, and regulations can change rapidly, thus plays a crucial role.

Collaboration with startups not only enables the attainment of almost immediate benefits, but also fosters the development of networks, partnerships and synergies that allow for the exchange of knowledge and skills, sharing of resources, and access to new markets. The result is the creation of a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem that stimulates innovation and sectoral competitiveness.

How can your experience and expertise in the food innovation sector contribute to the creation of a sustainable ecosystem for startups and companies in the agri-food industry in Italy?

Eatable Adventures is among the leading global accelerators in the food tech field. Since 2015, we have been dedicated to identifying and supporting the most innovative and disruptive food startups worldwide, helping them grow in the global market through collaborations with companies, governments, and investors. This effort has led to the development of a global community comprising over 25,000 founders and the analysis of more than 3,000 projects in 2022.

Our activity serves as a bridge between startups and major industry players, fostering mutual synergies. We have developed over 40 annual programs on behalf of companies and governments, along with ten incubation and acceleration programs, including Spain Foodtech, Mylkcubator, Baking the Future, and FoodSeed. Additionally, Eatable Adventures also operates as an investor through the establishment of an investment vehicle for seed and Series A stage startup projects.

As a result, we can confidently assert that our perspective on the food tech market is comprehensive, enabling us to identify both the most promising and scalable technologies in the sector to address sustainability and efficiency challenges, as well as the market and industry needs and concerns. This approach, combined with the expertise and experience of our internationally specialised senior team in this vertical for years, has allowed us to expand our operations beyond the borders of Spain. We have successfully executed initiatives that have positioned the entrepreneurial Foodtech ecosystem on the international stage.

We are immensely proud to have been chosen by CDP Venture Capital SGR to establish the Foodtech acceleration program for the National Network of Accelerators. We are confident that our accumulated experience over these years will significantly boost the creation and development of the Italian Food Tech ecosystem.


FoodSeed Q&A Webinar

FoodSeed, the Foodtech Accelerator of the National Accelerator Network of CDP Venture Capital SGR, is promoting a Q&A session to answer all doubts on Wednesday 12 April 2023 from 16:00 to 16:45 on the Zoom platform.

The session will be moderated by Diana Piemari Cereda, VP of Marketing at Eatable Adventures.

Questions will be answered by Lorenzo Zennaro, Investment Associate at CDP Venture Capital SGR and Riccardo Fisogni, VP and General Manager at Eatable Adventures Italy.


Only a few days remain to apply for the programme, don’t miss this opportunity:

Discover the Foodseed Roadshow!

FoodSeed is the Foodtech accelerator of the Rete Nazionale CDP Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, a pioneering programme to promote excellence and innovation in the Italian agrifood industry.

An initiative made possible thanks to the support of the promoting and co-investing partners: Fondazione Cariverona and Unicredit, the manager and co-investor Eatable Adventures, the corporate partners Amadori, Cattolica Assicurazioni, Axxelera, Veronafiere, and the scientific partner: University of Verona.

The roadshow will take place in various cities in Italy, where interested start-ups will learn more about the programme and how to apply.

Below are the stages of the roadshow organised by FoodSeed:



The roadshow starts in Verona on 18 March and ends in Bari on 31 March.

Discover all the details of the roadshow: