Global Entrepreneurship Platform
September 18 2020

Striving to sustainable agriculture and circular food chains


At the turn of the century, food and agriculture innovation was stuck in the mud: farmers and suppliers were using the same technologies and processes they’d used for a century, and investors weren’t paying much attention to new ideas. That has changed. Big data and access to computing power have opened up a new world of ideas around the way we grow and transport food. Consumers are paying more attention to where their meals are from. And we will need to find a way to pull off a daunting triple challenge: how to produce more food with less land and less water, at a lower cost.

WorldStartup, a global entrepreneurship platform and investment company, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and the other partners in the consortium is scouting for  purpose-driven agri-food ventures that aim at softlanding their business in The Netherlands - the second largest food exporter in the world.


How can we feed the world, improve efficiency in water, energy or soil usage in the conditions of rapid population growth and urbanization which challenge our food production?

Focus areas

We are looking for solutions that are within the following focus areas:

Selection criteria

We are looking for companies that meet the following selection criteria:

Our portfolio

Here are a few examples of agri-food ventures that have been supported by WorldStartup:


  • ongoing (online) selection interviews
  • Sept 18: application deadline
  • our one-to-one support starts once both parties sign the agreement
  • Oct 5 - Oct 23: Market Readiness Training
  • TBD: participation in WorldSummit

What’s in it for you?

WorldStartup provides selected ventures with its 12-months tailor-made support programme which includes:

  • support with business development, 
  • mentorship, 
  • Market Readiness Training, 
  • Investor Readiness Training, 
  • legal support,
  • introduction to our ever-growing partner network for possible co-creation project,
  • support with fundraising,
  • office space in The Hague,
  • post-programme support.

Read more about the programme here and about Market Readiness Training in October here.


WorldStartup takes 2-3% of equity in the newly established or already existing Dutch entity.

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WorldStartup mobilizes the energy of entrepreneurs, ventures, corporates, research institutions, and investors to deliver the next generation of companies that define the world. Our network includes global players in the horticulture industry such as Svensson, Kubo and Delphy, government authorities such as Ministries and Municipalities, agri-food clusters in Westland and Wageningen, and last but not least restaurants and retailers.The co-creation process will be facilitated and guided by WorldStartup.

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Opportunities Lead
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