Start Up@Cibus 2020



The initiative aims exclusively at Startups and SMEs in the Food Innovation sector (product innovation).

The macro-objectives of the initiative are:

  • Arranging meeting opportunities between companies at the event and Italian Startups that can facilitate product innovation in the agri-food sector.
  • Encourage the identification of the Italian innovation system as a primary player in agri-food product development at the national and international level.

A group of 12 startups will be chosen from all participants, according to a procedure set out in the “Participation modalities” section.”

Participation in the event is free of charge for the selected companies – except for out-of-pocket expenses (accommodation, transport, etc.), which will be borne by the participants – and offers the following services:

  • Participation in Cibus
  • Registration in the event catalogue
  • Publication on the dedicated page in the Cibus website
  • Desk in the startup area equipped with desk and graphics
  • Free outdoor parking
  • 2 accreditations for stand staff
  • 10 free admission tickets
  • Pitch arena coaching session, managed and moderated by experts in the sector: the goal is to enable young entrepreneurs to challenge one other with the presentation of innovative ideas and solutions
  • Active participation in all the activities included in the event programme
  • Opportunity to meet foreign operators at the event

The FOOD INNOVATION START UP @CIBUS 2020 opportunity is promoted in partnership with ART-ER, FEDERALIMENTARE Services, ICE Agenzia, and Le Village by CA Parma: through their own networks, each one will facilitate contacts between startups and companies in the agri-food sector.

In particular, ICE Agenzia, through its own network of offices abroad, will invite to the event foreign operators working in the Corporate, Funds and VC fields and in R&D and acceleration centres in countries that offer greater synergies with the sector at the heart of this event.

Terms and conditions are defined in the “Participation modalities” section.

Participation requirements

Startups and innovative product SMEs wishing to apply to participate in the event must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be registered in the special section of the Business Register of the Chamber of Commerce;
  • Be active in one or more representative sectors of the Italian agri-food industry hosted at Cibus 2020;
  • Have already completed at least the seed round or, alternatively, already have a client portfolio and be active on the market;
  • Not make use of discriminatory slogans or messages against ingredients or types of materials and packaging;
  • Have registered and/or operational headquarters in Italy;
  • Have a website and/or promotional materials in English;
  • Have staff capable of participating in the “pitch arena” and of conducting business negotiations in English.

The promotion of the initiative and subsequent selection of participating startups will be handled by the organizers of the project.

The call for StartUps is now closed.

We are presently processing the applications and will come back soon with the 12 winners.
Stay tuned!

Sponsored by ASKFOOD


The European Project ASKFOOD – Alliance for Skills and Knowledge to Widen Food Sector-related Open Innovation, Optimization and Development – of which Federalimentare is partner, is funded by the European Union and it is under the Erasmus + Programme. Coordinated by the University of Teramo, the Project aims at renewing the quality of HE teaching, improving professional skills of technologists and scientists in food technologies; thus, the general purpose is the promotion of innovation for agrifood companies. Besides the implementation of an interactive and dynamic networking for long-term sharing of multi-sectoral knowledge, ASKFOOD designed innovative scenarios to create new business opportunities for Start-Ups & Companies, such as the Reversed Incubator.