Givaudan signs partnership with foodtech incubator StartLife

Flavour and fragrance company, Givaudan, has formed a partnership with Dutch food and agritech incubator, StartLife, as part of its 2020 strategy of collaborative innovation.

StartLife, which is based on the campus of Wageningen University & Research, will be Givaudan’s innovation and scouting partner in the Netherlands. The organisation will support Givaudan to further expand its innovation ecosystem by acting as a connector and early start-up innovation enabler with Dutch-based food entrepreneurs.

Givaudan’s head of science & technology for flavours, Fabio Campanile, said: “Our partnership with StartLife forms part of our wider commitment to address global food challenges through collaboration and innovation. It will enable us to engage with emerging start-ups on the Wageningen campus, which is becoming a hot-spot of food science and foodtech activity in the Netherlands. We look forward to exploring new business models, disruptive ideas and novel technologies together as well as offering entrflavoursepreneurs access to our technological and scale up know-how and market access facilities to help them succeed.”

Jan Meiling, managing director of StartLife said: “We currently work with over 300 start-up enterprises and believe they are the propelling force behind the food and agtech innovations required to meet global food demand in the future. Our partnership with Givaudan will provide start-ups with access to a wealth of food science knowledge and expertise to help them navigate challenges in their product development journeys.”

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