Accelerator for agrifood business ideas
It is a program that aims to support business ideas and innovation in the agricultural sector. More specifically, the organization "New Agriculture New Generation" is giving the opportunity to 15 interested parties who either want to create their own cottage industry, or already have one and want to develop it, to participate in a business acceleration program that will provide them with the necessary know-how but also financial support to achieve their goals.
Regarding the financial support, at the beginning of the program the amount of € 1,000 will be given to all participants and then, after an evaluation based on the progress of the teams, the rest of the financial support will be paid in installments, depending of course on their progress. The total financial support that will be distributed to the15 participants amounts to € 58,500.
The goal of the agrifood accelerator - cottage industry is to support farmers and stockbreeders from all over Greece. Using modern training tools, business guidance and microfinance, the accelerator, which will be implemented online, will create added value for both the participants and the local agricultural economies, aiding in reducing unemployment.
The program is targeted mainly to farmers and stockbreeders who want to add value to products through processing them, while boosting their income and creating new jobs.
The 15 participants will be trained in the following topics:
• legal issues
• technical and sanitary issues of creating a cottage industry
• product development and promotion
• terms and procedures of operation of the retail trade
In more detail, they will acquire know-how regarding food safety, legal requirements and the registration process in the Central Electronic Register (KIMO) and will be informed about the specifications that cottage industries must meet in order to comply with the quality assurance requirements regarding the production of food and cosmetics. They will also learn about product development and business planning tools (SWOT, PESTLE, etc.) and business strategy (marketing, sales, exports, etc.).
Throughout the acceleration program, participants will be supported by mentors, experts and industry professionals, while on-site consulting visits will be made to the cottage industry. Participants will receive funding to support the implementation of their business planning.
The duration of the agrifood accelerator program is 5 months. Counseling by mentors and specialized agrifood professionals is provided throughout the program.
Applications for the agrifood accelerator program are submitted online and the candidates are evaluated based on their answers to the relevant questionnaire but also after an interview process.
December 21, 2020 - January 21, 2020
For applications visit www.agroanelixi.gr