Future Food Entrepreneurs' Lab

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Meeting the UN SDGs could not only help to transform the current food system but also create innovation opportunities worth US$200 billion for the European business sector in agrifood by 2030 (BSDC, 2016).
During the session, we will unfold SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), discuss game-changing solutions to transform the food system, and ideate together to find innovation opportunities. The participants will have a chance to meet like-minded people, get a better understanding of food system challenges, and get inspired by engaging in ideation activities.
Participants who would like to pursue their ideas further will receive support from EIT Food Hub in Latvia and apply for the international EIT Food programs.

October 19th, Programme:

17:00 - 17:05 Opening - Alina Dolmate, EIT Food Hub Latvia
17:05 - 17:20 Introduction to UN Sustainable Development Goals - Inga Berkovica, co-founder at sustainability startup AlterLabs
17:20 - 17:40 SDG12 and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) actions to focus on in new product development - Katarzyna Świąder, PhD from Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW, Department of Functional and Organic Food, a food expert, specialist in the field of functional food, sensory evaluation and new product development.
17:40 - 18:00 Biotechnology trends - Andrii Shekhirev, co-founder at Biocatalyst.eu
18:00 - 18:10 Circular economy - Kristaps Cirulis
18:10 Challenge and ideation lab, moderator Kristaps Cirulis
19:20 Closing & EIT Food opportunities

Kristaps Cirulis - moderator, product and brand designer, co-founder in several deep-tech, design, and startup support ventures. Activist and advocate for UN Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable food systems.
Inga Berkovica - co-founder at sustainability startup AlterLabs
Andrii Shekhirev - co-founder at Biocatalyst, biotechnology community in Latvia

Katarzyna Świąder, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Nutrition, Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW (WULS-SGGW). She is a food expert, specialist in the field of functional food, sensory evaluation and new product development. The author or co-author of patents, several new food products implementations on the Polish and European market, publications, elaborations and international and national projects with the 17th years of experience. International academic lecturer. A member of the Polish Society of Nutritional Sciences and Polish Coeliac Society. She was the Polish representative of the working group of the European Commission, DG (SANCO) and CMDv in the European Medicines Agency. She has been repeatedly awarded for her scientific and didactic achievements. Promotor of a healthy lifestyle.

The number of participants is limited to 30.
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