Integrative Food Science and Nutrition Center (IFNC)

The mission of the IFNC is to act as interface between EPFL and the outside business actors and foster the transfer of relevant science and technologies to help the industry address the major societal and environmental challenges associated to food & nutrition. To this effect, the IFNC is spanning various domains from fundamental research to Health Sciences, from IT to Management. One critical pilar of the IFNC activity is to foster the development of start-ups and entrepreneurs, and by extension of the entire innovation ecosystem around food & nutrition.

Accelerating success for agrifood startups

The EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN) with MassChallenge is a multi-location accelerator programme delivered across Europe to support high impact startups in the agri-food industry and help them maximise their success.

The startups that apply for the programme will go through a selection process driven by experts and entrepreneurs from the agriculture and food industry. The selected startups will be invited to join one of the five programmes taking place in Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Spain and the UK for a 4-month acceleration period. As a member of the EIT FAN programme, EPFL will provide resources and expertise to the selected start-ups through its Integrative Food & Nutrition Center (IFNC), whose aim is to build bridges between research and industry.


The EPFL Start‐Up Accelerator Day took place on WEDNESDAY MARCH 6TH

We were be joined by MassChallenge Switzerlandand the EIT Food Accelerator Network, leading companies and their innovation initiatives – Nestlé– and top startups, who shared insights and experiences about working together to empower entrepreneurs, innovators and start-up enthusiasts like you! The program for the event can be found here.

Entrepreneurial Summer School: Food Innovation Lab, 28 June – 13 July 2019 at ETH Zurich

The EIT Food “Entrepreneurial Summer School: Food Innovation Lab” brings together 30 international students and professionals from engineering, natural and social sciences, humanities and design to tackle global food challenges. In the 15 days program, participants will go through an innovation process – from identifying challenges, developing consumer-centric solutions to prototyping in the laboratory and business model development. Experts from industry and academia will share their knowledge and provide feedback to facilitate the development of impactful solutions.