Des accompagnements dédiés aux entreprises innovantes de l’AgTech

En janvier 2020, ARVALIS – Institut du végétal, institut technique leader en Europe sur les grandes cultures, et UNIGRAINS, partenaire de référence des entreprises de l’agroalimentaire, se sont associés pour créer UNILIS AGTECH et offrir un accompagnement technique et financier, ainsi qu’un accès à leurs réseaux de partenaires aux entrepreneurs de l’Agtech.

 

Quelles sont les conditions à respecter des entreprises visées ?

  • Proposer des solutions applicables aux systèmes agricoles français
  • Être basées en France ou à l’international
  • Disposer d’une preuve de concept.
  • Travailler sur des solution innovantes sur ces thématiques : agriculture numérique, agroéquipements, nutrition et la protection des plantes, ou toute autre solution pertinente pour une amélioration durable des systèmes à l’échelle de la parcelle, de l’exploitation ou des territoires.

 

Le premier jury de sélection d’Unilis se tiendra le 20 mai. Les candidatures sont ouvertes jusqu’au lundi 11 mai. Plus d’information sur https://www.unilis.fr/fr

 

Partenariat ToasterLAB/AgrOnov

Dans le cadre de leur participation au programme d’accélération ToasterLAB, les PME et start-ups innovantes de l’AgTech peuvent bénéficier du partenariat avec AgrOnov, pôle d’innovation en agroécologie :

  • Organisation de focus Groupe Agriculteurs pour confronter votre solution avec le terrain
  • Bénéficier d’offres privilégiées pour des expérimentations en labos, serres, plein champ
  • Rendez-vous qualifiés avec les professionnels de l’agriculture (agriculteurs, chambres, coopératives, lycées agricoles)
  • Démonstrateur Smart’Agri : retours terrain et visibilité ! (Exposer une démo : prototype, vidéo, logiciel, etc.) sur les événements business et agricoles

 

Une opportunité pour profiter de solutions et outils dédiés pour développer, tester et faire connaître leurs innovations AgTech. Pour profiter du partenariat, répondez à l’appel à candidature ToasterLAB sur https://toasterlab.vitagora.com/fr/candidatez (clôture des candidatures le 22 juin 2020).

 

 

Par Claire VO

Responsable du programme ToasterLAB, Claire VO est également en charge de la post-accélération de nos start-ups, ainsi que de l'accompagnement des intrapreneurs. Après 12 ans au sein de Vitagora, Claire est véritablement le "cerveau du réseau" et, dans les méandres de notre écosystème, vous aide à y voir plus... clair ! Contactez-la  claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

ToasterLAB? Support, advice and mentoring

Léna, ToasterLAB Happy

 

 

Arnaud Roussac of the company BEE, accelerated in 2018, answered our questions.

 

 

Watch the video below for a quick presentation of the activities and latest news of BEE, and his feedback on the ToasterLAB acceleration program... why he chose to join the program, and what he got out of it.
(video in French with English subtitles in the Youtube interface).

 

 

 

 

By Claire VO

ToasterLAB's Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' acceleration and post-acceleration, as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

 

Success story: Inalve, three years post-acceleration

 

For the last three years, the ToasterLAB acceleration program has been supporting start-ups and SMEs in innovative areas of the Agri-Food sector. Inalve was one of the first start-ups to join the program in 2017 with two goals in mind: develop their agri-agro network, and access expert support in HR and management. Three years later, what have they accomplished?

 

 

inalve: from science to business

A scientist specialised in microalgae, Christophe Vasseur left the world of academia in 2011 to join an American company producing ethanol and biofuel from microalgae. "This is when I became aware that innovation plays a fundamental role in our daily lives," he remembers. In the USA, within a very "market-oriented" professional environment, Christophe discovered a new business culture: his "technological" vision as a scientist became superceded by a more relevant "usage/market" vision.

 

"My taste for entrepreneurship comes from that experience. I then came back to France where the conditions were better for me to launch my business."

 

 

joining ToasterLAB to access an agri-agro network

After following a "Management of innovative companies" degree program in Paris, with the goal of verifying that his business model was relevant to market needs, Christophe and his team turned towards Vitagora's acceleration program, ToasterLAB, at the end of 2016.

 

His first goal: his network. "We needed to open up our professional network to the agri and agri industy sectors."

 

While being installed in a business incubator in Nice, ToasterLAB was a necessary additional resource. "In Nice, we have a lab where we carry out our tests and develop pour prototypes and pour proof of concept. It's our brain. In Dijon, with ToasterLAB, we came looking for contacts and mentors, and the insight they could give us." 

 

 

Résults?

"We got a real benefit from ToasterLAB's collective intelligence," explains Christophe. "While our mentors challenged us a lot, such as Georges Devesa [see the mentor portrait here], there was never a teacher-student relationship. Together, we were both contributing to something constructive."

 

And outside of the mentors? "Thanks to ToasterLAB, we were able to identify people who understood our solution and possible applications for it: potential clients and future partners."

 

 

Going further in structuring the start-up's expertise

EIn 2017, Inalve had a single employee.

 

"With ToasterLAB, we were supported in a very real way for structuring our HR activities. Following our acceleration, we have developed two teams in the company in addition to the R&D team: we now also have a "business development" and ""strat"egy/marketing" teams."

 

We have also recruited an CFO to take care of the finances needed to realise our vision for the company."

 

Résults?

In two years, Inalve has gone from one to 13 employees.

 

"Thanks to a better structuring of our expertise, and with the financial point of view of the CFO? we have made microalgae economically viable. The opening of our pilot plant for microalgae processing - a world first! - will take place by the summer of 2020."

 

 

Advice for toasterlab's future candidates?

Inalve is proud of having won several innovation contests. The secret of their success? That can be contained in two pieces of advice:

"We are always willing to take part in contests  where the audience is relevant to our goals, whether it is investors or businesses. Our aim is not necessarily to win the contest, but rather to build our visibility among people who understand our activity and will then talk positively about us."

 

"Make sur you bring proof to the table! This is my background as a scientist that is talking, but it's a reality: bringing proof of how your activity works is fundamental for convincing your listeners."

 

Some advice that will certainly be appreciated by our start-ups for their Deomday Pitches!

 

 

ByClaire VO

ToasterLAB's Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' acceleration and post-acceleration, as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

Success Story : inalve, trois ans après

 

Depuis 3 ans, le programme d’accélération ToasterLAB accompagne des start-ups et PME prometteuses des domaines innovants de l’Agri-Food. Inalve fut l’une des premières start-ups à rejoindre le programme en 2017 avec deux objectifs en tête : ouvrir son réseau agri-agro, et accéder à un accompagnement RH. Trois ans après, quels accomplissements ?

 

 

inalve : de la recherche à l’entrepreneuriat

Chercheur du CNRS spécialiste des micro-algues, Christophe Vasseur quitte le monde de la recherche académique en 2011 pour rejoindre une entreprise américaine productrice d’éthanol et bio-carburants à base de microalgues. « C’est là que j’ai pris conscience que l’innovation a un rôle fondamental à jouer dans notre quotidien », se rappelle-t-il. Aux Etats-Unis, dans un environnement professionnel très orienté « market », Christophe s’est ouvert à une nouvelle culture : de sa vision « technologique » de chercheur, il a compris toute la pertinence de la vision « usage / marché ».

 

« Le goût de l’entrepreneuriat est né de cette expérience. Je suis alors rentré en France, car l’environnement était très favorable pour me lancer dans l’entrepreneuriat. »

 

Rejoindre ToasterLAB pour s’ouvrir à un réseau agri-agro

Après avoir suivi le programme « Challenge+, Management d’entreprise innovante » au sein de HEC Paris, dans l’objectif de vérifier la pertinence du business model d’inalve selon les besoins du marché, Christophe et son équipe se sont tournés vers le programme d’accélération de Vitagora, ToasterLAB, dès fin 2016.

 

Premier objectif : le réseau. « Nous avions besoin d’ouvrir notre réseau professionnel aux secteurs agri et agro. »

 

Incubé à Nice, ToasterLAB se présentait complémentaire : « à Nice, nous avons un laboratoire qui nous permet de faire nos premiers essais, nos prototypes, notre preuve de concept (POC)… C’est notre ‘jus de cerveau’. A Dijon, au sein de ToasterLAB, nous sommes venus chercher des contacts et aussi des mentors, et la prise de recul qui va avec. »

 

Résultats ?

« Nous avons bénéficié d’une vraie intelligence collective ! », explique Christophe. « Si nos mentors nous ont beaucoup challengés, comme Georges Devesa (voir le portrait de mentor ici), il ne s’agissait pas d’une relation professeur/élève. Ensemble, nous avons bénéficié d’apports mutuels très fructueux. »

 

Et au-delà des mentors ? « Grâce à ToasterLAB, nous avons pu identifier des interlocuteurs qui comprennent notre solution et les applications possibles : des clients potentiels et de futurs partenaires. »

 

Aller plus loin en structurant les compétences de la start-up

En 2017, inalve ne comprenait qu’un seul salarié.

 

« Avec ToasterLAB, nous avons bénéficié d’un accompagnement très concret pour la structuration de nos RH. A la suite de notre accélération, nous avons développé deux services dans l’entreprise, au côté de notre pôle R&D : un pôle « business development » et un pôle « stratégie / marketing ».

 

Nous avons également recruté un DAF (directeur administratif et financier) pour traduire en chiffres l’histoire que nous avions en tête. »

 

Résultats ?

En deux ans, inalve est passé d’un seul à 13 salariés aujourd’hui. Un chiffre qui porte chance !  

 

« Grâce à une structuration plus précise de nos compétences, et avec le regard financier de notre DAF, nous avons rendu les microalgues économiquement viables. L’ouverture de notre unité pilote de transformation de microalgues – première au monde ! -  est d’ailleurs prévue avant l’été 2020. »

 

Un conseil pour les futures promos de ToasterLAB ?

Inalve peut se targuer d’avoir remporté plusieurs concours d’innovation. Leur recette du succès ? Elle tient en deux conseils :

« Nous sommes toujours partants pour participer aux concours où l’auditoire est pertinent par rapport à notre activité, qu’il soit constitué d’investisseurs ou d’industriels. Notre objectif n’est pas de remporter le concours, mais de nous faire connaître auprès de personnes qui comprennent notre activité et parleront de nous de façon positive. »

 

« Miser sur les preuves ! C’est mon passé de chercheur qui parle, mais c’est une réalité : apporter des évidences du bien-fondé de votre activité est fondamental pour convaincre vos interlocuteurs. »

 

Des conseils à mettre entre toutes les mains des start-ups qui s’apprête à pitcher à notre DemoDay (programme sur ce lien) !

 

 

Par Claire VO

Responsable du programme ToasterLAB, Claire VO est également en charge de l’accélération de nos start-ups, ainsi que de l'accompagnement des intrapreneurs. Après 12 ans au sein de Vitagora, Claire est véritablement le "cerveau du réseau" et, dans les méandres de notre écosystème, vous aide à y voir plus... clair ! Contactez-la claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

All About FoodTech: the latest foodtech news for July

 

Agri-Food start-ups and SMEs, ToasterLAB has launched a call for applications for its next intake (apply by August 26th). No time to waste, apply now at https://toasterlab.vitagora.com/apply!

 

Even during your summer vacation, keep a finger on the FoodTech pulse with our web news bulletin. The development of intrapreneurship, advances in solutions to the food waste crisis, tomorrow’s food innovations… Find out more below.

 

 

Corporations seek to increase their agility

 

While partnerships between start-ups and multinationals are multiplying, the latter are intensifying their initiatives to encourage their employees to take the first steps as intrapreneurs. What’s in it for the corporations? How do they go about motivating their workers ? 

 

 

What progress on reducing food waste?

 

The FoodTech sector is rolling out new initiatives to tackle food waste. One app is encouraging donations between private citizens while another is helping consumers to use their leftovers, and yet another is offering a range of chocolates made from industrial by-products. In parallel, a retailer is specialising in supermarket surplus stock…

 

 

What will be on our plates tomorrow?

 

To rise to the multiple challenges (economic, demographic, environmental etc.) facing the food industry, start-ups are teeming with ideas. Microalgae protein, sports snacks based in insects, fermented street food… What will be on our plates tomorrow? Or on the supermarket shelves?

 

 

Go deeper

 

ToasterLAB, the 100% Agri-Food acceleration program powerd by Vitagora has opened its latest call for applications. Get the right acceleration support to launch your business in Europe – mentors, experts, business connections and much more. Apply here by August 26th: https://toasterlab.vitagora.com/apply 

 

 

 

By Claire VO.

 

 

ToasterLAB Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' acceleration and post-acceleration, as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

All About FoodTech : the latest FoodTech news for June

 
We are pleased so announce that the latest start-ups to join ToasterLAB’s 2019 cohort have been selected. Keep an eye on the ToasterLAB website in early September to find out their names. 
 
In the meantime, join us for our monthly tour of the web for the burning issues concerning AgTech and FoodTech entrepreneurs and their ecosystems.
 
 
 

advice and best practices for entrepreneurs

 
Interested by the lean and agile nature of start-ups, more and more large companies are joining the race to detect up and coming stars, or to encourage their employees to start intrapreneurial projects. Another opportunity for start-ups lies in their international development. How to get started? What budget is needed? Find out more below.
 
 
 

When FoodTech improves our daily lives

 
 
 
 

Go deeper

Advice from mentors, sharing experiences with other startups: sign up below to get updates on our articles and the upcoming applications calls for ToasterLAB. We will very soon be communicating our next application call dates. In the meantime, found out more about our 100% agrifood acceleration program here.

 

 

 
 
By Claire VO.
 
 
ToasterLAB Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' acceleration and post-acceleration, as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

All About FoodTech : the latest FoodTech news for May

 
Agri-Food entrepreneurs, ToasterLAB's next intake deadline is only a few days away. Get your application underway now so you don't miss out (the deadline is June 3rd.) ! Apply here
 
In the meantime, take a few minutes to catch up on the latest FoodTech news for the month. Advice to entrepreneurs, traceability, e-commerce for food business... 
 
 
 

advice and best practices for entrepreneurs

 
"Entrepreneurs who don't work on their brand are doomed to come up against a glass ceiling... or to fail," explains Fanny Basteau, a ToasterLAB mentor. Life for entrepreneurs is not all peaches and cream. But to help you get ahead, here are this month's tastiest morcels of advice.
 
 
 

are traceability solutions going to solve all our problems?

 
Reducing food waste, shoring up consumer trust, improving food safety, reducing crop loss from disease... Digital innovations are multiplying to respond to food business problems. What new applications are emerging? What are the real advantages for food business?
 
 
 

Retail: e-commerce opens up new fronts

 
E-commerce seems to be the new El Dorado for food sales. Whether to professional clients or individuals, delivery or pick-up, local products or large-scale consumer items, almost all the players in food production and distribution are trying their hand at online sales, although with some less than desired consequences. Here are a few of the new ideas on show, and some of the unintended consequences.
 
 
 

Go deeper

Advice from mentors, sharing experiences with other startups: sign up below to get updates on our articles and the upcoming applications calls for ToasterLAB. Next deadline is June 3rd, 2019! Apply here.

 

 

 
 
By Claire VO.
 
 
ToasterLAB Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' acceleration and post-acceleration, as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

All About FoodTech : the latest FoodTech news for April

 
The 5th cohort of ToasterLAB's acceleration program is currently ongoing, and a new application date is coming up fast (deadline June 3rd, 2019 - don't miss out). With spring in the air, it's the perfect time to take a moment to catch up on the latest FoodTech and AgTech news for this month. Advice to entrepreneurs, applications of innovative developments in FoodScience and in blockchain by multinationals... Start reading our review of web articles in our "All About FoodTech" bulletin below!
 

 

advice to entrepreneurs… and intrapreneurs

 
"It is important to take a moment to look at things from on high, to take inspiration from outside of your daily life and work. That's the key to success for an entrepreneur." So says Nicolas Crabot, a ToasterLAB mentor (read the article below). Of course, it's not always easy to detach your nose from the grindstone, as an entrepreneur... or intrapreneur! Here are a few key pieces of advice.
 
 
 

FoodScience, tracebility… when the big players join the game

 
"Meat" substitutes, artificial intelligence and personalisation, blockchain and optimised traceability: a source of scepticism a few years ago, these very "tech" developments are now very much on the table. The proof: multinationals are getting in on the action, often in collaboration with start-ups from throughout the world.
 
 
 

agtech: the new eldorado?

 
 
 
 

Go deeper

Advice from mentors, sharing experiences with other startups: sign up below to get updates on our articles and the upcoming applications calls for ToasterLAB. Next deadline is June 3rd, 2019! Apply here.

 

 

 
 
By Claire VO.
 
 
ToasterLAB Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' acceleration and post-acceleration, as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

All About FoodTech : the latest FoodTech news for March

 
With a moment to breathe between ToasterLAB’s 5th cohort starting their acceleration program and the preparations for the next intake, we bring you this month’s bulletin of FoodTech and AgTech web news.
 
Advice to entrepreneurs and start-ups, technology in support of agriculture, innovation to curb food waste: here is our selection of articles.
 

 

Start-up advice

 
Almost all start-ups ask themselves these questions: incubator or accelerator, what’s the difference? When should I look for investors? How do I fund my development? How should I choose and work with a business mentor? While ToasterLAB continues to support young entrepreneurs (look out for the next cut-off date for applications in June), here are a few articles to feed your business:

 

Agtech: technology transforming agriculture

 
Offering funding for projects, analysing animal health, increasing sustainability… These are a few of the challenges that the world’s farmers are facing. What they all have in common is that AgTech is providing solutions. During Paris’ “Salon de l’Agriculture”, a number of these innovations were on display.​
 

FoodTech: fighting the good fight against food waste

 
Food waste costs us dearly: between 12 and 20 billion euros a year in France alone. FoodTech players are taking the bull by the horns and developing solutions that are attracting the attention of investors. 3D food printing, mobile apps, smart packaging… Here are a few initiatives attempting to turn the tide on food waste.
 

 

Go deeper

Advice from mentors, sharing experiences with other startups: sign up below to get updates on our articles and the upcoming applications calls for ToasterLAB!

 

 

 
 
By Claire VO.
 
 
ToasterLAB Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' post-acceleration as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

All About FoodTech : the latest FoodTech news for February

 
We’ve just announced ToasterLAB’s latest cohort (by the way, congratulations to our new recruits: SaveEat, Pleurette, C&Dac, Obione, Biomede, and Max de Génie). So what other Foodtech and Agtech news should be on your radar for this month? What disruptive innovations are emerging throughout the food value chain?
 
Advice for entrepreneurs and startups, Agtech, lab-grown meat, retailtech: here is our selection of web-based news for February…
 

 

Advice to entrepreneurs and startup news

 
No entrepreneur wants to see his company fold. But understanding the reasons for these all too frequent pitfalls could be a way for you to avoid them. “Managing a company is like being a ship's captain. Each day, you need to plot your course, set your sails, check your crew. That's the only way you'll all make it to the next port," explains Oisin Morrin, Managing Director of Tippagral and ToasterLAB mentor. Here are a few other pieces of advice and news gleaned from the internet.

 

Agtech: agriculture that’s more and more “tech”

 
IoT, smart devices, artificial intelligence: contrary to appearances, agriculture is very keen on technology – and especially “high-tech”! Decision-making data, precision agriculture, traceability of products etc, AgTech is giving farmers innovative solutions to optimise their yields, reduce the environmental impact of their crops all the while responding to consumer demands.
 

 

What’s the future for artificial meat?

 
While the meat-free “Impossible Burger” can now claim to also be gluten-free, there is still a large question mark around the production of “in vitro” meat products, especially their potential for industrial production. At what cost? Under what regulatory constraints? And especially… with what degree of consumer acceptance? If science and innovation are progressing with the USA leading the way, the European market seems less ready (for the moment…).
 

 

RetailTech: faster, more sustainable

 
In food retail, we are witness to two innovation approaches: the first favouring user friendliness/speed, and the second responding to environmental stakes. Whether for one or the other, technological applications are emerging… and may even allow the two to find common ground.
 

 

Go deeper

Advice from mentors, sharing experiences with other startups: sign up below to get updates on our articles and the upcoming applications calls for ToasterLAB!

 

 

 
 
By Claire VO.
 
 
ToasterLAB Program Manager, Claire "VO" is in charge of our start-ups' post-acceleration as well as intrapreneurship. After 12 years with Vitagora, Claire's unparalleled knowledge of our network is put to good use while integrating our startups into the food business ecosystem!  E-mail her at: claire.vanoverstraeten@vitagora.com

 

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