Program

co.food delivers concrete solutions in 1 year through co-creation with 23 companies
co.food starts on January 12th, 2021

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of tested European soils contained pesticides which affect habitats and contribute to biodiversity loss.

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of greenhouse gas emissions are done by agriculture, forestry and land use.

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is the number of extra people than we need to feed by 2050.

At co.food, we are convinced that more than ever, we need resilient & regenerative food solutions that can go toe-to-toe with our faster ever changing world and consumers.

We truly believe that food challenges need to be tackled through collaboration & collective intelligence. A dedicated ecosystem can create a common vision about food and its future.

Feed us, better, safer, longer.

Resilient food solutions
with business, environmental and societal impacts.

Proven co-creation
methodology based on
collective intelligence
and innovation expertise.

Aim at developing
and accelerating
concrete use-cases.

At co.food, we want to provide answers to Belgium’s & European food and beverages challenges by developing concrete use-cases & quicker innovation. Such a complex challenge needs to be tackled through collaboration & collective intelligence along the value chain.

So, let’s challenge food together!

Our result-oriented program leads to resilient food solutions with business, environmental and societal impacts.

The program leads to 6 novel ideas of which 3 are chosen for prototyping, with extensive market validation. At the end of the program, the ecosystem launches start-ups, joint ventures or IP on the market. The 1-year co.food program follows Co.Station’s proven methodology inspired by
open innovation, co-creation and agile

1

Scouting

From founders
to members & challenges

2

Ideation

From a challenge
to solutions

3

Prototyping

From solutions
to prototype

Phase 1

Scouting

From Founders to members & challenges

co.food meticulously searches for the perfect start-ups, scale ups and corporates to join the program.

Results

  • Found 23 different members that can provide value to co.food
  • 6 complementary teams working on a challenge

Phase 2

Ideation

From a challenge to solutions

During +/-12 facilitated ideation workshops over a period of 4 months, 23 multi-company teams will generate ideas and validate them on different levels.

Results

  • Detailed value proposition & business model
  • Feasibility checked: market, business and technical assumptions tested
  • Validations with consumers
  • Return for stakeholders thoroughly estimated
  • Reviewed by a panel of industry and academic experts
  • Thorough view on how to leverage ecosystem assets to realize the use-case
  • Positive impact on health/ environnement
  • Marketable value estimated & ready for prototyping development

Phase 3

Prototyping

From solutions to prototype

3 cross-company groups will further develop their business case into a prototype during 5 to 7 months of development cycles following scrum sprints and demo. A skilled scrum coach guides the group throughout the process.

Results

  • Validated hypotheses about the market, business and technical aspects
  • Minimal viable product or service that passed through multiple development iterations
  • Built using the Agile approach
  • Prototype teams are prepared for an investor pitch
  • IP scenario where each participating company of a team is respected

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