Around a month ago I was booked to photograph the EIT Food Accelerator Network’s first 2019 workshop in Cambridge. If like me, you haven’t heard of the EIT FAN before then let me explain to you a little about what it is. The Europeon Institute of Innovation and Technology is an independent EU body aiming to nurture innovation by supporting entrepreneurs with new and exciting ideas. It covers a range of sectors from health to climate and manufacturing. As the name suggests the EIT Food community covers the agri-food sector and their accelerator network offers a large group of startups across the EU expert coaching on a 4 month program and the chance to compete for €180,000 split between the top 3.
The programme runs in 5 locations simultaneously, Munich, Haifa, Lausanne, Bilbao and Cambridge in the UK. The first workshop I photographed for them was held in the Moller Centre in Cambridge, which is part of Churchill College of the University of Cambridge. The workshop comprised of the startups sharing their pitch, then working with various mentors from a range of sectors and then also amongst themselves. They shared their ideas and knowledge, working together to find strengths, opportunities and areas for improvement in each of their businesses.
It was a really interesting event to be a part of and capture. As well as documenting the event I was also asked to capture a series of headshots of each of the delegates and a group photo of the mentors. I will be back there this coming Friday to capture the third workshop where they will each be doing their final pitches to a panel of experts and the 2 finalists from the UK will be announced.