StartLife and CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP) sign a Memorandum of Understanding

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Wageningen, the Netherlands and Rome, Italy 30 August 2023 

StartLife and CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner for the implementation of joint initiatives which will support the transition to a more climate positive and diverse food system. 

Agrifoodtech systems are resource-intensive and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.  

Capacity sharing and collaboration between partners will be crucial to strengthen agrifood and climate tech innovation ecosystems and thus accelerate transformational change in food, land, and water systems. To this end, StartLife and CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform are entering a strategic partnership to implement joint initiatives to advance knowledge and mobilize public and private innovation and investments, recognizing the importance of talented and ambitious entrepreneurial scientists in achieving this goal.

“The Accelerate for Impact Platform is thrilled to join forces with Startlife in our shared mission to drive food systems impact through innovation. This collaboration will leverage our respective strengths to bridge science and entrepreneurship and bring impactful solutions to the market,” said Gianpiero Menza, Senior Manager of Partnerships & Innovative Finance at the Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT | CGIAR. 

StartLife and the CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform both support early-stage high-tech innovations that address complex problems in agriculture and climate change, including nanotechnologies, robotics, genetic innovations, big data, precision farming, biotechnologies, remote sensing technologies, software, and smart irrigation tools. The connection of the networks of scientists and industry experts that will be established through this partnership will be a valuable resource for innovators in both ecosystems.  

Activities including the co-development of venture-focused research programs, support with ongoing innovation challenges and acceleration programs, and matchmaking with relevant technical and scientific experts, will empower innovators to learn from one another and develop innovative solutions that are more effective and efficient.

“StartLife is delighted to partner with CGIAR Accelerate for Impact Platform in accelerating innovations for a sustainable food system. This collaboration will enable us to leverage our expertise and networks to support startups in developing solutions that address the global challenges of food security and nutrition.” Loet Rummenie, Program Director at StartLife  


StartLife is Europe’s top startup accelerator in agrifoodtech, co-founded by Wageningen University & Research in 2010. Its mission is to empower founders to build and grow agrifood and biobased startups with breakthrough technologies that shape a sustainable food system. To this end, it provides a wide range of services, including business development support, business mentors, access to funding and a global network of leading players in food and agriculture. 

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Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP), the Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT | CGIAR 

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is a CGIAR research center that delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives in a climate crisis.  

The Accelerate for Impact Platform (A4IP) is a venture space that builds on CGIAR’s legacy of Research and Innovation and operates under the CGIAR Partnerships & Advocacy Group. A4IP works to co-design, accelerate and fund science-based innovations to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges at the nexus of agriculture, environment, and health. A4IP explores innovative partnership models to bridge research products from lab to market, creating demand for CGIAR science, and connecting it with the agri-food and climate tech innovation ecosystem. A4IP plays a catalytic role for visionary entrepreneurial scientists and innovative science-driven companies who want to be the drivers of transformative change. 


Gianpiero Menza – Senior Manager, Partnerships & Innovative Finance at Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT / CGIAR

Loet Rummenie – Program Director at StartLife 

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