As a nonprofit, MassChallenge connects startups, experts, corporations, and communities to grow and transform businesses and economies. Our unique equity-free model allows us to accelerate high-impact startups with bold, disruptive ideas from non-traditional backgrounds.

We offer a variety of programs, accelerators, and partnerships throughout the year to those who share our vision of transformative innovation

Startlife Agrifoodtech Accelerator


StartLife strongly believes that startups hold the key to the big changes needed in our food system. In order for promising startups to succeed, we help them find their way to success and build an impactful company.

Disruptive innovation in itself is not enough; it also needs to be implemented and transformed into tangible applications. At StartLife we strongly believe that entrepreneurs are needed for their drive, investors for their belief and corporates for their mass impact. Hence, StartLife builds bridges between these groups to jointly accelerate to a sustainable food system. We do this is on a individual basis, but also through our internationally renowned F&A Next summit.

StartLife was founded in 2010, among other by Wageningen University & Research, to support agrifood startups shaping a sustainable food system with breakthrough technologies. Today, StartLife is Europe’s longest-running and leading agrifoodtech accelerator. To date we have built, funded and supported 400+ innovative FoodTech and AgriTech startups.

StartLife helps startups with

✅ Business development support (ao market validation, fund raising strategy)
✅ Coaching & mentoring
✅ Peer-to-peer sessions
✅ Introductions to leading corporates
✅ Access to (pre)seed and growth investors
✅ Connections to Wageningen University & Research
✅ Support by leading service providers (program partners)
✅ Office space
✅ Visiblity and more.

Each year, StartLife accepts up to 40 new startups into its startups support program. Up to 20 startups enter our 12-week full service acceleration program. In addition, we provide tailored support to about 10 to 20 individual startups throughout the year.

Startup Flanders

Startup Flanders

We connect you to growth

Startup.Flanders is here to help you use Flanders’ startup ecosystem as a lever for growth. Our team and community can:

  • Set you up with the right people and ecosystem players to speed up your ambitions
  • Advise you on how to take your next step and scale your startup internationally,
  • Provide services and partners that help spur your growth, technological skill and success in Flanders and around the globe.

We guide you to support:

  • Grants for international trade & business
  • Grants for innovation & entrepreneurship
  • European funding for startups

Startup.Flanders is an initiative of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Flanders’ government agency for international business. As such, Startup.Flanders can rely on FIT’s broad international network of experts and partners, decades of experience and hands-on employees dedicated to making local and international startups succeed.