Our program grants you 24/7/365 access to our lofty innovation hub in the heart of Hannover. Hannover is the Capital of the State Lower Saxony – the biggest AgriFood center in Germany. Moreover K+S offers lab space in Wunstorf at the Innopark Sigmundshall.
We offer an intense program that is customizable according to your needs.
For early-stage startups, we have an acceleration program of 3 months and a subsequent incubation program up to 12 months.
For later-stage startups, we are accepting rolling applications so there is no deadline and you can apply all year long.
We expect all applying startups to have a complete founding team of 2-4 founders, with all crucial skill sets and necessary experience, already in place.
Your startup's idea and concept should be truly outstanding, unique, and most importantly, scalable. We're looking for companies and teams that have the potential to disrupt the AgriFood Tech segment.
We're not looking for startups who want things to come to them easy. We're going to invest 100% into you, so we expect you to have the passion, energy, willingness, and drive to make your startup come to life.
We accept startups from all stages. Pre-seed and seed startups will first join the acceleration phase of 3 months and enlarge their networks. Later stage startups will directly jump into the integration project up to 12 months to implement solutions within the corporate environment.
The RootCamp has a focus on AgriFood-Tech startups providing solutions on the so-called upstream area of the value chain. We focus on solutions that will leverage the industry rather than customer focused variants of existing products. Check our field of interests below.
We accept startups from all around the world. Teams must have business level fluency in English.
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Accelerating towards investor readiness
Implement the innovation as a marketable solution
Pilot your solution within our partners' corporate environment
RootCamp is interested in finding solutions for the so-called upstream area of the Agri-Food Tech value chain.
We are specifically interested in the following 9 verticals but feel free to apply if your startup operates in a related field.
The following taxonomy is based on AgFounder.
It includes inputs for crops (including seed, fertilizer, pesticides), genetics, microbiome, breeding, input for animals and animal health.
It includes commodities trading platforms, online input procurement, and equipment leasing platforms.
It includes non-food extraction and processing, feedstock technology, agriculture-related pharmaceuticals (like cannabis) and industrial biotechnology.
It includes agricultural data capturing devices, decision support software solutions, and big data analytics.
It includes on-farm machinery, sensors, automation, drone manufacturers, grow equipment, and smart irrigation.
It includes cultured meat, novel ingredients, and plant-based proteins.
It includes food safety tech, food traceability tech, logistics & transport, food processing tech, waste recycles tech, packaging solutions, and sustainability tech.
It includes new methods of farming living ingredients.
It includes the rest.