Since 2021 Impact Hub Siracusa has been appointed by EIT Food CLC Sud to act as the Italian EIT Food Hub, together with the University of Bari Aldo Moro.

What is EIT Food

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union founded in 2008 to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. The EIT acts through its operational arm, the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), which create the conditions in which innovation is most likely to flourish and generate new development solutions. EIT Food is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) created to transform our food ecosystem. By connecting consumers with companies, start-ups, researchers and students across Europe, EIT Food supports innovative and economically sustainable initiatives that improve our health, our access to quality food and the environment in which we live. EIT Food combines the sides of the Knowledge Triangle (innovation, education, business) with a consumer-focused approach that gives European citizens the opportunity to become real agents of change.

EIT Food involves consumers in the process of change, with the aim of improving the quality of nutrition and making the food system more efficient, safe, transparent and reliable.

Strategic objectives

– Increase consumer confidence
– Encourage healthier food choices
– Build a food system that is connected to the consumer
– Increase sustainability
– Educate to participate, innovate and grow
– Promoting food entrepreneurship and innovation

The 6 focus areas 2021

– Sustainable agriculture
– Sustainable aquaculture
– Targeted nutrition
– Alternative proteins
– Digitisation of traceability
– Food system circularity

What the EIT Food Hubs do and the role of Impact Hub Siracusa

The EIT Food Hubs are the national references of EIT Food to interact with local innovators, mobilise and internationalise territorial networks and promote the Knowledge Triangle (innovation, research, education). The role of Impact Hub Siracusa as the Italian EIT Food Hub is to implement a plan of activities in the area defined within the Italian EIT Regional Innovation Scheme
(Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Marche, Molise, Apulia, Sardinia, Sicily, Umbria and Valle d’Aosta) to help boost innovation capacity.

Impact Hub Siracusa operates as a contact point between the territory and EIT Food through:
– The organisation of events and workshops for students, graduates, PhD students, entrepreneurs, startuppers, public and private entities, public administrations;
– Monitoring and mapping of potential local stakeholders;
– The management of relations with key Italian operators;
– The analysis of the local start-up and innovation community;
– The promotion of EIT Food tools and programmes among local enterprises and innovators.

The aim is to help strengthen local innovation ecosystems and their outcomes, leading to an increase in overall innovation performance in Italy and the South




Maria Clotilde Notarbartolo
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Barbara De Ruggieri
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EIT Food Call

Challenge Lab 2021