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Transforming the German food system: How to make start-ups great!

  • The food system represents a key industry for Europe and Germany in particular. However, it is also the single most significant contributor to climate and environmental change. A food system transformation is necessary to overcome the system’s major and constantly increasing challenges in the upcoming decades. One possible facilitator for this transformation are radical and disruptive innovations that start-ups develop. There are many challenges for start-ups in general and food start-ups in particular. Various support opportunities and resources are crucial to ensure the success of food start-ups. One aim of this study is to identify how the success of start-ups in the food system can be supported and further strengthened by actors in the innovation ecosystem in Germany. There is still room for improvement and collaboration toward a thriving innovation ecosystem. A successful innovation ecosystem is characterised by a well-organised, collaborative, and supportive environment with a vivid exchange between the members in the ecosystem. The interviewees confirmed this, and although the different actors are already cooperating, there is still room for improvement. The most common recommendation for improving cooperation is learning from other countries and bringing the best to Germany.

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Author of HS ReutlingenSchmiedeknecht, Maud; Ludwig, Kathrin
Erschienen in:Sustainability
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2022
Tag:Germany; entrepreneurship; food science; food system; food technology; innovation ecosystem; learning from other countries; start-up; sustainable development goals; transformation
Page Number:35
Article Number:2363
DDC classes:333.7 Natürliche Ressourcen, Energie und Umwelt
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International