StartHub Hessen


Growth Alliance – Rentenbank’s AgTech & FoodTech Bootcamp


Applications are due on 3 May 2021.

Returning for a fourth year, Growth Alliance – Rentenbank’s AgTech, FoodTech and Bioeconomy Bootcamp is back to support Germany’s fledgling agribusiness startups.

About the Sponsored Bootcamp

TechQuartier and Rentenbank are happy to run Rentenbank’s Agtech & FoodTech Bootcamp for the fourth year in a row. This is a multi-day bootcamp for German startups in the AgTech, FoodTech and – this year new – Bioeconomy sectors.

In workshops and one-on-one meetings with experts, topics such as growth strategies, team formation, data protection regulation, investor readiness, techniques in negotiation, pitching and storytelling will be worked on in-depth.

The focus of this year’s three-day bootcamp is the advancement of innovative startups with sustainable values along the whole agricultural and food value chain.


  • 10 March – Submission of applications
  • 3 May – Deadline for applications
  • 10-14 May – Selection interviews take place
  • End of May – Successful applicants are invited to participate
  • 12-14 July – Bootcamp

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are working on an innovative solution in the fields of AgTech, FoodTech or Agricultural Bioeconomy.
  • Your startup is incorporated in Germany.
  • Your business model focuses on offering products and services to other companies (e.g., B2B or B2B2C).

The program offers selected startups the platform to discuss their business models with industry representatives, investors and experienced company founders.

Targeted Industries


  • Animal Nutrition & Health
  • Crop Nutrition & Health
  • Novel Farming Systems
  • Biologicals
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Farm Management Software, Sensing & IoT
  • Farm Robotics, Mechanization & Equipment
  • Precision Farming
  • Horticulture
  • Forestry
  • Aquaculture
  • Miscellaneous


  • Food Safety
  • Traceability Tech
  • Alternative Protein
  • Food Waste Reduction
  • Marketing of Agricultural Products
  • Sustainable Packaging


  • Bioenergy
  • Sustainable Biomass Production
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Biotechnological Applications
  • Green Chemicals
  • Circular Economy
  • Other Bio-based Processes

Hybrid: the bootcamp will most likely be a hybrid set-up by integrating TechQuartier’s virtual education platform and on-site activities in Frankfurt.

Rentenbank and Innovation

Rentenbank, Germany’s development agency for agribusiness and rural areas, is in a unique position to initiate this event aimed at networking and creating synergies between startups and established companies.

“By supporting startups, we are encouraging innovation. The creative thinking behind new products and services can make a significant contribution to agribusiness. Our bootcamp offers technology-oriented startups from the agri-food sector an excellent platform from which to expand their business expertise and network. “
Dr. Horst Reinhardt – Chairman of the Management Board – Rentenbank

Rentenbank has been commissioned by the Federal Government to promote agribusiness and rural areas. To safeguard the future viability of the food supply chain, Rentenbank focuses on promoting innovation. For Rentenbank, innovation is not just about developing new or improved products, processes or services; it’s about problem-solving and achieving substantial economic, social and ecological benefits such as:

  • adding value,
  • increasing productivity,
  • protecting nature,
  • improving working or living conditions,
  • improving animal welfare and
  • producing healthier and safer foods.


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