Michael Odintsov-Vainstrub — Regrowth

In 2020 Michael took part in EIT Food Global Food Venture Programme
- a special education offering for highly qualified Doctoral Students from across Europe.

Unlike many other startup founders, Michael Odintsov-Vainstrub and Pierfranco Di Giuseppe of Regrowth are not aiming for hypergrowth.

The veterinarian and environmental engineer duo spent the last year focusing on product and customer: dividing their time between training their AI model, running their farm, and interviewing small-scale farmers.

In this interview, Michael (M) and Pierfrancesco (P) shares insight on one year of Regrowth, their decision to go slow, and surviving the winding path of the…


The GFVP is a special EIT Food education offering for highly qualified PhD students, who get the unique opportunity to become part of the EIT Food community and explore key entrepreneurship ecosystems in Europe.

Sophie and Marcela — Goeconut

Sophie Saget had a lot on her plate: she’s finishing her Ph.D. in Food Sustainability and is simultaneously the co-founder of Goeconut- an early-stage venture with a mission to simplify, accelerate, and reduce the costs related to managing food environmental and nutritional sustainability. She and co-worker slash friend Marcela Porto Costa came up with the idea for Goeconut during their Ph.D…


The university of Dublin-based researcher Luis Alejandro Vergara is the mastermind behind Carbon Harvester, a startup that aims to help dairy farmers to gain additional income by reducing their carbon emissions.

In this interview, Alejandro opens up on his passion for creating value through sustainability, solo- running an early-stage venture, and his future plans for Carbon Harvester.

Luis Alejandro Vergara

Tell me about the problem that Carbon Harvester is tackling.

The price of milk in Ireland has been, for the last 30 years, unaffected by inflation. At the same time, farmers are experiencing increasing pressure to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture activities…

Global Food Venture Program

Entrepreneurship Program for early stage start-ups from Europe-wide doctoral students, creating impact in Food & Agriculture. Funded by EIT Food.

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