Expo Milano is the place to be for the food world this year. Taking place in Milan, Italy from May through October, it is the first world’s fair devoted entirely to food. It’s expected to draw 20 million visitors and exhibitors from 140 countries to showcase and explore how technology can help guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for all.
Now Expo has added a business accelerator to its long list of programming. The USA Pavilion, in partnership with AtelierSlice and Microsoft Corporation, recently announced Feeding the Accelerator (FTA), a 3 month program that will provide mentorship, workshops, lectures, a hackathon series and networking support to 8-12 disruptive food tech startups that will be hosted in Copernico Milano.
Entrepreneurs from around the world are encouraged to apply to the virtual-meets-physical program, which consists of a 2 month (July and August) online mentorship “bootstrapping” component and a 1 month in-person intensive at Expo in September.
Unlike many other food startup accelerators, FTA does not offer monetary investment or take equity in selected startups. Startups are responsible for their own travel and basic living expenses.