Calling All Dutch Innovative Protein Pioneers

Foodvalley NL, ScaleUpNation and InvestNL have joined forces to launch a new ‘Fastlane programme’ for innovative protein pioneers. For this programme they are now looking for ambitious entrepreneurs, based in the Netherlands, who have an innovation in the field of the protein transition, want to scale-up and need to raise 10 million euros or more in the next one to three years. Are you this pioneer? Apply now!

In 2050 our food system needs to offer food security to ten billion people worldwide. Tasty, affordable, healthy and sustainable food, produced with respect for animals and our planet. To achieve this we will have to work together and strengthen the global protein ecosystem. We need to ensure a future-proof, well-balanced protein consumption and production. And the process is already set in motion, for the demand for alternative protein is growing fast. To meet this demand a scale-up in production is needed.

Jonathan Teoh: “We want to expedite the development and increase the impact of innovative scale-ups. This type of individual, tailormade and expert-driven support is of great importance and highly necessary too.”

What can the Fastlane programme do for you?

Foodvalley NL, ScaleUpNation and Invest NL noticed that innovative protein pioneers are being hampered in their development. To scale up, money and expertise are needed. So we have joined forces. Together we have the crucial connections in the ecosystem, we can offer the vital specialist support and advice, and we can sort out the financing that is necessary to make a meaningful difference in the protein shift.

In the Fastlane programme we select entrepreneurs and give them a ‘milestone’ scan to identify the milestone achievements they need to attract capital. To help them reach these milestones we will find them experts who have ample experience with and knowledge of the specific challenges the entrepreneurs face. The programme consists of tailor-made support, advice, guidance and the opportunity to hire relevant experts.

Jeroen Willemsen:  “The Protein Shift is in the fast lane! The unprecedented speed at which the market is growing, requires an increase in production. It’s the perfect moment to launch this new Fastlane programme to help promising protein pioneers to scale-up.” 

Have we piqued your interest?

The partners want to start the first pilot in July 2021. So are you an ambitious entrepreneur, based in the Netherlands, and do you have an innovation in the field of the protein transition? Do you need to raise 10 million euros or more in the next one to three years to reach your goal? Than simply send an e-mail to and tell about your ambitions, and your motivation for applying for this programme. Let’s join forces and shape the future of food together!

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