The high-tech incubator for farm, food and AI from Lower Saxony for Germany

The Growhouse is an incubator under construction with a focus on startups in the farm, food and artificial intelligence sectors. With its consortium consisting of the German Institute of Food Technologies, the Opens external link in new windowAloys and Brigitte Coppenrath Foundation and Seedhouse Accelerator GmbH, we offer a platform as a multicorporate incubator for spinoffs, startups, research institutions as well as established medium-sized companies and corporations. The companies are committed to fair dealings with each other and with the innovation projects. With our numerous partners from business, universities, politics, the public sector and all other thematically based organizations, we see ourselves as a central interface between the relevant stakeholders and startups.

All participants in the incubation program (up to 2 years) get access to networks and mentors from the decision-making level of numerous companies, some of which are global leaders, through the Growhouse. You can contribute your own strategic thinking about which mentors are best for you, as we tailor an advisory suit for each individual startup project.

During the incubation program we support you in bringing research-intensive high-tech solutions to the market. Furthermore, we help you with the financing of your project. On the one hand, through the program funding of up to 200,000 euros and other relevant funding and third-party projects for young startups in the fields. On the other hand, there is a very good network to investors, among others through Seedhouse Beteiligungs GmbH, but also Scalehouse as a newly created VC fund or external venture capitalists. At any time you keep control over your startup project and we support you to become successful!

The Growhouse is located directly in a vibrant startup ecosystem at the existing Seedhouse Campus, which is perspectively moving to the Coppenrath Innovation Centre and / or at the Food-Science and Technology Campus Artland.

So become part of the Growhouse and apply until 13.03.2022 for one of 15 places. We look forward to seeing you!

Key points of the program

Application deadline is March 13, 2022

Program start is on July 1, 2022 (individual program duration of 1 to 2 years)

Maximum of 200,000 EURO funding for personnel costs, consulting costs and, to a lesser extent, material costs under the small grants scheme (Kleinbeihilferegelung) for startups or founded companies.

In the case of personal scholarships before the start-up, depending on the degree, 1000 to 2000 euros      plus possible material costs are supported under the small grants scheme

Promotion through the Growhouse and its infrastructure

Specialized personnel in the topics of farm, food and AI
Workshops, lectures and internal coaching
Mentoring by industry experts
Office infrastructure, high-tech workshop and event rooms on an innovative campus in the Science Park in Osnabrück and / or on the international Food Science and Technology Campus Artland at the research institute of the German Institute of Food Technologies in Quakenbrück
Large startup community of relevant industries with excellent network


Community: Willingness for regular presence in Osnabrück or Quakenbrück (part of the team must be permanently present at one of the locations)
The project must be registered / located in Lower Saxony or have / establish a branch office
Project / problem solving in the field of farm, food and AI

Applications are open to:

Startups (knowledge-based, fast-scaling, etc.) that are no more than 3 years old
Startups older than three years but working on a new innovation
Unincorporated ScienceSpinoffs from universities and research institutes
Natural persons from the age of 18 with a high-tech idea and completed studies or training (in parallel no training / studies / doctorate)
Readiness for a registered residence in Lower Saxony

Please send applications including a completed questionnaire and optional pitch deck by March 13, 2022 (end of day) to

Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterClick here for the Growhouse application form

This program is initiated by the state of Lower Saxony and is implemented in cooperation with Seedhouse Accelerator GmbH, the German Institute of Food Technologies and the Aloys and Brigitte Coppenrath Foundation.

If you have any questions you can contact hallo@seedhouse or 016095453630.

*Disclaimer: The project and the funding of the startups, spinoffs and individuals is subject to approval by NBank and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitalization. The selection process is carried out on the basis of the questions shown in the application form to enable comparability between the projects.

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