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Transforming the German Food System – How to Make Start-ups Great!

Version 1 : Received: 30 December 2021 / Approved: 31 December 2021 / Online: 31 December 2021 (11:14:06 CET)

How to cite: Ludwig, K.; Profeta, A.; Märdian, A.; Hollah, C.; Schmiedeknecht, M.H.; Heinz, V. Transforming the German Food System – How to Make Start-ups Great!. Preprints 2021, 2021120510 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0510.v1). Ludwig, K.; Profeta, A.; Märdian, A.; Hollah, C.; Schmiedeknecht, M.H.; Heinz, V. Transforming the German Food System – How to Make Start-ups Great!. Preprints 2021, 2021120510 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0510.v1).

Abstract

The food system represents a key industry for Europe and particularly Germany. However, it is also the single most significant contributor to climate and environmental change. A food system transformation is necessary to overcome the system's major and constantly increasing challenges in the upcoming decades. One possible facilitator for this transformation are radical and disrup-tive innovations that start-ups develop. There are many challenges for start-ups in general and food start-ups in particular. Various support opportunities and resources are crucial to ensure the success of food start-ups. One aim of this study is to identify how the success of start-ups in the food system can be supported and further strengthened by players in the innovation ecosystem in Germany. There is still room for improvement and collaboration toward a thriving innovation ecosystem. A successful innovation ecosystem is characterised by a well-organised, collaborative, and supportive environment with a vivid exchange between the members in the ecosystem. The interviewees confirmed this, and although the different actors are already cooperating, there is still room for improvement. The most common recommendation for improving cooperation is learning from other countries and bringing the best to Germany.

Keywords

start-up; innovation ecosystem; food system; transformation; Germany; food science; entrepre-neurship; food technology; sustainable development goals; learning from other countries

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Organizational Economics & Management

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