Project timescales

2013 - current


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Enabling start-ups to play a role in shaping tomorrow's food system

Ideation | Project management | Events and Moderation         


Many young people have innovative solutions to food system challenges but don't feel that they have the necessary information, support or networks to develop their ideas further. 

In 2013 we worked with the Swiss National FAO Committee, together with the Federal Office for Agriculture and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, to develop and implement an ideas competition.

Building on the success of this competition and the high level of interest amongst the young participants, we developed the Our Common Food Programm - an innovation lab which is tailored to need of young food entrepreneurs. 

Since then, we have successfully delivered 2 Start-up programmes and supported 17 Start-ups to transform their ideas into concrete business models.  


Participant testimonial

“OCF helped Essento to develop in a goal oriented way. It was particularly useful to have access to networks to help identify suitable partners and work through how to launch a project that can also function financially.”

— Matthias Grawehr, essento

our  main partners

our clients

Additional main partners have since made it possible to develop and implement the Our Common Food programme. 

We developed the initial idea competition in 2013 on behalf of the Swiss National FAO Committee.

our partners 

Here are a few of the partners we worked with to develop and implement the Our Common Food programme: