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Pitch day: 28 January


It is the accelerator of the food sector of Galicia, promoted by Xunta de Galicia and boosted by Clúster Alimentario de Galicia and leading companies in the food industry. It seeks to attract and promote innovative entrepreneurship projects, both from national and international origins, to face the challenges of the sector in a globalized world.

BFFood aims to implement support programs for entrepreneurship and consolidation of projects in the food sector and their transformation into innovative, viable and scalable companies.

BFFood is focused on solving the challenges posed by companies, for which launches a public call whose objective is to find, identify and select projects that are aligned with the resolution of the challenges and support them to reach the market with greater guarantees success.

What we offer

BFFood has two specific programs to support the participating projects: acceleration and consolidation. The programs are designed to boost projects according to their degree of development, from the initial idea with the acceleration program, to the consolidation of sales with the consolidation program.

The BFFood programs include mentoring, training, coaching, networking activities and access to a catalog of infrastructures, means and technical services that allow the projects to advance in the development of the entrepreneurial initiative. It should be noted that each of the projects has a specific mentor belonging to a leading company in the food sector to guide and facilitate its development in the ecosystem. Likewise, the projects will have access to specific financing in the form of non-refundable grants and participative loans, to encourage their take-off and consolidation.


Comprehensive support program specialized in the food sector of 9 months duration, focused on entrepeneurial initiatives in their initial phase which are developing or have developed a minimum viable product and have outlined a business model, aligned with any of the challenges that the food sector seeks to solve through BFF.


Comprehensive support program specialized in the food sector of 12 months duration, focused on (already) stablished companies with a defined product of service and first sales (already) made, aligned with any of the challenges that the food sector seeks to solve through BFF



Access to the value chain of the Galician food sector facilitating the attainment of first orders. Given the vertical nature of the accelerator, the participation of leading companies in the sector and the focus of the participating projects in solving the challenges posed by the companies, there are great possibilities to obtain the first sales of the projects among the participating agents in BFFood.


Each of the projects will have a specific mentor belonging to one of the BFFood leading companies, with a career and experience in the specific field of the project, who will be responsible for guiding them, facilitating the alignment of the value proposition of the project with the resolution of the challenge.

Training program

The participants are creditors of a general training program and specific training adapted to their needs that allows them to acquire the necessary knowledge to launch and consolidate their business project, business development tools and specific knowledge of the food sector.


The projects may be installed in any of the facilities made available by the collaborating entities of BFFood in different cities of Galicia. Likewise, the participating projects will have a work space with meeting rooms and a coworking area in Santiago de Compostela, allowing contact among the different projects located in that space.


The participating projects will have access to a catalog of infrastructures, means and technical services that will facilitate and accelerate the development of the projects, made available to the entrepreneurs by companies as well as BFFood collaborating entities.


Through its two modalities of support, acceleration and consolidation, BFFood has the capacity to cover the different stages of evolution of any entrepreneurial project, from the earliest phases, from ideation, to the most mature, about consolidating a business model that produces recurring sales.


The projects will have the following economic support through GAIN and XESGALICIA:

GAIN: amount of € 25,000.00 per project in the acceleration program.

XESGALICIA: for each one of the companies selected in the acceleration phase, financing through a participative loan that could entail a capitalization option of up to a maximum of 50,000 euros. In the case of consolidation projects, financing through a participative loan that could involve a capitalization option of up to € 250,000.


Among the activities foreseen by BFFood is to favor networking between the projects and institutions, companies and other entities of the food sector, fostering the creation of bridges and communication channels that increase the visibility of entrepreneurial initiatives in the sector's ecosystem.


Challenge 1 - Digitalization & automatization
Challenge 2 - Traceability, quality and food safety
Challenge 3 - Logistical
Challege 4 - Sustainability and packaging
Challenge 5 - New product development
Challenge 6 - Process Innovation and Commercialization
Challenge 7 - Open challenge

Challenge 1 - Digitalization & automatization


Integration of the information systems and infrastructures from data capture, data processing and robustness to decision making.

Challenge 1 - Digitalization & automatization

Digital Twin

Advanced process simulation systems that ensure a rigorous control of systems to avoid problems, prevent downtime, test new business opportunities, plan future scenarios and customize production based on customer requirements through simulations.

Challenge 1 - Digitalization & automatization


Connected devices that allow "real time" monitoring of inventory, predictive maintenance on machines and/or remote control of conditions to ensure the safety and quality of the final product, with special application in the HORECA channel.

Challenge 2 - Traceability, quality and food safety

Paperless Quality Management Systems (QMS)

Systems that facilitate the generation, processing, archiving and consultation of information, both by the companies themselves and by the different agents involved in the entire food value chain, in a substantially more efficient, secure and reliable manner.

Challenge 2 - Traceability, quality and food safety

Automatic continuous measurement systems

Systems for the monitoring and quality control of food through the use of sensors that offer results of objective parameters that can be adapted to a line of processes.

Challenge 3 - Logistical

Smart Labeling

Comprehensive and customisable product labelling system that enables comprehensive traceability throughout the entire value chain. In particular, the aim is to optimise logistics and inventory management in controlled locations.

Challenge 3 - Logistical

Loxistics 4.0

Solutions that optimise the supply chain. Particularly interesting are innovative systems which, by means of interconnection, new interfaces and/or new programmes, guarantee more efficient shipment management in anticipation of demand, a reduction in stocks and storages, route optimisation, geolocalisation of customers, knowledge of the location and traceability of goods.

Challege 4 - Sustainability and packaging

Innovative, sustainable packaging and new materials

Solutions that minimise the environmental impact due to the use of plastics in food packaging. Special interest is given to projects for new materials to replace plastic, which are totally biodegradable and guarantee the organoleptic characteristics of the packaged products.

Challege 4 - Sustainability and packaging

Valuation of waste and co-products

To develop new products or new applications, by means of which it is possible to canalize supply and demand imbalances as well as food by-products, transforming them into innovative and healthy proposals for the industry and/or the final consumer.

Challenge 5 - New product development

Healthy products and personalized nutrition

New food products that optimise people's nutritional status by adapting to their specific needs (age, health habits, pathophysiology, etc.).

Challenge 5 - New product development

New ingredients and properties

New sustainable and organic substances that allow an organoleptic, nutritional or functional improvement of a food product.

Challenge 6 - Process Innovation and Commercialization

Marketing and interaction with customers and consumers

New ICT solutions that accompany the value proposals of the food sector and involve new characteristics of interest to both customers and any other agent in the food value chain and which facilitate communication in both directions.

Challenge 6 - Process Innovation and Commercialization

New eco-efficient transformation processes adapted to demand

Solutions that facilitate the implementation or improvement of transformation processes to make them more eco-efficient. The aim is to make progress in the sustainable, efficient and optimised use of energy resources and raw materials, and to reduce as far as possible the waste and emissions generated in the production process of a given product.

Challenge 7 - Open challenge

Open Challenge

Any project that may be applicable to the food sector and that involves the introduction of some type of innovation or improvement. It is considered of interest any initiative/project that involves an innovation, in a broad sense for the food sector in Galicia, from the origin and treatment of raw materials through to fifth range products to close the food circle, seeking the circularity of the flow of products and services used in the various phases of the main value chain as well as the side links.

Catalog of infrastructures and technical services

The BFFood accelerator offers all the necessary services and infrastructures to facilitate the success of the participating projects, whether they are in early development phases, or if they have already obtained a pilot or a first sale.

The use of these infrastructures and means by the participating projects is financed in large part by IGAPE.



Ingredients and nutrition Technologies 4.0 applied to processing, distribution and marketing
Food security Lean manufacturing
Sustainability and valuation Calculation and modeling systems
Processed, packaged and preserved Process engineering, automation and robotics


Physicochemical tests
Microbiological tests
Other biological tests


Incubation spaces Industrial pilot plants
Laboratories and equipment Advanced research
Communication infrastructures Advanced computing spaces

Training program

The participating projects in BFFood will have access to a specific training program according to their needs and degree of project development that will allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their entrepreneurial projects. The training will be taught by experts from universities and among the different training modules are the following.

Training modules Hours
1 Innovation readiness: uncertainty, risk and innovation maturity 8
2 Innovation and management in the food industry 8
3 Agile methodologies. SCRUM 6
4 Soft skills: human factor skills 6
5 The market entry and marketing strategy 6
6 Customer-centirc marketing in the digital age 6
7 Business Plan 6
8 Financial planning: investment and financing 6
9 Internationalization 6
10 Industrial property 6

Coaching program

The main purpose of the coaching program is to apply the knowledge acquired at the training program to the specific situation of each of the projects through the action of specialized coaches. These coaches, who will be accompanying the projects in each of the successive stages of development, must also evaluate their situation and issue thematic reports so that mentors and other organizations of the program have updated information about projects.

Incubation spaces

Projects can be located at any of the incubation spaces shown below, although the main headquarters of BFFood is at FEUGA building in Santiago de Compostela, where part of the actions of the accelerator will be carried out.

EDIFICIO DE FEUGA – FEUGA Oficinas, aulas y auditorio. Santiago de Compostela.

EDIFICIO EMPRENDIA – USC Despachos y laboratorios de la incubadora. Campus Sur, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.

EDIFICIO DE FERRO – UVIGO Oficinas y laboratorios. Campus de Ourense, Universidad de Vigo.

CITI – UVIGO Instalaciones y laboratorios de CITI. Campus de Ourense, Universidad de Vigo.

CITEXVI – UVIGO Oficinas y laboratorios. Campus de Vigo, Universidad de Vigo.

CUSA – UVIGO Oficinas y laboratorios. Campus de Vigo, Universidad de Vigo.



Where we are

Clúster Alimentario de Galicia - CLUSAGA | Rúa Lope Gómez de Marzoa, s/n | (15705) Santiago de Compostela | +34 629 991 023 |