This chapter defines the core competencies necessary to create tools that support the chain of agri-food innovation in the Mediterranean, and the agri-food entrepreneur. A food tech startup-er is someone who innovates food from farm to fork; they must be open-minded, collaborative, and have a beginner’s mindset, approaching each problem with creativity and curiosity. Women need to be encouraged to participate in these networks more. The fields that these startups are focusing on are precision farming, control and environment agriculture, 3d printing, nutraceutical philosophy, packaging, nutrition, sharing economy, eCommerce, and food distribution, among others. New technology, including the internet, social media, and digital technology, are the basis of most of these startups and democratize innovation. Two case studies that give proof of the possibility of networks are PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) and Interreg Blue Economy. This chapter is part of Module 10: New Professional Profiles in a Mediterranean Context.
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