BGI invites you to the Annual Event I-Danha FoodLab, which is an event sponsored along with Idanha City Hall, that will bring together investors, corporates, start-ups and entrepreneurs working in the CleanTech, FoodTech and AgriTech Industry.

This event will mark the end of the i-Danha Food Lab Accelerator located in Iberian Peninsula, based in one of the oldest Roman villages in Portugal: Monsanto.

One of the main purposes of this food lab is to make advances into a circular economy in food production, minimizing waste while facing a major problem: increase of the population and the necessity to feed them all with biological and non genetically modified seeds.


This year the event will be sponsored by EIT Food, from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. 

Last year we had the 3rd Ed. of this Annual Event, where we had over 200 participants, between them 74 startups, 13 international speakers, 5 corporates, almost 30 press mentions and the presence of the Portuguese Ministry of Environment and the Secretary of State of Innovation, Technology and Higher Education. 

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Press Mentions
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22 International Speakers


8th of November


Train leaves Santa Apolónia towards Monsanto - Historical train ride, alongside the beautiful Tagus River, deep forests and mountains heading to Idanha-a-Nova Municipality.


Welcome Note

Armindo Jacinto, Mayor of Idanha-a-Nova; Gonçalo Amorim, CEO at BGI; and the Secretary of State for Interior Valuation, Isabel Ferreira


i-Danha Food Lab meets EIT Food: Europe's Results

Juliet Bray, Start-Up Support Manager at EIT Food


EIT Food Results in Portugal

Cláudia Carocha, Food and Sustainability Project Manager at BGI


Roundtable: What it is like to be a startup in the Food Sector in Portugal?

João Noéme, CEO at TerraPro; João Cotter, CEO at Aquaponics Iberia; Sara Gonçalves, Co-Founder & COO at Trigger Systems, moderated by Sofia Fernandes, Head of Marketing and Projects at BGI


Networking Dinner

9th of November


Registration and Welcome coffee


Master of Ceremony

Sofia Fernandes, Head of Marketing and Projects at BGI


Idanha: the vision, the dream, the adventure

Armindo Jacinto, Idanha-a-Nova's Mayor


How is the Food Industry changing, and how is Idanha keeping up?

Gonçalo Amorim, Executive Director at BGI


Coffee Break


Roundtable: The inevitable bridge between small producers and Top notch Chefs

Joshua Harte; Sofia Fernandes, Head of Marketing and Projects at BGI; Arlindo Cardosa, CEO at Nature Fields, moderated by Karen Karp, President at Karen Karp & Partners


Roundtable: Women in the Food Industry: Inspiring the next generation

Helena Vinagre, Director at Aromas do Valado; Catarina Rocha, Co-Founder and CMO at NoWhey; moderated by Dulcineia Wessel, Professor at Instituto Politécnico de Viseu


Networking Lunch


Roundtable: The Future of food delivery

Christian Wimmler, CEO & Founder at Fair Meals; João Fernandes, Smart Farmer & OIKOS; moderated by Gonçalo Amorim, CEO at BGI




Roundtable: What is hot in the food industry? Mapping the agrifood investments

Karen Karp, President at Karen Karp & Partners; Juliet Bray, Start-Up Support Manager at EIT Food; Sara Gonçalves, Co-Founder & COO at Trigger Systems; moderated by Otito Dosumo, EIT Digital Project Manager at BGI


Coffee Break


Roundtable: Food is Medicine

Sónia Couto, Founder at MenuSano; Paurav Chudasam, Founder at FoodSay; Inês Brandão, Scientific Researcher at Cataa, moderated by Dina Pereira, Manager at UBI Medical




Session: The Opportunities of the use of industrial hemp

Tomas Persson, Founder and Owner at HealthTextiles



Roundtable: Linking industrial industrial hemp to sustainable development

Tomas Persson, Founder and Owner at HealthTextiles; Pedro Santos, CEO at Agrodrone; Humberto Nogueira, Expert in Hemp; moderated by Gonçalo Amorim, CEO at BGI


Presentation of i-Dare Challenge - Solving local problems through the audience;



Closing Session

State Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development, Eng. Nuno Russo



Networking Dinner


Roundtable: How Are Consumption Habits Changing Our Food Systems within public entities?

Sofia Santos, Adjunta da Diretora do Programa Nacional para a Promoção da Alimentação Saudável; João Leitão, Professor at UBI Medical; moderated by Cláudia Carocha, Food and Sustainability Project Manager at BGI



Roundtable: Agriculture Cooperatives go digital

Domingos Godinho, Technical Staff at Confagri; Francisco Dinis, BioEco - Associação de Agricultura Biológica e AgroEcológica; Pedro Gaspar, UBI Medical; moderated by Rita Valério, Smart Farmer & Oikos 



Roundtable: How to think in a circular economy future

Ricardo Vicente, Co-founder at Green Circle - Rethinking Waste; Ana Salcedo, Co-Founder at Zero Waste Lab; Rosário Palha, Food Iniciative Project Manager at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; moderated by Nuno Serra, Head of Operations at BGI


Roundtable: How to build consumer brand loyalty to bio in a world of fast food?

Luísa Almeida, Director at Quinta do Arneiro; Alice Piontek, Ecos do Vale; Luís Mendes, Direção na Agrobio; moderated by Susana Mendes, Diretora na Pepe Aromas



Roundtable: How have the organic products trends influence lifestyle? How to drive people into healthy and environmental conscientious lifestyle?

Sérgio Miranda, CEO at Pegada Verde; Nuno Matos Cabral, Author at the Blog Primeira Casa da Rua; moderated by Catarina Rocha, Co-Founder and CMO at NoWhey


Demoday i-Danha Food Lab Accelerator

Real Idanha, Mercado de Resíduos, Salys, Smart Farmer, Canábis d'Idanha

10th of November


Visit to Aromas do Valado



Networking lunch



Trip back to Lisbon Santa Apolónia