Creating smarter and simpler food value chains across Europe requires an infrastructure and capacity to stimulate and support innovation and entrepreneurship.

Make-It is a unique project that brings together industry and their stakeholders to co-create solutions to grand challenges in supply chains through maker spaces with the aim to make them simpler, smarter and more sustainable (more socially and environmentally responsible).

It is essential to provide access to facilities where new ideas, concepts and opportunities can be explored, built, developed, and tested. The aim is to build an infrastructure of Maker Spaces and Education partners across Europe to create a durable network where people of all ages can access a location close to them to ‘hack’ solutions to challenges.

This project aims to achieve this through:

  1. Using existing information and industrial challenges to inform the hackathons around specific food industry chains.
  2. Designing and delivering a series of hackathons across Europe where different stakeholders come together to find solutions to identified industry challenges in specific value chains.
  3. Convening a network of maker spaces that offer sustained space for hackings and further prototyping resources.
  4. Training professionals to be able to develop entrepreneurial capabilities across the food value chain in Europe.

Project Data




2019 – 2021


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, AZTI, ETH Zürich, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik, Matis, RisingFoodStars, University of Cambridge, University of Warsaw, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, IMDEA Food Institute

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