The AIS 2017 is a joint initiative of a Portuguese consortium, the Portuguese Government, the EIP-AGRI network and the European Network for Rural Development. It will gather around 500 farmers, rural businesses, startups, Rural Development Programmes managing authorities, national rural networks, Horizon 2020 multi-actor projects, LEADER Local Action Groups, advisors and NGOs throughout the EU with the aim of:
• Promoting cross fertilization between multi-actor innovation initiatives, both under Rural Development Programmes and Horizon 2020
• Raising awareness about innovation and digitisation opportunities for agriculture and rural economies and how these may be supported under on-going Rural Development Programmes
• Providing input for EU innovation policies for agriculture and rural areas after 2020, following-up on Point 7 of the Cork 2.0 Declaration
The AIS 2017 program will also feature matchmaking, partner search and brokerage activities, thematic networking corners, a startup contest and much more!
Visit the website for programme, startup contest applications and more information in general.