Our mission is to foster innovation in the agri-food sector helping companies and other entities in participating in European public funding to carry out their ambitious innovative projects, by providing a comprehensive and integral support service, from the definition of the idea to the launching of the product / process / service to the market.
In Innovarum we believe in a sustainable, modern and efficient agri-food sector linked to a healthy environment and lively rural areas. We are highly concerned with the great array of challenges related to the agri-food sector, such as climate change, resource efficiency or the assurance of food security for the increasing population without compromising our natural resources. We do believe that concepts such as Circular Economy or Smart Agri-Food Tools are the key to set the pathway to a future where agri-food systems become sustainable from an economic, environmental and social point of view.
Our team is fully committed with these aims and, guided by the priorities set in the Europe 2020 strategy and the programme Horizon 2020, we help other stakeholders mainly related to the agri-food chain -from academia to industry, to bring their innovative solutions to the market whilst we also develop our own projects.
We have experience in proposal writing and project coordination at European level, from programmes such as, H2020 including SME Instrument, BBI-Joint Undertaking, and collaborative projects. In previous programmes we´ve been active in FP7, CIP, Life+ and other types of grants from the European Commission. Our European experience is complemented by an excellent insight into the Spanish Agri-food sector from our participation in programmes funded by the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and the Spanish National R&D funding organism.
The Innovarum team is composed by engineers and PhDs with background on business development
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Irene holds the title of agronomist from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) with a specialisation on agri-food industry, and a MSc in Food Safety from the University of Wageningen (NL). She has published two scientific articles related to food toxicology. With such a passion about innovation and industry, founding Innovarum with Maya was the best decision possible.
Senior Project Consultant
Marta is a chemical engineer from the Complutense University of Madrid (ES). After two research stays in the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NO), she completed her Ph.D in the use of non-edible oils and by-products for biofuels production. Within Innovarum she completed a specialisation course for European Project Managers, from the Spanish Office for Science and Technology in Brussels (BE).
Alicja holds an M.Sc. degree in Agro-environmental Management from Aarhus University (DK) and a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Protection from the Adam Mickiewicz University (PL). Before joining Innovarum, she worked as a European project assistant at a private nature consultancy in Odense (DK) and as an administrative trainee at the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission in Brussels (BE).
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Maya is an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) and she has a MSc. in Plant science from the University of Wageningen (NL). Before founding Innovarum she worked as project coordinator for IFOAM EU – Brussels (BE). Maya spends her spare time fighting against injustices via Twitter.
Project Management Assistant
Paula owns a Double Degree in Law and Business Administration by the University Carlos III of Madrid (ES) and a master’s degree in international business management by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES). She has a great international business vision that she’s developed through her Erasmus scholarship in the University College Dublin (IRL) and her job in the Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Zagreb (HR).
Marketing and Communications
Africa owns a degree in Translation and Culture studies with a Chinese Mayor by the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES) and an MBA by ICEX-CECO and UIMP (ES). She also took business and language courses at Peking University (China) and worked in the Agri-food Promotion Department of the Commercial and Economic Office of the Embassy of Spain in Beijing (China). Throughout her educational and professional international experience, she’s built up a great passion for content creation, business development, digital marketing and creative processes.
Senior Project Consultant
Elisa is an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES). She has a wide international experience as a student in the Gent University (BE), as a researcher in the Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo (MEX) and as a volunteer with the NGO SAUCE (KHM).
Alejandra holds a degree in Engineering and Agricultural Science by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ES) and a master’s degree in Novel Foods by the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES). She counts with a wide experience abroad as a result of her studies at the Lycée Français de New York (US) and scholarships at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (CL) and the University of Agriculture in Krakow (PL). She has worked at the University of Athens (GR) within a Horizon 2020 EU project.