As major universities look to spin-out and license key discoveries, global food and pharma businesses open up venture funds and external innovation programs and incubators to draw innovative entrepreneurs into their orbit – there are rich pickings for probiotic, prebiotic, and microbiome pioneers in search of money, experience and a global platform for their ideas. But how can you win in a competitive environment?

NutraIngredients is on the hunt for entrepreneurial consumer-facing, science or technology-based start-ups to join them at Probiota 2024 in Milan next February.

If selected as a Probiota Pioneer by our scientific and editorial panel you will receive:

• A full delegate place giving you access to the full program including all presentations and networking sessions – your chance to connect with some of the biggest names in pre and probiotics and the microbiome

• A place on the event programme taking part in the start-up panel live on stage

• Your business branding on the Start-up Hub situated within the networking area at Probiota, giving you a base to network from or meet new connections

• Coverage in NutraIngredients including preview articles and your opportunity to appear in multimedia coverage of the event.

• Winners certificate and trophy

To enter you will need to provide the following information:

• Profile of your company and its innovative product or technology (max 500 words)

• Overview of the scientific or technology basis of your company including the history of the scientific research or technology development (max 500 words)

• Links to your website and relevant scientific publications and/or patent filings

To qualify as a Probiota Pioneer your business must have been established in the last 5 years and have a solid scientific basis on which your company is founded.


The deadline for entries is 27 October, 2023

If you have any queries about the Probiota Pioneers please contact our team at