The Food and Agriculture Sustainable Technology Innovation Programme

FAST-IP is a specialist agrifood technology innovation programme that will enable innovation curious professionals to, learn, explore and apply their entrepreneurial skills for the rapid advancement of market-ready business solutions

Register your interest for this innovative training programme commencing in September 2024

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FAST-IP is supported under the Innovators’ Initiative Programme co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021-2027

  • Government Of Ireland
  • Co Funded by EU
  • SRA
  • Enterprise Ireland

What is FAST-IP about?

  • A specialist agrifood innovation programme that places participants in immersive environments to identify unmet needs for solution development

  • A 12 month, in-person Graduate Diploma Programme commencing in September 2024

  • A tax free scholarship of €38,000 to participate in the programme and programme fees of €9,000 covered for participants

  • Participants will receive a national and international travel allowance to cover travel costs associated with visiting immersive environments

  • Access to dedicated mentors and coaches throughout the 12 month programme to help you develop your solution

  • Co-working space at AgTechUCD with access to our community of founders, mentors, investors and business partners

Is FAST-IP for you?

Are you a mid-career professional with 3-5 years of experience and a passionate curiosity for the following sectors:

  • Agriculture
  • Food
  • IT
  • Sustainability
  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • Science

Do you have an entrepreneurial drive and a desire to start your own business? We're here to guide you on your journey to success!

Do you want to solve some of the agrifood industries biggest challenges? Let's tackle those challenges together and make a real difference!

Do you want to work with some of the agrifood industries leading experts and mentors? Join us and learn from the best as we pave the way to greatness!

Do you have global ambition? Join us to learn how to scale a business internationally!

If this sounds like YOU then FAST-IP could help take your career to the next level.

Is FAST-IP for

Join our Information Webinars

  • FAST-IP Information Webinar (1/3)

    March 19
    1.00pm - 1.45pm
  • FAST-IP Information Webinar (2/3)

    March 27
    7.30pm - 8.15pm
  • FAST-IP Information Webinar (3/3)

    April 9
    1.00pm - 1.45pm

FAST-IP is a collaboration between UCD and Teagasc

The UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering and NovaUCD have collaborated with Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, to deliver FAST-IP to participants.

Teagasc will be making available various aspects of their organisation, such as their Signpost Farm Network, their dedicated research centres and their agricultural advisors to support participants in identifying agrifood unmet needs.

Teagasc Scientists and Advisors will also play a crucial role in FAST-IP, delivering specialist knowledge and expertise to programme participants and teams to develop robust solutions for the agrifood industry.

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Timeline and Application Process

Interested participants are encouraged to register their interest in the programme here. FRS Recruitment, who are managing FAST-IP Participant Recruitment, will contact you to discuss the programme entry requirements. 

FAST-IP will have 15 places available each year for participants. Teams will be formed throughout the 12 month programme.

Key Dates

Application & Interviews


Programme Announced


Applications Open

Apr - Jun

Rolling Interviews

Places offered & Commencement

Apr - Jun

Places Offered


Places Accepted


Programme Commences

Come meet us at different events

Learn more about the FAST-IP ecosystem

  • Minister Coveney Launches FAST-IP

    Minister Coveney Announces €7 million in Funding to UCD and Teagasc to Deliver New Entrepreneurship Programme to Create More Food and Agriculture Start-Ups and Jobs
    Read More
  • Agccelerator Programme Supports Early Stage AgTech Startups

    AgTechUCD Agccelerator Programme is a 12-week accelerator programme for early-stage startups in Ireland and Europe, in the AgTech, Agrifood and Veterinary and Equine sectors.
    Read More
  • Venture Capitalist in Residence Programme Announced at NovaUCD

    NovaUCD, the hub of innovation and start-up activities at University College Dublin (UCD) has today announced the launch of a new Venture Capitalist in Residence programme and has also announced Gianni Matera, founder of Growing Capital, as its first Venture Capitalist in Residen
    Read More

Join FAST-IP today

The Graduate Diploma Programme will guide participants through UCD's Discover-Develop-Deliver methodology for best practice in needs-led innovation. 

Participants will learn how to Discover unmet needs, how to Develop a creative idea or solution to an unmet need, and how to Deliver this solution or idea to the market, making it into a viable product, service, or business.

If you want to be part of making the agrifood industry more sustainable and profitable, join FAST-IP today!

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Prof. Nick Holden

FAST-IP Academic Director UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering


Gary Ryan

Director AgTechUCD Innovation Centre

t: + 353 87 662 0384

Leo McGrane

Manager AgTechUCD Innovation Centre

t: + 353 87 767 0884