The Austrian case study started with the Food Innovation Incubator programme in September 2021. Two Open Food Jours Fixes took place since then. Jour fixes will have a defined agenda and take place three times a year in a virtual room.

Each jour fixe starts with a short introduction round of the persons who take part in the meeting. It continues with the presentation of a specific food innovation topic, shows updates of the ongoing activities within the incubator programme and invites selected participants to introduce a topic of interest. It ends with a general discussion of other relevant dates, activities and events connected to the target food system. The target group of the jour fixes are food system and network stakeholders and experts.

Also, in November 2021 a ‘Call for Food Product Innovation Ideas’ was sent out, and 11 farmers and food entrepreneurs sent in their ideas to be developed as part of a co-creative workshop series. On the 21st of January, a kick-off workshop took place, in which the goals of the respective food product development projects were discussed, and the infrastructure of the incubator was shown to the participants (picture).