As StartLife’s Startup Scout, Samuel Rapolu finds and screens promising agrifoodtech startups for the StartLife Accelerate program as well as for direct introductions to and events with StartLife’s Corporate and Investor partners. As such, he has a leading role in StartLife’s startup selection process.
Samuel completed his master’s in Plant Science with a specialization in Plant Breeding at Wageningen University. He has done his bachelor’s in Agriculture from Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, India. He has a wide range of experiences in field research and analytics from his master’s thesis which he conducted at the breeding trials of Vitalis Biological seeds. Furthermore, he gained experience in biodiversity conservation, proposal assessments, and science policy analysis from his internship at The Global Crop Diversity Trust, Germany.
Samuel is passionate about the sustainable transition that the world is going through, specifically in agriculture. His dream is to create impact through supporting startups that are innovative and will bridge the gap from the present to a future with sustainable food systems.
Skills and fields of expertise
- Plant Science
- Crop biodiversity conservation
- Science Policy
- International communications