The kick-off meeting of the Newbie project was organised from 29 January to 31 February 2018 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The meeting highlighted the start of the Newbie project in which the consortium will work on establishing a network of new entrants and relevant stakeholders and focus on enabling new entrants to successfully establish sustainable farm businesses in Europe. During the meeting focus was on teambuilding, understanding and enrichment of the different work packages and appointments were made for synchronising the work in the different work packages for the upcoming 6 months. Inspiration was obtained by visiting 3 different farms of new entrants. In all three farms developing short chains and building on relations with the customers was an important aspect of their business model. The start was promising, we are looking forward to an inspiring and productive project!