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REAP Conference 2023 sponsors announced

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The REAP conference is Agri-TechE’s flagship event that unites our ecosystem around a topical theme. Our biggest event of the year attracts researchers, innovators and farmers from across the UK, and beyond.

With an overall goal of enhancing the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of agriculture, REAP focuses first on the needs of farmers and the everyday challenges they face.

We are delighted to announce the 2023 sponsors for our 10th REAP Conference!

Innovate UK

Event support

Innovate UK is one of the nine research councils within UK Research and Innovation. UKRI creates knowledge with impact by investing over £8 billion a year in research and innovation by working with Government and partnering with academia and industry to help make the impossible, possible.

With a focus on industry led innovation, Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base. We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn these ideas into commercially successful products and services, and business growth. Within this, agriculture and food is a key sector within our portfolio.

As such, we are delighted to be supporting this year’s REAP conference. We recognise the valuable role Agri-TechE has in connecting key players across the sector while also debating the challenges and opportunities at this important event.

We hope you will come and meet us on our stand to discuss any ideas you may have for innovative solutions and to hear about ways in which we might be able to offer support.

Discover the Farming Innovation Programme.

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Sponsor of the Emerging Agri-Tech session

DIGIT Lab is a UK national research centre, accelerating digital innovation and digital transformation in Large Established Organizations (LEOs1). Our 5-year research programme has over £10M in funding from the participating universities, industry partners, and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).

DIGIT Lab is led by the University of Exeter, in collaboration with academics from the University of East Anglia, Oxford Brookes University, and Royal Holloway University London. We are also supported by over 20 industry partners. We have an open, coordinated approach, advancing research and supporting the acceleration of digital transformation in the UK. The project works with a broad community of academics, practitioners, and policymakers across multiple domains, delivering new research insights into digital transformation.

The team works with LEOs to reimagine them for the digital age – in ways that go beyond merely digitising current offerings. We address the core transformation challenges which accompany a digital-first approach.

DIGIT Lab takes a multidisciplinary approach; we are a team of computer scientists, designers, engineers, Internet technologists, telecommunications specialists, social scientists and business scholars. The team works with a wide variety of academics across the sectors of agritech (including animal health and animal pharma); automotive, construction; healthcare; manufacturing; professional services; transport; government and public services. For further information contact Prof. Gerard Parr – University of East Anglia 

The project brochure |  |   @DIGITLabUK

JA Kemp REAP 2023 sponsor

J A Kemp

Field sponsor

A wide range of developments in the agri-tech sector are patentable, and J A Kemp’s attorneys are experienced in obtaining strong and commercially relevant patent protection for agri-tech inventions.

We have expertise across the sector with specialists in: plant science, including transgenic technology, plant breeding and new breeding techniques (such as CRISPR gene editing); herbicide/pesticide chemistry; animal science, including gene editing and animal breeding, feeds and supplements, diagnostics and health monitoring, including AI-based systems; and agricultural engineering.

We also have specialist expertise in Plant Variety Rights. We file applications for protection with the UK and Community (EU) Plant Variety Right Offices, and advise on strategies to secure equivalent protection around the world. We also help our clients with other forms of intellectual property such as trademarks and design rights, which are routinely used to protect developments in the agri-tech sector.

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New Anglia LEP REAP 2023 Sponsor

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

Sponsor of the Networking Reception

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) works with businesses, academia, and the public sector to drive growth and enterprise in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Agri-Food Industry Council provides strategic leadership for the region’s agri-food sector, reporting to the LEP Board and driving forward projects (around innovation, skills and inward investment) and initiatives such as working with partners in the Eastern region (including Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough).

New Anglia LEP hosts both the New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) and Space East cluster networks. Both of these clusters have worked in collaboration with Agri-TechE and partners to drive innovation in the agri-food sector.

The funding for REAP 2023 has come from New Anglia LEP’s Connected Innovation programme, which connects together 25 innovation hubs, research institutes, universities, and Freeport East to focus on driving cross-sector innovation in Norfolk and Suffolk. Agri-Tech is a key area of focus for this programme working together with regional partners such as Agri-TechE and Norwich Research Park and national partners such as Innovate UK (including Catapult Network, EDGE, KTN) and Government Departments (including the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business and Trade).  |  @NewAngliaLEP

Rothamsted Enterprises

Rothamsted Enterprises

Sponsor of the Start-Up Showcase

Rothamsted Enterprises is at the heart of agricultural research and is located on the world-renowned Rothamsted Research campus. We’re a unique hub, focused on supporting start-up agri-tech companies, and facilitate introductions with Rothamsted Research colleagues.

On site we offer collaborative laboratory and office space, access to scientific kit and services and have a large conference centre and restaurant on site that can be used by our clients. With over 30 companies based with us we are developing a vibrant community of growing agri-tech businesses.

Nicole Sadd, CEO of Rothamsted Enterprises, said:

“Our links with Agri-TechE are vital to us which is why we are so proud to be sponsoring the Start-Up Showcase at the REAP Conference. The opportunity to meet early-stage organisations at the cutting edge of the agri-tech sector is exciting and really reflects what Rothamsted Enterprises represents. As an organisation, Rothamsted Enterprises is committed to supporting innovation, collaboration and excellence in agri-tech research, particularly in the East of England and through our partners such as Agri-TechE.”

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Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA)

Sponsor of the Bursary

Mark Nicholas MBE, Managing Director of the RNAA, says: “The RNAA is a leading organisation in Norfolk for the promotion of and support to food production, farming and the countryside. Over 175 years we have harnessed the farming community and provided a connection with consumers through events such as the Royal Norfolk Show, the UK’s largest two-day agricultural Show, and the Norfolk Farming Conference. As a membership organisation we facilitate a community of growers, farmers, landowners and industry professionals to showcase the Agri-food sector.

“The RNAA is delighted to support the REAP Conference and the deep dive into the next phase of on-farm digital technology. We see knowledge exchange as a vital means to inform practitioners within the industry and to inspire new entrants. As a sponsor we are particularly keen to ensure that the conference is as accessible as possible to UK growers, farmers and those in full-time education in agriculture.”

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Sponsor of the Farmer Breakfast

Savills was founded as a rural surveying business more than 150 years ago. Today it is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange with an international network of more than 600 offices and associates.

Savills offers a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world. True to their roots, the UK rural economy remains an integral part of their business and their rural teams are focused on the commercial needs of landowners, farmers and agricultural enterprises. In the East of England, specialist advisers based in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex work together to provide innovative solutions aimed at adding value and maximising their clients’ assets.

Savills’ wide ranging expertise covers agribusiness advice to meet the changing needs of modern farming; farm and estate agency; estate management and consultancy; professional services and renewable energy projects.

Savills is deeply committed to life and business in the countryside. They identify with their clients’ objectives – Savills’ role is to help their clients achieve them however ambitious they may seem.

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