The REAP Start-Up Showcase has helped to launch many agri-tech innovations that address a real world challenge. Below is an update on some of the companies that have been featured over the last six years. We keep the line-up for the REAP start-up showcase highly confidential to ensure the attendees (potential clients and investors) get the full benefit of the presentation, as it has been the launch-pad for some of the most exciting young companies in agri-tech – as you can see below.
AGRIinsight – has announced major commercial partnerships with Tanzania and Kenya based partners, completing the digitisation of their rice supply chain. The company can now offer a full digital ‘farm-to-fork’ service that allows smallholders to connect directly with large urban markets.
Better Origin (formerly Entomics) – featured in the Forbes article ‘Three Greentech Startups To Watch In 2020 And Beyond: Bringing Innovative Solutions To Food Waste’.
Breedr – has launched the world’s first fully-traceable livestock marketplace, hailed by John Royle, Chief Livestock advisor for the NFU, as “creating a virtual supply chain that builds confidence and trust between producers and processors … and supports the NFU net zero target.”
Connecting Food – the French Foodtech start-up has raised more than €5M since its creation in 2016, accelerating its technological and commercial development and asserting itself as a market leader in food transparency.
Vidacycle – has developed a new product focus on the needs of viticulture.
EcoNomad Solutions – has gained £140k from the SHAKE Climate Change Programme to commercialise its innovative biodigester aimed at small farms.
fieldmargin – has launched DroneDeploy to make it easy to create a visual record of your farm using a drone, enabling farmers to draw maps, make notes, leave messages for the team and more, with or without an internet connection.
Yagro – has launched a new product developed with the input of a farmers to analyse the cost of production at a field level.
PBD Biotech – has had their novel phage-based technology test, Actiphage, named by APHA as one of the unvalidated tests to be used in bovine TB disease management.
Dogtooth Technologies – has been mentioned by FT.com as one of the companies “accelerating certain robotics and automation projects in an effort to counter farm labour shortages.” Dogtooth Technologies is developing a prototype strawberry harvester.
Hummingbird Technologies – has signed resellers for its innovative data analytics and artificial intelligence platform that improves the management of cereal crop health. Winner of the 2019 Agri-Tech Innovation award.
Small Robot Company – has developed the first non-chemical robotic weeder and has announced a strategic partnership with SpaceTime Labs on a Per-Plant farming solution for Latin America.
Farming Data – is delivering an “integrated trading platform and data analytics for Colombian small farmers”, working with Colombian partners: Región Central, RAP-E, ASOCAFE Manantial and Patrimonio Natural. Its digital platform enables direct transactions between farmers and buyers through SMS and smartphone application.
FOLIUM Science – has announced a partnership with John Innes Centre to accelerate development of its Guided Biotics technology that could eliminate or reduce the need for antibiotic use in the raising of farm animals.
Fotenix – has been selected for the #TescoAgriTJam; the company is making high quality disease analytics accessible to smaller farmers.
Glas Data – has secured £140k funding and announced partnership with Agrimetrics to add value to farmers’ data and make it more meaningful.
MOA Technologies – profiled by Chemical & Engineering News as taking a back-to-the-drawing-board approach to pesticide discovery: “probing for novel biological targets inside weeds and other pests, experimenting with new chemical building blocks, and taking advantage of cutting-edge tools like DNA-encoded libraries”.
Nova Extraction – has launched a low-energy extractor that is gaining interest as a means to gain a high yield of cannabidiol (CBD) from leaves of Cannabis sativa.
DryGro – received £1.4m in Series A investment to progress towards commercial-scale production of sustainable protein.
About the Start-up Showcase – agri-tech innovation
The REAP Start-Up Showcase offers a proven, high-profile platform that helps early agri-tech businesses connect with investors, advisors, customers and collaborators. This year’s selected companies will be introduced to REAP delegates on the day.
The Start-Up Showcase will feature at REAP 2020 on Tuesday 10th November.