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Focus on Funding with the Agri-Tech Business Plaza

Tuesday 15th June 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

It’s back – the 2021 edition of our popular “Focus on Funding” series – and it’s bigger than ever before!

We want to help you navigate the current agri-tech and agri-food grant funding landscape, find out about new opportunities and – importantly – meet new people who can help!

Join us to:

  • Hear about Defra’s roll-out for their new Farm Innovation Funding Package
  • Find out what’s next in the pipeline in the UKRI Transforming Food Production Challenge.
  • Discover how your collaborations with industry or academia can be supported through funding programmes
  • Learn how the UK is still eligible for EU funding to support agri-tech (yes, even after Brexit) – and how you can access the support.

If you are in the market to learn about grants for agri-tech innovation, join us to hear from the people who know!

It’s not just about the money

As well as an opportunity to learn about access to non-dilutive finance, we’re also offering a unique opportunity to access the collective expertise from across the Agri-TechE innovation ecosystem. From grant-writing support to IP advice, accountancy to recruitment, and marcomms to training – our network can provide all the support you need as your business grows.

We’ll be hosting a Live “Agri-Business Plaza” consisting of our agri-focussed commercial service provider members who will be showcasing their expertise and offering drop-in clinics to help your technology maximise its industrial potential and your business maximise its efficiency.

They can help you prepare and manage budgets and forecasts, compile R&D tax credit claims, find talent, provide you with legal advice, offer technical consultancy (around, for example, design or software), prepare and deliver marketing strategies and offer your business a place to grow among like-minded people with the facilities you need.


Is it only for new start-up tech businesses?

Absolutely not – everyone with a business or service designed to support agriculture and horticulture is welcome!

As businesses grow, their needs change. Our ecosystem has people who can help you from that first round of seed funding, to the launch of a new product or service in your existing portfolio.


11.00                    Welcome and Introduction (Agri-TechE)

11.10                    Introduction to the Defra Innovation Funding Package

Louise Courts and Russell Batten, Defra Agri-Innovation Team


11.30                     Government help to Innovate using University expertise and dedicated post graduate resource- the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme

                               Jan Stringer, KTP Co-ordinator, KTN


12 noon               Meet-and-learn in the Agri-Tech Business Plaza

                               An interactive opportunity to seek out business support advice relating to all aspects of commercial growth and expansion.


13.30                   Transforming Food Production – What’s New?

Katrina Hayter – TFP Challenge Director, Innovate UK


13.50                   UKRI – Supporting academia and industry working together

James Phillips, Senior Portfolio Manager – Agri-food Business and Innovation


14.10                    Post Brexit access to Horizon Europe funding for UK innovation

Helen Sweeney, Horizon Europe National Contact Point, Sustainable Agriculture and the Bioeconomy, Innovate UK


14.30                    Closing comments          

Optional networking and other meetings

15.00                     Event close

Focus on Funding

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This event is free for members of Agri-TechE, and £30+VAT for non-members. Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event. Use the link on the top right of the event listing to book; members will need to login or register for an account in order to access the member discount.

To find out more about becoming a member of Agri-TechE, please click here.


Agri-Tech Explore events are Agri-TechE’s monthly network meetings, including our Pollinator events as well as REAP and Innovation Hub. We want to ignite discussions following a topic deep dive with multiple specialists offering varied perspectives and expertise. Individuals from all sectors and disciplines welcome—whether you’re a grower, a researcher, a technical, professional service provider, an entrepreneur or completely new to the sector, come along and join in!


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June 15th, 2021 11:00 AM through  3:00 PM
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United Kingdom
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Event fees £30+VAT (non-member) £30.00


Tuesday 15th June 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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