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KTN investment event to showcase the UK's cross-sectoral Agri-Tech expertise

Posted on 03/07/2018

We are pleased to announce the businesses that have been selected to participate in the KTN Agri-Tech Investment Showcase Programme 2018.

Interest in Agri-Tech is Growing! The challenge of increasing productivity whilst reducing environmental impact requires innovation across the sector. This is also opening up a significant new area for investors who are interested in investing in a cross-section of Agri-Tech focused businesses, through sole or co-funding opportunities, including alongside recently launched specialist Agri-Tech Investment funds.

To support and build this emerging community the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is delighted to host our second Agri-Tech Investment Showcase, building on the success of our 2017 event.

There is an ongoing need for private investment in Agri-Tech to further advance the sustained public investments and technical excellence within the UK which has been recognised by the KTN. With additional Innovate UK support we have prioritised this need and are continuing to support and build the Agri-Tech Investment community.

We recently hosted an investor only event during which discussions were held on the desired aims and format for subsequent events and improved ongoing engagement. A short video of the highlights of this event can be found here. The committed support and input of numerous key Agri-Tech investors has shaped our second showcase event, which will be held on the 15th October at Prince Phillip House, Pall Mall, London. This event enables KTN to continue to support the Agri-Tech business and investor communities as they fulfil their ambitions and translate innovation into ongoing commercial benefits.

The 2018 showcase event will enable up to 14 businesses based in the UK to present their innovations to an audience of investors targeting Agri-Tech opportunities. The competition for companies is now closed and 24 selected businesses are about to start on our Investment Showcase training programme of pitch training and KTN mentoring, in preparation for selection of the 14 finalists for the October Showcase. Not surprisingly we had far more high-quality applications than available places for this year’s event, and following a tough selection panel the businesses selected for the training programme reflect the cross sectoral Agri-Tech expertise from the UK.

The selected businesses include:

Robotics & Engineering SolutionsImagination Factory, KMS Projects, RootWave, Earth Rover, RoboScientific,  P.E.S. Technologies, Farm-Hand, Perpetual Research Consultancy, Fotenix, Climate EdgeGrobotic SystemsSmall Robot Company

Digital AgricultureBreedr, Agronomex, Agricompas, Hectare Agritech, Outfield

Novel Production SystemsBeta Bugs, Activirosomes, Phytoform Labs, CropVax, Liquid Vision Innovation, EntomicsLettUs Grow

 

Investor registration to attend the Agri-Tech Investment Showcase event on 15th October in London is now open. Please click here to register.

If you are not an investor but would like to express your interest in attending the event, please contact Chris (chris.danks@ktn-uk.org) for more information or find out more via the registration link here.

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