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    Great response to GROW

    We have an exciting diversity of business plans for GROW this year  from the novel fruit crops to wearable devices for livestock, from soil sensors to multi-spectral imaging, and including new approaches to reducing waste in the value-chain.

    The selection of finalists for GROW has been completed and it is now time for the judges to make their decisions.

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    GROW judges

    GROW judges include seasoned entrepreneurs, angel investors and industry experts bringing a wealth of knowledge to the judging process.

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    GROW prizes

    To support entrepreneurs, in addition to a first-place prize of £1,000, GROW provides a package of prizes from which the winner and two finalists can select the support that is…

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    “Play the long game” – advice at VentureFest East

    The next big idea in the agri-tech sector could take the farming world by storm, but don’t expect it to happen overnight, cautions William Kendall, entrepreneur, investor and organic farmer,…

  • Richard Anscombe, CEO of Fram Farmers

    It’s all about having a go, says Fram Farmers CEO

    Where does innovation come from? Fram Farmers is a farmers’ co-operative and Chief Executive Richard Anscombe sees part of its role as helping farmers to benefit from new ideas. Agri-Tech…

  • Dr David Llewellyn, Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University

    Innovation education support at Harper Adams University

    Not all Agri-Tech East members are in the region. Harper Adams University, based in Shropshire, started out as an agricultural college in 1901 and now provides education and research for…

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    Engineers rising to the GROW challenge

    The Department of Engineering at University of Cambridge is actively supporting GROW this year, as agri-tech applications are becoming an area of increasing interest for the group. Helen Francis, Research…

  • Peter van Esse, The Sainsbury Laboratory

    Translation of research vital for agri-tech innovation

    The 2Blades Group at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) runs a master class to help scientists to take leadership roles in industry or to become successful entrepreneurs in start-up companies. Group…

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    Great response to GROW

    An exciting diversity of business ideas have registered for the GROW business plan competition and the entrepreneurs have now been paired up with their mentors for this next phase –…

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    GROW nurtures good business ideas

    How do you turn a good idea into an early-stage business? GROW 2016 is the UK’s only agri-tech business plan competition, and aims to encourage people with an innovative concept…