• The GROW final was held at Agrii

    Robotics and plant intelligence win GROW

    “The future is here already – it is just not evenly distributed,” Michael Lee, Managing Director of Syngenta Ventures, quoted at the final of GROW, the UK’s first national agri-tech business plan competition.

    He was describing how exciting business concepts are emerging internationally but as the six finalists of GROW presented, it quickly became clear that the future is concentrated here, with most of the major global trends he had identified present in the room.

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  • Internet of Cows provides early indication of health issues

    Internet of Cows provides early indication of health issues

    Smartbell brings the expertise of an experienced herdsman to an automated dairy system. It is able to detect changes in behaviour by individual animals that may indicate that they are…

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  • Philip Wigge of Pinpoint Phenomics

    Understanding internal plant signals may help boost crop yields

    Pinpoint Phenomics has developed a system that allows the producer to quickly measure the internal signals a plant makes in response to the environment, revealing the equivalent of ‘what a…

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  • Softharvest feat

    SoftHarvest robot lettuce harvester

    Over 60 per cent of the production cost of a lettuce is in the manual harvesting; automating this process would allow producers to be more competitive and respond faster to…

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  • The winners of GROW 2016

    GROW Winners and finalists 2016

    “The future is here already – it is just not evenly distributed,” Michael Lee, Managing Director of Syngenta Ventures, quoted at the final of GROW, the UK’s first national agri-tech…

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  • Finalists lo res

    Stop press – GROW

    Congratulations to all our finalists in the GROW business plan competition, we had six strong presentations demonstrating an inspiring selection of business concepts. GROW was devised to identify and support…

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  • GROW Innovate UK

    MD of Syngenta Ventures talks at GROW final Wednesday 22nd June

    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…

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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 cash prize, GROW provides a package of prizes from which the winner and two finalists can select the support that is most…

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  • William Kendall feat

    “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,…

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