• 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 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.

    GROW has been developed by Agri-Tech East to encourage entrepreneurship in agri-food industry. Director Dr Belinda Clarke says: “Agri-Tech East’s vision is to be a globally recognised catalyst of open innovation and agri-entrepreneurship. Through GROW we are rapidly establishing a vehicle to find and support these new agri-businesses and by harnessing the power and diversity of our expert network we can also greatly increase their chances of success.”

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    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…

  • 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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    “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,…

  • Michael Lee

    Tell me a good story, says Syngenta Ventures MD

    The big challenge for early stage entrepreneurs, seeking venture capital, is to become a compelling storyteller. To persuade a potential investor you need to create a narrative, almost like a…

  • 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…