Inspiring the next generation of agri-tech innovation
November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This Agri-Tech Week workshop discusses a number of agri-tech funding schemes and provides an opportunity to hear from some of those who have benefited from them.
Speakers will include:
- Dr Adam Marinovic – Programme Manager, AgriTech Research Innovation Accelerator
- Tinne Mitgaard – Programme Manager – SHAKE Climate Change Professor
- David Barling – Hertfordshire Science Partnership
- Dr William MacAlpine – Programme Manager – FarmInn
One of the funding opportunities to be discussed at the event is the SHAKE Climate Change programme. It is specifically designed to attract entrepreneurs or start-ups who have developed early stage science or tech-based ideas that can have a significant impact on climate change, as well as form the basis of a sustainable and socially responsible business within the sector. As well as receiving funding under the programme, entrepreneurs will benefit from mentoring and training programmes to help make their projects viable.
Rothamsted scientists have supported a number of commercialisation projects including:
- Research into novel attractants and repellents for insects, which has led to the development of a number of novel pest control technologies
- Cutting-edge genetics which has enabled the development of a variety of the oil seed plant Camelina sativa that produces the long-chain Omega 3 oils EPA and DHA allowing these oils to be produced on land for the first time
- New ways of significantly increasing yield and resilience in crops.