SMART-AKIS workshop: Finding the Funding – The Research and Business Guide to Smart Agri-Tech Finance

King's Lynn Innovation Centre, Innovation Drive, King's Lynn, PE30 5BY

22 March, 2018

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Funding is complex and we will sign-post the best opportunities for Agri-Tech in this event. Together with Smart-AKIS we will demystify the process by presenting and discussing the different routes and providing insider tips.

The public, private and charitable sectors have a range of support mechanisms to help agri-tech R&D, business growth, travel, training and to facilitate collaborations. In our final workshop in partnership with Smart -AKIS, we’ll be looking at some of the options available for smart farming innovation and development – for which other areas of agri-tech can also be eligible for support.

This event will introduce you to local and national funding streams and provide insightful case studies to help inspire development of new Smart Farming innovations and help make your technology business or farm smarter.

We’ll start proceedings by showcasing a selection of funding opportunities from public, private and agricultural charities. By the end of this session you will have a feel for which instrument is the right one for your needs – be it discovery research, development of a new technology, or growth of your agri-tech business. We’ll also look at the different requirements from the public and private sector and how angel and venture capitalist investors view agri-tech innovations. We’ll also be hearing from the small but influential agricultural charities offering support to farmers, scientists and engineers for new research, travel and training to tool yourself up with the latest in smart farming.

Then you can meet some of those who have been through the process and are able to give first hand tips about how to access different types of finance, as well as sharing their latest ideas and innovations.

This event is kindly hosted at King’s Lynn Innovation Centre by NWES.

You can read more about the event here: Follow the money



10.00  Coffee and registration

10.30  Welcome and Introduction

Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East

Dave Tinker, partner, Smart AKIS project and Secretary General, EurAgEng

11.15  Funding Opportunities – Public, Private and Charitable

11.20  Martin Lutman, Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative

11.35  Jan Stringer, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Coordinator, East of England

11.50  Andrew McLay, Innovation Lead, Primary Agriculture, Innovate UK

12.05  Andy Cureton, Head of Business Engagement, BBSRC

12.15  Alan Plom, Secretary, Douglas Bomford Trust

12.30  Lunch and networking around the stands

13.30  Collaborations with Industry

Plenary speaker: Thomas Engel, Manager, Technology Innovation Strategy, John Deere

14.00  Case studies and Top Tips

In this session we’ll hear the ups and downs of how to find and kick-start a collaboration and secure funding from those who have done it. How do you find a partner who has the right technology, skills or expertise you need in your business? And what should you know about contracts and collaboration agreements? And how can entrepreneurs future proof their technology to meet industry-recognised standards?

KTP, IPA, Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund, EU – 10 minute presentations

14.45  Panel session

including Thomas Engel and Case Study presenters


16.00  Event close



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You can book a ticket here. This event is free to attend to all.

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Basis CPD points will be available for attendees of this event.


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