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 appropriate to them.
Six months’ free office / lab space at Norwich Research Park
Norwich Research Park is a world-leading agritech cluster comprising the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, The Genome Analysis Centre and Institute of Food Research, alongside the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich teaching hospital. With almost 3,000 scientists on site, research applications include agri-food, health and environmental science underpinned by key strengths in microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics. The campus is home for more than 40 businesses and provides a supportive environment for growth including business support and access to further funding opportunities.
As a winner of the Agri-Tech East Business Plan Competition you will have 6 months’ free rental of lab and/or office space. In addition you will receive support from the academic and business community, as well as access to the shared specialist facilities and business services provided. The prize will include your service charge, but exclude both phone and IT charges.
A place on the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning’s Ignite programme at Cambridge Judge Business School
Ignite is an intensive, one-week training programme which is managed and delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) in Cambridge for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators from the hi-tech and life sciences sectors. The aim is to fast-track innovations to commercial reality. This highly successful Cambridge programme has a track record of enabling tech ventures. It is estimated that approximately 170+ business ventures have been created by Ignite alumni since 2003.
Six months’ access to the “Green Inc” incubator at the Future Business Centre Cambridge (FBCC),
including access to all in-house events, and six months’ 1-2-1 business support and mentoring from the Business Advisor at the FBCC
The Future Business Centre Cambridge is the region’s pre-eminent centre for entrepreneurs and companies looking to promote sustainability and create a positive impact on the planet and people. Through their building (incubator, managed offices and workshops) and integrated business support services offering, they support entrepreneurs and growing organisations with environmental impact at the heart of their work. At its core, the Future Business Centre Cambridge works hand-in-hand with exciting cleantech businesses to help them prepare, start-up, develop, finance, connect and grow. Their goal is to give entrepreneurs the fast start that they could never achieve on their own. Future Business Centre Cambridge is an enterprise hub from Allia.
One year’s free membership to Cambridge Cleantech (including access to all members’ events)
Cambridge Cleantech is a members’ organisation supporting the growth of environmental goods and services, or “cleantech”, companies in the UK. Its ambition is to develop Cambridge as a leading cleantech centre in Europe by co-ordinating, supporting and promoting commercial opportunities for their members. At the heart of Cambridge Cleantech is a vast network of industry contacts, collaborators, service providers, experts, financiers and entrepreneurs, all of whom are actively involved in this sector. Being a part of Cambridge Cleantech will allow the winner to attend an unlimited amount of networking, business support and commercial signposting events. Being based at the Future Business Centre Cambridge, it works side-by-side with the Business Support service that the Future Business Centre Cambridge offers to environmental technology entrepreneurs and businesses.
One year’s free membership to Cambridge Network
The Support Award Prize includes access to all members’ events and directory entry on the Cambridge Network website to promote your company, products and services.
Cambridge Network is a membership organisation based in the vibrant high technology cluster of Cambridge. They bring people together, from business and academia, to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success. Being a member of Cambridge Network will enable the winner to develop close relationships through a calendar or member events, gain access to shared high quality training through the Learning Collaboration, connect with others via a comprehensive member directory and to access their high profile Recruitment Gateway jobs board to advertise vacancies.
Deliberately mixing sectors and ideas, Cambridge Network has been the trigger for many productive relationships as business in the region has grown.
Three months complimentary lab / office space at the AgriGate Research Hub in Soham, supported by technical experts at NIAB
The Eastern AgriGate Research Hub was set up in 2015 to address the need for growth and development in the horticultural production area in the Fenlands around Soham, and to seek ways of reducing or improving utilisation of the waste streams generated by the industry.
The Hub is more than just a physical space. It offers businesses an open forum to discuss ideas, get the latest results from research, and find ways to access support and funding streams for further development.
Demonstrating new processes or using the field experimentation facilities as test beds for the latest technologies all fall into the Hub’s remit. Hub users will have access to research and business development support enabling them to introduce novel products and new growing techniques, and to improve productivity and waste reduction.
The Hub can be accessed from the A14 near Newmarket to the South, and the A10 near Ely to the North. Being centrally located in East Anglia, it easily services businesses in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire falling within a 20-mile radius. Added benefits also come from being close to Cambridge, a major UK hub for technology and innovation.
Six months’ part-time membership of ideaSpace City
Creating a new venture is a hard task. It takes a great idea, translated into a great product that is delivered by a great team that performs to extremely high standards. Some of this can be taught, some of this can be coached but often the hardest task for a founder is to learn how to be and to grow into the leader that their team and stakeholders need them to be. ideaSpace City believes the best way to do this is alongside others that are on the same journey.
ideaSpace City is a community of new venture founders in the heart of Cambridge. The ideaSpace City office offers a meeting and working space in central Cambridge and members are a part of the wider ideaSpace founder community of over 60 new ventures seeking to make a meaningful impact on the world around them.
IP work to a value of up to £2,500 from J A Kemp
J A Kemp is a leading European and UK firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys with offices in London, Oxford and Cambridge, and is a member Agri-Tech East. The team handles Intellectual Property issues including Patent, Trade Mark and Design registration and IP litigation, including in the agri-tech and plant sciences areas.
As a prize in GROW, they are offering IP work to a value of up to £2,500. This could be used to support, for example, an IP audit, filing of a patent application for an invention, or an investigation into freedom to operate under third party IP. Within the £2,500, up to £1,000 can relate to Trade Mark or Registered Design filings (and the rest to patent issues and/or general advice) and J A Kemp will also pay up to £250 in official IP office fees on the winner’s behalf. If work greater in value than the prize is instructed, they also offer a 10% discount on their fees in relation to the cost over and above the prize.
20 hours of hotdesking and meeting space at Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) for six months
Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise is delighted to be supporting AgriTech East’s GROW competition and pleased to be offering the winner 20 hours of flexible hotdesking and meeting space at RoCRE for six months. Just 25 minutes from London and within easy reach of Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton Airports, RoCRE is the perfect base for meetings with national and international contacts, as well as access to world-class scientific facilities.
At the heart of agricultural research, The Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise (RoCRE) is a unique hub focused on promoting collaboration and innovation by partnering with commercial agricultural technology businesses and opening up the research process. Renowned for their expertise as the world’s oldest agriscience research centre, RoCRE offers a range of facilities including state of the art conference facilities, flexible laboratory space and informal meeting hubs, providing exciting opportunities for your business to thrive.
Complimentary Annual Associate Membership of Norfolk Network
Norfolk Network is the connector of entrepreneurial and innovative business talent in Norfolk and beyond. It’s a dynamic membership community of around 100 ambitious and like-minded founders and directors of knowledge-based start-ups and SMEs. It covers diverse sectors including science, technology, digital, advanced engineering, marketing and communications.
Once a month it brings together a high calibre audience to hear a distinguished speaker and then enjoy networking afterwards, in a relaxed and social environment. Members take away inspiration, new knowledge and connections to accelerate the progress of their business.
This Support Award Prize offers:
- 8 complimentary tickets to spread over 8 distinguished speaker events a year;
- Introductions to other members and guests at monthly events and support with networking
- A profile on the Norfolk Network website for adding information on their business, a professional biography, press releases and requests for help and advice.
Expert support from the Institute of Environmental Analytics to advise on developing data technology solutions
The Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) is a leading centre of excellence supporting the development of the environmental data analytics market. Established mid-2015, they work closely with customers in different sectors to develop proof of concept demonstrators, pre-commercial R&D and bespoke training courses aimed at increasing the uptake, usage and commercial exploitation of environmental data.
Drawing on a team of highly qualified specialists with in-depth experience of application development, computing and data science, the IEA helps organisations tap into cutting edge research to tackle environmental challenges. Typical projects range from a few weeks to several months. All are focused on quickly but effectively trialling new ideas and de-risking a client’s investment in future products, applications and services. Clients benefit from the deep resources of the partnership in areas including data capture, climate modelling, cloud computing, scientific research and operational service provision.
IEA Partners include the University of Reading, Airbus Defence & Space, Deimos Space UK, Lighthill Risk Network, Met Office, Microsoft UK & Microsoft Research, National Centre for Earth Observation, University of Oxford, Sainsbury’s, Satellite Applications Catapult, STFC, University of Surrey, Telespazio Vega, BMT Group, ERM, Agrimetrics, CGI, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Buro Happold Engineering.