About Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East is supporting the growth of a world-leading network of innovative farmers, food producers & processors, scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs with a shared vision of improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture. We aim to help turn challenges into business opportunities and facilitate mutually beneficial collaboration.

We are an independent, member-led organisation catalysing innovation in agriculture and horticulture. We do this through brokered connections, a diverse open events programme including the annual REAP Conference, and member-exclusive opportunities such as profile and invitations.

Our members come from across the agri-food chain and from around the world – click to find out more about what our members say about the benefits of membership or look at the Members Directory. 

Not a member yet? Find out what we’re about at an upcoming event.

Agri-Tech East is driving innovation in agriculture by:

  • Facilitating conversations and connections
  • Accelerating the application of research and technology development.
  • Enabling economic growth and competitive advantage
  • Supporting businesses wanting to engage with the agri-food ecosystem

Some of our achievements to date:

  • This facilitation of knowledge transfer was recognised in November 2016 when Agri-Tech East won the Knowledge Catalyst award at the Eastern Daily Press Business Awards November 2016, and shortlisted again in 2017
  • Named as European Business Awards One to Watch in 2017
  • Report on Innovation in Agriculture launched at the House of Lords in 2017
  • Several successful collaborations brokered leading to investments, projects and long-term relationships

The east of England is one of the most fertile regions of the UK and is home to many progressive farmers, ground-breaking technologists, innovative companies and centres of world leading research. Agri-Tech East is the catalyst, bringing these elements together to accelerate the transfer of knowledge from lab to field.


We’re helping to make new, more efficient technologies accessible and demonstrable by providing access to the world-class innovation community, as well as opening opportunities to help improve efficiency and productivity.

Technology developers

We’re here to help you establish key contacts and provide a vital introduction to agriculture for those not familiar with the sector, such as understanding consumer needs and support in finding partners to accelerate your journey to market.


With researchers from biosciences, ICT, engineering and other fields, new technologies can be developed, and existing research can be adapted and applied to agri-tech.


High quality deal-flow of opportunities seeking investment and support; we broker links and showcase exciting new developments in agri-tech looking to grow their business in agri-tech.

Young Entrants

Our Young Innovators’ Forum provides an opportunity for PhD students, young farmers & trainee agronomists to learn about each others’ work, and build a strong network to aid them throughout their careers.

Agri-Insights Tours and Missions

We are proud to have a large number of experts in our network around key topics of relevance to the global agriculture and horticulture industry. Our Agri-Insights programme offers tailored access to our cohort of experts from the business and research communities around specific topic areas. Our network has particular expertise around selected topics such as crop breeding, remote sensing and monitoring, and crop data management and modelling. A recent independent Government report recently highlighted the Agri-Tech East cluster as having leading capability in robotics, big data, precision engineering, smart water management and plant sciences.If you are interested in accessing our Agri-Insights Tours we can offer a bespoke package of visits, seminars and workshops to help your staff access new training opportunities, gain new insights from industry leaders and innovators, as well as helping your organisation to find new collaborative partners.

To find out more about arranging an Agri-Insights Tour, please contact us.

Our Agri-Tech Week partnership programme is our flagship “open-doors” opportunity for future partners, collaborators and customers to come to the UK via the welcoming portal of the east of England. Working alongside our colleagues in local and national Government, we are delighted to host delegations from overseas who are interested in accessing the UK market, along with its innovators, investors and ideas-generators. To set up a mission, or to find out more about the Agri-Tech Week programme, please click here.