Bursary sponsor

Anglia Farmers (AF), the UK’s largest agricultural purchasing co-operative, is delighted to be supporting REAP 2017 with bursaries that allow farmers and growers to attend the conference. As farming businesses adopt more and more technology, AF is pleased to work closely with Agri-Tech East to help them build a hub of global innovation in the east of England. Jon Duffy, AF Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Technology is a key part of our industry and will play an increasingly important role in farming businesses in the future. It is crucial we share knowledge and ideas to keep up-to-date with the latest developments, and conferences like REAP 2017 are an ideal way to do this." Bursary applications must be received by 6th October 2017 - applications received after this date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be informed by 10th October. Download the application in pdf format here or as a Word document here and return it to [email protected]
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Innovate UK

Sponsor of the Start-Up Showcase

Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture and Food at Innovate UK, explained that: “Innovate UK is the UK’s business-led innovation agency. We work with people, companies and partners to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, we:
  • determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth
  • meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields we’re focused on
  • fund the strongest opportunities
  • connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed
  • help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses.
To this end we are delighted to be involved with AgriTech East and the REAP conference.”
Innovate UK


Sponsor of the Emerging Agri-Tech session

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK’s largest public funder of agricultural research, and is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). Agriculture and food security is a priority for BBSRC and we aim to realise the potential of scientific advances to deliver innovations for farming. We support around 1600 scientists in universities and institutes across the UK. BBSRC is supporting the next generation of bioscience researchers by funding around 2000 research students in the UK. All students participate in a funded three-month placement to carry out work unrelated to their doctoral research. Such experience is important both to help early career researchers understand the context of their research and to expose them to the range of opportunities in which they can apply their PhD skills and training after they graduate. You can see their just-released video here or for information about our support for PhD training or hosting a placement please visit or contact [email protected]

Rothamsted Centre for Research and Entreprise

Sponsor of the Different perspectives, same goal session

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 our expertise as the world's oldest agri-science research centre, RoCRE offers state of the art conference facilities, flexible collaborative laboratory space and lab incubation units that are home to a vibrant community of Agri-Tech start up and growth businesses including Agri-Tech East members Timac Agro and AgrixAdvisors.

We are delighted to be the Sofa Session sponsor at the 2017 REAP conference. RoCRE are committed to supporting innovation and excellence in agri-tech research, particularly in the East of England and through our partners such as Agri-Tech East.
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Sponsor of the evening reception

SmithsonHill will be at REAP 2017 to share details of a proposed park for AgriTech and associated sciences, with ability for crop and new technology trials at the heart of the East of England.

Emma Fletcher, Managing Director at SmithsonHill, said: “We are fortunate to have around us some of the world’s leading agricultural research facilities – our approach will provide that next step – taking the science out of the lab and the field, enabling product and process development to a commercial scale. We fundamentally believe that technology can radically change the industry and that by providing a world-class facility to complement existing resources we can further build on the synergy between farming, multi-disciplinary science and technology as part of the new agricultural revolution.”

SmithsonHill are active members of AgriTech East, as is joint venture partner Russell Smith Farms. At REAP 2017 SmithsonHill are hosts of the end of day networking reception and are excited to share their plans with key opinion leaders in the AgriTech space.

Find out more by following us @SmithsonHill on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIN, or at

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

Field sponsor

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership drives growth and enterprise across Norfolk and Suffolk representing 1.6 million people and 60,000 businesses.

A key feature of our new Economic Strategy is support for key high impact sectors including agri-tech and food and health research. That support is evidenced in the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative. Run in partnership with GCGP LEP, the Initiative has awarded close to £5m in grants, more than doubled by private sector match-funding – backing start-ups and established organisations to break new ground in research and innovation, invest in new markets, develop supply chains and improve productivity and efficiency.

The LEP has also secured three Food Enterprise Zones across Suffolk and Norfolk – the Orwell food cluster, near Ipswich; the Gipping Valley food cluster, now part of the Stowmarket Enterprise Park; and the Greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone to the west of Norwich – all adding to the East's heritage in food and farming, and its leading position as a research centre for food and life sciences.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk

University of East Anglia

Field sponsor

UEA has been pioneering innovation for over 50 years and is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world. Our research makes an economic and social impact way beyond our campus, and over 80% of our research has been assessed as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

We make it easy for you to access the knowledge and expertise of our world-class academic experts; our cutting edge, state of the art facilities and technologies; and our enterprising and enthusiastic students and graduates to help you:
  • Develop new products and services
  • Identify areas for cost savings
  • Make strategic decisions
  • Solve technical and operational problems
UEA’s academic insight and research discoveries already benefit organisations and businesses throughout the region and further afield, so how will we work together?