Farm491 heads for LAMMA Show 2018
PUBLISHED: 14:53 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 15 January 2018
Visit Farm491 at Stand 707 at the LAMMA Show 2018 on January 17 and 18
To kick start the New Year, agritech incubation and enterprise hub, Farm491, based at the Royal Agricultural University, joins the UK’s leading farm machinery, equipment and services show this January. Taking place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, LAMMA will attract a multitude of agricultural companies to share new launches, pioneering innovations, product displays and demonstrations.
Farm491 looks forward to being a part of the hype at LAMMA, along with a selection of its members including Farm-r (digital machinery trading platform) and DiAgrii (livestock tracking app). At the show, Farm491 will be sharing information on its recently launched Inspiring Agritech Innovation (IAI) programme. The initiative is based around a series of boot camp style workshops to progress agritech R&D and technology solutions to drive food production efficiency in the UK.
With boot camps starting early in 2018, the IAI initiative by Farm491, sets it sights on facilitating a new wave of agricultural entrepreneurs. Faced with a growing global population, there is increasing pressure to find new ways of producing more efficiently and there are real opportunities to exploit ‘cross-over technologies’ not traditionally used in farming to harness food production growth. This includes areas such as informatics, satellite imaging, remote sensing, meteorology and precision farming.
Think IT, Try IT, Launch IT, Grow IT
The IAI programme is in search of aspiring individuals, early stage start-ups or SME’s with a buzzing agritech proposition that needs support and expertise to get it off the ground. By taking advantage of specialist 2-day workshops, the innovators will be exposed to a network of invaluable support and mentoring. The business support is modelled around the existing successful enterprise programme at Royal Agricultural University in which candidates get a chance to participate in different stages of business establishment and growth, Think IT, Try IT, Launch IT and Grow IT. There will be a rolling timetable of group workshops led by experienced agritech coaches to help develop a convincing value proposition and sustainable business model in the first stage of the “Think IT” business establishment journey. The delegates will then have the option of continuing to one to one engagement with professional and mentors over a period of 12 months.
The IA Programme
The 2-day workshops are specifically designed for:
- Individuals who are considering starting an agritech business
- Founders /Managers of very early stage agritech enterprises (< 6 months old)
Applicants will be required to detail their business proposition and the product/service they hope to launch/develop. All projects proposed will be assessed for potential growth, long term sustainability and the selection panel will be looking for innovation technology that can be applied to agriculture.
Dr Ali Hadavizadeh, Programme Manager, Farm491, said; “The Farm491 team is thoroughly looking forward to exhibiting at this year’s LAMMA Show. This is the second time we have exhibited and we find it hugely beneficial. It provides us with an opportunity to meet with many forward-thinking, technology focused farmers, students and businesses and really helps us to build our profile. The Inspiring Agritech Innovation programme is our latest initiative aimed to foster innovative agritech advancement at startup stage. If you’re heading to LAMMA with a new concept, proposition or idea that needs support ahead of launch and scale-up, find Farm491 and we can help you on your road to success.”
IAI is part financed by GFirst LEP and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide business support to agritech innovators, start-ups and existing agritech enterprises in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and nationwide which have the potential to create jobs and wealth at local and national levels.