Startup Stories: The Challenges of Communication in Agriculture

Improving communication is vital to make agriculture more efficient and sustainable. Making the multiple procedures of the oil production industry easier is the goal of Alcuzapp.  Antonio Moreno and David and Antonio Galisteo took on this challenge and developed Alcuzapp, an app to facilitate communication between farmers dedicated to olive production and olive oil mills. On Alcuza Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I am Antonio Moreno, Alcuza Software CEO, developer and responsible for the AlcuzApp Project. I studied computer science at university, and, soon after, I worked as a programmer. I started my first computer services company in which I worked for 13 years. I’ve always

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12 of the Most Relevant Foodtech / Agtech Incubators and Accelerators

Why join a foodtech accelerator or one of the blossoming agtech incubators? Startups face a myriad of challenges that range from capital to general exposure in terms of penetrating the market, experience and expertise, regardless of whatever industry they are in. Growing an idea into a fully-fledged business isn’t a walk in the park, and new companies will need to take advantage of all the available resources at their disposal to make the journey less challenging. An increase in the number of business incubators and accelerators globally is a clear indication of the growing need for giving support to startups. Disruption of the food and agriculture industry The Third Green

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Industry Focus: Meal Replacement

Day by day, we are getting busier. Too much work and lack of time for ourselves, some don’t even have time to enjoy a meal. Regardless, the solution is neither stopping work and devoting your valuable time to a proper nutritious meal, nor starving or eating unhealthy junk food. Some might say that financial success without good personal health is an utter waste of life. This is where the meal replacement industry plays an important role in each of our lives. So, can you see yourself working in this growing industry? What are Meal Replacements? According to CB Insights, meal replacement is considered quicker and more convenient than a conventional

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Industry Focus: Flavoring Substitutes

In recent times, endless job opportunities and career paths have emerged in the flavoring substitutes industry. This comes as no surprise since the industry has experienced massive growth. This drastic shift can be attributed to the fact that technology has given us the power to extract or even create flavors in laboratories. Instead of trying to find some rare plants or fruits, it has become easier and much cheaper for consumers to purchase flavoring substitutes. These flavors can either be artificial or natural. Natural flavors are derived from nature as in the case of animals or plants. On the other hand, artificial flavors are made from synthetic ingredients. Natural flavors

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Startup Stories: Subafresh’s Digital Marketplace For Fresh Produce

Which platforms do you know that provide a point of sale for fresh produce? And how many of these offer a secure payment gateway? If you can’t answer this question, you should definitely get know Subafresh. We talked to Jorge Rafael Martí Rodríguez, CIO at Subafresh about their solution and ways to start a food industry career. Pathway into the food industry Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I’m Jorge Rafael Martí Rodríguez: Computer and senior management technician, with over 25 years in the horticultural sector. I’ve been in charge of the IT management in various companies of the wholesale sector, implementing ERP systems and

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Industry Focus: Egg Substitutes

Various outbreaks of avian flu in the recent past has impacted on the egg production industry to varying extents. The low production of eggs has resulted in an increase in price. This has led to a growing need for manufacturers and food tech companies to come up with plausible egg substitutes. Needless to say, this has resulted in the exponential growth of the egg substitute industry. Due to this growth, there have emerged several job opportunities and career paths that are worth pursuing. Why use egg substitutes? Apart from the rising price of eggs, people may choose to avoid eggs for a variety of other reasons. Some may simply not like

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Industry Focus: Farm Management Technology

Do you enjoy having fuel to power your home and vehicle? What about food; do you like to eat? And clothes? Do you like having them hung in the closet, ready to be worn? You likely answered yes to all of these; everyone needs these basic things to function in society. Therefore, it would be to the benefit of everyone if more professionals put time and energy into producing these products more efficiently, using farm management software. If you have a knack for software development, marketing, or communications, go ahead and make yourself at home in the agricultural industry; you’re needed here.  The Need for Farm Management Technology It’s no

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Startup Stories: How Phytoponics wants to boost hydroponics in agriculture

“Make fresh produce abundant”. This is the mission of UK-based startup Phytoponics Limited. The AgTech company founded in Cardiff in 2016 offers an affordable, sustainable and scalable hydroponics system. In autumn 2016 the company was accepted into the accelerator Startupbootcamp Foodtech in Rome, Italy. We talked do Co-Founder Adam Dixon about the story and vision behing Phytoponics. Dear Adam, thank you for sharing some insights about Phytoponics. In a nutshell: what does Phytoponics do and what problems do you solve? Phytoponics is a British startup in the ag-tech sector, we’ve invented a commercial hydroponic growing system for fresh produce. Our new inflatable technology solves problems in high system cost, as Phytoponics is unique

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Industry Focus: Food Delivery

Are you a final year university student, worrying about your future career goals? Are you a school leaver in need of a great income within the next 3-5 years? Or, are you a job seeker, wondering which job or company will suit you best? Above all, do you crave food? If you’d love to work in the food delivery industry (lots of free food and a good salary), then you are in the right place! The Evolution of the Food Delivery Industry People often used to go out and dine in restaurants. Now, however, many people are too busy to go out for a meal. Also, technological innovation is creating

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Startup Stories: Drone-Enabled Precision Agriculture by Tvant

Precision agriculture holds a huge potential to make farming more sustainable. Drones play an important part in this. The Spanish agtech-startup Tvant offers precision farming services using drone technology. We chatted with Moisés Jiménez about how drones and other tech will change agriculture know it today. About Tvant Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? Hello, first of all I’d like to thank you for counting on my company. My name is Moisés Jiménez, and I am the manager and COO of TVANT. My work in this company consists of operational management and coordination, security, pilot training, and dealing with clients. How did you start and how did your drone

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