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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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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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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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 as we 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

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Startup Stories: Equinocol tackles Equine Feeding Methods

Resistance to innovation can be encountered in many industries. However, the livestock sector seems especially traditional. Beatriz Jiménez Adánez from Equinocol wants to change that – starting with equine nourishment. The goal of her agtech-startup is to provide fresh horse feed year-round that is just as convenient as traditional dried food, such as fodder.  About Equinocol Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Beatriz Jiménez Adánez. I’ve dedicated my professional life to the entrepreneurship and development of companies in various sectors. I’m currently paving the way for my new company EQUINOCOL, from the agtech sector, that works in the production of nutritional supplements

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Startup Stories: How Winnow tackles the waste tsunami with foodtech innovation

How much food do you waste? Now take that, multiply it and think how much food is thrown out in commercial kitchens every day. Kitchens waste up to 20% of the food they purchased. Even though food waste is a huge problem, foodtech companies address this issue only slowly. One such company is Winnow. Established in 2013 and based in London, Winnow is on a mission to help the hospitality industry tackle avoidable food waste by connecting the kitchen. Making use of the Internet of Things, connected devices and a cloud software Winnow aims at empowering chefs to run a more efficient operation.  Thank you for sharing some insights about Winnow.

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Startup Stories: Bugfoundation

The entofood startup scene is buzzing with activity (pun intended). We had the pleasure to present our questionnaire to Osnabrueck, Germany-based bug protein startup Bugfoundation. This young startup designs delicious, healthy and sustainable food – made of insects.  Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Baris Özel and with my friend and co-founder Max Krämer, I am founder of the Bugfoundation. What is the unique appeal of the company you lead? How do you differentiate yourself from the competitors in your industry? Taste, taste and… taste! Bugfoundation creates not only a sustainable and nutritious principle meal which outperforms regular meat products, but

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Startup Stories: Agtech Champion PEAT Tackles Global Food Security

How can we cope? We are looking at world population of 9.6 billion people in 2050 that will need access to a nutritious and healthy food supply. Still, for many agtech startups, fighting for global food security is not only about producing more food. It also means protecting food sources from diseases that would reduce the production and quality of grains, fibre and biofuel crops, as well as reducing the fertilizer-induced carbon footprint wherever possible. Farmers all over the world have to spend billions of dollars on disease management, while in many places technical infrastructure, disease control practices and know how remain poor. A new generation of entrepreneurs have now started to

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