Intesa Sanpaolo is seeking new technology startups in the Food and Beverage industry for the 2018 edition of its international acceleration platform StartUp Initiative. Examples of target applications, better still through Circular Economy business models or Industry 4.0 technologies: AGRICULTURE & FARMING (Precision Ag, Regenerative Ag, Characterization of soil, Drones, Sensoristics, Harvesting & Destemming, Vertical/Urban farming, Hydro/Aero/Aquaponics) MACHINERY & APPLIANCES (Connected machines, Automation & Robotics, Smart cooking, Embedded devices & IoT, 3D printing) SAFETY & SECURITY (Inspection & Diagnostics, Natural Preservatives & Additives, Traceability, Quality control, Big Data, Bio-based packaging, Re-usable packaging, Active packaging) NUTRITION & HEALTH (Next-wave protein sources, Functional foods, Novel foods, Superfoods, Eating Disorders & Special Diets, Natural Alternative
The process of getting food to your table in the 21st century is complex. The digital and technological advances of the 21st century introduced AgTech and FoodTech who bring about a fresh wave of life to the agriculture and food technology sectors. The way farmers and producers approach feeding the world and solving new problems is changing in exciting ways, and we’ve got a list of the top 10 AgTech books to indulge in for those wanting to engage in the enterprise, from an entrepreneurial basis to a grass roots level. The terms AgTech and FoodTech refer to the newly rejuvenated field of merging technological advancements with the production of the world’s food.
Many farmers acknowledge the use of Agtech but are unsure how to get started in precision culture. In these cases, specialized firms come into play. One such company is Agromapping who specializes in precision farming, data analysis and remote sensing in agriculture. We talked to founder Fran Garcia-Ruiz about Agromappings success story, the need for a change of paradigm in agriculture, the bottleneck for technology adoption and his advice for graduates who want to start a career in Agtech. On Agromapping Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Fran Garcia-Ruiz. I am an agronomic engineer and PhD in Crop Sciences with specialization
Smart farming technology and process automation are vital to making agricultural enterprises more efficient and sustainable. AgTech is comprised of many kinds of technical solutions and remote controlling and automation is a huge step towards an era of digital farming. The Spanish startup AutoFarm is working on remote controlling factors from feeding to temperature. Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Daniel Reboredo. I currently work at a 1700-quota pig farm with my company Silicent Systems, LLC. We are a startup that is basically dedicated to the design and development of software and hardware for the monitoring and control of farming operations.
Smart farming and precision agriculture are more than buzzwords, but technological trends that impact nearly every aspect of agriculture. Alberto Burgos de la Torre worked in agriculture for 16 years and decided to commit to making methods more sustainable by offering drone technologies for image processing. On Smart Flight Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is José Alberto Burgos de la Torre, I’m a Technical Agricultural Engineer. I run a technical office of an Andalusia-based wholesale company in the distribution of fertilizers and phytosanitary products with over 4 generations of antiquity, specializing in the cultivation of olive groves. I’m an assistant technician
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
“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
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
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