Do you have a ground-breaking agri-tech business idea?

Posted on: 01/06/2017

The 2017 Agri Innovation Den competition invites fledgling businesses to pitch Dragons Den-style for a share of £20 million.

The annual Agri Innovation Den competition is open to anyone with a ground-breaking agricultural business idea – providing finalists with the opportunity to pitch Dragon’s Den-style for a share of the investment prize fund, in exchange for a stake in their business.

The 2017 competition, organised by Briefing Media in association with Co-op Food and Mulberry Green, now has a total prize fund of over £20 million.

Finalists will also benefit from a guaranteed Briefing Media promotional package worth £5k, and on-going help and business support from the competition’s judging panel. This year’s judging panel will include: Neil Thackray, chief executive of Briefing Media; Emma Penny, Briefing Media group editor, Will Jackson, agricultural development manager for Co-Op Food, James Griffiths, Mulberry Green Fund chief investment officer and Phil Latham, Cheshire farmer.

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Finalist projects from the 2016 Agri Innovation Den include:

  • fieldmargin: an innovative app to help framers keep track of what is happening on their farms
  • Using ‚Äòwisdom of the crowd‚Äô to create a prediction market for agriculture to deliver better price forecasting and help manage volatility.
  • WeFarm – a network for the 500 million small-scale farmers around the world without internet access
  • Milkalyser – a dairy cow fertility management tool which will automate sampling and analysis for progesterone
  • Herdwatch – a farm management app which allows farmers to record their compliance and management information
  • FarmSpace ‚Äì providing an industry specific networking space to help bring stakeholders, space from students to farmers, from farm workers to manufacturers, closer via the internet
  • HarvestYield – helping agricultural contractors get paid faster by¬†automating the invoicing process and linking directly with external accounting software
  • Drone AG – offers farmers an accessible route into drone-assisted precision agriculture by combining well-proven drone platforms with the latest multi-spectral sensors.

Do you have an agri innovation that you would like to pitch?

Further information on the Agri Innovation Den competition can be found at

The closing date for entries is 7th July 2017.

KTN’s Agri-Food Team are also available to discuss opportunities and support mechanisms for innovation across the agriculture and food manufacturing supply chains.

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