KTN supports £20 million investment boost for the AgriTech sector
Round One of Transforming Food Production: Series A Investment Partnership generated more than £20 million in investment for the AgriTech sector. This includes seven SMEs receiving a total of £5.6 million in grants and aligned private investment of over £16 million.
SMEs and investors can now apply to get involved in Round Two.
As applications for Round Two are in full swing, let’s look back on the success of Round One and how KTN supported the programme.
A success for SMEs and investors alike
The portfolio of companies that received funding and investment during Round One is varied and includes:
- cultured meat production
- robotic harvesting
- data capture and prediction through artificial intelligence (diseases, pests or artificial insemination)
Seven of the 11 lead investors identified potential investment and tailored a deal with some of the 31 companies who took part in the programme. All deals included syndication from outside the pool of lead investors, with many new and existing investors participating through the syndication opportunity.
Hear from one of the lead investors, Jim Dobson, founder and former CEO of Dunbia who invested £1.3M through Cottagequinn Enterprises:
How KTN helped shape the programme
The programme was born out of KTN’s AgriTech Investment Showcase. The AgriTech Investment Showcase focused on getting AgriTech companies investment ready before pitching to investors. The event, which ran for four years, identified how valuable support is for early stage companies, and the need for Series A funding in the UK to accelerate company growth.
“The KTN AgriFood team who ran the AgriTech Investment Showcase played a significant role in the success of Round One of the Series A Investment Partnership. Thanks to the showcase, a diverse and growing UK Agri-tech investment community had been stimulated during the past three years. Testament to the quality of the training they delivered for four years, out of 41 investment deals in the UK AgriFood sector that took place during that time, 51% of them involved someone who has taken part in the AgriTech Investment Showcase.”
Chris Danks, Transforming Food Production – Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
During Round One of the Series A Investment Partnership, KTN worked closely with the SMEs selected to give them the best chances of success.
A key part of this was a four week Investor Readiness Bootcamp, providing guidance on investor readiness fundamentals from KTN staff members and external experts. It included two panels with investors who were part of the selected pool of investors for the programme. They discussed their investment philosophies, what they are looking for when they invest, common pitfalls and more.
The AgriFood team also gave the SMEs individual feedback on their pitches, and we shared all the pitches with the investors to spark conversations.
KTN support for Round Two
The Investor Readiness Bootcamp training provided to successful SMEs in Round One is now accessible for all who are considering applications for round two. Click here to request access.
The KTN AgriFood team is also here to discuss applications and share advice on how to make a strong application, particularly for SMEs who are new to Innovate UK funding.
The team will also offer feedback on pitches in advance of the January 2022 showcase for those companies who are invited to the next stage of the programme.
If you’d like to get support from the KTN AgriFood team, get in touch with Simon Baty.
SMEs Transforming food production: Series A Investor Partnership round 2
Opens: 18/10/2021 Closes: 17/11/2021
UK registered SMEs transforming food production towards net zero can apply for a share of up to £5 million in grant support. This must align with a series A investment. The grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Transforming food production: Series A Investor Partnership Programme: round 2
Opens: 18/10/2021 Closes: 10/11/2021
Investors can apply to partner with Innovate UK to align their investments with up to £5 million grant funding in UK registered SMEs to transform food production towards net zero by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.