The search is on for new innovation in agritech

Posted on: 14/03/2018

Cranfield University and Johnson Matthey have joined forces to pilot a new agritech partnership programme.

Cranfield University and Johnson Matthey have launched a nationwide search for agritech innovation, looking for companies and individuals wanting to take their high-impact innovative technology to the next level.

The Johnson Matthey Agritech Partnership Programme (JMAPP), in association with Cranfield University, will give committed individuals, startups and growth companies, the opportunity to develop their product or idea within an intense programme of scientific and management support.

The pilot programme reflects Johnson Matthey’s continued commitment to collaborating with organisations throughout the innovation ecosystem to develop breakthrough ideas, drawing upon their knowledge and networks to utilise their core science expertise in new opportunities for growth.

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Three successful companies or individuals will benefit from a package of advice and practical support, ranging from seminars, masterclasses and networking opportunities through to one-on-one mentoring from Cranfield and Johnson Matthey scientists and business experts. From research and prototyping, scaling lab work into full commercial propositions, managing supply chains and navigating complex regulatory environments, the programme will give participants access to a wealth of experience and networks, helping them to develop their idea and pursue commercial opportunities.

The successful applicants will also enjoy up to six months of free office space on campus and use of the world-class research facilities located at Cranfield, including those of the UK Government’s Agritech Centres, Agri-EPI and CHAP, which are based at the University and have recently received £10million of investment.

“We’ve had a valuable relationship with Cranfield over a number of years now, so we’re particularly pleased to partner with them on this pilot project,” said Kristin Rickert, Innovation Director at Johnson Matthey. “We believe collaboration and partnership are central to creating real, long-term value. Through activities like this, we hope to encourage innovation and help develop great ideas into sustainable new products and technologies that will benefit us all.”

Professor Leon A. Terry, Director of Environment and Agrifood at Cranfield University, added: “There is tremendous opportunity for increased innovation within the agritech sector, as recognised by the UK Government.

“With this pilot programme we are bringing together the combined power of Cranfield and Johnson Matthey to give support to individuals and companies that are hungry to bring their products quickly to market.

“If you have an idea, concept or technology but need help advancing it to the next level, then we want to hear from you.”

The application deadline is 11th April 2018.

Companies and individuals wishing to be considered for the pilot programme can apply here.


If you would like to discuss opportunities for innovation in agri-tech you can contact KTN’s Agri-Food Team.

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