Farm491’s new programme of business support, providing vital skills for entrepreneurial success, is launching at CropTec Show this week. The Inspiring Agritech Innovation (IAI) initiative, a series of boot camp style workshops to progress agritech R&D and technology solutions to drive food production efficiency in the UK, will officially launch this week at CropTec Show where Farm491 will take centre stage in the Innovation Zone.
With boot camps starting in March 2018, the IAI programme by Farm491 is in search of aspiring individuals, early stage start-ups or SME’s with a buzzing agritech proposition that needs support and expertise to get it off the ground.
By taking advantage of specialist 2-day workshops, the innovators will be exposed to a network of invaluable support and mentoring. The business support is modelled around the existing successful enterprise programme at Royal Agricultural University in which candidates get a chance to participate in different stages of business establishment and growth, Think IT, Try IT, Launch IT and Grow IT. There will be a rolling timetable of group workshops led by experienced agritech coaches to help develop a convincing value proposition and sustainable business model in the first stage of the “Think IT” business establishment journey. The delegates will then have the option of continuing to one to one engagement with professional and mentors over a period of 12 months.
The 2-day workshops are specifically designed for:
- Individuals who are considering starting an AgriTech business
- Founders / Managers of very early stage AgriTech enterprises (< 6 months old)
Applicants will be required to detail their business proposition and the product/ service they hope to launch/ develop. All projects proposed will be assessed for potential growth, long term sustainability and the selection panel will be looking for innovation technology that can be applied to agriculture.
Applicants can register interest online now.