Updated: Jun 17, 2021
Barn4 is 100 days old today. To mark the occasion we have put together a summary of all the changes and events that have happened over the last three months.
March 2021 – Barn4 Officially Opens
Before Barn4 opened its doors, Piatrika Biosystems had become a Premium member. They are building a data platform that will bring sustainable seeds and agrichemicals to market faster.
We welcomed three more members during the first month: Mantle Labs, Gardin and Airponix.
Mantle Labs has created ‘Geobotanics’, the world’s first agri-fintech platform. This provides a complete solution for banks and insurance companies to manage risk within their agriculture portfolios.
Gardin is developing tech for farms based on its own 'optical phenotyping' hardware and accompanying analytics.
Airponix offers a smart, soilless solution to sustainably feed the growing population. Their technology uses 95% less water, no soil and a fraction of the land of conventional agriculture.
In April, Barn4 launched the Germination Programme. This offers support to small teams who are at the concept stage of developing an agritech venture. Successful applicants are offered support and advice from NIAB and Barn4, as well as a free Barn4 membership.
Barn4 member Gardin was named a Game Changer by ConnectTVT in April, for their innovative, ‘market-changing’ technology. This was not the first time our members’ technology and products got noticed. Earlier in the year, Airponix was named by Forward Fooding as one of their FoodTech500.
On the last Thursday of the month, we hosted our first Barn4 event in the form of a virtual lunchtime chat. Each of our members presented their technology to the group and received input from other attendees. We also discussed access to funding with NIAB’s Sean Butler.
Two new members joined in May. WeedBot is a Latvian company looking to grow in the UK. They have developed a high-precision weeding system for conventional and organic farmers. Their technology relies on computer vision and a high power laser to eliminate weeds.
Aero Agriculture is Barn4's first successful Germination Programme applicant. Their goal is to use aeroponics to revolutionize agriculture and home gardening by making growing your own produce easier, faster, more space-efficient and more sustainable.
We held our second Barn4 social at the end of the month. We were joined by NIAB’s Head of Communications, Ros Lloyd, who spoke to attendees about the events landscape and how to pick the right events for their company. Sam Clayton from AgRecruit also spoke to our attendees about candidate attraction and recruitment.
Airponix has taken up space in a NIAB glasshouse to investigate if a diverse range of crops can be grown using their system. Their objective is to establish which crop types are suitable for their form of aeroponic cultivation.
Barn4’s Michael Gifford took part in a Barclays Eagle Labs webinar, alongside Farm491 and Agri-TechE, to discuss how they are collaborating to help support the industry and the agritech start-ups and SMEs within it. This was watched by a few hundred people and led to a new surge in enquiries.
Barn4 is looking forward to the upcoming events season. On 30th June and 1st July, we will be at Cereals 2021 in Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire. If you are planning on making the trip to Cereals, come and find us amongst the NIAB stands, in their Knowledge Hub.
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