So, you have a brilliant idea that will change the trajectory of agriculture forever. How are you going to get it off the ground? Here is a list of the 5 most helpful things we think you need to make your agritech dream a reality.
1. Office Space
This may seem old fashioned in the age of video calls but having a physical base to collaborate with colleagues, investors and like-minded businesses can prove invaluable in getting ideas off the ground.
2. Lab Space
Depending on what your product or service is, you may need lab space to test, develop and improve it. Having the right equipment in the right facility can be make or break for agritech startups.
Unfortunately, the rusty glasshouse at the bottom of your garden with a broken pane isn’t going to cut it. If your startup is working with plants, you will need space to grow and monitor them in a controlled environment.
4. Field Trials
It's all well and good telling investors your product works in a lab, but how will you convince them it's just as good in the real world? Having the ability to test out your products in real farm conditions can provide invaluable data and feedback for your team.
Creating a startup from scratch is intimidating. Make sure you're surrounding yourself with a support network of experts and fellow startups to provide guidance and reassurance.
If this list has made you start asking yourself questions like:
Where am I going to find all this?
How will I be able to manage all these separate spaces?
Where do I even start with this?
Don't panic! NIAB's agritech incubator Barn4 is a great way to get your business up and running with all of the facilities and support you need in one place under one membership.
With Barn4's excellent location in the heart of Cambridge, a hub for agriculture and agritech alike, we can provide you with everything you need to support your agritech startup - you just need to bring the idea!