Between the 12th and 15th of June 2018 some 130,000 people from all over New Zealand and around the globe came to Hamilton for Fieldays. This makes it a great chance for aspiring agritech start-ups to pitch their ideas in the perfect marketplace.
That’s what makes it a great environment for our Sprout programme teams to give the public a taste of what they are working on. Such a great opportunity, three Sprout teams picked up awards as part of Fieldays Innovation Awards.
The 2018 Grassroots Prototype Award went to Acuris Systems. This Auckland-based team is developing autonomous vehicles to help farmers and growers with data collection and crop analysis. Besides the award Nick Woon and Matthew Warner from Acuris picked up $2500 cash. That money is a vital boost at their stage in development.
Holsim is a Waikato based start-up that makes veterinary simulators and AR software. This year they picked up the Callaghan Innovation Collaboration & Partnership Award. Mike Williams and Dave Johnson from Holsim have created a way for vets to train on a lifelike simulator without fear of hurting a live animal.
And the Origin Innovation IP Award went to Auckland based company Micropod. Micropod began when Jeff Xu tried and failed to grow his own micro greens at home. With the help of partner Brian Lai he has now created a soil-less system that uses special seed-filled mats to grow delicious micro greens right on the kitchen bench in under 2 weeks.
Acuris and Micropod also shared first place in the Enterprise Angel Investor Awards.
These companies, as well as another 6 start-ups are part of The Factory’s Sprout programme. Over 6 months these companies receive help on every aspect of their business. Investment, pitching, market research, product validation are all part of the porgramme as well as strategies to tackle all the problems that brand new businesses come across. James and the Sprout folk work with our teams individually as well as with the whole Sprout cohort.
If it sounds like your business could do with some help to win awards and do great things we’re ready to talk