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Combating climate change with AgTech and FoodTech

SHAKE Climate Change is a consortium-based programme led by Rothamsted Research. SHAKE helps entrepreneurs and start-ups who are combating climate change with science or tech-based ideas in the areas of agriculture and food production

The £3.5m SHAKE Climate Change Programme has announced its first three ventures to invest in. Energy from manure, a yield boosting nanotech and tools for smarter pest management are the ideas behind three early stage companies selected by the unique fund.

“There has been a lot of publicity recently around the environmental impact especially of eating meat and intensive agricultural crop production – but the contribution of agri-food to our climate footprint is so much more complex and wider than that. It has been really exciting to see that this entrepreneurship support programme has attracted ventures with innovations offering solutions across that wide spectrum.”

Prof. Angela Karp, Interim Director and CEO, Rothamsted Research, World’s Oldest Agricultural Research Institute

They were up against tough competition, but all three of them have displayed great ingenuity in their initial ideas to help reduce the climate impact of food and farming, and they have taken really well to the training and mentorship we have provided so far. The three successful companies, who each receive £140k plus two years of dedicated mentoring and support, are:

  1. EcoNomad Solutions: Offer small-scale solutions for agricultural waste reduction and sustainable resource management. Their biogas and nutrient recovery system is suitable for even the smallest of operations. Other ground-breaking and patented technology by EcoNomad for low-cost solar water pumping and pasteurisation is based solely on passive thermal principles, operating without electricity, solar panels or moving parts of any kind.
  2. Glaia Ltd: Glaia has developed a new class of plant additive called ‘sugar dots’ that can increase photosynthetic efficiency naturally, increasing yields by up to 20 per cent. Sugar-dots are water soluble and can be applied as a foliar spray or within an irrigation system and have been tested on a variety of crops from soft fruit through to wheat and sorghum.
  3. PheroSyn Ltd: Develop pheromones that can be deployed to protect crops and reduce the use of pesticides. Their first products are designed to lure midges that attack wheat, peas and pears away from these crops.

Over the nine-year programme, 15 successful ventures will receive up to a total amount of £140,000 each, plus two years of high-quality training and mentoring from leading experts in business and science, to help further develop their ventures. The programme is funded by the Societe Generale UK Foundation, the independent corporate foundation of Societe Generale Group in the UK.

Read more at Rothamsted Research

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