Tesco Agri T-Jam 2020 Finalists Announced – Which Ten International Agri-Tech Start-Ups Have Caught Tesco’s Eye This Year?

Ten seed and early-stage innovators from around the world have caught the eye of the UK’s leading retailer and its supply chain, as this year’s Tesco Agri T-Jam nears its conclusion.

Announcing the finalists during the virtual World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on September 15, Natalie Smith, Tesco’s Head of Agriculture said:

“At Tesco, our ambition is to find the new products, ideas and technologies that will help us serve our customers, colleagues and communities even better in the future. We want to work with people who have new ideas to help enhance what we do, or how we do things.

“With a record 170 applications this year, from 40 different countries, the review process has been really exciting. We’re especially grateful to our supply chain partners for their specialist feedback and insight into how the technologies could be applied in the field, and we look forward to the final showcase on October 19.”

Now in its third year, the Tesco Agri T-Jam is a start-up pitch competition held in partnership with the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, seeking agri-tech start-ups with innovative technologies that can improve supply chain efficiency and sustainability, and help to provide, affordable, healthy, sustainable food for Tesco’s customers.

Meet the finalists:

Cultiva (USA) has developed a proprietary technology, Parka, designed to supplement the cuticle of the plant. By enhancing the plant’s membrane stability, it reduces crop losses associated with environmental extremes that have become more prevalent with climate change, including fruit cracking and sunburn.

FOTENIX (UK) combines cameras with machine learning to monitor crop status, such as disease, in real-time. Its key technology is three-dimensional multispectral imaging which allows laboratory analysis at economic cost. A FOTENIX-enabled sprayer or harvester provides the next step of data-driven farming to producers, whilst the cloud platform ensures agronomic insights that compound with each use. 

Livestock Water Recycling (Canada) has a patented on-farm water treatment PLANT and myPLANT data dashboard, that creates value for food producers by digitizing the waste outputs from animal agriculture to reduce expenses and the environmental impact of food production.

Neoperk Technologies (India) is developing a rapid soil testing technology, a combination of hardware and software which scans the soil sample using opto-electronic sensors and uses machine learning models to determine the soil nutrient status and its requirements. The portable device tests the on-field soil for macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, pH and soil organic carbon and gives crop-specific fertilizer management recommendations in less than five minutes.

Ocean Harvest Technology (UK) is a functional animal feed ingredient company leading in the prebiotic space for production and companion animals. It has developed a range of prebiotics by blending together seaweeds from around the world, each of which contain different soluble fibres. By combining the latest microbiome assay methods with performance testing, it has shown that its prebiotics can enhance performance in dairy, poultry, and swine applications.

OneCup AI (Canada) is bringing state-of-the-art computer vision to the livestock industry. The cornerstone of its technology is 360 Live ID – effectively face recognition for cattle from any angle. Using a revolutionary approach, it takes human-level intelligence and embeds it into a machine learning pipeline – creating an AI ranch hand with super-human 24×7 monitoring abilities.

Peroxigen (UK) has developed a range of pipefittings that incorporate a novel electrolytic cell that generates ozone in the water flow. As the ozone is a powerful and fast-acting disinfectant, it destroys all pathogens in the water supply. These generic pipefittings are robust, reliable, simple and safe, typically operating at 24VDC.

PureSpace (South Korea) has developed a new mechanism based on nanotechnology that can effectively and sustainably decompose organic compounds such as ethylene gas, mould and bacteria. If applied in the cold chain for the fresh food industry, the shelf-life of fresh food can be systematically increased, thus reducing post-harvest losses.

Senesino (Scotland) has introduced Numnuts, a product that provides lambs with the best start in life, giving welfare focused consumers, retailers, and sheep farmers an ethical and sustainable approach to castration and de-tailing. It is an easy-to-use product that provides targeted pain relief for ‘marking’ of lambs with the standard rubber ring.

Sensegrass (France) is a soil intelligence platform that helps companies and farmers to reduce excessive nitrogen and fertilizers in the soil using a patented NPK sensor that detects, measures and analyses soil nutrients in real-time. Its AI Agronomist optimizes the crop and soil data to help users grow more sustainably, using nitrogen at the right time, in the right place, in the right quantity.

Winners of previous editions, ImpactVision and RoboScientific, have enjoyed fast-track introductions to the retailer’s supply chain and mentorship from its agriculture team.

The Tesco Agri T-Jam final will take place as a virtual pitch day on October 19. After presenting their solutions to the judging committee, Tesco colleagues and supply chain partners, the finalists will participate in a live pitch showcase followed by the winner announcement. This public webinar is open to all, taking place at 4-5pm (BST) on October 19.

See all profiles and full details of the competition at www.worldagritechinnovation.com/tesco-agri-t-jam-2020

Register for the live final showcase at: www.crowdcast.io/e/tesco-agri-t-jam-2020