2017 Presenting Companies
AgVis will bring a major advancement to precision livestock monitoring. It will assist farmers in areas of livestock welfare, health and reproduction for the total cattle population. AgVis is built to scale on all livestock farms. The system consists of ultra-accurate sensors and an IOT cloud solution with embedded artificial intelligence. The ability to assess all data in real-time, significantly moves forward the monitoring of livestock health and assures greater farm efficiency and productivity. AgVis collects meaningful data and provides the farm with smart actionable alerts. AgVis is focussed on creating a proactive farming practice to aid livestock husbandry.
Denis Healy is the founder of Outsource Technical Concepts and CEO. He grew up on the family farm in Co. Kerry, Ireland and always enjoys farming. He has in-depth experience of the challenges farming faces, such as delivering commodity products, market volatility and climate impact. Over the past 15 years he has led Outsource Technical Concepts to become a leading supplier of bespoke product solutions to many leading brands within the Medtech sector. Denis completed the Cambridge University “Accelerated Growth Program” in 2014 and from there began to seek real opportunity and a product to scale. He is the AgVis technical and innovation lead and has led all investor negotiations to date.
ApisProtect help commercial beekeepers & pollination companies managing 91m beehives that are losing up to 50% of their bees each year succeed by much earlier intervention with identifying disease & pests. We use in hive sensors, machine learning & world class beekeeping knowledge as demonstrated by three years of scientific field trials in Ireland. A seed round of €500,000 is being closed for the first deployment into 6 countries, anchored by Institutional Investors and the Irish Government’s Enterprise Ireland Fund. We welcome interest from parties who might wish to explore joining the round.
Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy completed her PhD in October 2017 with the School of Engineering, and the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork in the area of Internet of Things applications for honey bee health. Fiona is a 2013 graduate of the Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BE) Honours at UCC, a recipient of the Google Women Techmaker Scholarship 2016, and the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2014. She placed in the top three of the 2016 “Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur” competition in the “Best New Idea” category and was awarded “Young Entrepreneur of the year” at the U magazine 30 under 30 awards 2017. She placed second in the Blackstone/Techstars global Student Entrepreneurs awards, and representing Ireland in the European Union “Ideas from Europe” challenge has won through to the finals in The Hague in April 2018.
Centaur Analytics, Inc. (centaur.ag) is a provider of full-stack Internet-of-Things solutions for the quality, safety and abundance of stored agricultural products. We offer the first dedicated platform for post-harvest crops protection, which includes proprietary wireless crop sensors.
Centaur’s cloud-based solution provides traceability from farm to shelf, end-to-end quality management and pest-free certification with advanced digital means. This brings unique and unprecedented benefits. Users can now predict spoilage events months before they occur, plan and implement precision fumigation and management, monitor for and prevent infestations and track stored and transported product quality in real time with customized alerts and notifications.
Raised in the rawhide trade, an ancient profession tied closely to Greece’s rural economy, it was generally expected Sotiris would follow suit like the generations before him. But his love for numbers and circuits led him to pursue engineering and a career in semiconductors, growing his design automation software startup to multi million dollar accounts in Silicon Valley and Japan. Returning to his roots, Centaur allows him to create innovative technology that makes food production safer and ultimately more democratic – proof that creative solutions can help crack tough humanitarian problems. Sotiris has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in semiconductor design. He holds four US patents and has several pending.
Danalto, a spin-out company from Trinity College Dublin, was formed in June 2017. Danalto integrate end to end (sense to data) IoT solutions and provide differentiated services on top of any IoT solution that use LoRa networks. Low Power Wide Area networks (including LoRa) will be used for 20% of all IoT device communications by 2025. This accounts for approximately 7 billion devices. The requirement to provide services on top of connectivity on these deployments is where Danalto’s offering sits. Geo Location services are required for 60% of all IoT connections, therefore approximately 3.5 billion devices will have to report location as well as standard sensor measurements. Danalto can determine a device’s location using triangulation of a radio signature and provide location information without using traditional hardware modules (GPS). This solution is applied at the access controller level of the network and therefore these billions of devices can have this service retrospectively applied without having to touch the device in the field. This is available currently at 50m – 100m accuracy on the market today. Danalto’s exclusive license of TCD technology enables an offering at 10m accuracy. Aswell as services on top of connectivity, Danalto are active in the IIoT eco-system rolling out end-to-end solutions in the Agri-food, Environmental and Mining industries. Since June 2017, Danalto have secured a European Institute of Innovation and Technology grant for feasibility of LPWAN in Mining and are taking part in a Small Business Innovation Research project with regards to gully monitoring, funded by Dublin City Council. The Danalto team applied for and led the Science Foundation Ireland funded project Pervasive Nation since 2015, rolling out the largest LoRa network in Ireland and the UK (€1.8m grant) through the CONNECT Centre.
After graduating with a Computer Science undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), worked as a planning and optimisation engineer in O2 Ireland, Ericsson and Mosaic over a period of 10 years. In this role, it was Albert’s job to integrate network optimisation tools and systems for rigorous network planning and resource utilisation. Albert completed his Masters in the School Of Engineering (MEng) in 2015 in Trinity College Dublin. Prior to founding danalto, Albert formed SiteSpy Ltd. an early stage IoT sensor and solution provider to the mobile infrastructure and deployment service provide market.
FarmEye is a technology company that allows food producers and processors demonstrate sustainability and provenance, from soil-to-shelf.
FarmEye are tackling this problem from both ends of the food supply chain: SoilMate is our sustainable soil management product, reducing waste, pollution and cost and improving soil health. SoilMate will soon expand to all forms of testing and sampling in this exciting and rapidly growing Ag-Tech sector.
Our ShelfMate app gives consumers total visibility on their food supply. This also provides valuable analytics to retailers and producers. Ultimately, our secure, block-chain encrypted data-set will joins all the links, providing the digital chain of custody from soil-to-shelf.
FarmEye CEO Eoghan Finneran is a farmer, with a PhD and post-doc in crop and farm-level systems modelling and previously co-founder and MD of the successful agri-consultancy company; Finneran Agri. Eoghan’s extensive experience in agricultural education, extension and research, both in Ireland and internationally brings a global dynamism and vision to FarmEye.
In Europe, vegetarians took 3-5 times higher toxic Cadmium level than legal limit through food growing from polluted soil; One fifth of Chinese arable land is polluted.
MicroGen Biotech applies its platform functional microbiome technology to develop microbial products to increase food safety, crop yield and soil health.
We have demonstrated our product can bring down toxic pollutant levels found in food by up to 50% while increase crop yield and soil health.
Dr. Xuemei Germaine is the founder & CEO of MicroGen Biotech-an Irish biotech startup with a mission to feed the world with safer food. Dr. Germaine lead her team developed patented microbiome platform technology for screening lead microbes for increasing food safety, soil health and crop yield. While working for Pfizer for 6 years, she set up ribosome display and high-throughput screening technologies for antibody drug discovery. Dr. Germaine is a native Chinese. She had a PhD degree in biotechnology and worked in life science sector for over 20 years both in China and Ireland. Dr. Germaine has extensive knowledge of Chinese market penetration of startups with disruptive technologies.
N3 Feed is a Research and Development company with technology to ruminally protect nutrients. Rumen protected feed made of flaxseed and algae result in high omega 3 dairy and beef. Amino acids, niacin, choline, and other ruminally sensitive nutrients can also be protected. The process imparts long shelf life and high digestibility, which can be applied to a high omega 3 ingredient for pet food. R&D began in 2004.
Russell Day, CPA (yes, an accountant who does cow food research), lives in Portland, Oregon, USA. After trading commodities for 3 years with Louis Dreyfus Corp., including one year in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Russell returned to school and earned his Masters in Accounting from the University of Washington. Licensed as an accountant in the states of Oregon (#11246) and Washington (#17623), he supported his family with CPA work, while working on his true calling evenings and weekends. It is a life similar to a starving artist, but with a palette of flaxseed, canola, soy, and algae.
Prolego Scientific offers artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions for the genetic testing of pedigree animals to improve animal health, performance metrics, the prediction of breeding values, and to hence improve the quality of the food chain. The founders of Prolego Scientific are Dr Belinda Hernández (Trinity College Dublin), Associate Professor Andrew Parnell, and Dr Mahdi Amina, (Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Dublin).
RootWave are pioneering the use of electricity to kill weeds to offer a scalable and sustainable alternative to herbicides.
Andrew is Managing Director of RootWave and joins from Alpha Financial Markets Consulting where he worked for 10 years to help it grow from a start-up to the world’s largest dedicated investment management consultancy.
Xtrem Biotech is a spin-off company founded in 2013 from a research group of the University of Granada. The focus of the Company is the development, production and commercialization of sustainable, microorganism-based biopesticides and biostimulants from a proprietary library of extremophile microbes. Xtrem Biotech has a team of scientist with a broad experience on the field of extremophile microorganisms and a small fermentation plant. One of the strengths of the Company is the low capital burn rate and the strategy of keeping a moderate CAPEX investment.
Borja Torres, one of the founder of Xtrem Biotech, is MBA in a team of microbiologist. He is team maker in order to include valuable partners such us university professors, a fertilizer company and biotechnology executives to make the most out of IP exclusive rights. He is committed to target achievements, investor confidence and company profitability.
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