Innovation Arena 2021 in association with Enterprise Ireland and the NPA

Virtual Innovation Arena

'Innovation Arena showcasing Agritech talent that will deliver a greener Future for all'

Competition 2021

This year the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena was delivered in an online format due to the continued restrictions with Covid-19. The competition again showcased the very best of Irish agritech innovation. The fields of Ireland are famous for producing some of the best food in the world, so it comes as no surprise that we are developing a nation of agritech innovators and entrepreneurs, that will enhance our global reputation.

With climate change and protecting our natural resources high on the agenda for so many people, this year’s competition yielded a significant number of applicants focused on delivering a greener more sustainable future. The Overall Winner, and the winner of the Sustainable Agriculture Award, is marine biotech company Brandon Bioscience in Tralee, Co Kerry. Developed in collaboration with the traditional fertiliser manufacturer Target Fertilisers, the winning entry is an innovative new biostimulant product using extracts from common brown seaweed that has the potential to reduce nitrogen use on farms by up to 20%. This theme was again continued by the Limerick-based company Samco, winning the ‘Agricultural Engineering Award’ for their new maize seeder that reduces film use by 30% without compromising on crop performance.

Ireland’s long and proud history as a leader in the equine industry was reflected in the winner of the Best Overall Start-Up Award, EquiTrace, an app that works with a horse’s microchip to identify, locate and track individual animals as they move while also recording animal temperature and health records. EquiTrace was also the winner of a new award introduced this year, the Vet Technology Award. We hope to see many more entrants in this category next year.

We have also seen exciting developments in IOT and sensor technology. Agritech Start-up winners ApisProtect has developed innovative beehive monitoring technology for the hobby beekeeper to help them become more efficient. This technology will also help protect our most valuable pollinators across the globe. Alltech has further enhanced nutrition management with the development of a system using a new feed app for the farmer, along with a new ‘Farm Insight Dashboard’ and the ‘Generation 4 InTouch Controller’. All the information on the controller is mirrored by a tablet in the tractor cab.

Unfortunately, the buzz of attending the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Championships will never be replicated in an online competition. What it will achieve though is recognition of innovative and entrepreneurial activity that continues actively in this country despite Covid-19. Many Enterprise Ireland companies adjusted to deliver success in the last 18 months, whether it has been developing important PPE, or ensuring that vital food and industry services remained open. This resilience in particularly evident in the agri-community.

The Innovation Arena in 2021 is the ideal platform to demonstrate ground-breaking developments, whether they are farmer-led inventions, commercial company innovations, or research-focused solutions that have the potential to change the industry. Hopefully in 2022 we will have the potential to host the Innovation Arena, taking centre stage at the National Ploughing Championships once again.

Category Winners

The overall and best start-up Award winners will receive €5,000 each

There were 14 Award Category winners including:

  • Overall Winner (Established Company) and Sustainable Agriculture Award: Brandon BioScience, Kerry
  • Overall Winner (Start-up company) and Vet Technology Award: EquiTrace, Kildare
  • Agricultural Engingeering Award and ACE Agritech Centre of Excellence Award: Samco Agricultural, Limerick
  • Agritech Start-up Award: ApisProtect, Cork
  • Agritech Established Company Award: Alltech, Meath
  • Agri-safety Award: Calving Assist, Tipperary
  • One to Watch Award: SlurryQuip, Down
  • Young Innovator of the Year:  Carbon Harvesters, Dublin
  • ifac Best Newcomer Award: Mooncyst International, Cork
  • On Farm Innovation Award – Alfie Cox Founder’s Perpeptual Trophy: Crushmate, Laois
  • AgTechUCD Startup Award: FodderBox Ltd., Cork

Key Dates

15th September Award Ceremony

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