More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

19 December 2018 South, Greece, Italy The  EIT  Food  CLC  South  has  organised  several  AgriFood  Demo  Days  over  the  past  weeks.  Once  the  event  in  Spain  was  over,  in  October,  it  was  the  turn  of  Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Greece. In all, the five events gathered more than 300 participants and awarded 75.000 euros in prizes.

More than 300 participants at the AgriFood Demo Days in Spain, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Greece

The  EIT  Food  CLC  South  has  organised  several  AgriFood  Demo  Days  over  the  past  weeks.  Once  the  event  in  Spain  was  over,  in  October,  it  was  the  turn  of  Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Greece. In all, the five events gathered more than 300 participants and awarded 75.000 euros in prizes.

The AgriFood Demo Days host the internationalInnovation Grants competition, which  rewards  start-ups  and  entrepreneurs  working  for  a  healthier  and  more  sustainable  food  value  chain.  They  are  held  in  a  total  of  13  countries  in  the  South and East of Europe. This year, there were more than 500 applications to participate. The Innovation Grants award a First Prize of €10,000 and a second prize  of  €5,000  to  the  best  entrepreneurs  and  start-ups  with  ideas  that  could  help to achieve the EIT Food goals.

PORTUGAL

The  first  award  was  given  to Sponsh,  a  company  that  has  created  a  new  material  that  absorbs  water  from  the  air  and  uses  it  to  water  the  crops.  Thus,  this intelligent material gives water directly to the soil, without needing energy, infrastructure or maintenance.

The  second  award  went  to Terrapro  for  its  part  in  developing  technological  solutions  for  precision  agriculture  tools  dedicated  to  the  permanent  follow  up  of  the  conditions  on  a  farm.  It  specifically  sells  soil  moisture  probes,  weather  stations and photo sensors with online access to data via software.

TURKEY

Batir Nut Butter, a company that markets a healthy snack brand won the first prize at the Demo Day in Turkey.  Its commitment to food that is easy to consume and that is healthy was crucial for the jury to reach its decision.

The second prize went to Naturansa. This company transforms food waste into protein  by  using  insects.  Their  products  -  live  larvae,  dried  larvae,  larvae  dust  and frozen larvae - enhance the growth of fish, reptiles and birds, and increase production efficiency.

ITALY

The first prize went to Agrifoodie, a web platform designed to link farmers and agents  in  the  agricultural  sector  to  the  end  consumer.  A  tool  that  combines  innovation,  local  and  sustainable  production,  technology  and  closeness  to  the  consumer.

Hexagro,  dedicated  to  creating  vegetable  gardens  within  offices  and  other  closed  spaces,  won  the  second  prize.  Its  product,  The  Living  Farming  Tree,  is  a  modular  high-performance  customizable  indoor  garden  that  uses  Aeroponic  technology to grow fresh produce using 10% of the water resources needed in conventional agriculture.

GREECE

At the last Demo Day, the natural preserves producer Susea was awarded the first  prize  thanks  to  its  patent  of  a  liquid  solution  that  prolongs  the  life  of  fish  and  seafood.  This  solution  reduces  waste  through  innovative  conservation  technologies and increases the lifespan of these species.

The Big Data platform Foodakai won the second Prize. This tool compiles all the food  safety  alerts  around  the  world  to  help  companies  make  the  best  quality  control  decisions  based  on  accurate  information  in  real  time  that  is  easy  to  access and adapted to each supply chain.

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