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.
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.
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.
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.
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.