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Test Farms
Test Farms

Test Farms

Get matched with a farmer and test your solution on the field!

Need help with testing your agritech solution? Apply for Test Farms and validate your product with farmers!

Test Farms links agricultural startups with farmers and testing-land. 

Through enabling these links EIT Food wants to help innovative agritech ideas to validate and test their products and services, showcase their business to customers and investors and finally support the technological transformation in European agriculture. 

2020 Test Farms cohort - startups

Following teams are currently testing their solutions with farmers around Europe:

Ullmanna (Czech Republic) - Weeding Organic Robotic Machine (W.O.R.M) equipped with software and AI which can recognize weeds from root crops. Solution tested with farmers from Polish Association of Beetroot Producers. Contributes to lower use of pesticides and lower cost of labour. 

Bisari Agroinnovation (Spain): Electrostatic technology enabling assisted pollination of susceptible crops.  Increases fruit set rate and therefore higher yields. Tested with Spanish almond tree growers. 

Ekolive (Slovenia) - organic fertilizer produced as a result of bioleaching process, contributing to increasing health and fertility of the soil, crop growth and yield. Tested with farmers in Portugal. 

Terrabio (Poland): The first mobile genetic analyser on the agri-food market which can identify up to 16 pathogens in single reaction in any environmental sample e.g., soil, water, plants. Contributes to detection and elimination of contaminated produce and pesticide use reduction. Tested with Bulgarian wheat farmers. 

Episome Biotechnologies (Turkey) - Bio-organomineral fertilizer that supports and protects crop plants in a variety of ways:  protection against pathogenic diseases, enhancing growth of root system, enhancing flowering, increasing overall yield (up to 20%), improving nutrient uptake from soil and enhancing soils physical and chemical properties. Tested with cereal farmers in Bulgaria.  

BeeSage (Latvia) - beehive monitoring systems based on IoT , which provides new insights to the beekeepers, optimizes their workflow, and allows them to make informed decisions. Solution contributes to wellbeing of bees and increased beekeepers’ profit by boosting productivity and decrease bee mortality. Tested with beekeepers in Bulgaria.  

Sponsh (Portugal) - Water producing tree guard absorbing water from air every night and autonomously releases water to roots of the seedling, contributing to higher survival rate of seedlings, lowering water usage and costs. Tested with orchard farmers in Portugal. 

Ficosterra (Spain) - Biofertilisers and biostimulants that regenerate the soil, stimulate crops, improve productivity, and increase the resistance of plants to environmental stress. Tested with farmers in Portugal.   

Bio2Coat (Spain) - Water-based natural edible coating in a form of an invisible semi-permeable barrier on the fruit, which reduces the respiratory rate and the water evaporation and protects against microorganisms. Reduces losses during transport, storage and improves the visual aspect, prevents fungi development and does not alter the nutrients. Tested with strawberry farmer in Spain. 

LumiSep (Poland)- new and fast portable method for toxins analysis. First focus is on aflatoxins in cereals and PAHs in edible oils. Contributes to increased food safety and traceability. Tested in Bulgaria with cereal farmers.  

Solar Fertigation (Italy)- Automatic fertilization and irrigation system with integrated IoT technology and stand-alone photovoltaic system. Resulting in increased agricultural productivity andlLand recovery for food production. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

Agrodrone.pt (Portugal) - Organic solution on crop fertility, which generates savings on irrigation and fertilization. Agrochar (product) traps carbon into soil and increases nutrient and water retention in soil. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

BrioAgro (Spain) - smart irrigation system, providing water just when the crop needs it. Monitoring with sensors, plus microclimate and satellite tracking to help in agronomic decision making. Tested with tomato and olive farmers in Spain.  

SmartBerries (Poland) - Fast, easy and mobile paper test for polyphenol (antioxidants) content in fruits and fruit products, increasing the produce value for the farmer and showing its health benefits. Tested with strawberry farmer in Spain.  

Evja (Italy) - Intelligent decision support system based on sensors, predictive agronomic models and AI. Helps growers make the best decisions, improving agrichemicals and irrigation management and allowing them to get a healthier and more abundant yield with the highest sustainability. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

South Agro (Italy) - Biostimulant made from seaweeds extracts that increases the quantity of yields and the quality of crops and reducing the need for use of chemical fertilisers. Tested with farmers in Portugal.  

Benefits

Test Farms programme is designed to link startups that are looking to validate their agricultural solutions with farmers or agricultural/pasture land to do a pilot project.

You will receive:

  • Matchmaking with farmers/agricultural or pasture land with the required conditions for a successful pilot project. 
  • The opportunity to do a pilot with professional farmers in a realistic setting in Spain, Portugal and Bulgaria to achieve validation of your agricultural solution.
  • Possibilities to showcase your solution in a realistic setting to display your proof of concept during Demo Day organised at the site of farmer.
  • Access to EIT Food network.
  • 3000 EUR budget to support the travel and testing phase.

Program outline

Update on the important dates (20.04.2020)

  1. Application deadline : 24.05.2020 ( NEW DATE) 
  2. Evaluation and selection of program participants : 25.05—7.06.2020 
  3. Announcement of the results: 10.06.2020 
  4. Match-making event : September 2020 (TBC) - Shortlisted startups will be invited to join one 2-day match-making events. At these events, they will meet with farmers, evaluate the possibility of testing their innovative solutions on their premises and together create a plan for testing the technology.
  5. Testing phase : September 2020 - September 2021Startups test their solution on the premises of the farmer/test field according to the plan created during the match-making event.
  6. Demo Day – September 2020 - September 2001 - Following the testing, selected startups together with farmers will organise a Demo Day for local farmers/clients to attend, test the solution and possibly buy the product/service.

Information on the eligibility criteria as well as program outline and selection criteria are available here.

Eligibility requirements

EIT Food is looking for startups with have a practical agricultural solution for farmers to help them tackle their most urgent challenges and improve the quality and safety of produce. Startups need to have a developed product/service that is ready for validation in the field.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The applicant is a company registered in one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Greece.
  • The applicant has received no more than 60,000 euros in funding from EIT Food in 2020.  
  • The applicant has developed an innovative solution in agriculture/animal husbandry. 
  • EIT Food has six overarching strategic themes to transform our food system. Selected startups needs to work towards one of them. The 6 themes are: 
  • Alternative proteins 
  • Sustainable agriculture 
  • Targeted nutrition 
  • Digital traceability  
  • Circular food systems 
  • An Applicant who has submitted a complete application, i.e. answered all the questions included in the form available on the following website: https://www.f6s.com/testfarms , completed and attached all the required attachments.
  • Participants of 2019 editions Test Farms Poland or Test Farms Spain are ineligible for the program.
  • EIT Food's RisingFoodStars members who are currently participating (Business Plan 2020) or have participated in previous years in projects within EIT Food consortium are ineligible for the program.

Application

Applications for 2020 are closed now.

Terms and Conditions of Test Farms programme available here.

2020 Test Farms cohort

Following teams are currently testing their solutions with farmers around Europe:

Ullmanna (Czech Republic) - Weeding Organic Robotic Machine (W.O.R.M) equipped with software and AI which can recognize weeds from root crops. Solution tested with farmers from Polish Association of Beetroot Producers. Contributes to lower use of pesticides and lower cost of labour. 

Bisari Agroinnovation (Spain): Electrostatic technology enabling assisted pollination of susceptible crops.  Increases fruit set rate and therefore higher yields. Tested with Spanish almond tree growers. 

Ekolive (Slovenia) - organic fertilizer produced as a result of bioleaching process, contributing to increasing health and fertility of the soil, crop growth and yield. Tested with farmers in Portugal. 

Terrabio (Poland): The first mobile genetic analyser on the agri-food market which can identify up to 16 pathogens in single reaction in any environmental sample e.g., soil, water, plants. Contributes to detection and elimination of contaminated produce and pesticide use reduction. Tested with Bulgarian wheat farmers. 

Episome Biotechnologies (Turkey) - Bio-organomineral fertilizer that supports and protects crop plants in a variety of ways:  protection against pathogenic diseases, enhancing growth of root system, enhancing flowering, increasing overall yield (up to 20%), improving nutrient uptake from soil and enhancing soils physical and chemical properties. Tested with cereal farmers in Bulgaria.  

BeeSage (Latvia) - beehive monitoring systems based on IoT , which provides new insights to the beekeepers, optimizes their workflow, and allows them to make informed decisions. Solution contributes to wellbeing of bees and increased beekeepers’ profit by boosting productivity and decrease bee mortality. Tested with beekeepers in Bulgaria.  

Sponsh (Portugal) - Water producing tree guard absorbing water from air every night and autonomously releases water to roots of the seedling, contributing to higher survival rate of seedlings, lowering water usage and costs. Tested with orchard farmers in Portugal. 

Ficosterra (Spain) - Biofertilisers and biostimulants that regenerate the soil, stimulate crops, improve productivity, and increase the resistance of plants to environmental stress. Tested with farmers in Portugal.   

Bio2Coat (Spain) - Water-based natural edible coating in a form of an invisible semi-permeable barrier on the fruit, which reduces the respiratory rate and the water evaporation and protects against microorganisms. Reduces losses during transport, storage and improves the visual aspect, prevents fungi development and does not alter the nutrients. Tested with strawberry farmer in Spain. 

LumiSep (Poland)- new and fast portable method for toxins analysis. First focus is on aflatoxins in cereals and PAHs in edible oils. Contributes to increased food safety and traceability. Tested in Bulgaria with cereal farmers.  

Solar Fertigation (Italy)- Automatic fertilization and irrigation system with integrated IoT technology and stand-alone photovoltaic system. Resulting in increased agricultural productivity andlLand recovery for food production. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

Agrodrone.pt (Portugal) - Organic solution on crop fertility, which generates savings on irrigation and fertilization. Agrochar (product) traps carbon into soil and increases nutrient and water retention in soil. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

BrioAgro (Spain) - smart irrigation system, providing water just when the crop needs it. Monitoring with sensors, plus microclimate and satellite tracking to help in agronomic decision making. Tested with tomato and olive farmers in Spain.  

SmartBerries (Poland) - Fast, easy and mobile paper test for polyphenol (antioxidants) content in fruits and fruit products, increasing the produce value for the farmer and showing its health benefits. Tested with strawberry farmer in Spain.  

Evja (Italy) - Intelligent decision support system based on sensors, predictive agronomic models and AI. Helps growers make the best decisions, improving agrichemicals and irrigation management and allowing them to get a healthier and more abundant yield with the highest sustainability. Tested with farmers in Spain.  

South Agro (Italy) - Biostimulant made from seaweeds extracts that increases the quantity of yields and the quality of crops and reducing the need for use of chemical fertilisers. Tested with farmers in Portugal.  

Project Lead

Adriana BaƂazy
Institution

EIT Food

Role

RIS Business Development Manager - North-East

Contact details

adriana.balazy@eitfood.eu

Joseph Gridley
Institution

EIT Food

Role

RIS Business Development Manager - South

Contact details

joseph.gridley@eitfood.eu

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