The Yield Lab Europe accelerator invests €100,000 into early stage agrifood technology companies that revolutionize agriculture and food systems to sustainably feed the world. In addition to providing capital, The Yield Lab Europe provides access to individualized mentoring from industry experts, access to the premiere agrifood tech accelerator in Ireland, and access to the Yield Lab global network. The Yield Lab Europe evaluates companies from all around the world and welcomed its first 4 portfolio companies in Galway in May, 2017.
About the Yield Lab Europe
The Yield Lab Europe programming runs for six months, from May to November. Programming requires a time commitment of one day per month, and location alternates between Dublin, Galway, London and St Louis. During this time, companies will be guided through a uniquely developed accelerator programme designed to combine the existing technology entrepreneurial ecosystem with strong agricultural industry leaders. Each company will be assigned a dedicated Yield Lab Managing Director to guide them through these 6 months and beyond.
As well as its European presence, the Yield Lab Ireland has a global affinity network available to help each portfolio company in their pursuit of growth. Its strong ties with St. Louis provide a solid link into the US and North American markets.
ApisProtect – Cork, Ireland
ApisProtect uses in-hive sensors, retrofitted into existing beehives, to unobtrusively monitor honey bee colonies. The collected data is gathered using mobile networks, then machine learning and big data techniques are applied which provide actionable insights about colony health, diseases, pests and other important events to make effective beekeeping decisions.
Hexafly – Meath, Ireland
Hexafly converts low value brewers waste into environmentally-friendly protein and nutritional oil products, of high value to the aquaculture fish feed market. Other by-products include frass, a natural fertilizer, and chitin, a bio-polymer used in medicine and as a food additive. These products are derived from black soldier fly larvae, which consume the brewers waste They have already began exporting their product across the E.U.
MicroSynbiotiX – Cork, Ireland
MicroSynbiotiX is developing cost-effective oral vaccines to combat infections in aquaculture and improve global food security. They are developing a novel, patent-pending method of producing oral vaccines using transgenic microalgae.
Ubiqutek (t/a Rootwave) – Warwick, England
Herbicides and chemical based products are under increased international regulatory scrutiny for environmental and carcinogenic risks. Ubiqutek aims to solve these issues facing the industry though the launch of its initial product rootwave pro that can kill and control a variety of weeds using electricity. Ubiqutek utilizes a B2B model and seeks to market its product to larger scale mechanical weed control distributors and manufacturers.
The application cycle for The Yield Lab 2018 will open in January 2018.
Companies will be able to apply for both Yield Lab accelerators through a single application form. If you have questions about our application process, please visit The Yield Lab’s Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Connie Bowen (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The selection process will be undertaken initially in December, and shortlisted companies will be notified.
Pitch days, where each team will have one hour to give a presentation, will take place in Dublin with a panel of mentors and agtech investors in February and March, with the 2018 intake notified by the end of March.
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