The Yield Lab Europe’s 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 of experts, corporates and investors all around the world to enable companies to successfully scale and commercialise internationally. The Yield Lab Europe currently has seven companies in its portfolio, of whom four are Irish. Going forward we expect to invest in five new companies per year through the accelerator.
About the Yield Lab Europe
The Yield Lab Europe programming runs for twelve months, and location alternates between Dublin, 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, and to showcase these companies to corporate and strategic partners, and to international investors to enable them to scale.
As well as its European presence, the Yield Lab Ireland has a global network available to help each portfolio company in their pursuit of growth.
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.
Chalante – Cambridge, UK
Chalante develops novel parasiticides targeting some of the most valuable opportunities in animal health, well-being and productivity. Chalante’s parasiticides aim to overcome resistance to marketed products and are inspired by bioactive molecules, produced in nature by fungi and microbes. Chalante’s technology platform enables both the discovery of new medicines and enhanced methods for their manufacture.
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.
ImpactVision – San Francisco, US
ImpactVision is a machine learning company, applying advanced imaging technology to food supply chains.
Our hyperspectral software assesses food quality, such as the freshness of fish, the dry matter content of avocados or the presence of foreign objects non-invasively and at production grade speeds, providing 100% product coverage.
MicroGen Biotech – Carlow, Ireland
Microgen Biotech has developed a unique range of biologicals based on healthy bacteria that restore the soil’s natural microbiome, improving yields and reducing the update of heavy metals into plants. This reduces toxic heavy metals in our foods when applied to crops by farmers during the growing season. It is also used for bioremediation on lands that were polluted with industrial waste, mining and hydrocarbons to decontaminate them and restore them to productive use.
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.
Sencrop – Cambridge, UK
The connected ag-weather station available to all. Sencrop connects rain and wind speed gauges for a more precise, efficient, and eco-friendly agriculture.