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Meet the Founder - Borage & Bee

“It’s incredible to see this drink, which has been around for so many years, be made relevant and cool again. Updated to suit the 21st-century consumer”.  Meet Chanelle O’Sullivan, founder of boutique meadery Borage and Bee, whose collection of session meads tell the story of New Zealand's regional produce and seasons, by pairing local honey with fruits, herbs, spices and botanicals.  Borage and Bee have joined us for our Sprout Accelerator 2021 Cohort B intake, along with 11 o...

September 21, 2021

Meet the Founder - Bovonic

“With our product, we have the user in mind, we focus on what the farmer actually needs and wants”. Meet Bovonic, the AgTech company looking to revolutionise how dairy farmers control and defeat disease, through diagnostic platform QuadSense. Here we chat with founder Liam Kampshof about where the idea for Bovonic came from, what sets them apart from the competition and where he sees the company in five years time.   Bovonic is one of the start-ups taking part in our three month Sp...

September 8, 2021

Meet The Founders: Flipit Foods

“Kiwis are becoming more conscious about the way they eat and how their lifestyle impacts the environment around them; especially with growing awareness on climate change, sustainability, and the effects of biodiversity - not only on our health but also on animals and the planet”. Introducing Flipit Foods, a plant-based and vegan-friendly food creator, that takes traditional meat recipes, and literally flips them on their head. ...

September 1, 2021

Meet the Founders: Split

“We wanted to provide another investment class that Kiwis could access; but not just rich Kiwis, all Kiwis”.  Meet Gabriel Dykes and Alex Thompson, two University of Otago students making it easy for Kiwis to invest in the horticulture sector, through new online investment platform, Split.  Split is one of the start-up companies joining our Sprout Accelerator 2021 Cohort B intake....

August 24, 2021

Meet the Founders: Hivesite

Meet the team behind Hivesite, Vijay Prema, Gareth Bell, James Emslie and Alistair Bell, four  AgTech innovators who are helping New Zealand beekeepers alleviate one of their biggest challenges, the fight against the varroa mite.  The concept behind Hivesite was developed while the team was working on another project using machine vision, a technology that uses sensors to provide imaging based analysis....

August 16, 2021

Meet The Founder: Ralf Klis

Introducing Mussel Farm Application, the brainchild of co-founders Ralf Klis and Lucas Tracewski, and one of the AgTech start-ups joining our Sprout Accelerator 2021 Cohort B intake.  Here we catch up with Ralf to discuss all things Mussel Farming Application - where the idea came from, how their innovative solution actually works and what their plans are for the future....

August 11, 2021

Maori Innovation - Fostering Sustainable AgTech Practices

There has been an enormous shift toward the term "regenerative agriculture" over the past few years, as we start to feel the effects of decades of unsustainable farming practices. This has impacted the current quality of water, soil, and animal health alongside the future of te Papatūānuku (or mother earth).Regenerative agriculture is described as "more than a system of farming: it is a mindset that questions the status quo" in this white paper by Our Land and Water.  Currently, our ...

July 20, 2021

Breaking New Ground with the latest in AgTech and FoodTech - meet Cohort B.

It wasn't an easy day at the office when it came to selecting Cohort B for our 2021 Accelerator year. However, we've identified 12 companies, one of our biggest cohorts to date, to put through our intensive three month Accelerator.These companies are tackling everything from weed management, to meat quality, animal health problems, as well as creating alternative food products for consumers. We've even got a company in the FinTech space - this cohort really has it all!Check out who they are...

July 8, 2021

Meet the Founders: VORTÉ Technologies

Meet Tim Moor, Christopher Bean and Nikko Patten Weinstein, - the team behind VORTÉ Technologies (VORTÉ), one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A.Founded in 2019, VORTÉ is a passionate group of technologists and entrepreneurs from across the world, who are collaborating to develop an innovative Clean Tech cooling system. Initially meeting through the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) the shared vision of the three team members is to mitigate the human impact on climate change, helpi...

June 22, 2021

Meet the Founders: Cropsy Technologies

Meet the team at Cropsy, one of the companies in our Cohort A, Leila, Ali, Winston, and Rory. Cropsy are developing a vineyard management system that uses machine vision cameras to auto-detect pests, disease, help estimate yield, and general vineyard management practices to help reduce labour costs....

June 8, 2021

Meet the Founders: Tau Research

Meet Sophie Chen and Rahat Hasan, two of the team behind Tau Research, one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A. Driven by innovation, Tau Research is focused around a data platform that helps farmers and growers make better decisions when it comes to tech adoption. Aiming to improve farming practices through innovation and increased availability of technology through lower price points and improved usability.  The company focuses their time on agritech research and development, data ...

May 21, 2021

Meet the Founder: eClean Technologies

Meet Ngārie Scartozzi the founder of eClean technologies, one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A. eClean Technologies, founded by Ngaire, has developed a bioreactor device that works to remove nitrates, phosphates, and other chemical and biological contaminants from waterways, Ngaire has extensive knowledge in this space, which she’s accumulated during her time completing her PhD and while developing filters for different applications over the past 15 to 20 years. While in Australia, she w...

May 7, 2021

Meet the Founders: Vince

Meet Debbie and Nigel Stowe, co-founders of Olive and Ash and their consumer product, Vince - one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A.  Serial entrepreneurs, the team met at University where Nigel was earning his degree in business management, and Deb was about to begin her degree to become a Chef. The team has since owned and operated a cafe, which they successfully ran and exited before starting Olive and Ash (named after their children Olivia and Ashley)....

April 27, 2021

Meet the Founders: YieldTec

Meet Laurence and Khalid, the team at YieldTec, one of the companies in our 2021 Cohort A.Dr Kahlid Salah is the Founder and CEO of YieldTec. From Yemen originally, he came to New Zealand to complete his PhD studies in mechatronics at the University of Canterbury. Laurence Gresham is the CTO and lead developer of the software. Before YieldTec, he graduated from Ara Institute in Canterbury, where he and Khalid met....

April 6, 2021

Climate Change: How New Zealand’s food and fibre sector needs to adapt

By 2050 it is estimated that there will be 10 billion people on the planet. That's 10 billion people to feed - something that the agriculture sector will play a huge part in making happen. However, with extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and destructive sea surges becoming a more frequent occurrence, it is clear that climate change is and will continue to affect our farming environment drastically. Changing the conditions we farm in and have become familiar with over decades.Meaning that...

March 19, 2021

Meet the Founders: University of Auckland

Meet Nijat Imin & Samuel Wilkins. The University of Auckland (UoA) team and one of the companies in Cohort A!Nijat Imin is the creator of the IP. He is a passionate plant biologist and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Science at UoA. Before joining UoA, Nijat was at the Australian National University for many years, where he also gained his PhD. Samuel Wilkins is a commercialisation manager at Auckland UniServices. He spends his time identifying exciting research that could have commercial appl...

March 15, 2021

Meet the Founders: Soochi Drinks

Tina Chou, Margie Hunt, and Naz Babapour are the three women Co-Founders behind Soochi Drinks, the functional beverage company from Cohort A. We recently sat down with Tina and Margie to get to know the founders a little more....

February 23, 2021

New way of sensing becomes commercial reality

Scentian Bio spins out from Plant & Food Research with investment from Sprout....

January 27, 2021

Soil, water and human health - Sprout's latest cohort has a flair for sustainability.

Introducing the first of two cohorts this year for the Sprout Accelerator. Cohort A will officially commence their partnership with Sprout on 1 February. Check out who we’re partnering with below....

January 5, 2021

Gil Meron named Chief Executive of Sprout

Marcel van den Assum, Chair of Sprout is pleased to announce that Gil Meron has been appointed Chief Executive of Sprout as someone who will help grow the agtech and foodtech sectors and says that “Gil brings global innovation, leadership credentials and investment experience which alongside the proven local team, establishes Sprout as the “go to” investor in deep tech Agri and Food sector ventures.”Gil is thrilled to lead the Sprout team and adds that "the agtech and foodtech sectors ar...

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