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RAU launches agritech innovation hub

 

A new agricultural enterprise hub has opened at the Royal Agricultural University, offering working space for innovative entrepreneurs and helping new business start-ups by applying technology to agriculture.



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The Royal Aguricultural University (RAU) has launched a new enterprise hub, promoting agritech innovation with 491 hectares (1,213 acres) of farmland for practical testing.

 

Farm491 offers an environment for innovators to grow their business by applying technology to agriculture.

 

Covering an extensive area of farmland, Farm491 will comprise of three innovation spaces:

 

  • A converted lodge for modern office space,
  • Practical workspaces in a farm barn
  • And a state-of-the-art technological centre

 

Angela Simkins, Farm 491 centre director said: "The objective of Farm491 is to create a sense of creativity, imagination and pioneering innovation within the agritech industry.

 

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"We want to help and support entrepreneurs trial new initiatives, test new technological solutions and offer a practical working space for the sharing of knowledge."

 

The first part of the Farm491 project is at Trent Lodge - a modern office space offering a working environment for aspiring entrepreneurs.

 

The farm barn is scheduled to open later this year, with the technology centre following in 2017.

 

Technological revolution

 

Ms Simkins continued: “The agricultural industry is being driven by a ‘technological revolution’ with more technical equipment and intelligence being integrated into daily farming life.

 

"In order to remain efficient, competitive and for us to sustainably feed a growing global population, agriculture has to embrace technology – and Farm491 aims to facilitate that.

 

"Our aspiration is to create a vibrant community of innovators with the potential to influence and benefit the wider agricultural and food production industries."

 


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