£250k investment for agricultural go getters

Have you got a ground-breaking business idea for agriculture to pitch?
Have you got a ground-breaking business idea for agriculture to pitch?

The search is on for a new crop of agricultural entrepreneurs keen to progress their businesses to the next level.

Brought to you by Briefing Media Agriculture, owners of publications including Farmers Guardian, in conjunction with The Co-operative Food, the competition invites anyone with a ground-breaking business idea for agriculture to pitch Dragon’s Den-style for a share of £250,000 worth of investment.

New for 2017, there is also a guaranteed Briefing Media promotional package worth £5k for every finalist, as well as on-going help and business support from an esteemed judging panel.

Applications close on July 7th and those shortlisted will be invited to an interview. Finalists will pitch to an expert panel in September.

Neil Thackray, chief executive and co-founder of Briefing Media, said: “Your business could be a software company, app developer or systems supplier. You could be using farm data, mapping or weather information in an innovative way. You might even have a product already launched or be in the process of prototyping. Whatever stage you are at we want to help you achieve your goals.”

Will Jackson, agricultural manager at The Co-operative Food, said: “We are committed to supporting UK farming, and see our role as fundamental to helping embrace, nurture and develop the ideas generated.”

The search aims to find entrepreneurs, farmers or students with a great product or concept which could help farmers.

In addition to potential funding and the promotional package, winners will also get advice, support and mentoring in areas such as marketing, buying, distribution channels, business planning, plus the opportunity to trial the innovation, product, process or technology within The Co-Op Food’s farming groups.

To find out more about the competition, visit: www.aginnovationden.com

For more information about The Co-operative Food’s Farming Groups visit http://www.co-operativefood.co.uk/food-matters/farming-food/