Activate 2.0 brings hottest farm tech to Fanshawe

Three of New Zealand’s most innovative up-and-coming agritech companies have made the finals of Farm Source’s Activate 2.0 venture, as the search for disruptive technology to Fonterra farms kicked off in Fanshawe Street. 

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Regen, Agrismart, and Wildeye made their way through to the last round, after showcasing their products to the business followed by a ‘dragon’s den’ style pitch to a group of Fonterra-appointed judges.

 “We were amazed by the quality and speed of entries we received – it’s a real credit to the teams that entered, having responded to our brief in such a short timeframe,” said Evelyn Seewald, Fonterra's General Manager Operations and Farmer Services

The competition set about finding solutions to help farmers increase sustainability, productivity, profitability, and efficiency, with more than 20 teams from around New Zealand registering to take part.

The winning innovations were Regan mobile app giving farmers daily scheduling recommendations for water, nitrogen and effluent management; Agrismart’s people management software specially designed for the dairy industry; and Wildeye’s remote monitoring system for optimising irrigation water use and minimising environmental impact in effluent management.

“It’s all about helping these early stage companies gain exposure - but we’re the real winners here. Helping to get these innovative solutions through from concept and prototype, then out on farms is where we can make a real difference,” said Evelyn.

The extensive judging panel included Shareholder Councillors, innovative farmer Tony Walters, innovation leading Fonterra staff members, as well as innovation partners LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation), Agrigate and Silicon Valley connector Wharf42.

The three finalists will be judged by farmer facing staff with an overall winner decided by ‘people’s choice’ on 16 March 2017. Final prizes include tickets to the Silicon Valley Forum for AgTech in April, a stand at Tech Week Farming 2020 in May and access to the new Agrigate farm data platform.

For more information visit fonterraactivate.com.