Farming, the environment and the space in between: Ag Tech Ireland’s crash course in Brussels lobbying
Irish agricultural technology companies are organising into an increasingly coherent industry and took their first deep dive into EU institutions last month. Thomas Hubert followed them in Brussels and witnessed a shift in official discourse on agri-food sustainability.
Despite securing heavy-hitting investors, an award-winning poultry robotics start-up has gone into liquidation
Five-year-old Iamus enlisted artificial intelligence to assist farmers in their search for efficiency and was backed by a leading family in Ireland’s chicken industry, but this has proved insufficient to bring its product to market.
A “departing founder” and an investor takeover in exchange for “services”: What happened at Microgen Biotech?
The Carlow-based university spin-out harnessing bacteria to clean up polluted soils has just changed its name to Talam Biotech. Behind the scenes, the company has undergone a lot more than rebranding.
An Irish start-up wants to make a business from parasites. And investors believe it can do it
Sean Smith, the co-founder of Micron Agritech, talks about automating the process of parasite testing for farmers, new EU legislation, and raising €1.5m in further funding ahead of the start-up’s official launch in 2022.
“Doing a PhD or being an entrepreneur is really about: ‘I see a problem in the world that I want to solve’”
Four years ago, Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy went straight from her studies to founding a connected beehive start-up, ApisProtect. Last month, she featured on Forbes’s 30 under 30 list. After launching in the US in the middle of the pandemic, her product is now launching on the European market.