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18 out of 24 finalists of the competition received an offer to launch pilot tests of their solutions on the basis of large organizations in the industry.

Moscow innovation cluster (MIC) summed up the results of the Agro Tech Challenge technology competition, the participants of which presented innovative developments in the field of agriculture and food.

“Modern technologies are being actively introduced into the agricultural sector. When determining the list of finalists, the competition consisted of more than 10 projects per place: 24 startups were selected out of 249 applications submitted. At the same time, 18 of them, following the results of the competition, were interested in partners who declared their readiness to launch pilot projects at their sites, ”said the head of the capital

Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development Alexey Fursin.

During the month, the finalists of the program participated in expert sessions and networking meetings, communicated with industry partners. At the final meeting, the participants of the competition demonstrated their projects and plans for their development to market leaders.

Startups were presented in four areas, such as “Innovative solutions for crop production” (amino acids, growth regulators, fertilizers and pest control products), “Digital solutions for agriculture” (organization and monitoring of agricultural activities, assessment of the state of crops, yield forecast, promotion products), Agrotech (solutions for agro-technical enterprises and complexes for the implementation of the principles of Industry 4.0) and Foodtech (production, preparation and delivery of food using IT solutions).

“Problems of crop yields, lack of natural resources, climate change and food waste are becoming extremely relevant today on the global agenda. Large corporations are interested in finding and implementing effective innovative solutions in these areas. This explains the high proportion of projects whose authors will start implementing them together with partners, ”explained Alexey Fursin.

The partners of the competition were the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazeva (RSAU-Moscow Agricultural Academy), one of the venture funds and a chemical company.

From project to practice

In the RSAU-Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazeva are ready to conduct pilot tests of seven finalist projects. They will be:

– vertical modular farms for the production of quality and ecological food all year round;

– an autonomous robotic complex of sensors for monitoring vegetation, microclimate and plant soil;

– automated vertical farms based on freight containers (ISO);

– humus biological products based on ecologically clean lowland peat for use in agriculture and cleaning soil and water from hydrocarbon contamination;

– unmanned aerial vehicles for monitoring sowing, planting, watering and spraying plants in remote and hard-to-reach fields;

– an online farm management system using remote sensing technologies and machine learning;

– biological plant protection system in industrial greenhouses.

The venture fund chose 10 projects for cooperation:

– hot food delivery service in 30 minutes;

– production of drinks and containers;

– a drink made from live unicellular algae chlorella;

– functional drinks and food from purified and prepared water with the addition of natural ingredients;

– technology for creating automated mushroom city farms;

– the technology of processing vegetables and fruits into vegetable powders, which retain 95 percent of the taste, color, aroma and benefits of the original product;

– production of unique food ingredients for instant drinks preparation;

– chain of mini-coffee shops self-service;

– healthy fruits in a convenient form;

– a solution to optimize logistics.

The chemical maker singled out Leoxum among startups, which has developed a highly bioactive plant growth promoter.

Moscow innovation cluster Is a platform for the introduction of innovations and the development of cooperation between large corporations, industry, small and medium-sized businesses, educational and scientific organizations, development institutions and the city. The cluster includes more than 30 thousand organizations from Moscow and 80 regions of Russia. The project is supervised by the capital Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development.

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