Archimedes on Primer, an accelerator programme

Archimedes on Primer, an accelerator programme

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We are happy to announce that we are participating in the Primer program. It was created and certified by the European organization InnoEnergy and is implemented in Bulgaria by Cleantech Bulgaria. Primer is an accelerator programme created and certified by the European organization InnoEnergy and is realized in Bulgaria by Cleantech Bulgaria. The goal of the programme is to train and prepare entrepreneurs with ideas that have business and market potential., including: Developing a business model, Marketing, Finance and IP, Preparing for Pitch to Investors, as well as many other useful knowledge! The training program consists of 6 full-day sessions in May and June this year and will end with a demo day where the teams will present their ideas to an expert jury. Photo credit: Unsplash Send us your…
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Scaleups and Corporates come together to spring innovation and business

Scaleups and Corporates come together to spring innovation and business

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Deep tech on display: Scaleups and Corporates come together to spring innovation and business On 3-4 April, Archmedes UDSS was one of over 100 companies funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot that participated in a matchmaking event at the InQbet Accelerator in Brussels with large corporates and open innovation experts. Hosted by P&G and The Growcery, participants also included representatives from Cargill, Port of Antwerp, bpost, Nokia, Umicore, ING and Solvay and twenty other big corporations. The event tackled important topics geared toward the scaleup community, including factors that influence corporate decisions when partnering with scaleups: the different ways corporates in different sectors approach open innovation; the importance of corporate innovation labs to fuel pilot projects and incubation important considerations scaleups should contemplate when partnering with larger corporations…
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Archimedes UDSS on the European Innovation Council Corporate Day

Archimedes UDSS on the European Innovation Council Corporate Day

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We are most glad to announce that Archimedes – UDSS LLC have an invitation from the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot of the European Commission and P&G for a EIC Corporate Day to pitch our company, discover challenges and explore business opportunities. On the event we will meet with top representatives and network with like-minded innovators in this engaging, exclusive event designed to accelerate our business. Event Description On 3 and 4 April 2019, at the InQbet Accelerator in Brussels, a limited hand-picked number of companies funded by the EIC pilot will have the opportunity to pitch and present their business cases and to engage in one-on-one business meetings with representatives from some of the leading Corporates in Europe, including P&G, Cargill, DEME, GSK, ING, Ingenico, Nokia, Solvay and Umicore,…
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Where is AgTech in the new EU Common Agricultural Policy?

Where is AgTech in the new EU Common Agricultural Policy?

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We all know that the EU CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) will change. Furthermore, we all are probably sure that change is inevitable. It’s quite obvious when one pays a look at the performance of the EU farming sector, both economic and environmental, during the last programming period (not to mention that it’s actually not over yet). So CAP must change; the million euro question, as usual, is: how? The answer will be given in accordance with the political decisions at EU level, which actually reflect the compromises between different Member-States’ national priorities, tailored to the budget available for CAP funding. Here I won’t talk about strategic plans, CAP pillars or funds redistribution. It is (or will be) all available online, at the EC’s pages. What I would like to stress…
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New technologies and the prospects ahead of farming productivity

New technologies and the prospects ahead of farming productivity

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In recent years, the future humanity alimentation topic is so overexposed that its interpretation often seems literally conspiratorial. Quite typical for the so-called “agricultural analyses”, that question is frequently addressed by persons whose touch points with agriculture end off with the fruit and vegetable shelf in the local supermarket. From apocalyptic suggestions drawing pictures of ubiquitous starvation and a Mad Max-style future, to hysterical tirades preaching that “computers will rob you of your livelihood”... The global information exchange overflows with “expert” forecasts. Unfortunately, due to the lack of adequate control in social media in particular, such manipulative revelations impact huge audiences, inclusive agricultural producers themselves. Reality is quite different and the good news is that ever more farmers understand it. And first, as in almost every sector within today’s economy,…
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The price of sustainable agriculture – the consumer is always right

The price of sustainable agriculture – the consumer is always right

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Lately, leading analysts agree that in the short term consumers will become ever more demanding towards food sourcing, its impact on the environment and climate change. It’s actually what is happening even now. The effect of consumers’ concerns is already felt by farmers and their reactions (predominantly thumbs-down, of course) are not delayed. Growers’ negative attitude towards such a consumers’ whims is quite natural. It stems from the well-known fact that compliance with such increased expectations inevitably affects production costs. However what many still don’t understand are the new opportunities farmers would be given exactly thanks to the rise of these expectations. Or in other words, the new value which could be added to their produce when they meet increasing consumers’ requirements. So let’s check out the real situation. No…
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What’s needed to make digital agriculture happen

What’s needed to make digital agriculture happen

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In a recent speech in Cordoba the EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan shared his opinion that European farming digitalization is happening too slowly. Certainly, that’s not the single statement made by a high EU representative in this sense. For the sector observers that’s the same as to say that winter is too cold. Most important here is that the topic is addressed officially, and at high level. And there are also specific proposals being launched. For instance, to double the budget of the future R&D Programme “Horizon Europe” dedicated to the research and development in the agriculture, food and environmental resources domain. Sounds wonderful. However there are some delicate aspects that, while listening to the politicians' skillfully assembled and delivered speeches, we often fail to rationalize. Such a delicate…
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The humble noble crop

The humble noble crop

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From preferred animal feed, through cornflour, oil and cornflakes, starch and syrup, to sweetener, alcohol and even fuel. Тhe prospects faced by maize, or corn, seem literally enormous. Perhaps with the only exception of rice, it is hard to point at another agricultural crop of so crucial importance for today’s ever-growing mankind. Its wide range of applications have already made corn a real crop of the future and quite logically, the forecasts predict continuous rise in maize production and demand. According to the analysts at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), for instance, the global corn demand will reach 852 million metric tonnes in 2020, which is 45% more than in 1997. Given that agricultural land, and irrigated area in particular, is more or less (usually less!) a constant,…
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The way to IrriGATE

The way to IrriGATE

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When it comes to the way that led to the current shape of the IrriGATE technology, for me it’s quite clear that the purely technological evolution of the method can’t be seen separately from the evolution of the concept behind it. Today, the Archimedes UDSS concept is a startup concept. When we say startup, we generally mean ICT and in particular internet, social networking and SaaS related companies. However, our case is somewhat different. Archimedes is not about showing the world what you have eaten for breakfast. Archimedes is neither about sharing the priceless thoughts that came to you in the bathroom. Nothing so exciting! Archimedes is about boring things – like securing people’s food and nutrition, boosting the farmers’ income, using freshwater effectively and saving the environment. And yet…
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Agriculture and its digital future

Agriculture and its digital future

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It looks like today, farming related circles are sharing almost unanimously the point that the future of agriculture is unthinkable without the integration of contemporary ICT. We are witnessing countless events dedicated to that cherished symbiosis. Dealing with the issue are literally all kinds of persons claiming to be linked to the sector: Academia representatives, public administrators, advisors and so on. All of that is cool, but a major absence is noticeable: that of the farmer whose cloudless ICT future seems to concern everybody else. So why is this happening? Agriculture, as we all know, is a conservative industry. Changes are happening slowly and the large number of farmers have a markedly suspicious attitude towards innovations – quite normally, given that from a total of 11 million holding managers in…
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