Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit has closed its second edition today, rewarding the innovative talent of the entrepreneurs participating in the forum. The emerging companies Agri MP, Zzinga, Nucaps Nanotechnology, Faromatics and FarmCloud have been the winners among the 130 that have attended the call ‘Call for Startup’, with prizes awarded by IBM, Deloitte and the accelerator of Silicon Valley SVG Ventures. The event, positioned as one of the main international events focused on the digital transformation of the agri-food industry, had more than 1,800 participating professionals

The Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit has ended its second edition today, laying claim to the role of emerging companies of an innovative nature in the digitization process of the agri-food industry. Thus, the awards linked to the “Call for Startup” have been handed over, in which more than 130 companies with these characteristics participated. Through these awards, several of these have been able to access the use of IBM Cloud technology, provided by the multinational IBM. This is the case of FarmCloud, due to its scalability potential in the market; Zzinga, for its social responsibility in issues of gender equality; Nucaps Nanotechnology, which has presented the best technological solution, and Agri MP, chosen as best startup and most innovative. The latter also received from the US accelerator SVG Ventures the opportunity to be incubated in Silicon Valley and a financial contribution valued at $100,000. Deloitte, for its part, has endowed Faromatics with a specialized consulting service within its accelerator focused on food issues, which is installed in Milan, Italy.

The closing ceremony took place at FYCMA (Palace of Congresses and Fairs of Malaga), organizer of the event along with the European Foundation for Technological Innovation and Development (INTEC), the Regional Goverment of Andalucía and SVG Ventures & Thrive. Thus, there was the participation of the mayor of  Málaga, Francisco de la Torre; the general director of Rural Development, Innovation and Forestry Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Isabel Bombal; the territorial delegate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of the Regional Government of Andalucía, Fernando Fernández; the vice-chancellor of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation of the University of Málaga (UMA), Rafael Ventura; the vice president of the INTEC Foundation, Juan Francisco Delgado, and the CEO of SVG Ventures, John Hartnett. Likewise, the awards were given by IBM SPGI Chief Technology Officer, Elisa Martín Garijo, and Marina Calcagno, representing Deloitte.

De la Torre highlighted the essential “public-private cooperation to promote this type of initiative”, because “this is how to stimulate talent”.  Like, the councilor has insisted that we are facing “an important forum that is acquiring strength” at the international level “to position Málaga at the center of innovative, smart and sustainable cities.”

For her part, Bombal stressed that the Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Sumit has procured “more business, talks and the ability to establish relationships with partners that are going to be strategic for future business” with respect to the last call. In this manner, she affirmed that “we are leaving with a more solid innovative ecosystem and with more material” after two days of intense work.

Fernández has expressed his satisfaction for “the good development that this second edition has demonstrated,” which positions it as “the most important international event focused on digital innovation in the agri-food sector.” Moreover, the summit has influenced the quality of the offer exhibited with “novelties, services and innovative tools.”

Ventura, who has placed value on the role of the university to “generate entrepreneurial element,” has stated that the forum has been the ideal setting to “translate innovation into solutions and opportunities” for the agri-food sector.

Hartnett has emphasized the dimension of the event in order to “contact and establish business relationships.” He has also expressed his satisfaction with the content the technical program has gathered -with a hundred speakers-, from the specialized presentations to the large number of participating companies.

Delgado has highlighted the “quality of startups” that appeared during the two days, which “are the future of the sector,” he said. The vice-president of the INTEC Foundation mentioned that there has been an intersecting debate on areas of activity such as “robotics, biotechnology and circular economy.”

Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit has gathered at least 1,800 professionals from thirty countries that have highlighted the quality of the event to get into contact with potential partners and investors, which will result in future business opportunities. Likewise, it has generally gathered more than 300 emerging projects and technological entrepreneurs from different parts of the world in order to present their novel and radical proposals.

The Startup Europe Smart Agrifood Summit has been jointly organized by FYCMA (Palace of Congresses and Fairs of Málaga), the European Foundation for Technological Innovation and Development (INTEC), the Regional Government of Andalucía and SVG Ventures & Thrive, and has been promoted by the European initiative “Startup Europe” of DG CONNECT of the European Commission within the framework of the Digital Single Market strategy. On the other hand, the Golden Partners were the Andalusian Agency of Knowledge, the Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion – Extenda, an entity dependent on the Ministry of the Presidency, the Public and Interior Administration; the Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency of Andalucía (AGAPA); Alltech Crop Science; Ceseand-Enterprise Europe Network (EEN); the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development; Deloitte and Galpagro. COVAP and IBM acted as the Silver Partners. The Bronze Partners were Andalucía Emprende, the Andalusian Public Foundation; AVOMIX; Cefetra Digital Services; EIT Climate-KIC; EIT Food; John Deere; The Palm; Montosa and the University of Málaga.