£250,000 Funding Opportunity For Agri Entrepreneurs

The search is on for a new crop of agricultural entrepreneurs keen to progress their businesses to the next level.

Brought to you by Briefing Media Agriculture, owners of publications including the Farmers Guardian, in conjunction with The Co-operative Food, the competition invites anyone with a ground-breaking business idea for agriculture to pitch Dragon’s Den-style for a share of £250,000 worth of investment.

Time to sort out the wheat from the chaff: check out the £250,000 investment pot available for agriculture entrepreneurs. 

New for 2017, there is also a guaranteed Briefing Media promotional package worth £5k for every finalist, as well as on-going help and business support from our esteemed judging panel.

Applications close on July 7, 2017. Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview and finalists will pitch to an expert panel in September.

Neil Thackray, chief executive and co-founder of Briefing Media, said: “Your business could be a software company, app developer or systems supplier. You could be using farm data, mapping or weather information in an innovative way. You might even have a product already launched or be in the process of prototyping. Whatever stage you are at we want to help you achieve your goals.”

Will Jackson, agricultural manager at The Co-operative Food, added: “We are committed to supporting UK farming, and see our role as fundamental to helping embrace, nurture and develop the ideas generated.

“We are looking for entrepreneurs, farmers or students with a great product or concept which could help farmers.”

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In addition to potential funding and the promotional package, winners will get advice, support and mentoring in areas such as marketing, buying, distribution channels, business planning, plus the opportunity to trial the innovation, product, process or technology within The Co-Op Food’s farming groups.

Briefing Media Agriculture owns leading brands in the agricultural information sector including Farmers Guardian, Arable Farming, Dairy Farmer, LAMMA and CropTec.

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The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 people.