The robotics industry is at an inflection point where the baton is being passed from the scientists to the practitioners. In historical terms, we are witnessing the Edisons of the world harness the innovations of the likes of Faraday to create life-changing businesses and wealth. Automation has moved from smart manufacturing and logistics to fry cooking and salad tossing.
Meat analogues are meat-like substances usually made from plants. These substitutes are growing in popularity thanks to brands like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat. However, for meat enthusiasts, these substitutes often lack the feel, look, and taste of the real thing. Hoxton Farms is looking to produce real animal fat without harming animals for use in meat alternatives by extracting fat cells. Using cultivated fats has the potential to relieve pressure on the environment caused by factory farms including helping with antibiotic resistance and climate change. The company uses machine learning and mathematical modeling to build its cultured fats with plans to build a scalable prototype within the next 18 months. London TechWatch caught up with Cofounder Ed Steele to learn more about the work to make meat alternatives viable at scale, the company’s future plans, and recent round of funding from investors that include Founders Fund, BACKED VC, Presight Capital, CPT Capital, Sustainable Food Ventures, and others.
The pandemic has devastated the food industry and smaller, independent food-service businesses have felt the brunt of the pain. Farm, the new app, celebrates London’s local food scene and talent. Committed to supporting independent food businesses, the takeaway-only app does not charge any delivery or service fees, which ensures that vendors on the platform are able to keep all the margins. Consumers can order food from a variety of sources including the local farmers market, street vendors, artisan chefs, and more but the app does not include restaurants or chains. London TechWatch caught up with Mehmet Salih to learn more about Farm’s platform, the impact it has had on food businesses and professionals, and future plans.
While agriculture is the backbone of economies across the world. Despite “software eating the world”, farming, as an industry, has been severely overlooked when it comes to innovation and data-driven solutions. AGRIVI, the complete farm business management platform, is on a mission to change this by supporting farmers by leveraging technology to make farm operations efficient. London TechWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Matija Zulj to learn more about how AGRIVI helps solve the global food crisis while supporting farmers, the company’s expansion plans in Europe and the US, and the latest round of funding from investors that include South Central Ventures, European Investment Fund, Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Fil Rouge Capital,and AgriTech Hub.
While volunteering at a London food bank for two years, Robin Ferris saw first hand the challenges that food banks face when it comes to managing supply and demand. Many people would like to help food banks but don’t know where to start. This led him to launch Bankuet, an online platform that allows donors to support food banks. With many predicting an economic downturn forthcoming, Bankuet is in a poised to help those most in need. Ferris’ team bulk orders items that food banks need and delivers them to these understaffed and overutilized food banks – more than 1.9 tonnes delivered thus far. Many in the startup community talk about changing the world; Ferris is doing it…
Raising capital is never easy but it’s even harder for blockchain companies. These companies are commonly thought to be involved in cryptocurrency, which really isn’t the case for most blockchain startups. Learn more about how Billon Group’s technology is powering central banks and how it was able to successfully raise capital.
It spanned over 120 feet and took up a considerable area inside the already overpacked robotics section of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving many to wonder, ‘What on earth is a tractor doing at CES?’ Ever the since the acquisition of the artificial intelligence startup Blue River Technologies for $305 million, John Deere has been betting its […]
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Food waste is a global issue, and every chef faces this problem too. Determining the right amount of food inventory is an ideal use case for artificial intelligence. Winnow has built the AI-powered platform of tools to help the hospitality market operate more sustainable kitchens and cut food waste in half. Winnow has collectively helped save chefs […]
In a recent post, I talked about our focus on Digital Brands. Food, drink, and new ingredients certainly are part consumer goods and digital brands. But this area is unique enough to deserve its own explanation. That’s because food and drink are not only digital products, but also new expressions of the emerging science of health […]