AgriTech Company of the Year finalists challenge waste, increase profitability and productivity in the food chain

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It’s that time of year again, when the Cambridge Independent announces the finalists for the Science & Technology Awards.  As proud sponsors of the AgriTech Company of the Year award – Smithson Hill was very keen to see who made the cut this year. It was no surprise to see both Herdsy and Kisan Hub appearing again on this year’s list, joined by new entrants COGZ and Smartbell. 

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While the industry wastes a third of the food it grows, COGS aims to prevent food waste at the start of the food chain using a platform that enables farmers to sell their surplus and imperfect produce directly to food and drink manufacturers.  We look forward to hearing more about how their platform can help improve farming productivity.


Re-appearing as a finalist for the second year running, Herdsy have stormed to success since last year’s awards. This summer they announced a landmark collaboration with Samsung using to launch a new handheld device. With orders coming in from around the world – they really are ahead of the herd!

Kisan Hub

Kisan Hub have had a cracking year, after being highly commended by the judges in the 2018 Science and Technology awards, they went on to win the Cambridge award double in March this year. Kisan Hub is working with Budweiser brewer AB InBev to help barley growers in India and have recently announced £3.4million in Series A funding.


Our team was lucky enough to catch up with Veena Adityan of Smartbell this summer, who was pretty excited about their tech and the rate the company is growing. Their real-time calf monitoring system uses AI and IoT technology to help enable more sustainable and profitable farming.

We're looking forward to catching up with all the finalists at the awards evening – and can’t wait to hand over the prize on the night!

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