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Hungarian startups revolutionize the agriculture industry

Launched by the National Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) and Design Terminal, the NAK TechLab Incubation Program aims to find the most innovative solutions in the domestic agro-food industry, making the sector more competitive, sustainable and environmentally aware.

The NAK and Design Terminal incubation program has taken the most innovative startups in the agriculture sector to help them succeed in a highly competitive industry.

The incubation program consists of three parts, called sprints, over a period of three months. The 13 most promising teams were invited to the first sprint, the three-day boot camp, from which eight startups entered the later stages of the program. The innovative startups then worked with large companies to provide real, direct market feedback. 

The major corporate partners of the program consist of Axiál Ltd., Tesco-Global Supermarkets Zrt., Vodafone Hungary Zrt., Bonafarm Group, Hungrana Kft., KITE Zrt., and Hiventures Venture Capital Fund Management Ltd. Once the boot camp concludes, collaboration between startups and large companies can really begin.

“Explosive changes are expected in agriculture due to the proliferation of digital technologies and new innovative solutions, exemplified by the startup solutions included in the program, which can make a major contribution to the efficiency of the agro-economy,” said Balázs Győrffy, President of NAK, adding that “it is an indisputable responsibility of NAK to make viable solutions available to Hungarian farmers as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Gergely Böszörmény-Nagy, head of Design Terminal, said the aim of the initiative is to provide long-term solutions to problems experienced in the sector. “We are laying the foundations for a new application system that will continue to provide young farmers with an interest in agriculture in the future with the opportunity to integrate their innovations into the everyday life of the sector,” he said.

In the later stages of the incubation program, NAK and Design Terminal will assist the development of participating startups and the work with large companies through workshops, consultations, industry and external mentors. Intensive joint preparation and the results of the three month workshops will be presented at a spectacular closing event, Demo Day. 

The main goal is for the agricultural sector to discover the startups enlisted in the program, so that they can learn about and apply innovative solutions that can fundamentally and in the long-term renew the functioning of the domestic agriculture and food industry, as well as reshape the sector’s prejudices.

Teams included in the NAK TechLab Incubation Program:

Agrodat – their solutions focus on data-driven decision making in winegrowing and processing.

Alzargo – the team is developing an automatic grain sampling and quality testing drone. The developed application provides a sampling point, sampling path, so farmers can collect a complete cross-sectional sample that can be collected separately from the drone without the need for human intervention.

GosTech – they have developed a fully automatic fruit picking system that uses robotic technology to harvest artificial intelligence.

Growberry – its automated smart system offers an alternative to conventional crop production when it comes to either more predictable yields, higher nutritional value or active ingredient content.

Led Lightning Ltd. – the team’s solution offers poultry farmers an alternative to replacing obsolete systems. The invention reduces the stress load on animals, allowing a more balanced herd, which also has a positive effect on physiological functions.

Moly.Net – a digital apple moth trap solution which can be used to provide accurate spraying advice in a timely manner.

OKOSFARM – their solution offers a high level of control mainly in livestock farms with camera systems and self-developed sensors.PigBrother – the team developed a monitoring system for livestock farms that is supervised without human intervention. The system simplifies livestock keeping and keeps the stock under control thanks to constant monitoring.

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