New innovations to fuel NZ’s food, fibre and agritech sector

A range of radical solutions are now a step closer to boosting the agricultural sector thanks to the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge. Prize winners were named at the Showcase on 11 May. The winners are:

Overall winner, On-Farm Systems ($13,000) and Research Grand Prize ($30,000) Cameron Craigie from AgResearch for Clarospec -  a tool to deliver consistent lamb meat quality.
Overall winner, Value Added Product ($13,000) and Research Runner Up ($15,000) Maryam Shojaei from University of Canterbury for KarbenFibre - a battery technology optimising large scale energy storage.
Enterprise Grand Prize (30,000) Mark Ferguson from neXtgen Agri Ltd for Genesmith - using artificial intelligence to identify prime breeding stock and boost farm profitability.
Enterprise Runner Up ($15,000) and Top Small Business Award ($5,000) Glen Herud for Happy Cow Milk Co – an internet enabled device enabling farmers to be fully compliant milk processors and supply direct to the public.
Enterprise Commendation ($5,000) Founders, Aidan Smith and Connor Read from Starc Developments, for MET System - a ‘set and forget’ automated response to weather, designed to eliminate yield damage.
Top Tertiary Team Award ($2,000)   Beever from James Sunshine – an application that quickly connects farmers with casual and relief workers.
Out of Canterbury Award ($5,000) and Sprout Prize (return trip to the Sprout partners’ accelerator selection event) Lisa Lewis for Lateral ® - a novel, bacteria-based bioprotectant that controls caterpillar pests in a range of crops and improves efficacy and mitigates resistance.


Press ReleaseNew innovations to fuel the future of NZ’s food, fibre and agritech sector