Meet our winners
Meet our winners
agriBORA is a German start-up developing a location specific Farm Decision Support System for the smallholder agriculture sector in Africa. The principal challenge to financing and insuring smallholder farmers remains cost-effective risk evaluation. Through the system, actors in the agri-insurance and banking sectors monitor and asses different crop growth indices which inform their risk and potential assessments while smallholder farmers are provided with localized and actionable agronomic advisories to boost their farm productivity.
With the Copernicus Incubation Programme agriBORA will further develop their system to monitor the vegetative state and health of the crops as well as point to regions where crops may be susceptible to alterations in crop phenology cycle or adverse effects on crop health. This will be made possible by integrating high-resolution, objective and reliable data sets from the Copernicus data and services with other remotely sensed and in-situ datasets into intelligent algorithms. This could enable the sector to better assess the risk of financing and insuring smallholder farmers and the conditions in which they operate. ESA BIC Darmstadt will incubate agriBORA.
LandMarket (Field Data Zoom) is a Romanian startup that has a bold target, to provide a “service history” for agricultural fields to estimate their market value and a marketplace for them. Our service will help farmers better estimate the value of their lands, take an informed decision when buying and also present trust when selling.
The access to specific Core Data enabled in the frame of Copernicus, that is HR1/HR2 Optical Worldwide coverage (Sentinel-2A) and SAR HR2/MR1 Worldwide coverage (Sentinel-1A) enables us to analyze, process and aggregate derived knowledge in order to generate information related to crop automatic detection and field boundary detection, crop history, crop rotation, soil moisture, vegetation indices and phonology indices. Moreover, combing climate data provided in the frame of Copernicus Climate Change Service with soil geological and geophysical information and considering the average price of the fields in a specific area, we advance a product that impacts the market of Romanian agricultural land, increasing the potential of the investor farmers to trigger a more competitive Romanian agriculture. Consequently, the number of jobs in rural areas will increase, as well as the sustainable development of rural areas.
The funding from the Copernicus programme will help us implement the minimum viable product, that will later be used to attract more investments to bring it to more enhanced and complex versions.
The German start-up Solorrow develops a smart farming mobile app based on satellite data from the Copernicus programme. The app analyses satellite images of agricultural fields to create individual maps which show zones of differing growth potential. Using those maps for applying fertilizer, pesticides and seeds, farmers can save input material and costs while at the same time optimize yield potential. This supports a more sustainable agriculture – both for the farmer as well as for the environment.
Using Copernicus data is crucial for Solorrow, as the field potential maps, which are the heart of Solorrow, are solely based on the images from Copernicus satellites. Thus, Solorrow is highly scalable and not only available for fields in Germany but many more European countries as well as globally. To apply Solorrow field potential maps, connection to agricultural machinery is fundamental. With the support of the Copernicus Incubation program, Solorrow will take this development to the next level and focus on improving the send-to-machine process by partnering with machinery providers and multiplier platforms.
Their product – SoilEye – is a precision farming recommendation service sold to farmers. Its artificial intelligence combines two data sources: 1D soil information of ground sensors reaching soil depths of 1 meter and 2D soil information from satellites, specifically from Sentinel-1 and 2. The results are 3D soil maps which provide a platform for an absolutely new level of precision in farming, for instance for precision irrigation or fertilization. The 3D soil map platform outcome is combined with further Copernicus services, including the Copernicus Global Land Services.
The Copernicus funding is going to be the ideal support to accelerate and complete their market entry as well as to expand to worldwide markets subsequently by promoting the technology as well as the market development. The Copernicus programme will additionally deliver to them the network they need to access the right spots regarding technology and market.
Auravant is a Spanish big data company for agriculture. It develops and commercializes a Support Decision Tool that help farmers and agronomists to adopt precision agriculture and produce more efficiently. Auravant’s tool leverages on Sentinel imagery to allow for field zoning, variable rate sowing, fertilization, and crop monitoring. These tasks permit an optimal usage of seeds, fertilizers, herbicides and other agricultural inputs.
The Copernicus Incubation Programme will help Auravant speed up the development of an irrigation feature for european farmers, test it commercially, and accelerate their internationalization efforts. Auravant’s mission is to democratize precision agriculture, and the Copernicus partnership is keystone for taking their products to a global scale.
Swedish company Vultus AB uses space technology for waste-free farming. Vultus AB is using satellite data and prescriptive analytics to give farmers worldwide actionable recommendations regarding the nutrient needs and varying conditions of their fields. They recommend certain amounts of nitrogen use to combat over-fertilization and reduce fertilizer usage by up to 40%. This, in turn, improves crop health and soil quality and reduces the environmental costs of farming.
Vultus AB applied for the Copernicus Incubation because they want to internationally expand. They consider the partnership a great opportunity to reach new networks, build strong business relationships and, ultimately, grow their business on a global scale. They want the partnership with Copernicus to strengthen their competitive edge in a global marketplace and they hope the Copernicus Incubation Programme will assist them in their continuous journey of innovation and development. Vultus AB will be incubated by ESA BIC at Innovatum AB.
Based in Italy, ColomboSky provides to aquaculture companies a novel solution to monitor water quality and to protect their farming sites from harmful water threats. Differently from standard in-water sensors, the combined use of the newest Copernicus satellite data (Sentinel 2 and 3) and Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, enables a wider range of observation and the development of novel early detection algorithms. In addition to this, in-situ ground-truth and theoretical models are integrated to create daily risk maps of the presence of Harmful Algal Blooms, Jellyfishes and Oil spills. Presented on an online portal, called AquaX, they provide actionable insights to support the understanding of the water quality status on aquaculture farming locations.
With the Copernicus Incubation Programme, ColomboSky will further consolidate its modelling and forecasting capability, accelerating the product catalogue growth and the market reach. We will also expand our network, build strong key partnerships and grow the business with global scalability in mind. ESA BIC Lazio will incubate ColomboSky.
British startup, Deep Planet’s mission is to boost global sustainability goals. The company aims to empower businesses with actionable insights derived from satellites and machine learning. Deep Planet is led by an experienced team of research and business professionals – Natalia, Sushma and Dave who met at Oxford University. The company specializes in computer vision for satellite imagery. It has developed a state-of-the-art AI system that can detect and track changes by leveraging satellite data, complementary sensors, economic indicators and human intelligence. Some of Deep Planet’s products include vineyard monitoring, soil moisture monitoring, gas Leak monitoring, etc.
Copernicus data will strengthen Deep Planet’s product portfolio and improve customer cost benefits. With the Copernicus Incubation Programme, the company will speed up its development progress and ability to bring solutions to market. Deep Planet is supported by ESA BIC UK.
GMATICS applies the newest deep learning architectures and remote sensing techniques to automatically process massive amounts of Earth Observation satellites data and generate timely alerts and rich data visualization for large infrastructure operators. The NetMoA (Network Monitoring and Alert) service is conceived to be fully integrated within customers’ operational workflow to support their field workforce in managing planned maintenance and emergency situations.
Copernicus will be a key enabler of NetMoA and of its upscaling at world-wide level through high frequency free data, contributing mission data and “pay per use” DIAS services. The Copernicus Incubation Programme will speed up GMATICS activities for the integration and validation of the new service workflow as well as for marketing the service in Italy and in Europe. GMATICS is an Italian start-up incubated at ESA BIC Lazio, hosted by LAZIO INNOVA.
GreenSense is an Austrian start-up specialized in remote sensing for agriculture. Their vision is to close the technological and cultural gap between farmers and readily available satellite products, sensor data and models. Using advanced data visualization techniques of satellite-derived information, they enable the farmer to interact with site-specific information in a cost-efficient and intuitive way. Such an application will serve the 1.5 million European farms who are not able to invest in more expensive equipment for precision farming. It will not cost more than a good smartphone.
Thanks to Copernicus data, they want to create an innovative and intuitive vision experience to improve access to information for the farmers in the field and for other professionals in the future. The Copernicus Incubation will give them the opportunity to develop a prototype and to attract investments to bring the uptake of Copernicus data to a new level.
Terramonitor is the world’s most up-to-date and comprehensive map of the globe, which is created by Finnish start-up Satellio. Terramonitor makes space data maps reachable to anyone. Smart space data means that it is easy to use and access by anyone via browsing web interface or integration to any GIS (Geographic Information System). Their technology is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning processes, which combines satellite data to multi-source data. The processes use Copernicus data (Sentinel-2) as the primary satellite data source.
Copernicus satellites provide frequent data updates with high spatial and radiometric resolution, which is suitable for monitoring the forests. With the help of the Copernicus Incubation Programme they are able to develop their services further for forestry and scale the service globally. ESA BIC Finland will incubate Terramonitor.
Ticinum Aerospace is a spin-off company of the University of Pavia, sprung from the experience earned along almost two decades of scientific and technical activity of the research group at the Remote Sensing Lab. Its team took part in several projects worldwide, always proposing high-level, high-quality products. Among those projects, Saturnalia commands a prominent position. The Saturnalia service collects, aggregates, and analyses data related to vine and grape growth and it uses this data to forecast wine quality. At its core lies a system for automated retrieval and analysis of Copernicus satellite data, plus data from a network of tailored, technologically advanced weather stations distributed over the areas of interest. The system can then leverage such data to predict the characteristics of the upcoming vintage, and the future wine obtained from it.
Ticinum Aerospace applied to Copernicus Incubator to take a leap forward in expanding its network of contacts, in increasing the momentum of the project, plus getting tailored tutoring to tune the business idea. Last but not least, Ticinum believes that operating under the hat of an initiative from the European Commission helps enhancing its credibility with investors and future customers.
3Bee is an electronic industry based business that designs new IoT systems for precision agriculture in farming animals: from the beekeeping sector to the broiler one. 3Bee intends to reduce chemical and antibiotic treatments using data driven solutions. 3Bee Hive-Tech is an innovative IoT diagnostic system designed for monitoring beehives, which ensures the real time analysis of the main parameters of their life, from air quality to sound spectrum and weight that helps to identify the main causes of disease and anomalous behaviors. The aim is to create value for beekeepers, changing and improving the way in which hives are managed, and providing a simpler and non-invasive solution. Hive-Tech will help in reducing bee mortality of 32%, increasing production of 30%, decreasing logistic costs by 20% and reduce treatment use by nearly 40%.
Copernicus data and services are very valuable because 3Bee wants to further develop Hive-Tech involving the analysis of satellite images. With this tool, 3Bee will be able to identify the most interesting flowering zones and the areas where pesticides are widely applied. In this way, beekeepers can know exactly where bees can thrive and are mainly threatened by chemical agents. 3Bee gets the support of ComoNext Incubator.
TETHYS Yield Estimator from Centrale Valutativa is a precision farming tool providing farmers and insurance companies with low-cost estimations of the crop development in a timeframe in a field or in a larger monocropped area. The combined use of Copernicus satellite data (Sentinel 2 and 3) and weather and soil data enables the calculation of the crop yield as the result of the daily biomass growth over the whole vegetation period. The service provides farmers with data and information useful to optimize fertilization and irrigation and to improve farm profitability; it also supports insurance companies to properly assess the weather damages occurring in insured farms, raising the efficiency of on-field appraisals.
The Copernicus Incubation will give us the opportunity to calibrate the model, to complete its automation
and to improve the commercial appeal of the service. The Yield Estimator is one of the different services offered by TETHYS Smart Farming, also including a crop monitoring service and a smart irrigation service. TETHYS services are developed by Centrale Valutativa (www.centralevalutativa.it), an innovative start-up based in Rome and incubated at ESA BIC Lazio.
Spacenus is an Artificial Intelligence business providing information products to empower Agribusiness. They provide maps that show the current nutrient demand of the crops on 5 major nutrients, which helps not only to optimize the fertilizer use but also helps the farmers to comply with fertilization regulations. They study both Sentinel-2 satellite data and smartphone camera because together they help to deliver high-quality information at scale for better decision making. Smartphone based quantitative measurements helps to calibrate satellite imagery and allows them to provide quality information at global scale.
With the Copernicus incubation programme, Spacenus will further develop their Sentinel-2 based crop Dry Matter prediction model, which is key to provide precision fertilization prescription.
REFARMO GmbH is an Austrian company, which is bringing high-tech-satellite-use to the farming-industry and was founded in 2017. REFARMO is developing algorithms which are analyzing data from ground sensors and ESA Copernicus space satellites to monitor soil moisture levels at surface and root zone, to monitor crop vegetative phases and to forecast soil moisture changes up to 10 days. They are providing innovative agri-cloud solution to deliver soil moisture analytics and actionable results to the farmers to save resources and optimize production. Modern farming challenges can be addressed with their prime solutions named IPS-Irrigation prescription service and WDS-Water logging detection service which users access in a mobile friendly web application. Farmers are working hard to grow food and REFARMO is providing simple to use solutions for better field profitability.
The funding from the Copernicus programme will help them to further develop REFARMO Water logging detection service (WDS) and make it ready for commercialization within the European Market and World Wide. REFARMO Is proudly supported by European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre Austria (ESA-BIC AT) and Science Park Graz.