YieldComputer: Autonomous robotics-based crop monitoring

YieldComputer’s ROBOT project was recently awarded in the newly launched EIT Food: Impact Funding Framework programme. CEO and Co-Founder, Theo Slaats, shares his thoughts on the award and support from Catalyze. YieldComputer is a Dutch start-up founded in 2019. The company has successfully developed and marketed an autonomous, AI-powered yield forecasting solution for strawberry growers,…

Magneto: Developing breakthrough heating and cooling technology

Based in Delft (NL), Magneto Systems are on a mission to create efficient heating and cooling solutions without greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier in 2023, Magneto was awarded projects by the Eurostars and EIC Accelerator funding programmes, winning grants of €500K and €2.5M respectively. With the funding Magneto can fuel the development of their groundbreaking sustainable…

TETTRIs – a new vision for European taxonomy

Transforming European Taxonomy through Training, Research, and Innovations (TETTRIs), is a Horizon Europe project advancing the field of taxonomy and beyond, with a consortium comprised of 17 institutions from 13 European countries, including research institutions (such as natural history and natural science museums, and botanical gardens) and other biodiversity-related organizations (such as Catalogue of Life,…

ModernTex: Developing a circular and 100% biobased leather alternative

The ModernTex consortium, led by Modern Synthesis, was awarded €850K by the Eurostars programme to develop a unique circular, plastic- and petrochemicals-free, nanocellulose-based leather alternative with minimum environmental impact. Joining Modern Synthesis in the project consortium are Lund University (SE), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and Dimpora AG (CHE). Catalyze is proud to have…

B4Plastics: building a sustainable future based on smartly redesigned plastics

B4Plastics is a Polymer Architecture company, catalysing the introduction of novel biomaterials, and growing them from niche to bulk applications. B4Plastics has collaborated with Catalyze on two successful Eurostars submissions, as project leaders in the BIOPACK project, and as partners in the MycoMaterials project. The BIOPACK project was awarded €660K by Eurostars. We heard from…

Natural Development Group – reducing the environmental impact of pest control in vineyards

Natural Development Group is a company based in Castel Maggiore (Bologna), Italy, focused on continuous innovation in the eco-sustainability of agricultural activities. NDG’s project, NATURA AGRO, was awarded €3.28 million from the LIFE Programme’s 2022 call for Standard Action Projects. The project aims to drive European viticulture towards more efficient, sustainable, toxic-free crop protection, through…

AgriData Innovations’ Eurostars project: AutoVert-Farm

A fully automated high-tech vertical farm based on breakthrough smart vision crop monitoring technology to solve the industry’s biggest challenges. The project, AutoVert-Farm, which kicked-off in August 2022, aims to deliver the first-of-its-kind crop performance and health monitoring system to enable a fully automated vertical farm at reduced operational costs. This revolutionary platform will leverage…

€60M from National Growth Fund for Cellular Agriculture Netherlands

The Cellular Agriculture Netherlands consortium won an internationally record-breaking €60 million investment from the National Growth Fund. The €60 million investment will be used to fuel the formation of an ecosystem around cellular agriculture (CA) – the technology used to produce animal products directly from cells, rather than animals. The Growth Fund is the Dutch…

Terraview: safeguarding agricultural productivity with robotic AI-DSS

In the final Eurostars funding round of 2021, Terraview GmbH secured a ~€783K award from Eurostars towards €1.4 million project costs. They aim to develop TERRAGREEN, a hybrid product that unites in-field robots with an Artificial Intelligence-based Decision Support System (AI-DSS) and economic and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) optimization to guide and automate tasks for…

The Hague Business Agency – bringing innovative international companies to the EU market

The Hague Business Agency (THBA) are the leading organization in The Hague for expanding or relocating international businesses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, THBA started their new Digital Soft Landing Program (DSLP), designed to help overseas start-ups and scale-ups prepare their entry proposition for the EU market. Shortly after, Catalyze joined as a program partner delivering…