Last 26th of September, Traceability & Big Data participated in a workshop focused on the agritech ecosystem together with Andalusian and Norwegian public entities, startups, SMEs and big companies.
This event was organized by Andalucía TRADE, the Andalusian Council of Chambers of Commerce and Innovation Norway, all of them as partners of the EEN Network. It took part in a prospective visit to Andalusia through the Global Growth initiative of a group of 8 Norwegian companies with innovative solutions in the agritech sector, agriculture and livestock specifically.
With the aim of analyzing the challenges and opportunities in the field of digitalization of the agrifood sector and knowing, first-hand, the needs of the sector, this workshop named as “Agrotechnology Networking Forum” counted, after the institutional welcome, with two round tables and an elevator pitch session:
The first round table, called “technological solutions applied to the agrifood sector”, included the presentation of the Andalusian companies Agro Sevilla, COVAP, Groditech and ec2ce. A good example of mature and new companies of different sizes that innovate through data exploitation.
The second round table, with the name “agritech ecosystems”, presented the joint initiates at regional, national and European levels. As a regional one, the Andalucia Agrotech DIH presented its work regionally and as part of the European Digital Innovation Hubs network. As a national joint initiative, the Norwegian Agritech Cluster was represented by the companies Findmy AS and Agdir, who explained the benefit of networking to impulse their international presence. Last but not least, the S3P Thematic Partnership on Traceability and Big Data in the agrifood value chain explained how regions work with their regional actors of the quadruple helix and also at an interregional level developing projects and joint opportunities.
The pitching session gave the opportunity to present the 8 Norwegian companies and other Andalusian ones as a first step to schedule a later bilateral meeting.
The event finished with a networking lunch where attendees explored opportunities for collaboration.
The “Agrotechnology Networking Forum” was organised as a side event of Autentica Premium Food Fest, the first edition of a new business platform for the retail and large distribution sector which was celebrated in Seville on the 28th and 29th of September. Autentica brought together gastronomic knowledge and creativity with scientific, technological and market knowledge through an interesting conference program.