Agri-FoodTech Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP)

We represent the Agri-FoodTech sector for the GEP programme organised by the UK Government's Department for International Trade

Our goal is to support the ambitions of international Agritech and Foodtech entrepreneurs.

We provide mentoring, business development and investment as well as connecting these entrepreneurs to our investor network.

 

As an overseas-based entrepreneur and founder of an innovative agri-food-tech technology brand, you could be considered to join the UK’s Department of International Trade Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP).

This programme is only for international brands who want to be at the forefront of technology, sustainability and innovation. These brands:

 

• must be agri-foodtech 

• need to have a desire to grow their business globally 

• are considering relocating their business to the UK

The need for agrifood-tech innovation is greater than ever.

 

The opportunity for entrepreneurs, with innovative technologies to disrupt the farming and food industry by creating new solutions at various points of the value chain, from production to consumption, is enormous. 

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With UK being Europe’s #1 scaling tech nation and with technology playing a huge part in the $7.8 trillion agri-foodtech industry, we are looking to enable you and your business to grow internationally and fulfil your true potential from a UK base.

 

Why The UK?

Reasons why the UK is the best place to be relocated:

The UK is still Europe’s leading startup nation, attracting $11bn in venture capital funding in 2019 (more than the next two biggest, France and Germany, combined)

The UK saw a £10.1bn VC investment into tech companies in 2019, making it the #1 top scaling tech nation in Europe

The UK is placed at the centre of the world with its unique time zone to serve East and West markets 

The UK is 3rd in the world for tech unicorns behind only the US and China, with 77 companies valued at over $1bn

Being in the UK puts you in the centre of a forward-thinking country that is at the forefront of sustainability and innovation, targeting Carbon Zero by 2050

 
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UK AgriFood Trends

UK TOPPED EU'S AGRI-FOODTECH FUNDING CHARTS

in 2019. The UK’s $1.1 billion total accounts for one-third of Europe’s overall total for 2019 investments.

LEADING AGRITECH COMPANIES 

choose the UK as a destination to establish their businesses (JCB and Denso, Syngenta and Bayer; Elanco, Merck and Zoetis).

INVESTMENT KEEPS RISING

Innovative Food companies in the UK raised more in the first half of 2020 than all of 2019.

The UK offers a wide University and institutional networks to provide support and to work with high-potential agri-foodtech businesses.

What We Can Do For Your Business

We help upskill and support founders by providing hands-on strategic/tactical assistance, mentoring, coaching, and introductions to the UK’s world-class ecosystem.

 

Once accepted, we provide tailored aftercare to help our alumni scale and internationalise.

Being part of the programme, you will receive the following:

  • Mentoring from dealmaker Rob Ward - an experienced entrepreneur in the AgTech/ Food Tech sector

  • Help to develop business plans

  • Assistance with relocating to the UK (including Visa, setting up a bank account in the UK, up to date information on tax system)

  • Providing introductions to key networks including investors

  • Guidance on how to grow internationally

  • Continued help from UK’s Department of International Trade (DIT) once located in the UK, especially around exporting

 

The UK also has significant tax incentives for entrepreneurs (e.g. EIS investor tax relief, Patent Box, Research & Development cost rebate incentives, Innovate UK Grants). Learn more.

Global Entrepreneur Programme to date:

850

businesses were helped to relocate to the UK

5000

high-quality jobs were created

£1bn

raised in VC and Angel investment

Who This Programme Is For:

You must be:

  • an overseas-based entrepreneur and founder of an innovative technology business

  • willing to relocate and establish the company’s global headquarters in the UK

  • anticipate employing over 10 people in the UK within 3 years

 

You must have:

  • an innovative/ ground-breaking product or service based on unique technology

  • a business plan outlining how the business can expand from a headquarters in the UK

  • a customer-validated product either already in the market or ready to launch

  • a clear commercial proposition that addresses a large global opportunity

About The Dealmaker

Rob Ward

AgriFood Tech Business Entrepreneur & Investor

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Rob focuses on assisting businesses to develop the next generation of innovations in AgriFoodTech, sustainably transforming the future for the farming and food industry from farm to plate. 

Rob has a wide experience that spans from running one of the largest commercial soft fruit farms in the UK to product design and innovation (patenting the first commercially available hydroponics field scale strawberry growing system) to creating, building and selling businesses all ranging from grocery retail and wholesale distribution; food and drink CPG  and FoodTech.  

He co-founded the world’s first CPG Seed investment Accelerator for the food industry.  Exiting this business in 2019 he created www.ForwardFood.Tech using his experience of working with early-stage tech applications to ensure that businesses have fully developed their commercial proposition and are investor-ready. 

Having undertaken a world study tour researching innovation in grocery retail and food and beverage as a Nuffield Farming Research Scholar in 2009, Rob has continued to develop an extensive international network of international business and trade contacts.

 

How To Apply for the Agri-FoodTech Global Entrepreneurs Programme (GEP)

Please click 'Apply here' below if you wish to apply. You'll be asked to complete a quick form with questions related to your business.

 

For Any Other Enquiries

Should you have any other questions, please contact Rob Ward at rob.ward@entrepreneurs.gov.uk.

Resources: gov.uk; great.gov.uk; thenextweb.com; agfunder.com; technation.io, sifted.eu, chap-solutions.co.uk

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