ApisProtect won the Agritech Start-Up Award at this year’s Enterprise Ireland Innovation Awards. This was announced today by Minister Damien English

Announcing the winners, Minister Damien English said, “The ingenuity and talent of Irish farm experts, entrepreneurs and businesses, is once again captured by this year’s Innovation Arena Award winners.

“In line with Government policy on Climate action, the positive impacts that Irish innovation can have on future global agriculture, particularly in relation to environmental, sustainability and digitalisation solutions, are inspiring. There are significant opportunities for our agricultural sector in overseas markets and the potential to drive economic growth. I would encourage farmers and companies to take advantage of Ireland’s reputation for agri-innovation and to explore opportunities to realise their global ambition in new markets.”

Dr Pádraig Whelan and Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy of ApisProtect with James Maloney, Enterprise Ireland. Picture: Patrick Browne

For the second year in a row, the 2021 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA), took place online, with shortlisted innovators pitching their pioneering designs to a virtual judging panel over the course of two days.

Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena traditionally showcases ground-breaking agri-related products and innovations from Irish agri-companies at the National Ploughing Championships. This year’s competition was once again moved fully online due to the cancellation of the event as a result of the pandemic.

Winners of this year’s awards are automatically eligible to exhibit in the ‘2021 Winners Enclosure Section’ at the Innovation Arena in 2022.

More than 50 entries were received for this year’s Awards competition with 28 selected for virtual pitching.

Watch this short video to learn more about how ApisProtect, a female-led, Cork company is using sensor technology to monitor honey bees in the hive.

ApisProtect scoops the Agritech Start-Up Award at Enterprise Ireland’s 2021 Innovation Arena Awards – YouTube

This new bee monitoring technology is now available for Irish and UK customers to buy online.

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