Cork Company ApisProtect wins Gold in Tech Start Up of the Year and Gold in AgTech Start Up of the Year in Dublin Start Up Awards.
Dublin, Ireland. Dublin Start Up Week ended with the annual National Start Up Awards in Dublin City Hall last night. Established in 2012, the National Start Up Awards received over 900 applications in 2019 for 13 categories covering all areas of startup activity.
ApisProtect, a Cork Agtech Company using sensor technology to reduce honey bee losses and improve the health of honey bees was awarded Gold in both the Tech Start Up of the Year and AgTech Start Up of the Year.
Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO and Co Founder of ApisProtect accepted the awards “Our mission at ApisProtect, is to save the honey bees, because if we don’t take action now, we’ll lose our most important insect ally. We want to secure the supply of one third of our diet, and make sure we can nourish and feed the 9.7 billion people on planet earth by 2050. It is a great honour to be recognised for our work in this area.”
Winners from the National Startup Awards go forward to represent Ireland at the European Start Up Awards organised by the European Commission.
ApisProtect is currently monitoring the health of twenty million honey bees across 100,000 acres in Europe, North America, and South Africa. With this new technology beekeepers will no longer need to rely solely on periodic, manual hive checks that can allow disease, pests and other issues to deteriorate hive health beyond rescue.
Dr Edwards Murphy highlighted the importance of using intelligent sensor technology to monitor honey bee colonies “In some countries, up to 40 percent of our honey bees are dying every year. A host of problems, diseases, and pests are devastating hive populations around the globe. It’s becoming harder and harder every year for beekeepers to manage the variety of problems their bees are experiencing.”
Contributing €153 billion worth of pollination to the agri-food industry annually, honey bees play an essential role in global food production. One third of all food that we eat depends on pollinators, and there are 91 million managed beehives worldwide.
Founded by preeminent researchers in the use of sensors in beehives, ApisProtect provides real-time hive monitoring powered by intelligent sensor technology. ApisProtect gives beekeepers actionable insights and alerts to help prevent losses and increase colony productivity.
ApisProtect was listed in Ireland’s Sunday Business Post “100 Hot Startups” for 2019 and was listed by Siliconrepublic.com as one of 25 European IoT and hardware start-ups to watch in 2019.
Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO and Co-Founder of ApisProtect is among the most widely published authors on Internet of Things and honey bees. Dr. Edwards Murphy’s work on the topic of hive monitoring has received many national and international awards from the Irish Research Council, The IEEE, IBM, The Irish Laboratory Awards, Google, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy was shortlisted in The Irish Times as one of the 50 people to watch in Ireland in 2019.
Watch this video to learn more about ApisProtect and Edwards Murphy’s vision for future full of healthy honey bee hives.
About Dublin Startup Week
Techstars Startup Week Dublin 2019 powered by Dublin City Council is a celebration of entrepreneurs, innovation and community in Dublin.
Now in its second year Techstars Startup Week™ Dublin powered by Dublin City Council brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days this October 21st – 25th 2019 to build momentum and opportunity around our community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.
National Start Up Awards
The competition recognises innovative, successful and aspirational Irish startup companies who have launched their businesses in the last five years. This year, awards were presented to deserving winners across 13 categories including tech, retail, product and tourism with gold, silver and bronze winners being awarded in each category.