AgtiTech Startup Drone Ag Completes £795,000 Round to Fund Growth

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Agricultural drone technology specialist Drone Ag has secured £650,000 of equity funding from 934 investors and a further £145,000 grant from Innovate UK to grow its business and develop new crop scouting technology. Founder Jack Wrangham says:

“This is the largest amount of funding we have secured as a company to date, with both grant providers and private investors choosing to support the development of our technology. This funding will enable our team to grow and develop new functionality and an Android compatible version of our crop scouting app Skippy Scout.”

Skippy Scout is a crop monitoring app that uses drones to automatically capture images which are analysed by ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) to offer arable farmers vital broad acre crop insight.  The images provide an accurate green area index (GAI), count emerging plants, and identify weeds.

Full field overview

“We are soon to launch our Scout Sphere functionality which will offer users a unique full field overview that includes the ability to focus on any area of the field and choose where to inspect at leaf-level,” he says.

The capital injection to the business will also be used to complete its base station concept which will see the launch of new remote drone scouting. “Skippy Nest can be installed on any farm and operated from anywhere in the world. It will revolutionise the way drones can be operated to help scout crops,” he adds.

The Innovate UK grant was obtained with support from NorthInvest, a not-for-profit organisation fuelling innovation across the Northern Powerhouse region. This will enable Mr Wrangham to expand his development team and work on yet more features. “We plan to advance our drone based spraying technology and start looking at using drones for spreading too. The investment achieved through CrowdCube and the grant support will see Drone Ag become a leader in precision agriculture and we are grateful to all those who have invested in us,” he concludes.

 

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Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is an avid follower of Stoke City.