EU-PLF project’s Work Package (WP) 5, Innovation through High-Tech SMEs, short-named The SME Drive, is proud to report that we have outperformed ourselves. Our target of 10 groups to coach and train in the blueprint with the aim to start a Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) business, has long been reached. Currently the SME Drive is dealing with 20 different initiatives in Spain, Italy, Denmark, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium.
There are groups dealing with very different aspects of smart farming: from animal health and welfare to behaviour. There is a bit of everything.
Given that some groups are much more advanced than others, the SME Drive is now putting together a fund management board that will have a decisive role in deciding which groups will be given part of the total fund of 100,000€ allotted to WP5 for demonstrating promising new technologies on farm. The board will have to manage its investments well because the there is a limited amount and there are many fascinating candidates.
Hopes are high: the SME Drive expects the first two spin-offs – out of four promised by the project – already this year. Let’s cross our fingers!