Funding from the North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant has allowed Northumberland-based business, Drone Ag, to part-fund the development of a prototype drone.
Jack Wrangham, Founder of Drone Ag told us, “The rural economy is at the very heart of all we do. Our team live and work in rural Northumberland. We understand the issues facing our people and place and have developed our technology to ensure we can effectively take on challenges from soil quality to better land management and food security.“
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Drone Ag established its business delivering aerial crop scouting, spraying, and mapping using drones and smart data-analytics. The mix of Innovation funding secured will help them expand their operation into developing a drone-based solution to soil sampling.
“Currently, the pressure is on farmers and landowners to source new energy efficient alternatives to driving miles in diesel powered tractors. They also need to be able to learn from intelligent data streams about the real-time health of their soil. Our work will help them to deliver these tasks with greater efficiency, saving time, money and with a smaller environmental impact. The investment we’ve received will help us to scale our project quickly, and we’re spending this year focused on bringing our commercial offer to market.”Jack Wrangham, Founder of Drone Ag
Support from North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant
The company secured a North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant in September 2021 to part-fund the development of a prototype for a more technologically advanced drone to carry the equipment needed to extract and return soil samples.
Impact of receiving the grant and support
The Grant investment of £5,500 towards the project has enabled the team to secure additional funding allowing them to deliver a commercially viable soil sampling solution, with launch to market planned for early 2023.
The North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant is delivered by NBSL in partnership with the Innovation SuperNetwork (ISN) and are looking to support any organisation that may have projects that could improve efficiency, productivity or bring innovation alive – whether new to market or new to the organisation – it just needs to be something you’ve never done before.
50% grant funding is available to eligible organisations across the North of Tyne region for innovation projects – equipment based projects should cost between £5k & £20k (exclusive of VAT) or projects involving external expertise should cost between £8k and £20k – thanks to the North of Tyne Combined Authority, grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 are available. New applications are welcome from SMEs and social enterprises across Northumberland, Newcastle Upon Tyne and North Tyneside.