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Pictured (l-r) are; Gary Ryan, AgTechUCD; Dr Siobhán Jordan, Teagasc; Prof. Nick Holden, UCD



Spaces for the Food and Agricultural Sustainable Technology Innovation Programme (FAST-IP) are filling up



The Food and Agriculture Sustainable Technology Innovation Programme (FAST-IP) aims to increase innovation knowledge within the food and agriculture sector leading to the creation of more high potential start-ups (HPSUs) and jobs in this sector of the economy.


There are only 15 spaces available for this full-time Graduate Diploma programme in agrifood innovation and entrepreneurship. The programme will see mid-career professionals from various sectors placed in immersive agricultural and food environments to identify unmet needs and challenges and develop market ready solutions to these challenges.


Some selection interviews have already taken place for the programme and spaces are filling up, fast. If you are interested in applying for this unique opportunity, click on the link below to access the application.



FAST-IP is supported under the Innovators’ Initiative Programme co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021-2027.


Apply Now:







ASA & AgTech Ireland Event: The Future of Irish Agriculture Through Agtech


The Agricultural Science Association and AgTech Ireland are running an event, hosted in the AgTechUCD Innovation Centre at UCD Lyons Farm that is focused on showcasing latest innovations within the agriculture industry in Ireland. Over 10 companies from across the industry will pitch some of the latest technologies and services on offer and outline their future plans.
The eveny will also feature a panel of industry experts who will discuss what the future for the Irish agriculture industry holds and how agtech innovations are key to efficiency and sustainability.




Event Details:


Location: AgTechUCD Innovation Centre, UCD Lyons Farm, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

Date: Tuesday 21st May

Time: 10.30 am - 14.30 pm

Format: Online on Zoom


For more information and to registere for the event, click on the 'Register Now' button below.







'Inside AgTech' Webinar: R&D Tax Credits for Agri-Businesses - with Braithwaite Ireland


Every business looks for funding to grow – whether that be from financial supports, investment, or grants. An often-overlooked source is R&D Tax Credits – the government incentive to encourage companies to invest in research and development. 


AgTechUCD have partnered with Braithwaite Ireland to deliver an information webinar on R&D Tax Credits for AgTech companies.


Braithwaite Ireland have been assisting companies in Ireland claim for the past 13 years. In 2023 they qualified and assisted companies in filing over 28m in Irish R&D expenditure. With the refund rate moving favourably from 25% to 30%, it is the small and micro companies that mostly benefit, including pre-revenue start-ups.



Webinar Details:


Webinar: R&D tax Credits for Agri-Businesses - with Braithwaite Ireland

Date: Wednesday 29th May

Time: 10am - 11am (20 minute presentation, 40 minute Q&A)

Format: Online on Zoom


For more information and to registere for the event, click on the 'Register Now' button below.







Growing Further Awards Opened for Entries for 2024/2025



Last year, the Greenman Group launched the Growing Further Innovation awards programme with the aim of identifying and rewarding early-stage businesses that are prioritising innovation at any point of the food supply chain.


The inaugural Growing Further final took place last January– as profiled in Sifted – and were a major success with 12 finalists pitching to an audience of 170 in Dublin.


Looking to build on a successful first year, Greenman has just opened entries for the 2024/25 version. There is a total prize fund of €100,000 with the winners of the below categories getting €12,500 each and the overall winner winning an additional €50,000:


  • Production
  • Distribution & Retail
  • Built Environment
  • Customer Engagement


Please check out to get a feel for the 2023/24 version and the application process for 2024/25.


If you have any queries on the process, please contact David O’Meara from Greenman at [email protected]






Join The AgTechUCD's Innovation Ecosystem System Today



If you are interested in one of our private offices, flexi-labs, co-working spaces or meeting rooms, get in touch to learn more about our attractive rates and to arrange a tour.


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