The main goal of the Incubator for Digital Farming is to create a meeting place for professionals, regional and national project team members including students that are having ideas, PoC, start-ups or acting as freelancers to move scientific results into practice. We would like to establish a regional incubator that supports start-ups from all areas of the agriculture value chain whose technologies drive us towards a more efficiently operated, environmentally minded, and accessible agriculture future. IDF will help both, agriculture and IT students to become more competitive by means of digital technology. IDF allow any student with start-up idea to access the latest knowledge, expertise and technology for testing and experimenting with digital innovations for agri-food purposes. They will be provided with connections to investors, facilitate access to funding, and help connect suppliers and farmers of digital technologies in agriculture across the value chain in V4 and WB6.
V4WB6 cooperation is tremendously important, given the varying degrees of development in Digital Farming at the regional level. V4 countries are very good developed in this area, while WB6 is still taking the first steps. This project has an important role to play here, since it constitutes a space for horizontal collaboration that the governments of V4 and WB6 value and recognise. Students and institutions learn by comparison, so the bigger and broader this space, the greater the possibilities for learning. To take full advantage of this space for V4WB6
cooperation, we need to build new institutional mechanisms and working instruments. The incubator’s development creates the opportunity for new forms of working and interacting with other students, academia, institutions and governments.
DIGITAL FARMING FOR FUTURE
WB6 and V4 are still in their infancy of the AgTech Industry 4.0, but it’s important to get behind the AgTech Industry now and stimulate its growth. We need to connect young innovators and the agri-community to help bring ideas to fruition, and this IDF programme lays the groundwork for that. Students’ IT start-ups for the agroindustry sector face many challenges on their journey from an idea to a sustainable business.