Latest Posts:

Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.

Follow Us:

Back To Top

JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO

tackle the decline of pollinators

BY LAUNCHING SCIENCE COMPANIES.
70% of our crops depend on animal-mediated pollination to produce fruits, yet despite increasing demand for pollination services, the populations of managed pollinators (namely honey bees) continue to decline under pressure from climate change, pollution and disease. Wild insect pollinators, such as bumblebees, butterflies and flies, which historically conducted the majority of crop pollination services, are unlikely to make up for these losses, as their present extinction rates are now 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal.
There are unexploited opportunities to increase yields by bringing new varieties of pollinator species under management, especially for crops that are dependent on insect pollination for fruit set in regions in which honey bees are unable to perform adequately. Likewise, there are opportunities to improve on traditional pollinator husbandry techniques and improve the resilience of already-managed pollinator species.
Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area fit into our larger Agriculture thesis.

 

OUR OFFER
Taking a Founding Analyst role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking, and we’ll even pay you to start your own company and support you in building the founding team, and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.
The role transitions over time, with you initially working in an Analyst role, scoping out your own project opportunities and working with a dedicated Sector expert team at DSV to identify which could become companies. You will focus on mapping out the constraints and limitations currently leading to a lack of innovation in the Sector, and build out high performance, multidisciplinary teams to augment your own capabilities and develop proof-of-concept IP in the lab, with access to the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh. After a 9 month period we will support you in taking the role of CEO or CTO of one of the companies we design together.
It’s a full time role working across market analysis, laboratory science and venture creation, and you’ll potentially be able to be part of the founding team for more than one new venture in the area (and own an equity stake in each one of them). DSV will provide up to £500k of investment to enable your startup to conduct further 6-figure research.
Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.
The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Ventures and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

 

THE IDEAL PROFILE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY

The ideal candidate will have experience in commercial and hobbyist beekeeping, with expertise across some of the following technical domains: 

• Apiculture, insect husbandry and reproductive biology
• Invertebrate biotechnology and genomics
• Insect cell biology and immunology, especially social insects
• Arachnology, especially varroa or pseudoscorpions
• Insect nutrition and bee forage assessment
• Material sciences or thermofluidics
• Integrated crop pollination, plant-pollinator interactions, agronomics or plant reproductive biology
• Fruit crops, orchards, row crops and cocoa
• Insecticides and pesticides, especially botanical or fungal
• Sterile insect technique

70% of our crops depend on animal-mediated pollination to produce fruits, yet despite increasing demand for pollination services, the populations of managed pollinators (namely honey bees) continue to decline under pressure from climate change, pollution and disease. Wild insect pollinators, such as bumblebees, butterflies and flies, which historically conducted the majority of crop pollination services, are unlikely to make up for these losses, as their present extinction rates are now 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal.

There are unexploited opportunities to increase yields by bringing new varieties of pollinator species under management, especially for crops that are dependent on insect pollination for fruit set in regions in which honey bees are unable to perform adequately. Likewise, there are opportunities to improve on traditional pollinator husbandry techniques and improve the resilience of already-managed pollinator species.

Read more about how we see this Opportunity Area fit into our larger Agriculture thesis.

OUR OFFER

Taking a Founding Analyst role at DSV is a fantastic opportunity to develop concepts for, and launch your own startup. Working with us, you’ll have access to the systems and environment to guide your thinking, and we’ll even pay you to start your own company and support you in building the founding team, and developing early data to land your first customers and investors.

The role transitions over time, with you initially working in an Analyst role, scoping out your own project opportunities and working with a dedicated Sector expert team at DSV to identify which could become companies. You will focus on mapping out the constraints and limitations currently leading to a lack of innovation in the Sector, and build out high performance, multidisciplinary teams to augment your own capabilities and develop proof-of-concept IP in the lab with access to the Roslin Innovation Centre at the University of Edinburgh. After a 9 month period we will support you in taking the role of CEO or CTO of one of the companies we design together.

It’s a full time role working across market analysis, laboratory science and venture creation, and you’ll potentially be able to be part of the founding team for more than one new venture in the area (and own an equity stake in each one of them). DSV will provide up to £500k of investment to enable your startup to conduct further 6-figure research.

Compared to other Entrepreneur in Residence programmes, DSV’s is friendly to individuals with no previous founder experience and comes with a commitment from us to support your company to make a real impact in the market. No prior idea or IP required.

The role is part of the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme conducted between Deep Science Venture’s and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, meaning that you can be based remotely, in London, or Edinburgh, where you will have access to a world-leading agricultural, financial and technical ecosystem.  

 

THE IDEAL PROFILE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY

The ideal candidate will have experience in commercial and hobbyist beekeeping, with expertise across some of the following technical domains: 

• Apiculture, insect husbandry and reproductive biology

• Invertebrate biotechnology and genomics

• Insect cell biology and immunology, especially social insects

• Arachnology, especially varroa or pseudoscorpions

• Insect nutrition and bee forage assessment

• Material sciences or thermofluidics

• Integrated crop pollination, plant-pollinator interactions, agronomics or plant reproductive biology

• Fruit crops, orchards, row crops and cocoa

• Insecticides and pesticides, especially botanical or fungal

• Sterile insect technique

Interviews ongoing

Interviews ongoing