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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.

 

OUR OFFER
You will join our in-house team of entrepreneurial scientists as a ‘Founding Analyst’ to lead opportunity analysis and venture creation in the Controlled Environment Agriculture opportunity area. Specifically, you will focus on mapping out the constraints and limitations currently leading to a lack of innovation, and build out high performance, multidisciplinary teams to augment your own capabilities. After approximately six to nine months, you will co-found up to three start-ups in the pollinator field, taking the role of CEO or CTO at one. 
If you found a company whilst working with us, there’s up to £500k of investment, plus the further opportunity to carry out 6 figure industrial proof of concept work.
No prior idea or IP is required, and we are committed to supporting you to develop businesses that can rapidly leverage opportunities in the fast-growing CEA market.

 

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.

OUR OFFER

You will join our in-house team of entrepreneurial scientists as a ‘Founding Analyst’ to lead opportunity analysis and venture creation in the Controlled Environment Agriculture opportunity area. Specifically, you will focus on mapping out the constraints and limitations currently leading to a lack of innovation, and build out high performance, multidisciplinary teams to augment your own capabilities. After approximately six to nine months, you will co-found up to three start-ups in the pollinator field, taking the role of CEO or CTO at one. 

If you found a company whilst working with us, there’s up to £500k of investment, plus the further opportunity to carry out 6 figure industrial proof of concept work.

No prior idea or IP is required, and we are committed to supporting you to develop businesses that can rapidly leverage opportunities in the fast-growing CEA market.

 

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