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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
Your role will start as a Founder within DSV under our unique framework for venture creation and transition to becoming part of the founding team of one of the companies which will emerge from it. We are aiming to launch at least three new ventures in this space and you will have a chance to work with us to make that happen (and own an equity stake in each one of them).
There’s up to £500k of investment from DSV alone, and at least £100k in grant funding, plus the further opportunity to carry out 6 figure proof of concept work. In addition to the investment, we also provide a monthly stipend to all our Entrepreneurs in Residence to support their time transitioning into building an early stage company.
No prior idea or IP required.

 

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

Your role will start as a Founder within DSV under our unique framework for venture creation and transition to becoming part of the founding team of one of the companies which will emerge from it. We are aiming to launch at least three new ventures in this space and you will have a chance to work with us to make that happen (and own an equity stake in each one of them).

There’s up to £500k of investment from DSV alone, and at least £100k in grant funding, plus the further opportunity to carry out 6 figure proof of concept work. In addition to the investment, we also provide a monthly stipend to all our Entrepreneurs in Residence to support their time transitioning into building an early stage company.

No prior idea or IP required.

 

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