Raspberry-picking robotic startup picks up £1.5m funding

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Local weather investor Elbow Seashore Capital is supplying £1.5m to raspberry-picking robotic creator Fieldwork Robotics.

It marks the third food-picking startup the enterprise capital agency has invested in, after it provided money to Shropshire-based broccoli upcycling startup Upp and asparagus subject robotic maker Muddy Machines.

Fieldwork Robotics, based mostly in Cambridge, is concentrating on an additional £600,000 through a crowdfund. The spherical additionally attracted funding from prior backers Frontier IP and a household workplace.

Jon Pollock, chief govt of Elbow Seashore Capital, stated: “Agriculture because it stands isn’t match for objective and we’d like progressive applied sciences to alleviate the unsustainable ranges of waste and enhance the economics for the farmer and finish prospects within the sector.”

Fieldwork Robotics-picked raspberries are already on the market within the likes of Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s.

On account of labour shortages as much as £60m of meals will go to waste on UK farms, in line with the Nationwide Farmers’ Union.

Fieldwork Robotics is initially specializing in raspberries and smooth fruits with its autonomous harvesting robots.

“This spherical will assist our work with forward-looking farms seeking to resolve their labour shortages, scale back crop wastage and mitigate meals inflation,” stated Fieldwork Robotics CEO David Fulton.

The robotics startup has beforehand picked up £700,000 from Innovate UK after it was based on the College of Plymouth.

Elbow Seashore Capital is concentrated on decarbonisation, sustainable power, and social impression companies. UKTN final month revealed that Scottish EV startup Munro Automobiles is elevating contemporary capital with a contribution coming from Elbow Seashore Capital.