Technological capabilities to strengthen the cacao sector in Colombia

04 May 3PM - 6PM
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Are you part of the Colombia cacao sector or a UK-based AgriTech or cacao company interested in developing your business in Latin America?

About this Event

Join us to identify opportunities for innovation, collaboration, and commercial activities between the UK and Colombian organisations in the cacao sector.

Following on from the success of the COLCO project, an international partnership between the UK and Colombia supporting cacao farmers in Colombia to improve the quality and yield of their crop through integrated technology, the UK-based Satellite Applications Catapult and Manufacturing Technology Centre and Colombia-based Celerik have been working with British Embassy in Colombia to identify the challenges faced by the Colombian cacao sector and how UK capabilities can fulfil those needs.

We are seeking UK-based businesses specialising in data, satellite-enabled innovation, systems development, and manufacturing to form commercial partnerships and collaborations in Colombia and address challenges related to:

• Traceability, Data Management and Commercialisation

• Farm Productivity and Environment Monitoring

• Production Efficiency and Bean Quality

This event, which forms part of the Satellite Applications Catapult’s Pipeline Stimulation Programme, has been designed to showcase these opportunities to UK organisations and start interactions between UK organisations and Colombian key representatives from the industry, academia and the public sector leading to future business and future partnership activities.

The event will be held virtually via Zoom.

(Links will be sent to you when you have registered)

The event will be conducted in English.


15:00-15:15 (UK Time)/ 09:00-09:15 (Colombia Time)

Opening Remarks and UK – Colombian partnership on the cacao sector

Colin Martin-Reynolds British Ambassador in Colombia

15:15-15:30 (UK Time)/ 09:15-09:30 (Colombia Time)

Welcome and overview

MTC and the Satellite Applications Catapult

15:30-15:40 (UK Time)/ 09:30-09:40 (Colombia Time)

Importance of Colombian Cocoa to UK AgriTech

UK Department for International Trade

15:40-15:50 (UK Time)/09:40-09:50 (Colombia Time)

An overview of the Pipeline Stimulation Programme Activity – What, why, and how?

Satellite Applications Catapult

15:50-16:00 (UK Time)/09:50-10:00 (Colombia Time)

Colombian Cocoa Sector and Technology Overview

Speakers: Various

16:00-16:20 (UK Time)/ 10:00-10:20 (Colombia Time)

Challenge Area 1: Traceability, Data Management and Commercialisation

Speakers: Various

16:20-16:40 (UK Time)/ 10:20 -10:40 (Colombia Time)

Challenge Area 2: Farm Productivity and Environment Monitoring

Speakers: Various

16:40-17:00 (UK Time)/ 10:40-11:00 (Colombia Time)

Challenge Area 3: Production Efficiency and Bean Quality

Speakers: Various

17:00-17:15 (UK Time)/ 11:00-11:15 (Colombia Time)

Next steps and closing

Satellite Applications Catapult


17:15-18:00 (UK Time)/ 11:15-12:00 (Colombia Time)

Networking (Optional)

*timings/order are subject to change.


As part of the registration process, attendees must select areas of expertise related to the challenge areas. The information captured here will be shared with the embassy as part of the final event report highlighting UK organisations that can work with and support the Colombian Cocoa sector. Attendees are welcome to attach supporting materials.

Attendees and their organisations who register but do not attend the event will not be included in the final event report.

Please note this event is for representatives of the organisers, and UK organisations.

About the Pipeline Stimulation Programme

The Satellite Applications Catapult’s Pipeline Stimulation Programme (PSP) is a series of international activities designed to identify UK opportunities for innovation and future impactful collaborations globally. These activities encompass discovery exercises to identify collaborative activities and research programmes that could be created through joint UK collaborations to deliver substantial opportunities for organisations internationally. The Catapult has carried out previous similar activities around the world which have been successful in creating dialogues that can lead to partnerships and subsequent commercial and research activity including the UK-Australia Space Bridge.

The aims of the PSP are to enable:

• Identification of areas of opportunity for UK engagement

• Awareness of areas of complementarity for positive interactions and engagement for strategy development

• Enhanced visibility of stakeholders and states in-country

• Visibility of key supply chain / sector needs

• Identification of existing market and applications

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. We work with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications. Based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, The Catapult was established in May 2013 as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic impact for the UK. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry. It represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing and, after four years of planning and a 16 month build, the facility opened at Ansty Park in Coventry at the end of 2011. Over the following seven years the MTC’s rapid growth has seen the expansion of our campus with the construction of three more facilities, including the opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre and the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing. Our role has also increased to cover not only R&D but also Training, Advanced Manufacturing Management and Factory Design.

COLCO is an international project between the UK and Colombia, aiming to support cacao farmers to improve the quality and yield of their crop through the use of integrated technology.

Satellite Applications Catapult
We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.
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