Opportunities for UK space-enabled organisations across Indian agriculture

16 February - 9:30AM - 11:00AM (GMT), 3:00PM - 5:30PM (Indian Time)
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Are you a UK-based AgriTech company interested in developing your business in India?

About this event

Join us to learn more about, and identify, opportunities for space-enabled innovation, collaboration, and commercial activities for UK organisations within the Indian Agricultural sector.

Funded by Innovate UK / part of UK Research and Innovation, the Satellite Applications Catapult, supported by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Agri-EPI Centre, has been working with Indian Stakeholders to capture opportunities for UK businesses to develop collaborations in India to address challenges related to:


Includes the focus areas of:

▪ Enabling connectivity of actuator and sensor devices in agriculture, for example in monitoring crops and animals, pests and diseases, water usage, soil health, etc.

▪ Enabling sustainable and profitable supply chains through systems, robotics, and sensors from food production through to post harvest and logistics (assurance, predicting harvest, environmental monitoring in haulage and storage, cold storage and storage, etc.).


Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Includes the focus areas of:


• Water Scarcity and Climate Resilience: Earth observation, weather monitoring, machine learning and artificial intelligence to allow for identification, prediction and monitoring of environmental factors that affect farming processes and crop production.

• Disease Management (Pests): Range of sensors and IoT technologies collecting data about crop damage from pests and disease and using weather data used to predict potential threats. Includes animal disease occurrence using weather data used to predict potential spread.

• Systems and supply chain focus on reducing Green House Gas emissions and improving soil health using Earth Observation and sensors combined with analytics to monitor at scale.


This event, which forms part of the Satellite Applications Catapult’s Pipeline Stimulation Programme, has been designed to showcase these opportunities to UK organisations.

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.

Why Attend

This event will explore the challenges within the Indian Agricultural sector by developing opportunities across borders that deliver innovations to identified supply chain challenges. It will showcase capability from the UK Catapults and Agri-Tech ecosystem, give insight into the current use of, adoption of, and challenges to new technologies, and provide opportunities for greater collaboration between the UK and India.


09:30 – 09:40 (UK Time) / 15:00 – 15:10 (India Time)

Satellite Applications Catapult and Agri-Epi: Welcome and Overview

Calum Kelly, Agriculture Business Development Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult

Sam Hoste, Agri-Tech Specialist, CEO Quantech Solutions

09:40 – 10:10 (UK Time) / 15:10 – 15:40 (India Time)

UK Government: Outlook for India

10:10 – 10:15 (UK Time) / 15:40 – 15:45 (India Time)

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

Patrick Stewart, Satellite Applications Catapult

10:15 – 10:35 (UK Time) / 15:45 – 16:05 (India Time)

Challenge Area 1: Enabling Connectivity


Agri-EPI Centre

Lisa Williams, Business Development Director

UK Capability Showcase

10:35 – 10:55 (UK Time) / 16:05 – 16:25 (India Time)

Challenge Area 2: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience



Claire Hodge, Centre Head of Crops

UK Capability Showcase

10:55 – 11:00 (UK Time) / 16:25 – 16:30 (India Time)

Next steps and closing

Agri-EPI Centre, FCDO, and the Satellite Applications Catapult


*timings / order are subject to change


As part of the registration process, attendees must select areas of expertise related to the two challenge areas. The information captured here will be shared with UKRI and FCDO as part of the final event report highlighting UK organisations that can work with Indian Stakeholders to support the Indian Agricultural 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 only.

About the Pipeline Stimulation Programme

The Satellite Applications Catapult’s Pipeline Stimulation Programme (PSP) is a series of international activities designed to identify UK satellite applications 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


UK Research and Innovation is a non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom that directs research and innovation funding, funded through the science budget of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.



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 that is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board.


Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre – Pioneering innovation, technology and precision engineering in UK farming for increased productivity, profits and sustainable growth.

Agri-EPI’s is to support the development and growth of innovative solutions to help farmers and agri-food business become more sustainable and profitable.

We provide scientifically robust and commercially viable solutions to improve productivity and sustainability within the food production system.

Our work is about providing scientifically robust and commercially viable solutions to improve productivity and sustainability within the food production system using cutting-edge precision technologies, robotics and autonomous solutions and engineering technologies, and using data to reduce variance at the producer level.


Quantech Solution’s CEO and founder, Dr Sam Hoste, has undertaken agritech roles in business, central government, worked with global consultancy firms, led sector-wide animal health improvement initiatives and was instrumental in the establishment of the UK’s AgriTech Centres.

Quantech Solutions assist early stage and established companies to commercialise their agrifoodtech innovations and ideas and go global.


We pursue our national interests and project the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.


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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