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Tenfold NetZero Accelerator Programme Briefing Webinar

Date: 25 April 2024 11:00 - 25 April 2024 12:00



Digital Catapult and The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is delighted to invite you to the Tenfold NetZero Accelerator Programme Briefing Webinar. Hosted by Digital Catapult and industry challenge owners, Agri-Search, Dale Farm and Encirc, this is an opportunity to learn more about the programme and the specific challenges they have identified for their business in the drive towards Net Zero.

Who Should Attend?

The Tenfold NetZero Accelerator Programme encourages a wide range of technology solution providers to apply, not only from across Northern Ireland but also the wider UK. In particular, we invite businesses using an advanced technology that Digital Catapult works with such as: 5G, Quantum, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) or Internet of Things (IoT). In particular, we recommend attendance from Strategic and Technical Leads of UK Businesses which work with one or more of the advanced technology stack stated above.

Each technology solution provider will be required to provide a proof of concept against a selected net zero industry challenge, leveraging the appropriate advanced digital technologies.

There are a number of minimum requirements of eligibility that are typical to this type of programme. You can find these in the FAQ section of the open call application page.

Why attend?

Participants will have a chance to:

  • Get an overview of the programme from Digital Catapult
  • Insights of the challenges from the industry challenge owners
  • Q&A: Opportunity to ask your questions about the programme


11:00 – Introduction to Digital Catapult & Tenfold NetZero Accelerator Programme Overview

Ben Attle, Innovation Delivery Manager at Digital Catapult

11:10 – Challenge 1: Agri-Search

Jason Rankin, Strategy Manager, Agri-Search

11:20 – Challenge 2: Dale Farm

Hannah Faulkner, Technical Project Coordinator, Dale Farm

11:30 – Challenge 3: Encirc

Richard Curry, Cold End Job Change and Engineering Manager, Encirc

11:45 – Q&A

11:55 – Next Steps

Ben Attle, Innovation Delivery Manager at Digital Catapult

12:00 – End

About the Programme

In November 2023, DAERA announced its partnership with Digital Catapult Northern Ireland on a new innovation programme to provide local businesses with the opportunity to access the UK’s world class technology community to tackle challenges they face in the drive towards Net Zero.

Following months of engagement with a variety of businesses across Northern Ireland, DAERA and Digital Catapult are pleased to announce that the Tenfold NetZero Accelerator programme will support three of Northern Ireland’s leading agriculture and manufacturing businesses: AgriSearch, Dale Farm and Encirc.

The Tenfold NetZero Accelerator programme will aim to develop innovative methods that will help improve efficiency on-farm linked to feed management and usage, and easy access to nutrient data; as well as help reduce waste during the production of dark glass bottles. The programme is now taking applications from the UK’s world-class technology startup and SME community to support the development of these solutions working alongside Dale Farm, AgriSearch and Encirc respectively. Each successful technology provider will receive £20,000 in funding from the industry partners.

Three technology solution providers will be chosen to receive £20,000 in cascade funding, one for each challenge. These selected companies will have the opportunity to develop proof-of-concepts tackling real industry challenges, collaborating closely with the industry challenge owner. Participants will also receive support from Digital Catapult experts during the development phase, spanning from June to September 2024.

The programme will culminate in a showcase event in Autumn 2024 where the final PoCs will be presented to the industry challenge owners, DAERA and wider industry across Northern Ireland.