Ubiqutek recently won a £50k UK Government Innovate UK grant to further enhance its next generation technology.
We are delighted to welcome Yegi Bonyadi joining as Power Engineer. Yegi joins us from Yegi joins the company from Warwick University where she has worked as a research assistant on Innovate UK and Underpinning Power electronics projects funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centre for Power Electronics during her PhD.
Andrew Diprose, Managing Director, comments: “I am delighted to welcome Yegi to the team and look forward to working with her in the coming years to push the boundaries of our core technology.“
We are delighted to welcome Stefanie Murray joining as Project Engineer. Stefanie joins us from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare in New Zealand where she has worked in both engineering and management roles in the development of medical devices. She brings over 8 years’ experience of successful project delivery in a highly regulated environment. Stefanie will be working closely with our partners to ensure the successful implementation and optimisation of our technology in their products.
Andrew Diprose, Managing Director, comments: “I am delighted to welcome Stefanie to the team and look forward to working with her in the coming years to integrate our technology with partners around the globe.“
We are delighted to welcome Stephen Jelley joining as Commercial Director. Stephen joins us having held the position of UK & Ireland Sales Manager for Dunlop Protective Footwear where he worked closely with customers in the Agriculture and Retail sectors. During his career, he gained a wealth of experience in both Sales & Marketing roles, helping to transform businesses for market leading companies such as General Electric, Philips Electronics & Honeywell.
Andrew Diprose, Managing Director, comments: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen to the team and look forward to working with him in the coming years to drive revenues globally and at the same time reduce the use of chemical herbicides around the world.“
Ubiqutek is delighted to announce that it has received investment from The Yield Lab. The Yield Lab is a global network of four early stage AgTech accelerators and investment funds. It is headquartered in St Louis Missouri, with sister accelerators in Ireland (Europe), Buenos Aires (LATAM), and Singapore (Asia Pacific). It invests €100K into three to five high potential Agtech start-up businesses in each region per year. Recently voted the world’s most valuable AgTech Accelerator, our global footprint enables our portfolio companies to gain access to the leading Agtech investors, corporates, strategic partners, markets, regulatory developments, research institutions, talent, mentoring, and other promising start-ups, all around the world.
Ubiqutek has received funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project will evaluate the potential of Ubiqutek’s non-chemical technology to control weeds using electricity. The key advantages of the technology are that it is chemical free, systemically kills the roots and does not disturb the soil. This project will provide a practical solution for growers by addressing the main concerns of using novel technology in this environment:
- Long-term efficacy of weed control using a structured field trial over 3 years with active participation from the grower
- Speed of weed control by designing a mechanical electrode array prototype suited for this scenario
- Cost by undertaking a desk study comparing alternative weed control methods.
We are delighted to welcome David Vail joining as Principal Engineer. David is a Chartered Engineer with thirty years of experience in power supply design and manufacture in a variety of industries from very high volume commercial to military. He will be responsible for developing and advancing our technology for H2020 and then its application in different products.
Andrew Diprose, Executive Director, comments: “I am delighted to welcome David Vail to the team and working with him in the coming years to really push our technology and its applications.“
We are delighted to welcome Trevor Robinson to the team in the role of Sales and Aftersales Manager. Trevor joins us from Natural Landscapes, a grounds maintenance company he ran for the past nine years. Trevor has always been involved with land management having been a farmer’s son, tree surgeon and landscape gardener.
Andrew Diprose, Executive Director of Ubiqutek, comments: “We are pleased that Trevor has joined us to head up the sales effort here in the UK. As well as running his own company, he has worked within this industry for a long time, so has the necessary experience to drive revenue growth here in the UK.”
Robert Diprose, Founder of Ubiqutek, comments: “We are very pleased to welcome Trevor to the team as our sales and aftersales manager. As an experienced landscape professional Trevor has been working with Ubiqutek since its formation helping to understand the user and deployment issues of the professional spot weeding product throughout its development. Trevor brings with him a wealth of knowledge and practical experience associated with the application of chemical control methods across the gamut of weed control scenarios from farming, urban environments to invasive species management for private clients.”
We are delighted to welcome James Holdgate to the team in the role of Head of Projects, initially focusing on the H2020 project. James joins us from Vax where he held the role of Head of New Product Development. He brings over 20 years of experience in consumer products and medical devices and expertise in product development, project management, team leadership and lean systems. James also has experience of electrosurgical instruments gained at Olympus Surgical Technologies which has interesting synergies with our technology. Initially James will be focused on developing and commercialising the agricultural product.
Andrew Diprose, Executive Director of Ubiqutek, comments: “We are very excited that James is joining Ubiqutek. He has a wealth of product experience that makes him an invaluable addition to the team. I look forward to working with James.”
Robert Diprose, Founder of Ubiqutek, comments: “I am very pleased to be able to welcome James Holdgate to Ubiqutek as our first strategic hire. James has many years of experience in bringing sector leading consumer products to market and his employment marks a new and exciting chapter in Ubiqutek’s growth. I, and the board, look forward to working with James in his primary roles of delivering the €1.9M Horizon 20:20 project and leveraging our growing portfolio of intellectual property across a series of opportunities.”
Ubiqutek has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 733687.
The European Commission has awarded Ubiqutek the second phase of their prestigious Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme to develop electrical weeding technology.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available between 2014 and 2020, €3 billion of which is dedicated to the SME Instrument programme. In addition to private investment, the purpose of Horizon 2020 is to deliver more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Andrew Diprose, Executive Director of Ubiqutek, comments: “We are delighted with this news and look forward to working with the European Commission over the coming years. With the extension of the license for the world’s most widely used herbicide only extended by 18 months rather than the 15 years that was applied for, it is critical that innovative technologies are given the necessary support to ensure that the agricultural industry has viable options in the future. We have received a huge amount of interest and look forward to delivering an alternative technology to the market which is cost competitive with herbicides and offers a host of additional environmental benefits.”