Applied Drone Innovations (ADI) made it to the finals of this year’s Philips Innovation Award and was among five tech innovators pitching for the prize of 10,000 euros. As the runner-up, ADI got plenty of lessons and good connections to take away from this event.
“The highlight of this award process was from the expert coaching. Thanks to KPMG, Philips and ABN AMRO for the fantastic consultants which helped us refine our strategy.”
ADI has been growing steadily over the past year, refining its offering to best suit the needs of its clients. The young company has developed an integrated, data-driven solution that enables greenhouse owners to monitor, collect and process valuable data about their crops. As a result, they gain the insights they need to increase crop yields and quality, and reduce operational costs.
“ADI is on a mission to enable data-driven cultivation of plants. We bridge biology and technology, providing an eye in the sky for the Dutch horticultural sector,” Simmonds says.
By closely monitoring their crops and collecting relevant data, growers can improve and optimise their work. With the help of the ADI system, they are able to map their greenhouses and have a clear overview of the health of their plants and crops, at all times.
“We strive to remain the leading innovator in data-driven horticulture,” Simmonds adds.
The success of ADI at the Philips Innovation Award is one of many the company has been enjoying over the past months. In February, the team secured 350,000 euros from the MIT R&D grant, which they are using for a collaboration with partner Avular, an Eindhoven-based startup focused on enabling mobile robotics.
The startup has also been investing in getting the right talent onboard, which has led them to expand their team to 16 people. And they have ambitions to double it within a year’s time, too.