ApisProtect enables beekeepers to monitor hives at times that are typically difficult or impossible (during the night, during poor weather, or in the winter).
ApisProtect allows beekeepers to evaluate the productivity of their beehives in terms of pollination or honey production.
ApisProtect helps beekeepers to make faster and more effective decisions on beekeeping actions.
ApisProtect assists beekeepers to act early to reduce or prevent beehive events which would otherwise cause large scale colony losses.
ApisProtect is inspired by proven research from academia. In 2013 Fiona Edwards Murphy began her doctoral research into the application of sensors and networking in honey bee hives. The project received international recognition, including at least 8 academic publications, awards from the Irish Research Council, the IEEE, IBM, The Irish Laboratory Awards, and Google, as well as extensive international media attention.
Following this project, ApisProtect has been formed, moving the use of technology in beehives into the commercial sphere, to provide insight for beekeepers to prevent losses and increase productivity. The team behind ApisProtect has the diverse background required to succeed in this space, including decades of engineering, scientific, beekeeping, and commercial experience.
GALWAY, IRELAND May 30, 2017 – The Yield Lab Ireland, Irelands’ first food and agriculture technology (AgTech) seed fund, is pleased to announce new portfolio companies for the 2017 cohort.
Founded in St. Louis in 2014 by a group of Ag industry experts and executives, the Yield Lab has invested in 15 AgTech companies from across the world. Expansion into Ireland has been led by Paul Finnerty, Chairman of Yield Lab Ireland and former CEO of ABP Food group, Paul says, “We are pleased to announce our first portfolio of investments in innovative early stage AgTech businesses which we believe have the potential to assist in improving the sustainability of how food is produced not just in Ireland but internationally.”
Selected companies receive €100,000 in funding and participate in a six-month accelerator program located in Ireland. During the program, the companies take part in hands-on training, mentoring, and networking opportunities with international agribusiness and financial institutions to develop their customer, collaborator and investor base.
The 2017 Yield Lab Ireland Cohort Includes:
ApisProtect - Fiona Edwards Murphy & Andrew Wood – Cork, Ireland
Hexafly - Alvan Hunt – Kilsyre, Ireland
Microsynbiotix - Simon Jegan Porphy & Antonio Lamb – Cork, Ireland
Ubiqutek - Andrew Diprose - Warwick, United Kingdom
The Yield Lab brings together new innovative technologies focused on improving productivity, enhancing knowledge, eroding boundaries, and merging historically independent ecosystems into a more cohesive agricultural system. For more information, please visit www.theyieldlab.com
ApisProtect, IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Centre,
Western Gateway Building,
University College Cork,
Co. Cork, Ireland.