Deep Science Ventures and the University of Edinburgh have launched the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST) programme to design a number of innovative high growth start-ups operating exclusively in the agriculture sector. We are currently recruiting people with specialist domain knowledge who want to co-found agritech companies. No prior IP or “idea” required.

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The FAST programme brings together DSV’s market-led approach to creating science companies, and the Roslin Institute’s world-leading expertise and facilities across genomics, veterinary biosciences, biotechnology and agriculture. Each year the partnership will launch several high growth technology start-ups comprising teams from the University of Edinburgh, the wider UK, and the rest of the world. 

This partnership brings the Roslin Institute’s world-leading facilities and expertise in functional genomics, animal disease, and veterinary clinical biosciences together with Deep Science Ventures’ unique venture design process to identify critical commercial and technical approaches around which high growth ventures and teams can be built. Our aim is to identify and bring together entrepreneurial scientists, academic advisors and investors to design and build new companies in agriculture.

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University of Edinburgh
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The Roslin Institute
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Deep Science Ventures

The programme is open to early career researchers with interest in science entrepreneurship. We are not looking for ideas, but for highly driven people with expertise in agricultural technologies, and an overwhelming desire to change the way things are done.

We are not looking for IP or any sort of business plan. Simply review which of the three Opportunity Areas you are most excited about and for which you have relevant experience.


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Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment in the entire agriculture sector, and presents a major opportunity to meet growing food security challenges, but it is generally hindered by poor environmental performance which is exacerbating the planet’s biodiversity crisis.


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There are unexploited opportunities to increase yields by bringing new varieties of pollinator species under management, especially for crops that are dependent on insect pollination for fruit set in regions in which honey bees are unable to perform adequately.


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We see opportunities to create companies that reset the calorie equation by shifting agriculture away from being solely about production and extraction of calories, toward achieving this alongside the restoration (or avoidance of tampering with) the enabling natural systems that supply them.


For more information about the programme, please register to watch on-demand recording of a webinar (hosted on 14 May)

Deep Science Ventures (DSV) and the University of Edinburgh launch the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST), an ambitious programme creating the first venture studio in Scotland.

The programme will provide scientists with opportunities to research, design and then start their own science startups at the intersection of agriculture, food security and ecological sustainability - and get paid to do it. Entrepreneurial scientists are being recruited to join, develop technology company concepts, and receive investment of up to £500,000 from Deep Science Ventures. 

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"I am very excited by the prospect of this FAST programme, which is a highly unique approach to company formation." 

"Attracting world-wide scientific and entrepreneurial talent and combining them with market-led opportunities to create companies of scale in Animal Health, Agri-tech and/or Aquaculture (AAA), FAST will hopefully find and create the first AAA unicorn company, which will only augment our world leading position at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus."

John Mackenzie, CEO, Roslin Innovation Centre