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You don’t get to be a HortiHeroes Start-up for nothing. This group of heroes is the future of the Food & Flower industry and they live for innovation. From drones for crop protection to data-driven cultivation. And from greenhouse insulation with bubbles to new ways of purchasing plants.

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The Thermeleon Heat Battery increases the energy efficiency of greenhouses. By strategically buffering the surplus of heat during the day by cooling the greenhouse, the product provides sustainable heating at night. The result is a significant reduction in energy demand up to 30% and a more sustainable greenhouse.

PAR+ is a sustainable spray coating suitable for glasshouse horticulture developed by FOTONIQ. PAR+ offers diffusivity without light loss, increasing crop yield year-round for 8 years.

Sigrow opens doors to climate optimisation for your crops. They produce and develop sensors which make it easy to collect (micro-) climate data of your growing environment. Their newest sensor: the Sigrow Stomata Camera which visualises whether your plants are growing. 

Listening to plants? That sounds a bit strange, but the smart sensors of Plense Technologies can use ultrasound to listen to what is happening in plants, just like an ultrasound with babies.

They translate this into information such as stress and plant recovery, which they then translate into advice or breed traits.

Blockbax provides a platform that makes it possible to centralise data from any type of sensor or machine to one place, to create clear dashboards & analyses from here and then set alerts & actions on them without programming a single line for this.

Common examples are energy management, greenhouse climate insight & control, logistics track & tracing and proactive monitoring of critical machinery or other assets.

Whether you are a startup looking to launch an AI product, or a data science team at a large organisation. UbiOps is here to help your team scale AI quickly, on-demand, and reliably without encountering availability issues, high costs, or complex cloud infrastructure.

OpusWatch is a smart watch that can be used to visualise the performance of agricultural businesses. This is how they make data-driven business possible!

Their OPUSSmart makes it possible to collect valuable information on crop production and labour in no time and the OPUSEasy makes it possible to capture or receive real-time information. Capture labour or pests and diseases or receive packing orders on your wearable!

APEX is an AI-driven platform that connects supply and demand in the food & flower industry, developed by PEAX Data. Centralise all your market insights in one place and easily create analyses and overviews to make data-driven commercial decisions. From gut feeling to being informed and from Excel to APEX!

Voltiris pioneers the world's first photovoltaic modules specifically designed for greenhouses.

Their cutting-edge spectral filtering technology transmits the essential PAR-light directly to crops while transforming the remaining frequencies into renewable power. Combining crop and renewable energy production without compromise.

Hortiheroes pre-seed startups

Planthunters is the platform where retailers buy special plants directly from the grower.

After the retailer (garden centre, florist, decorator) has chosen online from a varied range of special and new plants, the grower delivers them via the exporter. Through shorter transparent lines and while preserving the chain, Planthunters ultimately aims for a 100% match between supply and demand with less waste. The winners? Both the grower, the exporter, the retailer, the customer and the plant!

Albotherm is improving crop productivity by up to 34% with their glass coatings that reversibly transition from transparent to white in hot weather, allowing greenhouses to regulate their own temperature without electrical input while maximising light levels.

Hortiheroes scale-ups

PATS automates pest monitoring and control with vision solutions and bat-like drones.

Gearbox creates the next generation horticultural workforce, using vision solutions, smart software with AI and robotics.

Plantsome, the new way to buy houseplants. We are happy to give you advice on how to make your interior even greener. This does not only look trendy and cosy, it is also healthy for you and it is delivered free of charge.

Through innovative bio sensors, Vivent Biosignals supplies crop monitoring services, to detect diseases and pests well before visual symptoms, to demonstrate the efficacy of crop treatments and to help growers optimise climate, nutrients, and irrigation. We do this by decoding naturally occurring biological signals and providing alerts and regular reports on crop health to our clients.

CE-Line brings the laboratory towards the greenhouse. The CELINE technology can measure all essential macro en micro nutrients, fully automated, at laboratory quality. With that there is a continuous control over the nutrient concentrations in the drain- and irrigation water. The continuous and real-time measuring of the nutrients can be combined with the (individual) nutrient dosing systems to provides ideal nutrient ratio’s in the irrigation water.

Benefits: 5% higher yields, improved crop and fruit quality, reduced water and fertilizer consumption, and remote control over water and nutrient management.

Skytree develops and deploys smart technology that captures atmospheric carbon dioxide, enabling its use or storage to combat climate change and aid businesses and society around the world.