City Farm Systems announced as ConnectTVT 50 Game Changers in the Thames Valley
Slough 17th July 2017: City Farm Systems has been announced as one of ConnectTVT’s 2017 50 Game Changers in the Thames Valley. For the second year, the platform joining the tech and digital dots across the region, has brought together the tech and powerhouses of tomorrow.
The 50 Game Changers seeks to consolidate the pipeline for tech and digital economy in the region. It recognised City Farm Systems as a pioneer in its market and disrupting its sector through its game-changing CloudGro ® rooftop farming systems growing the freshest crops money can buy.
New pillar of tech business
Together with EY and Oracle, ConnectTVT has collaborated with regional incubators and accelerators, universities and investors to collate this year’s 50 Game Changers. The cohort includes early stage food start-ups such as Fungry, the take-away food rating platform and Primal Pantry, the disruptive clean eating snack brand alongside City Farm Systems’ fresh produce supply chains where CloudGrown ® produce is grown free of transport at the point of need and through to established, fast-growing scale-ups such as Artesian. A full list is available here.
50 Game Changer Alumni
This year saw the 50 Game Changers’ first alumni in the shape of Sage People. Previously Fairsail, the fastest growing B2B tech business in the UK was acquired by Sage in March 2017 for £115m. The scale-up moves to the new Thames Valley Science Park later this year, pledging its long-term commitment to the region.
ConnectTVT founder Louize Clarke comments, “People always ask me what makes a Game Changer –it’s not about highest turnover companies but those championing change. We need to encourage a diverse mix of businesses across our innovation layers. City Farm Systems is really achieving this in their business and we’re proud to have Jonathan Lodge and the team within our 50 Game Changer family.”
Being announced as a GAME CHANGER can only add to our increasing visibility at this exciting time. With protected ground breaking IP the time is right to take the business to a new level through investment or by licensing CloudGro ® in selected export markets.
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About GROW and ConnectTVT
ConnectTVT is the Reading-based platform connecting and championing the Thames Valley's expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem and tech economy. It is based at GROW, the Green Park-based collaboration and incubation hub, bringing together start-ups, innovators, creative, freelancers and developers to meet, network and co-work.
GROW and ConnectTVT were founded by Louize Clarke in June 2014.
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ABOUT City Farm Systems Ltd is a business set up to commercialise the thinking of Jonathan Lodge. With a patent granted in the UK and about to be granted in several more countries and registered trademarks this exciting business is attracting global interest in their disruptive technology. CFS uses cloud computing and data analysis to enable a city to be really smart and help feed itself.
July got underway with an Innovate UK / Newton Fund sponsored trip to Beijing. Jonathan has not long returned having been asked to extend his stay and give a presentation at China Agricultural University’s International Conference on Smart Agriculture Innovative Development (ICSaid 2017). Plans are now being made to forge longer term links with CAU.
Also this week City Farm Systems has been selected to pitch at a Climate-KIC event in Sweden in October and a conversation is well underway with a potential licensee in Peru.