Barclays is launching a new Eagle Lab Farm at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Agri-tech research campus, aimed at supporting entrepreneurs with the latest technology and includes a co-working and business space dedicated to furthering innovation in Agricultural Technology.
The Lincoln site will be the 25th Lab in Barclays’ Eagle Lab network of co-working spaces for start-ups and scale-ups around the country.
The Lab and the surrounding farm offers entrepreneurs and researchers access to Lincoln’s Agri-tech resources, supporting farmers as they tackle ongoing challenges and help rural farming communities in applying technology to agriculture.
Barclays’ partnership with the University of Lincoln wsupports the UK farming sector with the aim of becoming the most digitally enabled farming industry in the world.
The resources on offer at the Eagle Lab Farm include a dedicated robotics lab, a demonstration packhouse and a model refrigerated supermarket aisle available for the entrepreneurs and researchers.
The Riseholme research campus also features traditional test and growing areas, including soft fruit and crop growing facilities, beef cattle and sheep herds, a walled garden and commercial polytunnel growth spaces.
Professor Andrew Hunter, deputy vice chancellor for research and innovation at The University of Lincoln, said they are excited to be partnering with Barclays on the Eagle Lab Farm to offer the next generation of Agri-tech developers the chance to use our facilities: “The farming industry is currently facing a number of challenges, so we hope that this residency will provide some solutions to the issues and aid in the recovery of our sector.”