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Entrants sought for Horticulture Entrepreneur Award 2023

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Entrants sought for Horticulture Entrepreneur Award 2023

14 October 2022- Innovative entrepreneurs in the horticulture sector can register for the Horticulture Entrepreneur Award 2023 from today. Alongside the Entrepreneur Award, we are also awarding a theme award for ‘New crops, new applications’ this year. For this theme award, we are joining forces with Greenport West-Holland. The winners will be announced at our annual event on 29 March 2023. 

The Horticulture Entrepreneur Award is looking for entrepreneurs who show daring, commitment and sustainability. Businesses that are improving the level of knowledge sector-wide with creative solutions, persistence and a willingness to enter into open dialogue. The ideal entrants for the Horticulture Entrepreneur Award are investing in new technologies that raise the sector to a higher plane, whereby they pay plenty of attention to building firm foundations for a sustainable future. In 2023 we will be awarding the prize for the 36th time.

‘New crops, new applications’ theme award

We will also be awarding a Theme Award this year: ‘New crops, new applications’. We are seeing new crops and cultivation methods being developed in the Netherlands that can offer specific solutions to the challenges that confront our society today. This might include applications in the area of paper, plastic and building materials that reduce the carbon footprint, ornamental crops for use in cosmetics, medicine, etc. Big opportunities for future sustainability! We are looking for Dutch entrepreneurs and pioneers who are starting new crops and/or developing new applications and business models for existing crops in a unique way. We are organising the theme award this year in collaboration with Greenport West-Holland, which has its own programme in this area - Biobased Greenport West-Holland

Register until 25 November

Entrants can register from today until Friday 25 November, or be nominated by another company or organisation. We will reveal which businesses have been nominated at the start of December. The winners will be announced at an inspiring event on 29 March 2023. 


Nominees Entrepreneur prize 2023

Winner 2022: Wijnen Square Crops

Winner 2022: Wijnen Square Crops

More than 65% of the energy consumed at Wijnen Square Crops’ two sites is fossil-free and sustainable. It is one of the initiatives by this vegetable grower which demonstrates innovative, market-focused and innovative entrepreneurship.

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Niels Kreuk bv

Niels Kreuk bv

Niels Kreuk b.v. is one of the most progressive tulip growers in the sector. The company has been successfully transformed in recent years into a sustainable and innovative nursery. The company has shown daring with multilayered cultivation, but also with innovations in the storage of bulbs.

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OVATA

OVATA

Ambitious, innovative and sustainable - all terms that apply perfectly to family business OVATA. This grower of succulents has a clear vision for cultivating niche products, whereby 75% come from their own breeding programme. They show excellence in processes, but also great social engagement.

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Zentoo

Zentoo

Zentoo is an engaging, ambitious and sustainable business that has given chrysanthemum cultivation a boost over the past ten years with smart marketing. Zentoo is also applying many innovations within its production in terms of LED lighting, biological crop protection and data-driven cultivation.

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Nominees Theme prize 2023

Winner 2022: Gearbox Innovations BV – Maasdijk

Winner 2022: Gearbox Innovations BV – Maasdijk

Gearbox Innovations invents, designs and produces smart products in the field of robotics and automation, self-learning software and vision solutions. The technologies assess and report in real time on the quality and growth of the plants in the greenhouse, in order to optimise the cultivation and packing process, save costs and improve product quality.

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Royal Brinkman

Royal Brinkman

In order to optimise cultivation processes in the production of vegetables and make them more sustainable, Royal Brinkman has developed a harvest forecasting robot for tomatoes - the Plantalyzer - in collaboration with WUR, LetsGrow and Berg Hortimotive Group. The robot travels through the greenhouse autonomously and takes targeted photographs of the tomatoes.

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Blue Radix - Rotterdam

Blue Radix - Rotterdam

Blue Radix is an AI tech business with a focus on international greenhouse horticulture. Blue Radix develops Artificial Intelligence solutions for the full automation of daily activities and processes in greenhouse. They are thereby solving the problem of the labour shortage, and bringing about a better and more sustainable production result

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PATS Indoor Drone Solutions – Delft

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions – Delft

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions is a young business that exploits the ability to detect and eradicate harmful insects in greenhouses using drones. PATS helps growers in greenhouse horticulture to reduce crop losses, limit the use of crop protection products and automate a labour-intensive process.

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