A complete ecosystem within which technology driven start-ups and spinouts can thrive.
Barn4, the NIAB AgriTech Incubator, is a new purpose built facility for start-up agritech businesses that opened in spring 2021. Funded by The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the new 375m2 building on our Park Farm site in Histon offers start-ups and SMEs:
- office and laboratory space
- meeting rooms
- video-conferencing facilities and workshop space
- specialist laboratory facilities
- high performance computing
- outdoor trial space.
The new hub is an addition to NIAB’s recently redeveloped Park Farm field research station which includes two new large research and office buildings (5,500 m2), 2,500 m2 of research glasshouses with an additional 300m2 planned, 3,000m2 protected outdoor growing space and field trial plots.
Cambridgeshire is a world-leading centre for agritech with an unrivalled combination of new innovative SME’s partnering with commercial industry, research, academia and networking organisations across the science, technology and agrifood sectors. Barn4 will provide support for start-ups including access to sector specific expertise, basic research facilities with laboratory space, field plots, and engineering workshops. Companies specialising in plant genetics, pest management, soil health, AI to support sustainable farming decisions, farm robotics and much more are expected to take up the opportunities that the new Hub will offer.