Australian innovative technology start-up firm Airseed Technologies, has been announced as Asia Pacific’s winner of Bupa’s inaugural international eco-Disruptive program.
Airseed Technologies will be in the running to win more than $350k in funding to further develop its drone tree planting technology at the Bupa eco-Disruptive Global Final next month.
Airseed was one of six Australian start-ups that received funding from Bupa to develop pilot solutions that positively impact the environment and support sustainable development.
The company was selected as the Asia Pacific regional winner after successfully receiving the highest number of approvals in votes from Bupa Asia Pacific’s workforce.
As part of the competition, a dedicated team of Bupa’s people worked hand-in-hand with Airseed Technologies to continue the development a customer platform that could assist them in planting 100 million trees a year using drones and artificial intelligence.
Bupa congratulates Airseed Technologies
Hisham El-Ansary, the APAC CEO of Bupa congratulated Airseed Technologies on winning.
“We are extremely excited to have Airseed Technologies representing Bupa Asia Pacific in the Global Final next month. The innovative work they are doing in the agri-tech industry will potentially play an important role in restoring and protecting our environment.”
“This is important to us given the clear links between planet health and human health.”
“Throughout the competition, our people have been energised by the amazing solutions that our teams and start-up companies have developed during the past six months.”
“It shows the value of large firms working with start-ups to accelerate development of solutions to some of the challenges our planet is facing as we learn from each other.”
“We are especially thrilled that our forty two people that were deployed across the six teams had such a unique experience while working with the start-up companies.”
“We hope that they learnt about the impact they can have individually and collectively on solutions to make a real difference to the health of our communities and planet.”
Airseed Technologies will be competing against a range of other start-ups that have worked with teams across Bupa’s United Kingdom, European and Latin American network.
Airseed Technologies welcomes the Bupa accolade
Andrew Walker, the Chief Executive Officer of Airseed Technologies expressed enthusiasm.
“Airseed Technologies’ participation in Bupa’s eco-Disruptive program and the learnings that followed have facilitated acceleration of our path to commercialisation.”
“For the past three years AirSeed Technologies has been indulged in developing drone and bio technology so as to tackle the climate crisis and biodiversity loss head on.”
“Now is the time for AirSeed Technologies to catapult our innovative solution forward and help to realise our mission of tackling reforestation and biodiversity loss at scale.”
Following total initial funding of more than $200,000 to develop pilot solutions to present at the eco-Disruptive regional final, the 5 other APAC finalists will also receive an additional $10,000 in recognition of their efforts and to help further their future endeavours.
Bupa’s Australian program finalists
A startup that aims to plant 100 million trees a year using drones and artificial intelligence.
An edible coffee cup that is compostable in 2 weeks and aims to solve the environmental issues stemming from the 2.7m disposable coffee cups being sent to landfills daily.
A hydrogen vehicle and generator maker to fast track zero-emission transport and energy.
Australian Urban Growers
A digital online platform that enables people to upskill and grow their own fresh produce in a small space while leveraging low maintenance strategies and approaches.
An online marketplace across the sports, recreation and wellbeing industries.
The marketplace is facilitating the provision of an engaging digital experience for the community in order to be rendered able to discover and participate in physical experiences.
A digital marketplace application that guides people to greener options for everything they buy, then turns their purchase ‘carbon neutral’ to help end climate change.