Name: Andrew Diprose
After 14 years as a management consultant, Andrew Diprose has launched Ubiqutek, a company which develops technology and products to kill weeds using electricity which reduces chemical herbicide use.
Called Rootwave, the company’s recently launched professional hand-weeder for spot-weeding and tackling invasive species won a 2017 Lamma Innovation Award.
The company has been awarded a €1.3 million (£1.1m) grant to develop next generation technology and embody it within an agricultural product using an existing mechanical weeder.
Andrew says he is looking to partner with four other agricultural manufacturers to develop similar products for additional crops, and hopes to co-develop a version for use by consumers.