Crunchdex: weather start-up Sencrop ‘one to watch’

23-07-2019 | |
Photo: Sencrop
Photo: Sencrop

Digital farming and weather start-up Sencrop has been named by tech-tracking index Crunchdex as ‘one to watch’ amongst European technology start-ups.

The company, which currently has a network of more than 300 on-farm weather stations in the UK, secured third position in the index, which was published on July 17. Sencrop is the only agri-tech firm to make the June top 10, alongside entries in transport, fintech, gaming and medtech.

Published monthly, the Crunchdex rankings are based on a dozen metrics such as recruitment, fundraising, web traffic, app ratings and social media reach and influence.

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“We’re delighted with the ranking,” says co-founder Martin Ducroquet. “It’s a tremendous recognition for all the hard work that our small but growing team has put into innovative product development, reliable customer support and advanced but accessible technological principles.”

More than 10,000 farmers, winemakers and fruit growers

In the 3 years since its inception, Sencrop has grown its team to more than 40 employees from 7 countries, raised € 10m in funding, and attracted the attention of more than 10,000 farmers, winemakers and fruit growers across 10 European countries.

Its weather sensor solutions – Raincrop, Windcrop and Sencrop Plus – aim to give farmers a new edge in ‘agro-meteorology’, measuring air temperature, humidity, rainfall and wind speed, and connecting with other local stations, to improve on-farm decision-making and maximise productivity through a simple app.

Leafcrop, a leaf wetness sensor, was recently also launched in the UK, promising better disease prediction and frost protection for vineyards and orchards.

Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming