BayWa Smart Farming Challenge

BayWa is looking for innovative solutions that use new technologies, ideas and products to support sustainable agriculture and horticulture.

The Finalists

Discover the TOP submissions to the BayWa Challenge below. Please note, that finalists are presented in an alphabetically order of their submission title.

AI-Powered Mapping of Land – Crop Matching

Team: Dr Adrien Lemal, Mr Yuhei Urabe, Dr Kenichi Sasaki
Tenchijin’s COMPASS AI technology solves issues arising from climate change, pests, and diseases in agribusiness using satellite data from the Copernicus Land and Climate Change Services (Sentinel-1, -2, and -3). It compares land environments and provides actionable insights to agribusinesses about the health of their land, along with recommendations on suitable crops to grow, environmental monitoring, and predictions regarding future harvests. The scalability, timeliness, and accuracy provided by COMPASS ensure that customers can grasp issues on their land, tailor their procedures to specific parcels, optimise their inputs and fuel consumption, maximise their revenues, enhance their productivity, and make agriculture more sustainable. COMPASS has significant advantages over the competition thanks to its versatile, scalable AI technology, which processes Big Data to provide clearer actionable insights to customers in a timely manner.

BioAgri – Agrobiodiversity Towards Sustainable Smart Farming

Team: Jorge Monteiro, Paulo Antunes, Pedro Resende, Eduardo Godinho, Inês Girão

BioAgri is an intelligent operating system for information and decision support in agrobiodiversity based on environmentally sustainable farming principles. It is specially tailored to smart agriculture in areas of high environmental importance. BioAgri combines in-situ and EO data with Artificial Intelligence to alert and inform farmers and help them implement sustainable farming practices. It also assists environmental regulators in certifying these methods and monitoring their impact. Biodiversity plays a critical role in the sustainability of natural cycles that are essential to agrarian ecosystems and the conservation of ecological balance. It also promotes the emergence of new social and economic value, including in the form of biological products, nature tourism, and the overall vitality of a society.
BioAgri helps protect nature and reverse ecological degradation based on the development of technologies that allow vineyards (and other agricultural operations in the future) to be more sustainable. This contributes to the preservation of ecosystems while also advancing productivity.

Vana Principa – Let's Give Nature Back Its Place

Antony Desmeaux
Vana Principia is a solution that aims to increase plant diversity in different areas. Using Earth observation data to generate local parameters that impact plants along with a comprehensive plant database, it can design the most suitable configuration for each plant and adapt it to the local climate and resources. Vana Principia will also provide estimates on the resources produced by each design to encourage action. The main objective is to give areas with low plant diversity the ability to improve this aspect in less time. By providing access to a reliable and efficient solution, Vana Principia wants to enable everyone – from farmers to individuals in any walk of life – to accelerate the transition to a more diverse environment.

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The Challenge

As the global population continues to grow every year, so too does the demand for agricultural products. To continue feeding the world without damaging the environment is one of the greatest challenges faced by society, and can only be achieved by increasing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production. BayWa invites submissions that look to tackle this challenge by combining satellite data with other data sources in an innovative and commercially viable way.

BayWa is particularly interested in new ideas that combine satellite data and artificial intelligence/ machine learning. Furthermore, BayWa is looking for new ideas that support the following application fields:

  • Pasture Management
  • Early Crop Disease Identification in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Yield Prediction in Horticulture

Do you have a Smart Farming idea that doesn’t fit the above? BayWa encourages you to enter it as well!

Rewards 2021

Cash Prize
The winner will receive a cash prize worth EUR 5,000.
Mentoring package from BayWa, FarmFacts and Vista, including support with scientific and commercial expertise, developing a go-to-market strategy, and identifying sales channels.
BayWa Sales Platforms
Access to BayWa sales platforms and customers through NEXT Farming.
Access to Networks
Access to BayWa agri-business and agri-organsation networks.
Field Trails
Access to field trails in multiple countries (if eligible).
Satellite Data
Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by COM).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2021 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions to the BayWa Smart Farming Challenge will be evaluated against the following criteria:


Does the solution demonstrate a new/novel approach to Smart Farming?

Earth observation

Does the solution use Earth observation data to bring added-value to end-users?

Technical Feasibility

Can the technical element of the solution be used in a commercial context?

Commercial Viability

Does the solution have real market potential?

About BayWa

BayWa is a group with worldwide operations in the core competencies of trading, logistics and supplementary services in its three operating segments Agriculture, Energy and Building Materials and the Innovation & Digitalisation development segment. Digital Farming is geared towards the development and marketing of digital solutions for agriculture. Such solutions are opening up entirely new opportunities for the agricultural sector. As a shareholder of Vista GmbH, BayWa offers attractive satellite and model-based solutions for agricultural purposes. Together with the subsidiary FarmFacts and its high degree of acceptance and experience as a systems service provider, BayWa can already offer a wide range of innovative services today. The head office of the parent company, which was founded in 1923, is located in Munich. Its international activities focus on Europe as well as on the US and New Zealand.


BayWa AG

Dr Elisabeth Becker-Löffler
Digital Farming

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