Odyssey Sensors is dedicated to delivering affordable sensors for low-income and low-margin farmers. Our aim is to promote economic and environmental sustainability by delivering advanced sensors to farmers
who need it the most.
Learn how we deliver products that impact change.
Global Social Venture Competition
The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) awards businesses on the basis of their potential for positive real world impact. In 2014, GSVC received 600 entries from nearly 40 countries. Odyssey Sensors successfully made the final eight, placing second overall and winning $20,000.
Intel Global Challenge
The Intel Global Social Challenge is an annual competition, with over 20,000 entries in 2014 from 60 countries. Odyssey Sensors was one of 26 teams selected for the semi-final, making the final and placing in the top eight.
Intel Emerging Markets Award
The Intel Emerging Markets Technology Award was the other cash prize, apart from the top three places, given out at the 2014 GSVC. The selection is made based on companies that are bringing innovative technology to new frontiers.
Skoll Centre Venture Award
Odyssey Sensors was an inaugural winner of the ₤20,000 Skoll Venture Award in 2013. The annual awards are given to graduates of the University of Oxford whose ventures are deemed to have the most potential to create large scale social impact.
TATA Idea Idol
TATA Idea Idol is the flagship startup idea competition at the University of Oxford, with a three round format, culminating in a live pitch final with external judges. In February 2013, Odyssey Sensors was awarded the first place prize, out of a field of over 270 entrants. The prize amounted to ₤10,000.
The £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst is designed to support businesses and researchers in developing innovative solutions to challenges in the agri-tech sector. It is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and the Department for International Development. Odyssey Sensors was awarded ₤90,000 in February, 2015.
Our Design Process
In order to make a real impact, we develop and deliver products that people want and need. We promote sustainable livelihoods for people and ecosystems through disruptive design. Our technology is attractive to producers because of immediate increase in productivity with a large return on investment. Additionally, the products aid farmers by using their current resources more effectively, thereby decreasing their environmental impact.
We support producers in achieving economic, social and ecological sustainability by delivering first class, affordable, environmental monitoring solutions. This enables low margin and low income producers to build capacity and earn higher prices for their goods while also highlighting the importance of landscape maintenance in preserving the environment we all share on the local and global level. Our products are all developed after listening to farmers describe challenges they face on a routine basis.
Our team has more than 30 years of experience working with social enterprises, with a special focus in South Asia. Nowadays sustainability is on the global agenda for large scale corporations, which often times purchase produce from small scale farmers in developing countries. The expectation is that small scale low income farmers produce their products in a sustainable manner, yet they do not have the resources to achieve that goal. Odyssey Sensors bridges that gap by providing affordable resources which increase farmers' economic and environmental sustainability.
To learn more about our impact in 2014, click here to download our annual report.
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