Robotics start-up E-Nano has secured a six-figure investment to further develop its sport field monitoring technology.
University of Sussex backed investor matching service Suss Ventures has sourced £100,000 for the sports engineering company, which has developed a cloud platform to measure, analyse and feedback real time data to sport field managers and groundskeepers.
The robots use a variety of sensors, AI and connectivity to offer sports field keepers the opportunity to collect data, carry out analysis and predict growth to reduce maintenance costs.
An automated scouting rover provides data from the ground and the environment enabling groundskeepers to make sustainable decisions when growing and maintaining turf by viewing the analysed date on E-Nano’s web platform.
According to E-Nano, its goal is to work with sports fields including grass and growing sports turf, to get data from the land so people can make sustainable decisions when growing. The aim is to move into agricultural land once the product has been brought to market.
Furthermore, the team aims to implement 5G connectivity into their robots and platform, the company said this will deliver more immediate, real-time data with high throughput.
Laurence Grant, head of investments at Suss Ventures, said: “As far as investment opportunities go, E-Nano qualifies as a fast-growing data-driven start-up with exciting scalability in the field of sports engineering, robotics, and cloud computing.
“Also presented as a SEIS opportunity for investors, E-Nano has attracted a lot of attention from high-net worth and SEIS funds seeking to support early-stage companies, while also lowering the risk of investment through the seed investment scheme. I am very proud of the professionalism, graft and ambition of the E-Nano team, and expect to see big things for the company going forward.”
E-Nano’s team are now working with testing partners STRI, sports surface solutions provider, for field trials of its products.