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Kuva Space to provide real time precision agriculture and global carbon sequestration from space

Climate change is already strongly changing our environment and the global  food security is beginning to halter. With their space-borne services Kuva Space  helps farmers in precision farming as well as bio asset owners, businesses  and governments get better insight for making effective decisions towards  sustainable farming, carbon binding and reduction of climate effects. Today, the  company announced a €4.2M round of seed funding from deep tech VC fund  Voima Ventures and Nordic FoodTech VC, together with the European Space  Agency and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. 

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The world is up for massive challenges with the still-growing population  and climate change. To feed all 10 billion people in 2050, we need to produce over 50% more  food than currently without increasing agricultural land area all while reversing the climate  change and reducing carbon emissions. 

Keeping up with the changing climate conditions is crucial for the future of our agriculture.  Kuva Space (formerly known as Reaktor Space Lab) is building the world’s most effective  service for global, daily and actionable real time data on ecological assets. The company  aims to be the global source for actionable green datatm for preventing the destruction of  biodiversity and ecosystems while ensuring food for mankind. 

Kuva Space offers solutions for agriculture globally to improve crop yields up to 30% while  simultaneously decreasing the needed inputs by 15%. The company offers situational  awareness on agricultural policies, emissions, and providing true verification tools for bio  asset carbon sequestration methods. 

“Kuva Space takes a leap all the way to space to solve a huge global problem on earth. With  real time and data provided by Kuva Space, forests and bioassets can be transformed into  measurable and tradable carbon sinks. We are looking forward to working with this highly  motivated team to improve life on earth with hyperspectral imaging and AI”, says Inka Mero,  Managing Partner of Voima Ventures. 

“With our daily, global service, farmers have the opportunity to access relevant, cost-efficient  information on their fields and guidelines to optimize their growing conditions and use less land  

to grow more crops. That means decreased environmental effects while increasing income”,  says Jarkko Antila, CEO of Kuva Space. 

In terms of technological advances, Kuva Space’s space-borne hyperspectral camera  technology offers a never before seen efficiency combining small size and breakthrough  performance. This solution enables building a constellation of tens of satellites highly cost efficiently, providing affordable data even for developing countries. 

“Everything in our solution is built for a purpose and that has allowed us to create a highly  vertically integrated product including everything from the camera technology, algorithms and  software being efficient and the best there is”, explains Antila. “So far hyperspectral data has  only been available from large, scientific satellites, providing data only once a month if that.  We are creating a solution capable of doing the same but daily.”  

Now, Kuva Space announced €4.2 million in seed investments from Voima Ventures and  Nordic FoodTech VC, together with the European Space Agency and VTT Technical Research  Centre of Finland. This seed round empowers the building and launching the first commercial  satellites and developing the service pipeline, in addition to taking forward the business  development side of the company.

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