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A team of Saïd Business School students have turned a climate emergency assignment into a flourishing AI business that boosts wine production while saving water supplies.



Conserving water supplies is a global problem and vital for saving communities around the world.

How this should best be done was a question posed to students at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. For one team of students, their answer was to lead them to form a ground-breaking business venture within a few months of graduating. Their company, Deep Planet, uses satellite imagery and sophisticated AI tools to measure soil moisture levels, so winegrowers can conserve water by irrigating vineyards only when necessary.

Deep Planet took advice from tutors at the Saïd Business School to apply for European Space Agency (ESA) grants. The first £500k of funding saw the business set up and headquartered at Harwell Innovation Centre’s space cluster, just south of Oxford. The founders credit the company’s evolution, which saw it narrow its focus from agriculture to wine making, to a mentoring programme at the Saïd Business School run by the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)

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