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About Us

 

Where it all started

Robert Fryers and Neil D’Souza-Mathew spent the first decade of their careers developing some of the world’s most advanced sensing technologies for challenging applications like medical implants and F1. In 2017, Neil persuaded Robert to take a look at the relatively unglamorous world of insect pests, where the tools available to the industry hadn’t significantly changed for decades.  

They found a world dominated by the inefficient practice of going to a farm, forest, or a warehouse with a pen and a pad to look for damages caused by pests. By the time insect problems were identified it was already too late, the damage was done and the infestation had spread. 

They realised that an early warning system, based on modern technology, could transform outcomes by reducing losses and business disruption. Gareth Funk joined the team and Spotta was formed in 2018.

The founders shared the vision for a cost effective, automated and real-time monitoring platform that could be applied to any insect. Powered by proprietary IoT hardware and advanced algorithms, this vision has been realised and Spotta is now deploying it around the world.

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Our Mission

“Insect pests are a massive and largely unrecognised challenge, costing $0.5Tn every year.  High intensity insecticide pesticide use can’t carry on. We’re bringing advanced technology to make a step change in the sustainability and cost effectiveness of how the world manage insect pests”

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Robert Fryers

Founder and CEO of Spotta

Our Core Values

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We are ambitious

We set bold goals for ourselves, our company & the impact we’ll have on the world

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We are agile innovators

We make world-leading technology to solve problems that others can’t

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We are helpful experts

We provide data and insights that enable better decisions and add real value

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We deliver & follow-through

Our service, processes and teams are robust, scalable and sustainable.

Meet Our Team

From Spotta’s base in Cambridge, UK our energetic team brings together world leading entomologists, engineers and sector specialists to build a high growth business based on advanced technology and sustainability.

Robert Fryers

Robert Fryers

Founder & CEO

I love to build stuff and at Spotta I'm really proud to be building an amazing team to make us the world leader in sustainable insect management, through our unique technology. Outside work, I’m (re)building a house. (And a boat, and an awesome electric go-kart for my son).

Ekansh Mittal

Ekansh Mittal

Head of New Initiatives

I joined Spotta in 2020 to help the team enter new markets, building on my experience at Kent RO Systems where I was involved in taking over 20 new products to market. I enjoy building value propositions, establishing distribution channels and selling across multiple countries. I have an MBA from Cambridge, where I conducted a detailed investigation into the damage to businesses caused by insects- the perfect step into working with Spotta! I also hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT (Surat), India.

Rob Alner

Rob Alner

Head of Manufacturing

I joined Spotta in 2021 to manage our supply chain and production facilities. Prior to joining Spotta, I spent 5 years at Jaguar Land Rover, building innovative teams to identify and implement new manufacturing technologies and processes. I have a first class degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge and am a chartered engineer with the IMechE.

Hanting Qin

Hanting Qin

Design Engineer

I joined in 2020 to work on product design, including design for manufacture and assembly - both of which are key to developing robust, reliable products.

I hold a 2.1 in Integrated Design Engineering from the University of Bath, and have experience in designing experiments and developing liquid handling systems such as those used in our lure- dispensing technologies.

William Blakesley-Herbert

William Blakesley-Herbert

Science and Engineering Support, In-house Photographer

I joined in January 2022 to provide technical support for our R&D team. My role is supporting production of each of our unique products, aiding in prototype testing using skills I have learnt from other members of the R&D team and utilizing my first class degree in Zoology to take care of our resident insect colonies. Whilst my time is spent supporting all departments across R&D, I have worked to further develop our laboratory facilities.

I am an avid photographer outside of the office and so I also act as Spotta’s in house cameraman, creating visual material for our commercial team.

Neil D'Souza-Mathew

Neil D'Souza-Mathew

Founder & CTO

I direct our brilliant R&D team at Spotta to create new technologies and turn them into the products we deliver. I've spent 14 years working in technology and product development across a range of industries, after a 1st class Engineering degree from Cambridge. I enjoy bouldering and critiquing Indian food.

Helen Snook

Helen Snook

Head of People

I joined Spotta in 2020 to support the expansion and growth of the business.
I have a background in operational administration and have worked for a number of Cambridge technology start-ups assisting them in their various stages of growth and investment, including a successful IPO.

Jordan Docker

Jordan Docker

Firmware Lead

An Oxford graduate (1st class in Engineering Science) amongst the Cambridge alumni, I joined Spotta in 2020 from Cirrus Logic, a specialist low power semiconductor company.
I enjoy working with low power data processing algorithms, including embedded image recognition.

Part of my role is to conduct robust, test-driven development for the embedded platforms we use in our smart pest monitors.

Dr. Emem Kingsley-Umana

Dr. Emem Kingsley-Umana

Entomologist

I joined Spotta in 2021 as an entomologist. I have a background in the management of insect pests using pheromones. My role involves designing and executing experiments in order to develop effective insect trap designs.

I am concluding a PhD in Agriculture from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Kurt Morgan

Kurt Morgan

Electronics Engineer

Having known the founders for many years, I joined the team part-time in 2022. I was attracted by the chance to work with some really smart people on some fascinating low power RF products - it is a good place to work. I designed our solar powered outdoor gateways & assist in software and electronic developments. I’m a Chartered Engineer with the IET & have a 1st class engineering degree from Cambridge.

Gareth Funk

Gareth Funk

Co-Founder & Head of Customer Success

My job is all about delivering our fantastic technology to our amazing customers. This means I’m in charge of all our customer-facing operations: logistics, account management, customer support, and field servicing & installation. When I’m not working you’ll find me cooking, gardening, or playing video games.

Arron Rodrigues

Arron Rodrigues

Head of Growth

Dr. Victor Kang

Dr. Victor Kang

Lead Scientist

I joined Spotta in 2022 and bring expertise in entomology, insect-plant interaction, biochemistry, and modelling. I currently lead our scientific efforts, including work on lure selection, trap design, and experimental design and analysis. Before joining Spotta, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Dept. of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, where I investigated insect behaviour and biomechanics. I hold a BSc in Biochemistry & Biophysics from Yale University and a PhD in Insect Biomechanics from the University of Cambridge. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, taking photos, and listening to music.

Tianah Adifagberu

Tianah Adifagberu

Operations coordinator

I joined in June 2022, I coordinate operations. My role cuts across all the departments in Spotta, I am responsible for ensuring that all departments are running smoothly, assisting with human resource allocation, organizing company events, arranging and assisting with employee training, managing budgets, and in charge of shipping and prompt/excellent service delivery. Before Joining Spotta I have worked in the Operations and Planning Unit of Government Ministry in Nigeria. I have a Masters degree in Animal Behaviour: Applications for Conservation

 

Meet Our Advisors

Prof. Sonny Ramaswamy

Prof. Sonny Ramaswamy

Director of the US
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
(2012-2018)

One of the world’s preeminent agricultural entomologists

Tony Kypreos

Tony Kypreos

Advisory Council for the UN’s Sustainable Development Programme (Accelerate2030)

Lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School

David Bowles

David Bowles

Managing Partner at The Yield Lab, European Impact AgTech Venture Capital Investor.

(Investor in Spotta)

Peter Cowley

Peter Cowley

Chairman of Cambridge Angels

President of the European Business Angel Network

14 times a founder + 76 startup investments

(Investor in Spotta)

Peter Finnie

Peter Finnie

Senior partner at Potter Clarkson (a leading IP firm)

Specializes in IP strategy for start-ups

(Investor in Spotta)

Krishna Gupta

Krishna Gupta

Founder CEO, REMUS Capital

Strategic VC, led several companies to billion dollar exits

MIT grad, Ex-McKinsey, Ex-JP Morgan

(Investor in Spotta)

Dr. Romeno Faleiro

Dr. Romeno Faleiro

World’s leading researcher in Red Palm Weevil

Awarded the prestigious 'Khalifa International Date Palm Award' by UAE

Advisor to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Paul Anson

Paul Anson

Board member at Cambridge Angels, a well known investor supporting early stage tech startups.

Co-founded and led Inca Digital Printers to a successful exit in 2005.

(Investor in Spotta)