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An innovator's journey is never a straight line.

From our humble beginnings in the basement of an East London flat, we’re now a rapidly growing team of engineers distributed across the UK. Our journey has only just begun.

Muddy Machines was founded by Chris and Florian in June 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and the urgent request from growers to find a solution to their labour supply challenges. Since then we’ve won nearly £2.5m in grant funding from Innovate UK and DEFRA and developed a robotic platform that can deploy a variety of harvest tools in specialty field crops.

Muddy Machines team on a team walk through the countryside

Our story so far:

June 2020

Muddy Machines Founded

In the midst of the first Covid-19 lockdown, Chris joined Entrepreneurs First, looking for worthwhile problems to solve in agriculture. After many interviews, zoom calls and online conferences, it became clear that reliable access to manual labour was a massive issue in agriculture. Muddy Machines was born.

April 2021

Pre-seed Funding Round

We closed a pre-seed funding round led by Britbots, joined by Robotics Ventures and some amazing business angels who shared our vision for sustainable agriculture.

August 2022

Team Expansion

Following another successful harvest season testing Sprout and the asparagus harvester at Cobrey Farms in Gloucestershire, we expanded the team to fifteen people. We were joined by more design engineers, software wizards and our first head of talent.

October 2020

First Prototype Tested

Our first asparagus harvesting prototype was built in Chris's basement. Once complete he managed to successfully get it to harvest green asparagus, albeit out of a fake flowerbed with shop-bought asparagus! It was time to start building the robot 'Sprout' to move the harvester into the field.

March 2021

Sprout Enters The Field

With our first fully assembled robot, Sprout, we headed to the fields to get our wheels muddy, live up to our name, and start testing in a real field for the first time!

January 2024

Autonomous Herd

Having designed, built and tested Sprout and the asparagus harvester exhaustively in 2023, the start of this year saw us achieve our first autonomous herd mission with several robots out in the field, a huge milestone.

Meet the team

Chris Chavasse

Chris Chavasse

Founder and CEO

Luke Steele

Luke Steele

Lead Robotics Design Engineer

Toni Divic

Toni Divic

Senior Robotics Software Engineer

Brannoc Selby

Brannoc Selby

Senior Electronics Engineer

Naomi Gold

Naomi Gold

Engineering Design Manager

Rowan Aufenast

Rowan Aufenast

Robotics Design Engineer

Alex Coulcher

Alex Coulcher

Senior Full-Stack Engineer

Ben Sunckell

Ben Sunckell

Robotics Technician

John Moran

John Moran

Head of Software

James Fraser

James Fraser

Industrial Design Engineer

Michal Kozlowski

Michal Kozlowski

Senior Robotics Software Engineer

Naman Kumar

Naman Kumar

Robotics Software Engineer

Mission

To forge agriculture’s path to benefit both people and planet.

Vision

To sustainably solve agriculture’s labour challenges with robots.

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Our values

Farmer Focused

Engage with farmers and growers, listen to their needs, share our ideas, plans and approaches. Get feedback often and act on it. Our customers trust us with their businesses and livelihoods. When we mess up or miss a deadline, it matters. We take that responsibility seriously.

Relentlessness

Be relentless in achieving your goals and execute them with urgency. Don’t be put off by failure, issues, or bugs. The biggest breakthroughs and achievements come at the most challenging points. Try something else; keep on going.

Ownership

Do stuff that matters. Own your actions, decisions and mistakes. Have a growth mindset and use mistakes as opportunities to learn and improve for the next time.

Health & Wellbeing

Take care of the health and well-being of yourself and those around you. Recognise that sustainable success is built on a foundation of physical, mental, and emotional wellness. It's not just about achieving tasks and hitting targets; it's about doing so sustainably to ensure long-term success.

Quality

Always strive for excellence and quality in everything you do. Design, usability, interactions. Customers, investors and other people notice.

Interested in working with us?

We love hearing from like-minded individuals. If there aren't any vacancies shown, please feel free to send your CV to muddymachines@jobs.workablemail.com

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