Problems we are solving

Short problem statement

Hard, frequent, unscalable work to keep bees healthy for precise pollination and food security

Medium problem statement

Bees are key species for our food security. Farmers are cooperating with beekeepers to combat 🌻Insufficient pollination and increase yields

But traditional beekeeping requires
πŸ‘οΈObservability of bee colony, because bees can experience 🍽️Colony starvation , πŸ’€Colony without a queen, 🧢Swarming, πŸ¦€Infestations and πŸ¦€Diseases which weaken the colony and cause ❄️Overwintering collapse .

Observability is typically solved with a
πŸ’ͺ🏻Physical labor and πŸ‘οΈTime-consuming inspections. Dressed in a protective suit, in the summer heat, every week, you need to lift 20 kg beehive sections designed 150 years ago and notice small details while you are getting stung by defending bees, πŸ’€Intrusive inspections.

As your apiary grows, this becomes
πŸ’ͺ🏻Unscalable work. πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸš’Industrial beekeepers have 🏘️Multiple apiaries at 🌲Distant locations that are hard to reach. Existing solutions do not adequately solve these issues

Problems and goals

class of problemsTitleOur priority (%)
anthropological dangers🌻Insufficient pollination100
beekeeping practicesπŸ‘οΈObservability of bee colony100
beekeeping practicesπŸ‘οΈTime-consuming inspections80
internal state❄️Overwintering collapse80
external influenceπŸ¦€Infestation of Varroa mite80
beekeeping practicesπŸ’ͺ🏻Physical labor80
beekeeping practices🧢Swarming70
internal stateπŸ’€Colony with drone-laying queen / laying workers70
internal stateπŸ’€Colony without a queen70
beekeeping practices🌲Distant locations70
beekeeping practicesπŸ’ͺ🏻Unscalable work70
hive constructionπŸ’§Poor hive ventilation60
external influenceπŸ¦€Diseases60
internal state🍽️Colony starvation60
external influenceπŸ’’Hornet attacks60
internal state🍯Low honey yields50
hive constructionπŸ—ƒοΈUgly beehives50
beekeeping practicesπŸŽ’Challenging to become a new beekeeper50
beekeeping practices🏘️Multiple apiaries50
unethical treatmentπŸš›Transportation stress50
unethical treatmentπŸ’€Intrusive inspections50
unethical treatmentπŸ’€Alcohol washing killing bees50
unethical treatment🌻Monoculture agriculture50
internal stateπŸ’’Aggresive bee colonies50
anthropological dangers🏘️Bees attacking neighbours40
beekeeping practicesπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈNeglect to treat mites, requeen or feed40
external influenceπŸ¦€Infestations40
external influenceπŸ’’Robbing state40
hive constructionπŸŒͺ️Not weather-resistant hives30
external influence🀒Pesticide exposure / poisoning30
hive construction🐭Rodents / mice killing colony20
hive construction🐻Bears destroying hives & colonies20
anthropological dangersπŸŽ’Lack of knowledge / experience20
anthropological dangers🀒Misuse of miticides20
anthropological dangers🍯Honey certification & trust10

Survey by BeeSage, source - https://beesage.co/en/blog/what-is-the-hardest-thing-about-beekeeping

On β€œsaving the bees”

We are not focusing solely on saving honeybees as a species, because globally colony numbers are increasing. Ecosystems are complex. We support diversity of plants and wild pollinators.

Note that we use a database for problems in order to link problems with features that will help solving or mitigating them. Beekeeping has a lot of problems. We prioritise some of them to have more focused solution