Léon Guyard is a Grenoble INP – Phelma, UGA 2020 graduate. He completed the Embedded electronic systems (SEI) course and is the co-founder of the Osiris Agriculture startup alongside Henri Desequelles and Rodolphe Cockenpot. All three are engineers and sons of farmers – they are passionate about agriculture and seek to contribute to this sector that has given them so much. “Farmers currently work 54 hours a week on average, and yet half of these operations are not profitable without subsidies.” The Osiris Agriculture startup aims to develop an autonomous robot capable of automating irrigation, fertilisation, weeding and crop protection.
Léon has always enjoyed designing and building on his own. Growing up, he always had Arduino boards, as well as boards for electronics and programming, and has never lost his passion for science. After completing his secondary studies with a focus in engineering sciences, the next natural step was Higher School Preparatory Classes (CPGE) before heading off to an engineering school. At Grenoble INP – Phelma, UGA, he was particularly drawn to the Physics electronics telecommunications (PET) and Embedded electronic systems (SEI) first-year courses due to their “hardware” and “software” components. He enjoys bouncing between both worlds, while learning their inner workings.
The Osiris Agriculture startup
The Osiris Agriculture startup aims to create the first agricultural robot for the European crop industry. What sets it apart? It offers farmers its business and robot as a service rather than as an expensive purchase and a financial risk. The startup aims to help farmers in the ecological transition through the reduction of water, fertiliser and chemical consumption, while ensuring the same yield. Moreover, the startup aims to help farmers save time by allowing them to ask themselves the right questions, to shift their production, and to move towards “conservation agriculture”, a less intensive form of agriculture which aims to revive what has been destroyed by intensive farming due to excessive treatment and fertilisers. The young startup wants to help farmers make a living. In fact, “farmers currently work 54 hours a week on average, and yet half of these operations are not profitable without subsidies.” (Source: Chambres-agriculture.fr & LaFranceAgricole.fr).