Eight Start-Ups To Pitch At World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit
Eight ag tech start-ups have been chosen from more than 150 entries to present their ideas at the World Agri-Tech Pitch Day in San Francisco on March 19, 2018. The winner will receive a $250,000 investment from Radicle Growth, a seed-stage ag tech acceleration fund.
“We are incredibly impressed by the overwhelming response to the World Agri-Tech Pitch Day and Radicle Challenge, which attracted more than 150 entries from around the world,” says Kirk Haney, CEO of Radicle Growth. “The quality of entrepreneurs and breadth of novel ideas impacting the ag tech value chain have been second to none. It has been tough to narrow the 150 entries to our top eight finalists, and we are delighted that 50% of these are international. We’re excited to see the finalists present and to help catapult them onto the international ag stage with the help of our $250,000 investment to the winner.”
1. Based in Israel, BeeHero’s mission is to improve nature's pollination by saving and empowering bees, the single most important pollinator of nature. BeeHero’s technology allows commercial beekeepers to keep their colonies stronger and farmers to increase their yields by at least 15%.
2. Also from Israel, eggXYt is working to solve the male chick culling problem by identifying the sex of the egg immediately after it is laid. This avoids the 21-day incubation and destruction of seven billion male chicks per year.
3. Based in the U.S., HerdDogg is a remote animal health monitoring and data science company, whose proprietary smart tags transmit individual animal biometrics and behavior to the cloud in real time. This disruptive low-cost, easy-to-use solution for precision livestock management helps improve farm efficiency and sustainability, and saves producers money.
4. RootWave, located in the U.K., is pioneering the use of electricity to kill weeds to offer a sustainable and scalable alternative to herbicides, replacing mechanical and chemical methods to automatically see, select, and kill weeds within cereal, vegetable, and fruit crops.
5. Canadian start-up Sollum transforms agriculture lighting by creating optimal growing conditions that increase yield and improve efficiency for greenhouses and breeding farms.
6. Based in the U.S., Tortuga’s mission is to build a healthier society and a thriving ecosystem through smarter farming. Its Robotics-as-a-Service systems will save fresh produce farmers 20% on costs and double their profitability.
7. TradeLanes, located in the U.S., is a digital trade room that automatically generates global trade documents for physical commodities. The platform creates a single source of truth for every shipment, enabling seamless handoffs of all trade documents with greater efficiency, accuracy, and cost-savings.
8. Also from the U.S., Vence Corp is reinventing livestock management, using IoT and AI to remove fences and labor from farms while adding health detection and real-time monitoring.
Each finalist will have 15 minutes to pitch his or her idea to investors and agribusiness experts. The winner will be announced on March 20 at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit and will present at the Technology Showcase on March 21.
To learn more about the World Agri-Tech Summit, visit worldagritechusa.com.