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Finalists Announced for 2018 AgFunder Innovation Awards

Launched in 2016, the AgFunder Innovation Awards recognizes the innovators and entrepreneurs driving the agrifood tech industry forward. As it enters its second year, the Awards celebrate excellence in three sectors: Farm Tech, Supply Chain Tech, and Retail & Consumer. There is also a special award for the Most Valuable Agrifood Tech Accelerator program. The winners, which are peer-selected by a 45,000-strong network, will be announced in March at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco.

Last year, 23 start-ups were awarded across five categories. Those companies have gone on to raise over $650 million, including one of the year’s largest rounds, a $110 million Series D for Farmers Business Network, who was named one of the Five Most Innovative U.S. Start-ups at Series A and Beyond. Another start-up in that same category – Blue River Technology – was acquired by John Deere.

Below is the list of finalists:

Farm Tech

Most Innovative U.S. Start-up Pre-Series A

  1. FarmWise – Robotic weeding and data collection for vegetables
  2. IntelinAir –  automated aerial imagery analysis
  3. TL Biolabs – genomic testing for beef and dairy cattle
  4. Tortuga Agtech – harvesting robotics for controlled environment growers
  5. Trace Genomics – DNA-based testing for soil microbiome and pathogens

Most Innovative U.S. Start-up Series A and Beyond

  1. Agrimetis – biological and chemical crop protection
  2. Farmers Business Network – farmer-to-farmer digital network and retailer
  3. Indigo Agriculture – crop-enhancing microbial seed coating technology and novel distribution
  4. Pivot Bio -nitrogen-producing microbes for corn, wheat, and rice
  5. Plenty – global vertical farming
  6. Benson Hill Biosystems – computational biology and gene editing for ag platform

Most Innovative International Start-up Pre-Series A

  1. Agroptima – farm management software from Spain
  2. Kilimo – irrigation management for extensive agriculture from Argentina
  3. MicroGen Biotech – microbial crop input and soil remediation platform in Ireland
  4. Smart Shepherd – livestock-wearable technology for breeding data and analytics from Australia
  5. VanderSat – satellite imagery analysis using microwave data from the Netherlands

Most Innovative International Start-up Series A and Beyond

  1. Cainthus – computer vision and predictive imaging analysis for livestock health from Ireland
  2. MagGrow – Magnetic drift reduction technology from Ireland
  3. S4 – risk management data analytics for agribusinesses from Argentina
  4. Solinftec – end-to-end machine data analytics platform for broad-acre crops based in Brazil
  5. The Yield – end-to-end microclimate sensing and predictions service for land-based crops and aquaculture from Australia

Supply Chain Tech

Most Innovative U.S. Start-up Pre-Series A

  1. FreshSurety – wireless freshness sensing for fresh food pallets
  2. Geltor – developing cultured collagen and texture-enhancing additives for food and beverage
  3. ImpactVision – hyperspectral imaging software for food quality and safety 
  4. – blockchain-backed food traceability tech
  5. TradeLanes – digital and automated supply chain documentation and tracking for shippers

Most Innovative U.S. Start-up Series A and Beyond

  1. Apeel Sciences – shelf-life enhancement biotechnology for fresh produce
  2. Calysta – sustainable fish and livestock feed using biotransformation
  3. Label Insight – big data food traceability platform
  4. MycoTech – mushroom-derived tech that removes bitter tastes from food and drinks
  5. SafeTraces – traceability technology using biological tracers for food

Most Innovative International Start-up Pre-Series A 

  1. Arc-net – blockchain-based supply chain security and analytics from the UK
  2. Biome Makers – microbial soil analysis for the wine industry from Spain
  3. MicroSynbiotix – microalgae-based oral vaccine start-up for aquaculture from Ireland
  4. Novolyze – microorganism-based food safety validation for food processors and manufacturers from France
  5. Phenospex – sensors and imagery analytics for crop health and resource management from the Netherlands

Most Innovative International Start-up Series A and Beyond

  1. AgriDigital – blockchain-backed supply chain management and traceability from Australia
  2. Bringg – logistics management platform for CPG and food retail based in Israel
  3. FarmLead – an online grain marketplace based in Canada
  4. Nuritas – AI-backed ingredient discovery platform from Ireland
  5. Stellaps – full stack IoT platform for the dairy supply chain from India

Retail & Consumer 

Most Innovative U.S. Start-up Pre-Series A

  1. Cafe X Technologies – robotic cafes serving coffee
  2. Finless Foods – cultured fish developer
  3. New Wave Foods – algae-based shrimp alternative
  4. Starship Technologies – self-driving food delivery robots
  5. Yumi – early childhood meal delivery

Most Innovative U.S. Start-up Series A and Beyond

  1. Evolve Biosystems – probiotic and prebiotic products for infants
  2. Instacart – same-day grocery delivery platform
  3. Impossible Foods – plant-based meat alternatives
  4. Memphis Meats – cultured meat developer
  5. Ripple Foods – plant-based dairy alternatives

Most Innovative International Start-up Pre-Series A 

  1. Energaia – social enterprise that produces microalgae products based in Thailand
  2. Douxmatok – Alternative sweetener boosting the sweetness of sugar to reduce consumption from Israel
  3. Moley Robotics – Consumer robotic kitchen tech based in the UK
  4. Savormetrics – app-based food quality analysis and shelf life prediction from Canada
  5. Wasteless – real-time tracking solution for grocery stores using machine learning from Israel

Most Innovative International Start-up Series A and Beyond

  1. Big Basket – Indian online grocery delivery service
  2. Delivery Hero – German online restaurant marketplace
  3. – Chinese online restaurant marketplace
  4. HelloFresh – German meal kit subscription servicing 10 countries
  5. Winnow – UK food waste meter technology for restaurants

Most valuable agrifood tech accelerator program

  1. Food-X – New York, NY
  2. IndieBio – San Francisco, CA
  3. SproutX – Melbourne, Australia
  4. Yield Lab – St. Louis, MO; Galway, Ireland
  5. Village Capital – Louisville, KY

About The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. This international networking and deal-making event is held annually in London and San Francisco for agribusinesses, solution providers, entrepreneurs, and investors. With over 500 attendees from the U.S., Australia, China, Europe, Israel, and Latin America, the goal of the summit is to accelerate the commercialization of advanced agricultural technologies by supporting global partnerships and collaborations. This year’s focus is on new data platforms, robotics, soil health, and synthetic biology. It features 60 game-changing speakers and the most exciting start-ups on the market.

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