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Start-Ups Ready to Pitch Their Businesses
Start-Ups Ready to Pitch Their Businesses
Traveling from around the globe, each of 14 start-ups has seven minutes to provide a snapshot of its solution – highlighting the most innovative aspects of its technology and business model and outlining its go-to-market strategy – in front of a group of high-ranking investors and agribusiness experts.
From microbiome mapping to drone technology, here are the 14 companies chosen to showcase their solutions.
Agrobot has developed a new generation of machines – equipped with the most advanced technology to maximize performance – to harvest strawberries.
Agribody Technologies, Inc.
Agribody Technologies has developed a unique crop yield-enhancing genetic technology that can also improve stress tolerance, disease resistance, and product shelf life. The company is looking to license and codevelop its patented technology to improve crop yields by transgenic modulation or genome editing of eIF-5A (eukaryotic translation Initiation Factor 5A) and DHS (Deoxyhypusine Synthase) in plants.
AgUnity provides developing world farmers with a free smartphone and the AgriLedger application, a distributed cryptoledger (blockchain) mobile solution that improves trust between cooperatives of small farmers thereby enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty. AgUnity works with NGOs like Asia Development Bank, IFC, and USAID. The initial projects have tripled the income for many farmers.
Arbiom has developed a biomass processing technology that enables the conversion of nonfood biomass into sustainable food and feed, advanced bio-based chemicals, and materials.
Locations: France, North Carolina, and Virginia
Boost Biomes is a microbiome company focused on harnessing the power of microbiomes, which play a critical role in areas ranging from agriculture to human and animal health. Boost has a proprietary discovery platform to identify microbial products with important commercial roles. This approach is faster and less expensive than traditional approaches and uniquely identifies multi-microbial products. Its first product targets agriculturally relevant microbiomes with the development of safe and effective microbial biopesticides.
Equinom is a data-driven breeding and seed company, which has reinvented breeding technology by using DNA sequencing and algorithms to engineer multitrait, non-GMO products.
FluroSat combines state-of-the-art remote sensing technology and sophisticated analysis pipelines to provide solutions for the issues facing modern crop production, such as protecting crops, reducing inputs, and improving yields.
Metomotion has developed a multipurpose robotic system for labor-intensive tasks in greenhouses. Its first application is a robotic harvester for greenhouse tomatoes. The system can be easily adapted to perform a range of greenhouse tasks, including harvesting other vegetables, pruning, monitoring, pollination, and more.
Nofence is a virtual fence system that allows farmers to use the full potential of their land for grazing animals. The system includes a solar-powered GPS collar and a digital boundary that is transferred to the animal’s collar. The collar uses the cellular network to communicate with the Nofence web portal and an easy-to-use mobile app. Users simply define the area and build a virtual fence. The fence can be adjusted or moved giving animals access to new areas.
PlantArcBio has a unique, IP-protected Direct In Plant (DIP) platform for improving plants’ performance. DIP screens millions of plants, each with a unique gene, from any possible source, with no prior knowledge required. Positive in-plant results enable fast discovery of promising genes. Using DIP, PlantArcBio discovered promising genes for drought tolerance and yield improvement, insect control, and makes its first activity in the field of herbicide tolerance.
Plantedit, an agricultural company developing genome edited plants, and ToolGen Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in genome editing, are collaborating to develop genome-edited plant products. ToolGen is one of the IP holder companies of CRISPR/Cas9 technology.
Pro Farm Technologies
Pro Farm is developing and producing a new type of fertilizer. Its products offer a helping hand to crops, aiming to support their physiology, which results in better germination, stronger plants, higher yields, and greater tolerance against abiotic stress.
Skyx is developing software for a modular swarm of autonomous spraying robots/drones to enable precise spraying.
Teralytic provides soil sensors that generate real-time conditions about the health of your soils. Combined with its artificial intelligence platform, the product gives recommendations, makes predictions, and helps you make better decisions to improve soil health, optimize crop yield and quality, and reduce input costs.
Headquarters: New York