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TradeLanes Chosen as Winner of 2018 World Agri-Tech Pitch Day

More than 150 start-ups from around the world applied to compete in the 2018 World Agri-Tech Pitch Day. After a rigorous selection process, eight finalists were announced. The finalists included BeeHero (Israel), EggXYt (Israel), HerdDogg (U.S.), RootWave (UK), Sollum (Canada), Tortuga AgTech (U.S.), TradeLanes (U.S.) and Vence Corp (U.S.).

Of those eight, TradeLanes has been chosen as the winner. The Kansas start-up 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, which enables a seamless, handoffs approach of all trade documents for greater efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings.

Following are the competition judges:

  • Kirk Haney, CEO and managing partner of Radicle Growth  
  • Arama Kukutai, cofounder and partner of Finistere Ventures  
  • Geoff Kneen, R&D licensing and new ventures manager (North America) for Bayer  
  • Dan Cosgrove, VP business development for DuPont Pioneer  
  • Kiersten Stead, investment director for Monsanto Growth Ventures 

As the winner, TradeLanes will have the opportunity to receive $250,000 in investment funding from Radicle Growth, an acceleration fund. 

“Winning the World Agri-Tech Pitch Day is a huge honor,” says Vijay Harrell, CEO, TradeLanes. “It’s industry recognition that we have put together the right team to solve an important problem in agricultural global trade. The significant investment from Radicle Growth will enable us to take our business to the next level, with more resources to solve more problems for our customers.”
 
“We’re delighted to be working with TradeLanes and to move its exciting solution forward with our $250,000 investment,” says Haney. “It was a really tough competition. The level of technology innovation that has been showcased throughout this process has been exceptional.”

“Technology innovation is the lifeblood of our events,” says Jennie Moss, founder and managing director, Rethink Events. “We are delighted to give the stage to some of the most exciting early ag tech entrepreneurs from around the world as they present their breakthrough technologies to our biggest-ever gathering of global agribusiness leaders and investors, offering them significant opportunities for investment to scale their operations.”

Find more information about the other 2018 World Agri-Tech Pitch Day finalists by visiting worldagritechusa.com/pitch-day-radicle-challenge-finalists/.

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