Agritech startups are flourishing – in a modern world where innovation is expanding across every sector, farming and agriculture have not been left out.
While the applications of new technology are as varied as agriculture, its broad aim is simple – to enable farmers to grow more food, more efficiently. This may mean more crops in less space or increased yields with fewer inputs.
Agritech also covers automation and other time/cost-saving technologies.
- Technology for fresh produce extends shelf-life and reduces food waste.
- Argitech is a valuable innovation in Agriculture
There are hundreds of different startups in this field – but here are 12 doing brilliantly, to help introduce you to the sector.
Agriprotein specializes in nutrient recycling to create sustainable sources of protein for the mono-gastric animal feed industry.
2. Apeel Sciences
Apeel Sciences develop plant-derived shelf-life extension technology for fresh produce that extends shelf-life and reduces food waste. Apeel Sciences’ plant-derived doubles the lifespan of harvested fruits and vegetables without refrigeration. Their low-cost, natural technologies help to eliminate food spoilage, reduce water and energy use, and preserve natural ecosystems.
BluWrap provides naturally extended shelf-life technology and solutions that have revolutionized fresh food supply chains worldwide. Bluwrap’s purpose is twofold; their natural solutions increase product value for customers while reducing harmful environmental impact.
Connecterra is an AgTech startup using AI to optimize the dairy farming industry. Connecterra is building Artificial Intelligence to grow food sustainably. Their mission is to give people a previously impossible understanding of the world around them so they can make more productive, humane, and sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources.
5. Deep Branch Biotechnology
Deep Branch Biotechnology is developing scalable technology aimed at transforming the polluters of today into the producers of tomorrow. Deep Branch Biotechnology creates clean, nutritious, and sustainable single-cell protein from carbon dioxide present in industrial waste gas.
By making use of this carbon dioxide, they are reducing the carbon footprint of emitters and offering sustainable alternatives to soy and fishmeal for the feed industry.
The motorcycle is the developer of an automated insect farm that produces environmentally friendly insect protein to feed farmed animals. This is a more efficient and sustainable way of producing protein. The automated system enables them to produce at an industrial scale and offers farmers a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to soy meal and fishmeal.
7. Farm Drop
Farm Drop is an online marketplace for ordering farm produce with on-demand cultivation. Farm Drop connects consumers and local farmers offering farm produce. Once customers place an order a farmer is notified and then harvests the produce to fulfil the order. This way, farmers get a fairer price for their produce, and consumers receive fresher products.
8. Farmer’s Business Network
FBN is an AgriTech and commerce platform that helps its members make confident decisions to ensure the economic viability of their farms. The business comprises an agricultural tech and commerce platform and a farmer-to-farmer network. The startup aims to help its members make confident decisions to ensure the economic viability of their farms and work toward a sustainable future.
9. Hummingbird Technologies
Hummingbird Technologies have developed an artificial intelligence SaaS platform using the latest deep learning and computer vision techniques along with proprietary algorithms to provide actionable intelligence to farmers and agri-businesses at key decision-making times in the growing season.
Using AI, Hummingbird Technologies can analyze crop health, disease risk and detection, weed mapping, and yield prediction in plants.
Indigo uses natural microbiology and digital technologies to improve grower profitability, sustainability, and consumer health. Indigo’s approach focuses on the microbes that have evolved in conjunction with plants over billions of years to optimize their health and maximize their productivity. Their method benefits farmers by producing a greater crop yield, and consumers by making fundamental changes in how their food is grown.
11. Intelligent Growth Solutions
IGS makes platforms that deliver ideal climates for plants and people. According to IGS, their model is based upon a culture of continuous innovation, brilliant, simple design, and a refusal to accept conventional technical thinking. IGS creates automated growth towers which can be programmed to suit diverse crops and to create a controlled environment through smart automation, power management, and lighting solutions.
Sencrop is an ag-tech startup that empowers farmers to make better decisions in their daily agricultural activities. Sencrop achieves this through its weather forecast solutions for farmers to measure rain, hygrometry, and wind speed. The sensors are cheap, robust, movable, and easy to use, for maximum efficiency and sustainability in farming.