20 Agritech Startups to watch in 2020

Updated: Feb 1



The world's population is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2050, which means we need to increase global food production by 70% to prevent severe famine, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. At the same time, the agricultural industry is facing rising production costs, labor shortages, inefficiency in land management, food waste, and connected consumers who want to be more transparent about the origins of their food. The launch of Agritech worldwide is developing new solutions to address these challenges. In this article, I will highlight the start of 15 agritech which provides creative solutions to nourish the earth.



Top Startups Leading Innovation in Agriculture


1. EarthSense



EarthSense has developed an independent robot, the TerraSentia, that contains a variety of sensors to collect plant health information, physiology, and stress response. EarthSense uses machine vision and machine learning to seamlessly translate field data into specific, functional information about plant features.


2. Biome Makers



Biome Makers has developed the first machine learning program that combines microbiome and AgData data. They use DNA Sequencing technology and Intelligent Computing programs to explain, in detail, the impact of micro-organisms and how they affect different crops. Biome Makers provides easy-to-use recommendations that allow customers to improve their product and agricultural quality.


3. Verdical



Verdical is an automated home garden system that allows anyone to grow vegetables and herbs at the touch of a button. By using Verdical, restaurants can complete their purchases and connect consumers directly to their ingredients to improve the experience. Verdical transforms indoor areas into art galleries, supports life and enables urban areas to grow their own local food.


4. Kakaxi



Consumers want to know where their food comes from. Kakaxi, a solar-powered farm monitoring device, is the ultimate open source tool for farms. Kakaxi uses sensory technology to capture and transmit accurate, local weather data. It also creates an outdated video of food growth showing a food story.


5. Kray Technologies



Kray Technologies has created a digital - and, not completely, - drone-sprayer that delivers much-needed fertilizer and pesticides directly to farmers' fields. This solution requires less fuel, less maintenance, and less labor compared to other current methods, greatly reducing costs for farmers. The Cray Technologies dray can process up to 1200 hectares per day while meeting the safety requirements of the EPA application.


6. AgDraft



A major challenge for Australian farmers is finding quality workers. Agdraft solves this problem by building "LinkedIn" in the agricultural industry. Agdraft is an online platform that connects Australian farmers with skilled, local workers and uses the AirBnB style review system to build trust between the two sides.


7. Motorleaf



Motorafaf uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide accurate and automatic forecasts for hydroponic harvesting, commercial storage sheds. This tool equips farmers with software tools to get better capabilities to monitor, control, and predict future crop yields.


8. mOasis



Using related chemistry, mOasis produces BountiGel®, which allows farmers to make better use of water in agricultural soils. It has been found that it reduces water use in a variety of crops and transplants, which in turn improves farmers' yields. BountiGel® uses a non-toxic, next-generation soil additive called Aquamer®.


9. Trapview



Trapview is an automated monitoring and forecasting platform that enables reliable collection of pest monitoring data. It provides close-up real-time indications of pest conditions, allowing farmers to respond effectively to camp conditions.


10. AgriWebb



AgriWebb is a farm management software that facilitates record keeping, assists with audit and accreditation requirements, and increases farm productivity. Features include complete record keeping, farm mapping, application, asset management, task management, individual animal management, security systems, and more.


11. BioFiltro



BioFiltro provides wastewater treatment solutions with a patented filtering system that uses the power to digest worms and germs to remove up to 99% of contaminated water. The purpose of BioFiltro is to transform the distribution of waste into revenue streams.


12. Smallhold


Smallhold is the first, and only, mushroom farm, in NYC. Smallhold technology allows their partner restaurants, grocery stores, and markets to grow mushrooms and leafy vegetables on site without sewing. Smallhold hopes to expand throughout the United States, bringing new products to urban areas.


13. Vibe Imaging Analytics



Vibe Imaging Analytics has launched Vibe QM, a tool to test the market for grain and seed harvesting posts. Vibe QM uses machine vision and learning to measure, calculate, and differentiate grain size, shape, and color. Vibe solution is computerized and simplifies trade planning, quality, and process to improve yields while ensuring compliance with government and customer standards.


14. Vence Corp



Vence provides visual fencing and independent animal control solutions. Vence has created a Veterinary Fitbit that allows their customers to get real-time information related to the health and well-being of their animals. Vence technology, too, allows their customers to control the movement and feeding of their animals directly from their smartphone to create a visual fence.


15. Back to the Roots



Back to the Roots is in the process of reconnecting people with food by helping them see the magic of growing up on their own. Back at Roots have developed home gardening equipment such as their Water Garden, Mushroom Grow Kits, Hemp Starter Grow Kit, and more.


16. AgroStar



AgroStar is India’s foremost AgTech start-up working on the mission of Helping Farmers Win by providing a complete range of agri solutions at the fingertips of farmers. AgroStar’s tech platform provides a combination of agronomy advice coupled with service and agri input products that enable farmers to significantly improve their productivity and income.


17. FarmERP



At FarmERP we aim at the technology-intensive transformation of agriculture and agribusiness. With a strong R&D and professional Agri-ICT expertise of 20+ years gained from hundreds of successful implementations and a strong focus on future, we have achieved to become a key player in this space through our smart and innovative technology offerings - FarmERP and FarmGYAN.


18. KrishiHub



KrishiHub is building a technology-driven Agri ecosystem for Indian farmers through an intelligent fresh produce supply chain and an advisory platform to reduce crop wastage from farm-to-fork, increase farmer income, and improve farm productivity.


19. Maytra Noesis Advisors



Maytra Advisory Groupassists organisations and governments in establishing knowledge and finance linkage to enable sustainability transition, clean technology integration and achieving inclusive green growth. Maytra’s project critical advisory & innovative designs enable successful implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation projects through sustainable engineering and green architecture. Our core advisory services include climate finance, sustainable ESG investing, trade & debt finance, carbon market analysis and sustainability standards. We offer deep expertise in advanced climate data analytics including geospatial data analytics, econometric modelling & quantitative analysis, impact & outcome evaluations, and climate change risk management.


20. Pallavi Vermi Farm



We have solution for agriculture development for every type of land, soil, climatic condition, weather, topography and investment. We provide solution for field crops, horticulture crops, fruit crops, vegetable crops, orchard crops, dairy, floriculture, medicinal crops, aromatic crops, cash crops, pulses, poultry, animal husbandry, fisheries and other allied disciplines.




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