What Will I Learn?
Our immersion program is made up of sessions with companies operating at the forefront of major trends in the agtech space such as:
Data is at the heart of the digital transformation of agriculture. Startups helping farmers collect all the data they need include TeleSense, end-to-end platform for remote temperature and humidity sensing for stored grains, Farmers Business Network, a peer-to-peer agronomic information database with nearly $200 million venture funding, and Airlitix, a precision AgTech company specializing in autonomous, indoor, drone technology for greenhouse management.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are proving to be a rich source of visual imagery and data for the agriculture industry. Early stage ventures in this space include TerrAvion as well as Ceres Imaging, an aerial spectral imagery and analytics company, and Blue River Technology, a pioneer in the use of computer vision and robotics for agriculture.
Out in the fields, farmers’ pain points such as labor shortages are being addressed through greater use of robotics. A number of Silicon Valley startups are breaking ground in this vertical including: FarmBot, a farming machine and software package designed for small-scale precision food production; FarmWise, builders of smart, autonomous robots attacking the problem of weeds; and Abundant Robotics, where the team’s most recent invention is a robot to harvest apples.
Platforms to help farmers make sense of their data abound. Leading startups include Granular, a cloud-based analytics engine, Mavrx, which uses imagery and data to provide agriculturalists with actionable insights, and Acopio, a provider of tools and services to collect, manage, and share data along the agricultural value chain.