Bright entrepreneurs tackling a range of agricultural challenges come under the spotlight, from plant biosensors and hyper-precise irrigation to predictive breeding platforms and granular drones.

40 disruptive agtech start-ups from Europe and around the world will present ground-breaking technologies and share their scale-up journeys at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on September 20-21 in London.

Renowned globally for its focus on start-ups, ecosystem building and investment, the World Agri-Tech programme raises the profile of new agtech entrepreneurs and connects them with potential investors and corporate partners among its 800-strong international audience.

Start-Up Showcase – “Gone in 60 Seconds”

The World Agri-Tech team has selected seven early-stage entrepreneurs that will have one minute to showcase their solution live on stage, before they field questions from a panel of investors at ICL Planet and StartLife:

Avalo (US) uses interpretable machine learning to support predictive breeding, accelerating biological production and crop development.

Cropt (Serbia) uses AI to predict crop yields, assessing the risk of weather and soil conditions to optimise production.

Downforce Technologies (UK) builds a digital twin of any landscape to measure its natural capital: soil carbon, water, and biodiversity health.

Sultech (Canada) is commercialising a patented technology and IP for converting elemental sulphur to plant nutrient sulphur and soil amendment, using a low-cost proprietary micronisation process.

Odd.Bot’s (Netherlands) autonomous mechanical weeding robot assists farmers, replacing chemical herbicides or labour-intensive hand weeding tasks.

Seqana (Germany) harnesses insights from satellite imagery to quantify global carbon sequestration in soils via its soil organic carbon analysis software.

Solasta Bio (UK) develops peptide-based bioinsecticides that target pests while preserving beneficial pollinators.

 

Start-Up Exhibition – The TechHub

Dalan (USA) has introduced the world’s first bee vaccine platform with the potential to combat a variety of bee diseases.

Gardin (UK) is developing optical remote-sensing technology and analytics to measure plant physiology so food producers can grow higher quality produce at lower costs and reduced waste.

Vivent’s (Switzerland) biosensors help to decipher plant signals and provide crop health insights to farmers before visual symptoms appear.

Treetoscope (Israel) has created a commercial IOT technology that measures the plant’s water consumption in real-time.

Eden Library (Greece) is a collection of plant datasets embedding agricultural domain knowledge produced in an academic environment.

ProvEye (Ireland) uses image data from UAVs, satellites and other platforms to measure efficiency and sustainability across multiple scales with unprecedented accuracy.

 

On the Main Stage

Successful innovators are a critical part of the agtech conversation, and the summit welcomes proven industry entrepreneurs to the discussion to share their perspectives:

Carrol Plummer (Vivent) explores how novel sensors and analytical tools can help farmers guide farm-management decisions, track plant health and act as an early warning system for pests and diseases.

Patrice Selles (Biotalys) takes the audience through the good, the bad and the breakthrough moments in his journey as a start-up founder.

Matteo Vanotti (XFarm Technologies) discusses how to accelerate the adoption and integration of smart platforms that allow farmers to track their sustainability performance.

Guillaume Wegria (Fyteko) reviews what areas of innovation in biopesticides are starting to fill the gap in the market.

 

Powering European Talent – Exhibition Groups

Meet EIT Food RisingFoodStars’ cohort of European innovators with solutions ranging from agri-marketplace to grain storage monitoring. Joining EIT Food’s stand are Farm21 (Netherlands), Soil Capital (Belgium), Agri Marketplace (Portugal), Urban Crop Solutions, (Belgium), Deep Planet (UK), Ekolive (Germany), and Crover (UK).

La Ferme Digitale brings French Tech into the exhibition spotlight with talent including automated post-harvest management software, blockchain technology and mycorrhizal biostimulant: Javelot, Connecting Food, MyEasyFarm, Axioma, Hyperplan, and MycoPhyto.

 

Tesco Agri T-Jam & World Agri-Tech Pitch Day

Tesco has revealed the ten start-ups that will be pitching their solutions in the final of its start-up competition, the Agri T-Jam, on September 19. EniferBio, Altered Carbon, Flox, BigSis, Earth Rover, FarmHealth Guardian, Frasscoat, Soos Technology, Pherosyn and iFlowTech will go head-to-head in an afternoon of pitches before the Tesco team announces the winner, who will benefit from fast-track introductions to Tesco’s supply chain, plus the chance to pitch on the summit main stage.

 

Meet all these budding entrepreneurs and many more start-ups at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on September 20-21 in London. The summit will bring together hundreds of agri-food corporates, cooperatives, policymakers, investors, and tech providers working to accelerate the transition to sustainable and resilient agri-food systems. View all start-up profiles and programme of activities here.