14 Pioneering Start-Ups Transforming the Agri-Tech Space

14 international agri-tech start-ups will present breakthrough technologies at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London on October 15-16.

The selected entrepreneurs offer solutions to a diverse range of agricultural challenges, from crop protection that harnesses the power of amoeba or precision-guided insect technologies to eliminate non-organic pesticides, to bee vaccines and early warning sensors to protect hive health. Also showcased are the latest in precision agricultural platforms to monitor crop growing cycles, livestock location or water ecosystems, and soil or leaf analysis tools to optimise crop-specific plant nutrition.

From the popular Technology Showcase pitching sessions on stage to the buzzing TechHub networking area, the summit offers exciting opportunities for investors and corporates seeking fresh thinking to discover new solutions and dynamic potential innovation partners.

This year, World Agri-Tech welcomes Barclays Eagle Labs as Innovation Partner and sponsor of the TechHub area for start-ups. Roxanne Martin, Eagle Labs AgriTech Innovation Lead for Barclays said: “At Eagle Labs we are excited and proud to support agri-tech entrepreneurs as they innovate and grow, with the potential to disrupt and transform industry models to the benefit of the entire sector. Together, we can leverage our networks and specialist partners to position them at the front of new technology adoption, advancing the future of agriculture.”

Featured start-ups include:

Agragene (US) commercialises eco-friendly products using CRISPR-based genome engineering. The company has developed TransDominant technology for hybrid seed production platforms and Precision-Guided Sterile Insect Technology to target crop pests. Agragene has created Knock-Out, a sterile male spotted wing drosophila which eliminates non-organic pesticide use in berries and stone fruits. The product reduces pesticide residues in multiple food crops and is cheaper for growers, non-toxic to farm workers and consumers, and completely safe for beneficial organisms.

AmebaGone (US) is fighting persistent bacterial infections of crops using the natural predatory power of microorganisms called Dictyostelid amoeba (Dicty). Its biological approach relies on the bacterivorous nature of Dicty and their ability to penetrate and disperse bacterial biofilms while leaving the plant surface unharmed and safe to eat. With over 3,000 Dicty strains collected from diverse geographic and climactic regions, AmebaGone can select Dicty that is ideally suited to diverse growing and storage environments.

ApisProtect (Ireland) brings the power of advanced sensors and machine learning technology into the hive to deliver a 24/7 early warning system so beekeepers can give at-risk hives immediate attention and improve bee health. Combining the sensor data on hive conditions, health and activity levels with its proprietary big data and machine learning techniques, ApisProtect gives beekeepers actionable insights and alerts to help prevent losses and increase colony productivity.

Dalan Animal Health (US) is the leading developer of revolutionary vaccine technologies that protects the world’s honey bees from devastating diseases and secures access to safe and affordable foods for the future. Multiple factors, including increasing prevalence of disease, is contributing to the rapid decline in bee populations worldwide. Its environmentally friendly approach will ensure the sustained performance necessary for crop pollination and high-quality honey production.

Elemental Digest (UK) works with abattoirs to first intercept and extract additional edible beef extract (protein) and dripping (fat) from fresh bone and meat trim. It then utilises the remaining bone mineral and other organic by-products for conversion into a sustainable organo-mineral fertiliser using by-products to produce a carbon and mineral rich homogenous product. The company’s globally patented process underpins a much-needed transition to domestic fertiliser and food security, soil regeneration, renewable energy, nutrient recovery and sustainable food sources; while creating a circular model that builds economic, natural and social capital.

Evologic Technologies (Austria) has developed a novel bioreactor design, allowing the production of high-quality AMF spores at a disruptively low cost. This novel large-scale production process for AMF allows an unprecedented pricing strategy for AMF-coated crop seeds. These coated seeds will permit AMF usage at an economically attractive cost-benefit ratio for the farmer.

Farmbot Monitoring Solutions (Australia) – is a leading Australian agtech company in the Internet of Things (IoT) of Agriculture. The company monitors and reports on farm water ecosystems delivering near real time reporting on water trends, consumption and alerts. As water is the lifeblood of all agricultural endeavours, a detailed understanding of its usage helps farmers make better management decisions around asset utilisation, resource allocations and carrying capacities. Farmbot is rapidly expanding and is interested to meet interested investors and collaborators.

GeoPard Agriculture (Germany) is an innovative precision agriculture platform that delivers comprehensive field profile and automatically creates management zones maps for almost any field operation such as: soil sampling, seeding, fertilising, irrigation, herbicides and fungicide spraying. The start-up aims to simplify the complexity of precision farming and provides the ultimate view of any spot of agricultural land globally.

Hiber (The Netherlands) – is a satellite operator built for IoT applications. Its mission is to bring easy, affordable IoT connectivity to everyone on the planet. Imagine being able to monitor soil conditions, to track cattle and know how crop storage is doing – worldwide, no matter the location. Hiber enables this through its own nanosatellite constellation.

MapMyApple (Serbia/USA) provides apple growers with agronomist knowledge through easy to use daily growing plans, in order to achieve higher yield and efficient apple growing.

Ploovium (Italy) Soonapse is a start-up company with a strong experience in DSS creation, using AI and Machine Learning tools. Its most recent application is Ploovium, the best solution on the market for precision irrigation which predicts the hydric behaviour of each soil five days in advance with an average accuracy above 99%.

Skudu (South Africa) has created a technology that converts laboratory analysis of either a soil or leaf sample into a detailed, crop-specific plant nutrition solution, more accurately and rapidly than humanly possible. The company is the very first to know the exact fertilizer requirement of the farmer. This knowledge provides tremendous advantages and cost-saving opportunities for any fertilizer supplier wishing to serve this need.

Soiltech Wireless (Taiwan) delivers real-time, actionable information to help agriculture professionals increase yields and crop quality whilst lowering costs and reducing inputs. The Soiltech sensor measures moisture, temperature, humidity and bruising, which is wirelessly transmitted to users for analysis and decision making – during the growth, storage and transportation of crops.

Stenon (Germany) has developed an integrated hardware and software solution for real time soil analysis. Through its technology, extraction-free soil readings can be performed directly in the field in seconds, while maintaining the level of accuracy derived from laboratory results. Real time soil analysis is a uniquely difficult proposition that Stenon is solving through the combination of sensor-fusion technology and machine learning. Based on the measurements, recommendations are given for optimal cultivation.

The start-ups will also be joined by the ten finalists from the Tesco Agri T-Jam and World Agri-Tech Pitch Day, taking place immediately before the summit on October 14. The winner will be announced on the day and then present as part of the summit Technology Showcase.

Held annually in London and San Francisco, the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit is an international networking and deal-making event for agribusinesses, solution providers, entrepreneurs and investors. More than 500 agri-tech leaders will gather at the summit in London to connect business and innovation for a healthy, sustainable food system.

Full information on the summit programme, opportunities and delegate registration is available at: https://worldagritechinnovation.com/