AgTech Champion: Behind the Scenes of Accelerator Orizont

Accelerators are key for many innovative entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life. Accelerators support and coach agtech pioneers on their way to improve and revolutionize agriculture. We featured many interviews with agtech startups; now it is time to have a look at the ‘other side’. We chatted with Alberto Clerigué, Investment Manager at Sodena from the agrifood accelerator Orizont. About Orizont How did Orizont come about and what has been the pathway of this accelerator? What can we expect from the 2017 edition? Orizont was born from the Navarra Development Society, Sodena, to become a national, and international, reference in the agricultural sector. Our goal, from the beginning, has

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11 Of The Best Agtech Incubators And Accelerators in North America

Agtech startup accelerator and incubator programs are companies that give aid to founders of startup companies in the agricultural sector. This support is usually in the form of financial capital required to start the business, mentorship, and coaching to impart the necessary business skills and practices for growing businesses from seed stage, into profitable multi-national organizations. The accelerator programs select a few companies to support from a list of applicants whereby the companies that portray the most potential for growth and profit are usually preferred for investments. The programs are made up of networks of investors, industry experts, and corporations who wish to invest in small companies and grow them

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Startup Stories: Facing Changes in Agriculture With Remote Sensing

Many farmers acknowledge the use of Agtech but are unsure how to get started in precision culture. In these cases, specialized firms come into play. One such company is Agromapping who specializes in precision farming, data analysis and remote sensing in agriculture. We talked to founder Fran Garcia-Ruiz about Agromappings success story, the need for a change of paradigm in agriculture, the bottleneck for technology adoption and his advice for graduates who want to start a career in Agtech. On Agromapping Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Fran Garcia-Ruiz. I am an agronomic engineer and PhD in Crop Sciences with specialization

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Industry Focus: Sensors

A report by the United Nations states that a quarter of all farmland is highly degraded. This report warns that farmers will need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed the predicted population of 9 billion. Due to issues like this looming food crisis, or water scarcity, several agriculture technologies have emerged. One of these technologies is agricultural sensors. The emergence of these sensors has undoubtedly led to new career paths and job opportunities. These sensors enable farmers to maximize yield by monitoring factors such as soil properties, humidity, solar radiation, density of weeds, the presence of parasites and changing environmental conditions. This type of agriculture that maximizes yield by proper

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Industry Focus: Drones And Robots In Agriculture

We have modernized and digitized our calendars, mail, shopping, and most everything else. Why not our food systems? Drones and robots are just two of the main modern tools in today’s farmers’ sheds. They allow farmers to more accurately and precisely monitor, treat, and maintain their crops while saving fuel, water, maintenance costs, and pesticides. Of course, none of this comes out of thin air. Many people are involved in the design, construction, sale, and implementation of these tools on the farm, and you could be one of them. The Need For Technology In Agriculture As the world population nears 9 billion people, farmland becomes more scarce, and the number

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Are drones the next big enabler for achieving social impact in Africa?

Expert commentary by Tendai Pasipanodya, first published on LinkedIn on September, 27th 2017. For entrepreneurs in many parts of Africa working to make a positive difference in heath, agriculture, education, and beyond, the road is often tough – and full of potholes. Especially when delivering goods and services to people in remote areas: it’s expensive and unreliable. But what if this transportation barrier could be overcome using drones? Imagine the potential impact of connecting places that are otherwise cut off due to bad roads, the rainy season or even natural disasters. Cellphone technology, backed by widespread network coverage and Internet connectivity, opened the door for new solutions to pressing issues

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10 Amazing TED Talks That Explain the Opportunities of AgTech

During this time of heated debate about food security, genetic plant engineering, and environmental sustainability, everyone has a responsibility to stay informed about the many intersections between ecology, farming, and public policy. These 10 AgTech TED Talks are a great way to do that! Agriculture is one of the most economically, socially, and ecologically fundamental of all the modern industries. Yet most citizens of developed nations have little to no knowledge of the processes, difficulties, and technologies involved in producing the food that they eat each day. Understandably, interest in these debates and questions have surged among the general public over the last few years. But how can such complex, challenging

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Startup Stories: Remote Controlled Farming

Smart farming technology and process automation are vital to making agricultural enterprises more efficient and sustainable. AgTech is comprised of many kinds of technical solutions and remote controlling and automation is a huge step towards an era of digital farming. The Spanish startup AutoFarm is working on remote controlling factors from feeding to temperature. Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is Daniel Reboredo. I currently work at a 1700-quota pig farm with my company Silicent Systems, LLC. We are a startup that is basically dedicated to the design and development of software and hardware for the monitoring and control of farming operations.

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Industry Focus: Smart Irrigation

The importance of finding new ways to farm sustainably is inarguable. Smart irrigation is one factor that comes into play when discussing modern methods of farming. Not only does it help the environment, but it promotes a healthier economy and, subsequently, job growth. What is the purpose of smart irrigation? Lio Doron, the director of New Product Development at Netafim, points out that smart irrigation demands that clean water be preserved, seeing as it is a diminishing resource. A substantial amount of water is wasted in the process of agricultural farming. Doron questions whether or not the over-watering of plants is caused by a lack of education. He states, “this

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Startup Stories: Picture Analysis Using Drones

Smart farming and precision agriculture are more than buzzwords, but technological trends that impact nearly every aspect of agriculture. Alberto Burgos de la Torre worked in agriculture for 16 years and decided to commit to making methods more sustainable by offering drone technologies for image processing.  On Smart Flight Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? My name is José Alberto Burgos de la Torre, I’m a Technical Agricultural Engineer. I run a technical office of an Andalusia-based wholesale company in the distribution of fertilizers and phytosanitary products with over 4 generations of antiquity, specializing in the cultivation of olive groves. I’m an assistant technician

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