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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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: 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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Startup Stories: The Challenges of Communication in Agriculture

Improving communication is vital to make agriculture more efficient and sustainable. Making the multiple procedures of the oil production industry easier is the goal of Alcuzapp.  Antonio Moreno and David and Antonio Galisteo took on this challenge and developed Alcuzapp, an app to facilitate communication between farmers dedicated to olive production and olive oil mills. On Alcuza Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I am Antonio Moreno, Alcuza Software CEO, developer and responsible for the AlcuzApp Project. I studied computer science at university, and, soon after, I worked as a programmer. I started my first computer services company in which I worked for 13 years. I’ve always

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12 of the Most Relevant Foodtech / Agtech Incubators and Accelerators

Why join a foodtech accelerator or one of the blossoming agtech incubators? Startups face a myriad of challenges that range from capital to general exposure in terms of penetrating the market, experience and expertise, regardless of whatever industry they are in. Growing an idea into a fully-fledged business isn’t a walk in the park, and new companies will need to take advantage of all the available resources at their disposal to make the journey less challenging. An increase in the number of business incubators and accelerators globally is a clear indication of the growing need for giving support to startups. Disruption of the food and agriculture industry The Third Green

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Startup Stories: Subafresh’s Digital Marketplace For Fresh Produce

Which platforms do you know that provide a point of sale for fresh produce? And how many of these offer a secure payment gateway? If you can’t answer this question, you should definitely get know Subafresh. We talked to Jorge Rafael Martí Rodríguez, CIO at Subafresh about their solution and ways to start a food industry career. Pathway into the food industry Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I’m Jorge Rafael Martí Rodríguez: Computer and senior management technician, with over 25 years in the horticultural sector. I’ve been in charge of the IT management in various companies of the wholesale sector, implementing ERP systems and

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