From Robotics to Crop Input Solutions: 20 Start-Ups Shaping the Future of Agriculture at World Agri-Tech 

20 dynamic start-ups will present their ground-breaking technologies at this year’s virtual World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on March 9-10.

The featured start-ups are tackling a range of agricultural challenges, with game-changing technologies from pest control to hyperspectral imagery, hyper-precise irrigation and online agri-marketplaces.

The summit program includes new interactive features to help start-ups showcase their solutions and connect with potential investors and partners among its 1,000+ global industry delegates.

The Start-Up Arena (March 10):

Kicking off day two of the summit, the Start-Up Arena will welcome six dynamic international start-ups to present breakthroughs in robotics, agri-marketplaces, pest control and crop input solutions, and field questions from the investor experts from Cargill and TechStars Farm to Fork Accelerator.

Agro.Club offers a mobile platform marketplace connecting growers, their suppliers and crop purchasers into a single network. Providing valuable analytics, marketing and a networking tool throughout the whole ag value chain from seed to sale, it aims to empower input manufacturers, retailers and grain companies to run financial and marketing programs with maximum efficiency.

Autonomous Pivot transforms irrigation pivots into an intelligent platform with onboard cameras and sensors that measure soil moisture, nitrogen, and crop health, helping farmers to save on water and fertilizers.

BigSIS: With its artificial intelligence and robotics platform that produces sterile male insects, BigSIS offers cost-effective sustainable insect control solutions that can be combined with established commercial practices in integrated pest management.

Bloomfield Robotics: Using ground-based image capture and deep learning, Bloomfield Robotics complements the work of the crop inspectors by identifying and assessing the same plant characteristics and anomalies that human visual inspection looks for, offering farmers an objective analysis of the health and performance of virtually any plant.

Botanical Solution presents its patented R&D platform based on plant tissue culture, to discover and develop botanical products that are sustainable, highly consistent and cost effective. This R&D platform eliminates the major barriers, such as supply and quality issues, that have prevented traditional botanicals from becoming truly commercially successful.

Crop.Zone’s electrophysical solutions combat weeds and manage pre-harvest desiccation within integrated weed management. Its process combines chemical and physical plant protection to create an effective way to kill weeds.

Nanomik Biotechnologies develops micro-encapsulated biopesticides to protect crops against plant pathogens, increasing harvest yield and post-harvest shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

The Innovation Challenge Finals with Nutrien and AGCO (March 10):

The finalists have been revealed for each of the Innovation Challenges set by Nutrien and AGCO, which attracted more than 100 international entries. Each of the start-ups will pitch to the panel of judges and the virtual summit audience on March 10.

Nutrien’s challenge: ‘Crop Input Technologies That Improve Nitrogen Use Efficiency, Increase Soil Carbon and Improve Water Use Efficiency’, will feature:

BPS Agriculture has developed a proprietary, aqueous-based solution that can be mixed with a grower’s fertility program to increase the stability and localization of nutrition.

Cotex Technologies offers soil degradable polymer coated seed fertilizers.

Soil Carbon Co applies microbial seed treatment to increase natural carbon deposits in soil.

AGCO’s challenge: ‘New Sensing, Measurement and Edge Computing Technologies to Monetize Soil Insight and Carbon Sequestration’, will feature:

Cloud Agronomics monitors soil organic carbon and crop nutrient measurements using AI and remote sensing to improve soil health, boost productivity, and unlock farmland as a carbon sink.

EarthOptics specializes in AI, machine learning, edge computing using mobile standoff sensors to detect, visualize and mitigate soil compaction.

SmartCloudFarming uses microbial seed treatments that increase stable carbon in soil.

The Shark Tank Reverse Pitch (March 9):

In a fresh twist on the usual start-up pitches, this reverse pitch will see leading investors S2G Ventures and Leaps by Bayer pitch to start-up company Leaf, which created an API to transfer data from hundreds of agricultural sources through one integration. Each investor will detail why they have the right strategy, network and long-term vision to lead Leaf’s Series A round. The live and interactive audience will add their votes to support the start-up in choosing its lead investor.

The Virtual Tech Hub:

Delegates will continue their journey of talent discovery at the virtual TechHub networking area within the virtual exhibition, with opportunities to meet the talent behind fresh solutions and learn more about their scale-up ambitions.

Gryfn provides advanced multi-sensor drone solutions, and proprietary processing software that enables customers to accurately and affordably acquire high-resolution data. Its multi-sensor UAV solutions simultaneously acquire visual, laser and hyperspectral data for multi-modal, multi-temporal data for plot and plant-scale phenomic insights to drive actionable decisions.

Kapsera designs biodegradable microfluidic capsules for greenhouses and open field crops based on alginate, a natural product extracted from brown seaweed. They are compatible with standard farm equipment and optimized for stabilizing active ingredients and improving field performance.

MoA Technologies is discovering the next generation of herbicides, with new modes of action, from both natural and synthetic sources.

Nexus Robotics’ weeding robot, La Chèvre, uses cameras and a neural network to differentiate between weeds and crops and works autonomously, 24/7, removing weeds close to the plant.

Scanworld’s third-party spacecraft is complemented with aerial imagery to deliver hyperspectral imagery, weekly, for any point of the globe, enabling soil organic carbon estimation and early vegetation disease alerts.

Verdi uses hyper-precise irrigation to customize nutrition for every single plant. Using intelligent swarms of micro valves, it closes the feedback loop on precision farm data by enabling unique irrigation on subsections of single crop rows, or even at the plant-level.


The high energy agtech start-up community will be an active component of the virtual World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on March 9-10, as it brings together over 1,000 global delegates for two action-packed days of 1-1 video meetings, speed networking, live panel sessions, small-group roundtable discussions and a virtual tour.

The full program, speaker faculty and delegate registration are available at:

Co-located with Animal AgTech (March 8) and Future Food-Tech (March 11-12), World Agri-Tech is hosted by Rethink Events and focuses on international networking and deal-making for agribusinesses, solution providers, entrepreneurs and investors from farm to fork.