A record number of seed to growth stage start-ups will take the spotlight at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco this March 14-15.

Read on for all the pitching and networking opportunities with 70+ start-ups across two days geared to facilitate connections between innovators, corporates and investors.

START-UP ARENA: Exhibition and Pitching Program

Start-ups will take over a whole new floor and with dedicated pitching stage, start-up exhibition, and investor lounge. and mentoring sessions taking place in the Start-Up Arena.

Entrepreneurs will share their strategies during themed pitches spanning across all aspects of agtech:

  • Robotics, Automation & Data: Start-ups Amos Power, BloomX, SparkAI, Polybee and SwarmFarm Robotics will pitch their technology that addresses challenges around robotics and automation for the agriculture sector.
  • Next Gen Crop Protection: Biocentis, Plantik, Elytron, BigSis, Vitiport and Innatrix pitch their solutions re-imaging the future of plant health, from biologicals to new approaches to crop protection and breeding healthier plants.
  • Carbon, Plant & Soil Health: From carbon management to microbials, pitching start-ups Ancient Organics, Intrinsyx Bio, Robigo, Solis Agrosciences, Boomitra and Sultech will share more about their technology.
  • Crop Management & Traceability: Addressing challenges for food waste, crop management and traceability are Akorn Technology, Index, Kheti Buddy, Treetoscope and Clean Crop Technologies.

Powering talent in the Start-Up Arena, leading international accelerators and incubators will introduce their cohorts to the stage and in the exhibition:

  • Smart Agro Fund and its portfolio companies Arugga, BetterSeeds, Fruitspec will explore investment strategies in building sustainable solutions across the agriculture sector.
  • SP Ventures will spotlight South American fintech and ag marketplace innovators Agrolend, Traive, Clicampo and Verqor to showcase how the region is taking the lead in transforming agriculture’s financial services.
  • Elemental Excelerator will host a fireside chat on how to successfully deploy high-impact pilots, joined by portfolio company Propagate and The Nature Conservancy.
  • Great Sacramento Economic Council introduces Advanced.Farm, Macro Oceans and MyFloraDNA to discuss the support Sacramento provides to early stage companies to grow and scale.
  • Plug and Play will showcase its platform, with innovators working on new applications in automation, analytics, sustainability and supply chain: U.cropit, Imio, Chonex and Agrellus.
  • Yara Growth Ventures will welcome Sabanto and Boost Biomes on stage for a rapid-fire pitch and fireside chat with Q&A.
  • Grow NY and its cohort Capro-X, Vivid Machines, Candidus and ProAgni will explore learn how New York is fostering innovative responses to adapt and mitigate risk to the food systems from climate, labor, and supply chain issues.
  • Nebraska’s statewide program, The Combine will chat with high growth companies American Edge Grain, Bluestem Biosciences and Farmafield to showcase support available in the state for entrepreneurs from prototype development and commercialization to funding and investment.
  • APEX Brasil will spotlight homegrown start-ups Arpac, Decoy, Um Grau e Meio, Tarvos, Pink Farms, Grao Direto, Agrotools and DigiFarmz to showcase talent coming out of the country’s agtech innovation ecosystem.

MAIN STAGE PITCHES

Featured on the main stage as part of the plenary program: Cooperative Ventures has chosen three start-ups to pitch in the final of its start-up innovation challenge. Ukko Agro, Precision AI and Autonomous Pivot are all working on ways to provide actionable insights for farmers using field data. They will go head-to-head on March 14 before the winner is announced live on stage.

Three more dynamic start-ups will field questions from an investor shark panel in the popular Start-Up Showcase session, as Switch Bioworks, TRIC Robotics, Concerto Biosciences pitch their solutions to investors at ICL Planet and Foodbytes by Rabobank.

Detailed start-up profiles at www.worldagritechusa.com/start-ups reveal how much they’ve raised and who they are keen to engage with at the summit.