With involvement from World Wildlife Fund and The Yield Lab Institute, The Manure Challenge is exploring how technology can help us find an expedited pathway to making better use of manure.
Voting will close at 5 pm PT on February 28. The winners will be exclusively announced at the ReThink Agri-Food Innovation Week in San Francisco on March 20 at a special networking evening bridging the World Agri-Tech and the Future Food-Tech Summits.
The 2018 competition (The TFF Challenge) will close applications on May 4 after which 10 finalist teams will be selected from thousands of entries from around the world to compete for the chance to win up to $25,000 in cash grants and a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the TFF Summit.
The Mekong AgriTech Challenge (MATCh), the Mekong region's first AgTech pitch competition and market access boot camp, launched for the first time last week.
Sugarlogix is looking to improve infant formula with a flavorless sugar that enhances the immune system, promotes gut health, and reduces inflammation.
The pitch competition will feature solutions to food challenges including livestock management, food bi-product up-cycling, and novel plant-based proteins.
Hortau was a finalist in the Best AI Product in Agriculture category along with ag robotics company Abundant Robotics. Ag data startup Prospera won best AI product in agriculture, as well.
Asia’s first agritech and foodtech startup up competition will take place in Singapore later this month.
Startup resources continue to grow with a new accelerator and two competitions launching last week.
Monsanto and TargetGene Biotechnologies, a genome-editing company using RNA-guided gene-editing techniques, have entered into a license agreement granting Monsanto an exclusive license to TargetGene’s proprietary "T∙GEE" (Genome Editing Engine) platform.
The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) and Illumitex created the 2016 Vertical Farming Award competition to promote innovation and awarded first prize to a Malaysian community project.
A few themes standout among the finalists this year including technologies serving the seafood and aquaculture segment of the food and agtech market.
Microsoft and the USDA have announced the winners of their Innovation Challenge, a competition tasking entrepreneurs with making good use of the USDA’s recently-released data.
Ohio-based farm management service Smart Barn has been named as one of 12 winners in Verizon’s third annual PAA tech competition, winning in the IoT category.
Syngenta is teaming up with the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) to create a new joint award: The Syngenta Crop Challenge.
This is the 9th year of the Netherlands-based awards. Shortlisted innovations range from alternative protein products and food preservation tech, to animal feed and precision agriculture.
Agrilyst won first place at Tech Crunch Disrupt SF this year, as a cannabis-focused business came second, and Verizon's Powerful Answers Award competition shortlisted six ag-related startups.
Sustainable seafood business competition Fish 2.0 has selected 37 companies to pitch to investors at its Stanford University final in November, with aquaculture-focused businesses representing over a third of the group.
The UDSA and Microsoft have launched the Innovation Challenge, a contest offering access to large amounts of USDA data. Awards include cash prizes and the deadline is November.
By Rob Leclerc
With two-thirds of its land desert, and one of its two bodies of water called the Dead Sea, Israel has to be creative when it comes to agriculture.