World Ag Expo – Tulare, CA – February 13-15 – Visit us at Booth# 2302
World Ag Expo – Tulare, CA – February 13-15 – Visit us at Booth# 2302
Worsening drought conditions, a boom in the water well drilling industry and complete water uncertainty going forward.
“Now in its fourth year, the Climate and Agriculture Summit brought together farmers, ranchers, educators and policy makers to look for ways to deal with the drought, including conservation and management methods.
To learn about the drought’s ripple effects from those who experience them first-hand, a trio of ag representatives — Tom Willey, Joe Morris and Jutta Thoerner — shared their perspectives.
Willey and his wife, Denesse, own and operate T&D Willey Farms, a 75-acre certified organic operation in Madera County.
Willey, who started his farm in 1981, said in his region everyone is drilling wells because the Madera Irrigation District has no water to allocate to farmers. More than five years ago Willey drilled a new 500-foot well on his property, right before it started getting drier.
“It’s just a matter of time for all of us,” he said, referring to wells drying up.”
“2015’s most promising RoyseLaw AgTech Incubator companies have been selected to be featured at the annual RoyseLaw Silicon Valley AgTech Conference, to be held on May 11, 2015 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California,” announced Roger Royse, founder of the RoyseLaw AgTech Incubator. The 11 startups, all innovators at the crossroads of agriculture and technology, will exhibit and pitch at the upcoming AgTech Conference, which sold out last year and is now selling admission to the public via Eventbrite.
FarmX has been selected to participate in the 7th annual Imagine H20 Accelerator:
“Imagine H2O, the water innovation accelerator, selected 10 startups to advance to its 7th annual Accelerator Program. The companies were chosen from a global field of more than 90 entrants to IH2O’s Water Data Challenge, which identified promising startups that deliver water-focused data and analytics solutions. The companies will join the organization’s growing portfolio of over 60 water technology companies, which represent over $1 in every $10 of early-stage investment in the water sector.
Improved access to actionable data and analytical tools is needed urgently as the world faces increasing pressure on its water systems. The opportunity is ripe for new solutions that enable water users across sectors to monitor and manage water resources more effectively.
“It will be impossible to tackle the global water challenge without basic data about our water resources,” said Imagine H2O’s VP of Programming Tom Ferguson. “These companies address some of the most pressing data problems in water, from utility process control to high accuracy weather forecasting.”
The program attracted entrants from 18 countries on five continents. The 10 finalists will be honored at an evening celebration onMarch 16 in San Francisco, where Imagine H2O will introduce the Challenge’s overall winner.
“Once again, Imagine H2O attracted an extraordinary field of startups tackling the global water challenge,” said Debra Coy, partner at XPV Water Partners. “I am pleased that these 10 companies will benefit from accessing the organization’s connections in the water industry and Silicon Valley.”
Imagine H2O provides a proven path-to-market for early stage water companies, with participants benefitting from mentorship and advice from industry leaders, visibility in the marketplace, introductions to investors and connections to a global network of companies and utilities committed to deploying water technology.
The 10 finalists are
Imagine H2O’s judging panel, which includes leading industry experts from venture capital firms, water utilities and engineering businesses, based its selection of the finalists on their market viability, value proposition, and go-to-market strategy. The program’s major financial supporters include Wells Fargo (Headline Sponsor), Suez North America Foundation, Tetra Tech, Morrison Foerster and the California Water Foundation.”
From Press Release:
Today, Verizon announced 36 finalists from a pool of over 1,400 candidates from around the world for the 2015 Powerful Answers Award program — a competition that challenges innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions that deliver social good.
Now in its third year, Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award offers a total of $6 million in cash prizes, plus the opportunity for winners to participate in an Accelerator program designed to help develop their ideas and bring solutions to market faster.
The program finalists — who come from diverse backgrounds and represent 10 different countries — are set to present their ideas before judges next week, competing for a prize of $1 million in three categories: Transportation, Emergency Response and the Internet of Things. The winners will be announced Dec. 9.
Quote from Press Release:
GreenBiz Group has selected 12 startups that will compete in VERGE Accelerate, a program hosted by VERGE 2015 that assembles a lineup of innovative early-stage companies operating at the intersection of technology and sustainability.
Historically serving as a launchpad for entrepreneurs who have engineered a unique solution to a sustainability challenge, VERGE Accelerate offers an opportunity to pitch to potential investors and corporate partners, securing both customers and capital. This year’s contestants will join an elite group of more than two dozen companies that have premiered products, services, or technologies at VERGE and subsequently found market traction and acclaim.
One 2013 VERGE Accelerate participant, Owlized, has continued to attract the industry spotlight with its infrastructure visualization platform. “VERGE Accelerate opened doors to strategic partnerships and advisors that in turn helped us close our first few significant deals. For any early-stage startup, it offers crucial, unfiltered advice from an A-list of knowledgable people,” said Aaron Selverston, founder and CEO of Owlized.
The finalists were selected from a diverse pool of applicants representing innovations and disruptions in area such as urban mobility, food production, or energy management.
The finalists’ presentations will be reviewed by industry experts, including Andrew Bebee of Obvious Ventures, Rhonda Clark of UPS, Danny Kennedy of CalCEF and Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors. While audience members, both in the room and online, will cast the deciding votes, the industry experts will offer insight into which business models hold the greatest promise for disruption.
“VERGE Accelerate finalists embody the innovation, resourcefulness, and vision of the potential of smart technology to address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges,” said Shana Rappaport, director of engagement at GreenBiz, who directs VERGE Accelerate. “We are excited to share this group of future-oriented thinkers and market-disrupters with the VERGE audience.”
FarmX recently travelled to China to participate in Finals of the Global Innovation Awards.
FarmX was honored to finish in the Top 10 of 21 teams competing in the finals, out of a total pool of 3000 startups that applied to the competition.
As Reported in the UC Berkeley SkyDeck News:
“SkyTeam FarmX was selected as one of the Top 21 (out of 3000) startups to participate in the final event of the Global Innovation Awards in Beijing on 25 August 2015. FarmX has worked to assist farmers maximize their productivity and reduce costs with a modern FarmMap that monitors soil, plant and environmental variables.
The Global Innovation Awards offered FarmX the opportunity to visit the Hangzhou Dream Town, an incubator space with 34 buildings, over 100 startups and Alibaba’s official Incubator. The team was also able to visit several leading Chinese Tech companies: Baidu, Alibaba, Foxconn, JD.com.
The SkyTeam FarmX ultimately finished in the top 10 of the competition and won $100,000! We are proud of the SkyTeam’s efforts and successes thus far!”
Link to SkyDeck News: http://skydeck.berkeley.edu/skyteam-farmx-recognized-at-the-hangzhou-dream-city/
FarmX has been accepted into the UC Berkeley SkyDeck cohort for 2015. FarmX is proud to join the accelerator!
SkyDeck Mission: SkyDeck accelerates technology, science, and disruptive business startups. Our startups have direct access to the massive resources of the UC Berkeley ecosystem. We seek talent and unfair advantage.
Link to FarmX SkyDeck Page: http://skydeck.berkeley.edu/portfolio_page/farmx/
On 10 June 2015, FarmX CEO Sanjay Rajpoot spoke to the San Francisco FoodTech community at Parisoma’s Think+Act event. He discussed the role of AgTech startups, farming and the FarmMap in meeting the needs of the planets estimated 10 billion inhabitants by the year 2050.
The farm might seem like the last destination for futuristic technology – even in Star Trek the vineyard is depicted as a space of tradition untouched by time – but, perhaps unsurprisingly, this area is rife with opportunity as climatological challenges are being met by innovative hardware and data solutions. One of our Think&Act presenters, FarmX makes soil probes that sense moisture levels and connect to the cloud, so that farmers can track water consumption in real time. Their technology allows for the tracking of moisture levels over time so that farms can not only respond to acute soil conditions but employ predictive analytics to optimize their watering and fertilization practices – a need becoming increasingly important as drought conditions worsen.
FarmX is proud to announce its partnership with Ayrstone to bring our FarmMap products to their existing customers.
Ayrstone’s AirMesh Hub and associated products bring wireless connectivity to the farm and are the perfect complement to our FarmMap system. We’re proud to work with Ayrstone as fellow members of the RoyceLaw AgTech Incubator.