MAY 18, 2017
The Ag Tech Market Map: 100+ Startups Powering The Future Of Farming And Agribusiness
Corporate investors such as Mitsui, Monsanto, and Syngenta have backed startups improving irrigation, crop spraying, harvesting, and more.
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As population growth increases the need to ramp up food production, tech startups are creating a range of agricultural software, services, farming techniques, and more aimed at bringing more data and efficiency to the sector.
We used CB Insights data to identify more than 100 private companies in agriculture tech and categorized them into nine main categories. We define ag tech as technology that increases the efficiency of farms, in the form of software, sensors, aerial-based data, internet-based distribution channels (marketplaces), and tools for technology-enabled farming. We only include companies that primarily target the agricultural sector.
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The breakdown is as follows:
- Farm Management Software: This includes software like that produced by Andreessen Horowitz-backed Granular that allows farmers to more efficiently manage their resources, crop production, farm animals, etc.
- Precision Agriculture and Predictive Data Analytics: These startups include those that focus on using big data and predictive analytics to address farm-related issues and make better farm-related decisions in order to save energy, increase efficiency, optimize herbicide and pesticide application (such as Prospera, which uses machine vision and artificial intelligence), and manage risk, among other uses.
- Sensors: Startups in the sensor category include Arable, which offers smart sensors that collect data and help farmers monitor crop health, weather, and soil quality.
- Animal Data: These companies provide software and hardware specifically aimed at better understanding livestock, from breeding patterns (Connecterra) to genomics (TL Biolabs).
- Robotics and Drones: This category includes drone companies and related drone services that cater to agricultural needs (such as TerrAvion), as well as robots or intelligent farm machines that perform various farm functions more efficiently (such as Blue River Technology, backed by Monsanto Growth Ventures, Syngenta Ventures, and Khosla Ventures, among others).
- Smart Irrigation: These startups, including Hortau, provide systems that help monitor and automate water usage for farms using various data exhausts.
- Next Gen Farms: A growing category of companies that utilize technology to provide alternative farming methods to enable farming in locations and settings that cannot support traditional farming. Examples include AeroFarms for vertical farming and BrightFarms for new greenhouses.
- Marketplaces: These startups offer marketplaces relevant to agriculture by connecting farmers directly to suppliers or consumers without any middlemen. While some are e-commerce platforms, others use tech to facilitate physical marketplaces (La Ruche Qui Dit Oui).
- Plant Data/Analysis: These startups are getting more granular data about plant composition (microbial makeup, genetic expression, etc.) and/or analyzing that data to improve seed research & development and breeding (such as Benson Hill Biosystems).
Some companies may overlap with different categories and are grouped according to their main use case.
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The Growing Ag tech Industry
Advanced Animal DiagnosticsCultivian Sandbox, InterSouth Partners, Kansas Bioscience Authority, LabCorp, Middleland Capital, Novartis Venture FundsAnimal Data
FarmnoteColopl, GREE, Kanematsu, Kotaro ChibaAnimal Data
Stellapps TechnologiesOmnivore PartnersAnimal Data
MastilineSHIFT InvestAnimal Data
TL BioLabsY CombinatorAnimal Data
ConnecterraBreed Reply, DeNA, Elias Tabet, MENA Venture InvestmentsAnimal Data
CowlarY CombinatorAnimal Data
MoocallThe Pearse Lyons AcceleratorAnimal Data
FarmdokCega GmbH, Tecent EquityFarm Management Software
LandmappHERi Africa, Omidyar NetworkFarm Management Software
AegroSP Ventures, WOW AceleradoraFarm Management Software
ScoutproUndisclosed InvestorsFarm Management Software
GranularAndreessen Horowitz, Emory Investment Management, Fall Line Capital, Google Ventures, H. Barton Asset Management, Khosla Ventures, Tao Capital PartnersFarm Management Software
AgworldREV, Yuuwa CapitalFarm Management Software
AgriviSouth Central VenturesFarm Management Software
ConservisCultivian Sandbox, Heartland Advisors, Middleland CapitalFarm Management Software
Crop-in Technology SolutionsAnkur Capital, Sophia ApSFarm Management Software
TreckerUndisclosed InvestorsFarm Management Software
PickTraceFundersClub, Y CombinatorFarm Management Software
FarmLogsAndreessen Horowitz, Drive Capital, First Step Fund, Huron River Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Sam Altman, Silicon Badia, Start Fund, SV Angel, Y CombinatorFarm Management Software
AgriwebbAl Hamra, John MurrayFarm Management Software
OnFarm SystemsMaxfield Capital, Sacramento AngelsFarm Management Software
AgroStarAavishkaar, IDG Ventures IndiaMarketplaces
La Ruche Qui Dit OuiBNP Paribas Securities Corporation, Caisse des Depots et Consignations, Christophe Duhamel, Felix Capital, Kima Ventures, Marc Simoncini, Paris Initiative Enterprises, Quadia, Siparex, Union Square Ventures, XAnge Private EquityMarketplaces
EM3 AgriservicesAspada AdvisorsMarketplaces
Bowery FarmingBoxGroup, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, First Round CapitalNext Gen Farms
Alesca LifeBits x Bites, The Pearse Lyons AcceleratorNext Gen Farms
Freight FarmsBridge Boys, Kickstarter, LaunchCapital, Morningside Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, Spark Capital, TechStarsNext Gen Farms
Aero Farms21Ventures, GSR Ventures, Middleland Capital, Missionpoint Capital Partners, Quercus Trust, Wheatsheaf InvestmentsNext Gen Farms
BrightFarmsNGEN Partners, WP Global Partners, Emil Capital PartnersNext Gen Farms
FreshboxChalsys LLPNext Gen Farms
Green Sense FarmsUndisclosed InvestorsNext Gen Farms
Gotham GreensUndisclosed InvestorsNext Gen Farms
CiBOFlagship PioneeringPlant Data/Analysis
Trace GenomicsIllumina Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Refactor CapitalPlant Data/Analysis
Benson Hill BiosystemsBioGenerator, iSelect Fund, Lewis & Clark VenturesPlant Data/Analysis
AgronosticoNXTP LabsPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
AgribleArcher Daniels Midland Company, Flyover Capital, Serra VenturesPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
GamayaSeed4Equity, VI PartnersPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
S4Arch Grants, BioGenerator, SixThirty, The Yield LabPrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
ObserveEntrepreneur FirstPrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
StriderBarn Investimentos, Monashees Capital, Qualcomm VenturesPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
GeoVisual AnalyticsTHRIVE AcceleratorPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
AgrilystBrooklyn Bridge Ventures, Metamorphic Ventures, TechCrunch DisruptPrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
CropMetricsUndisclosed InvestorsPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Adapt-NArmory Square Ventures, Arthur Ventures, Cayuga Venture FundPrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
Farmers Business NetworkKleiner Perkins Caufield & ByersPrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
Premier Crop SystemsUndisclosed InvestorsPrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
BovcontrolRedpoint e.ventures, MassChallengePrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
CropZilla SoftwareUndisclosed InvestorsPrecision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
MyAgDataAdams Street Partners, Alpha Capital Partners, Don Walsworth, Early Investments, John Rose, October Capital, OpenAir Equity Partners, River Cities Capital Fund, Saints Capital, Thorndale FarmPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
AgralogicsUndisclosed InvestorsPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
ProsperaBessemer Venture Partners, HishtilPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
aWhereAgFunder, Aravaipa Ventures, Elixir CapitalPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
ec2ecUndisclosed InvestorsPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Flurosatmuru-DPrecision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Mavrx ImagingShasta Ventures, Slow VenturesRobotics and Drones
FarmBotSYD Ventures, muru-DRobotics and Drones
Airwood AerostructuresStartupXseed VenturesRobotics and Drones
Raptor MapsFounder.org, MIT $100K Entrepreneurship CompetitionRobotics and Drones
Harvest CROOUndisclosed InvestorsRobotics and Drones
Blue River TechnologyData Collective, Innovation Endeavors, Khosla Ventures, Monsanto Growth Ventures, National Science Foundation, Pontifax, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, Steve Blank, Syngenta Ventures, Ulu VenturesRobotics and Drones
SkySquirrel TechnologiesInNOVAcorpRobotics and Drones
SkycisionAccelepriseRobotics and Drones
Leading Edge TechnologiesUndisclosed InvestorsRobotics and Drones
TerrAvionFundersClub, Y CombinatorRobotics and Drones
RessonBDC Capital, BDC Venture Capital, Build Ventures, East Valley Ventures, Monsanto Growth Ventures, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, Rho CanadaRobotics And Drones
Abundant RoboticsGoogle Ventures, KPCB Edge, Yamaha Motor VenturesRobotics And Drones
Ceres ImagingImagineH20, Lemnos Labs, Silicon BadiaRobotics and Drones
Centaur AnalyticsOurCrowd, PJ Tech CatalystSensors
SLANTRANGEMainsail Partners, The Investor GroupSensors
PycnoHAX, Launch KCSensors
Spensa TechnologiesEmerging Innovations Fund, Radicle Capital, Village CapitalSensors
Amber AgricultureiVenture AcceleratorSensors
FieldInTerra Venture PartnersSensors
SaturasThe Trendlines GroupSensors
Acuity AgricultureTHRIVE AcceleratorSensors
GrassometerEnterprise Ireland, Kernel CapitalSensors
PhytechMitsui & Co., Syngenta VenturesSensors
fax Financial Holdings, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mitsui & Co.Sensors
ArableSparkLabs, Imagine H20Sensors
Smart YieldsEnergy Excelerator, Blue StartupsSensors
SemiosFedDev Ontario, Haywood Securities, Niagara Angel Network, Verizon CommunicationsSensors
SencropBreega Capital, Emertec GestionSensors
FlowiusImagine H20Smart Irrigation
TevatronicThe Pearse Lyons AcceleratorSmart Irrigation
LivnStart-up ChileSmart Irrigation
HortauAdvantage Capital Partners, Avrio Capital, BDC Venture Capital, Business Capital, Desjardins Venture Capital, TelesystemSmart Irrigation
SprinklIan Woodward-SmithSmart Irrigation
Smart Farm SystemsUndisclosed InvestorsSmart Irrigation
Powwow EnergyCalifornia Energy CommissionSmart Irrigation
HydroPoint Data SystemsChrysalix Global Network, Chrysalix Venture Capital, Firelake Capital, J.F. Shea Venture CapitalSmart Irrigation
CropXFinistere Ventures, GreenSoil Investments, Innovation Endeavors, Lab IX, OurCrowd.com, Robert Bosch Venture CapitalSmart Irrigation
AquaSpyAlpina Partners, Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies, Cleantech Ventures, Colonial First State Private Equity, Cultivian Ventures, Emerald Technology Ventures, ES Ventures, Gresham Rabo Management, Nanyang VenturesSmart Irrigation
EdynFenox Venture Capital, Idea Bulb Ventures, Indicator Ventures, Kickstarter, Morningside Ventures, QueensBridge Venture Partners, THRIVE Accelerator, Y CombinatorSmart Irrigation