The Ag Innovation Showcase features some of the best and brightest companies in the Ag sector. Read about some recent successes of past Showcase presenters!
Energid Technologies, a 2012 Showcase Alum, has received funding from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). On a typical space mission, many conditions are poorly understood, and conditions on lunar and planetary surfaces can be difficult to duplicate physically. With the NASA funding, Energid is developing a new robot simulation that accommodates uncertainty and discovers exceptional behavior during mission planning for lunar and planetary rovers.
Energid’s Actin software brings enabling tools and capability to this project. The Actin software is a powerful control framework and operating system for commercial, industrial, and mission critical robots that is sold as a cross platform application and extensible software toolkit. Energid Technologies develops robotic systems and products for the aerospace, agriculture, transportation, defense, and medical industries. Energid specializes in the control, simulation, and sensing of complex systems.
Since presenting at the Showcase in 2011, Granular, a farm management software and analytics provider, has raised $18.7 million in Series B funding. The investment round was led by Tao Capital Partners, while existing premier Silicon Valley investors such as Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz also participated.
Granular provides software to manage all aspects of running a farm, from the daily tasks out in the field to the budgeting and financial work in the office. It integrates with a farmer’s existing hardware, including tractors, drones and scales, to collect data from the field. Read more about Granular and their funding round in their TechCrunch article.
Is vertical farming the next big thing for food – and tech? AeroFarms, one of our 2010 Showcase Alumnis, is developing the world’s largest vertical farm! Aerofarms’ 69,000 square-foot facility is based in a converted steel factory in Newark, New Jersey. The vertical farm is expected to grow up to 2 million pounds of kale, arugula, and other salad greens annually. Aerofarms was recently profiled by CNBC and NPR.