Ag Innovation Showcase Blog

Ag Innovation Showcase Advisor Launches an Agtech Startup

By October 19, 2017 Companies, Updates

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 “The agriculture world is looking for technology to maintain the effectiveness of biotech crops because, in the face of climate change and all these other challenges, we have to maintain that high level of productivity,” said Sharon Berberich, ag industry veteran and Ag Innovation Showcase advisor, in an interview with Silicon Prairie News.

Sharon Berberich established a 25 year career for herself in AgTech with senior positions at Monsanto, DowAgrosciences, Danforth Science Center, and Kaiima and now she finds herself at the helm of Plastomics, a startup using chloroplast engineering to develop the next generation of high performing crops.

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SomaDetect Wins 1M Grand Prize from Pitch Competition

By October 19, 2017 Companies
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SomaDetect, which provides dairy farmers with key milk quality indicators to identify diseases in cows and produce the best quality milk, has won the $1M Grand Prize Winner of 43North, a startup pitch competition.

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Mango Materials to Make Clothing Industry More Sustainable

By October 10, 2017 Companies

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Mango Materials announced at SynBioBeta 2017 that the company is paving a path to biodegradable fibers with greenhouse gases. Waste methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than CO2, is now the key to create fibers that can be made into clothing.  Mango Materials technology uses microorganisms to turn CO2 into a biological version of polyester that is economically competitive with conventional oil-based materials.

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DuPont Pioneer Launches Open Innovation to Expand Capacity to Solve Global Ag Problems

By August 30, 2017 Companies, Speakers, Updates

DuPont Pioneer, one of world’s largest agriculture companies, recently launched an Open Innovation program because, in the words of the company’s Mat Müller, Director of Business Development, and an Ag Innovation Showcase advisory committee member and speaker at this year’s Ag Innovation Showcase, “We are fully aware that we cannot do it alone.”

Sessions Organized by our Partners at this Year’s Ag Innovation Showcase

By August 29, 2017 Speakers, Updates

Don’t miss the exciting content at Ag Innovation Showcase 2017 that is being organized by our partners on far ranging topics from:

  1. Early stage companies from Canada sponsored by the Canadian Consulate
  2. Projects from DOE ARPA-E program on Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture sponsored by ARPA-E
  3. Strategies for strategic partnerships sponsored by Sidley Austin, LLP
  4. Innovations in agriculture from Argentina sponsored by the Argentina Investment and Trade Promotion Agency
  5. An introduction to a public-private model sponsored by Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
  6. University stage innovations sponsored by Technology Acceleration Partners
  7. Strategies for commercial partnerships that do good and do well sponsored by Bryan Cave