2018 – The Outcomes
Our first Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Class, in partnership with Cargill and Ecolab, accomplished our first program this previous October.
Functions poured in from 40+ nations ensuing within the collection of 9 wonderful firms from all around the world. Greater than 100 mentors participated over the course of this system and over 40 enterprise capital corporations met with the businesses throughout 13 weeks of Techstars Farm to Fork.
The 9 firms that attended this system represented an unbelievable breadth of ideas: from restaurant tech to provide chain to manufacturing and digital options for farms. Our company companions Cargill & Ecolab have been each extremely engaged in this system, offering invaluable entry to subject material specialists and business executives. This engagement led to POC’s, funding, and ongoing talks with seven of the businesses that went by way of this system, and two of the 9 firms are staying within the St. Paul space to additional construct their companies and types throughout the twin cities ecosystem.
We’re excited to proceed to help and work with the 2018 class as they transfer onto the following section of their entrepreneurial journey. Try this documentary on the primary class of Techstars Farm to Fork to study extra about their journey.
Seeking to 2019
We’re thrilled for yr two of Techstars Farm to Fork and have already begun assembly firms which are considering our 2019 class. Functions open January 7th!
In yr two of program, we’re excited to work with firms constructing tech enabled companies, software program, or centered on fixing international issues within the meals world. This contains US-based companies in addition to companies from different developed nations and rising markets.
We’ve got a broad scope in focus: on farm, provide chain and logistics, processing and manufacturing, water tech and eating places, and even firms constructing platforms for big enterprises! In the end, we wish to work with nice entrepreneurs with various backgrounds which are engaged on world-changing concepts. Whereas not a whole record, listed below are 4 broad areas of focus for our 2019 Techstars Farm to Fork program:
Robotics and Automation
Labor shortages, security and the state of expertise have all created an surroundings ripe for robotics and automation throughout the whole meals worth chain. Manufacturing, cleansing, pest management, warehouse administration, provide chain, eating places and meals manufacturing are all arenas the place we’re considering exploring options.
Meals is the biggest business on the planet, estimated at about 10% of the world’s GDP. There are a selection of platforms that will not be “meals” particular however might be leveraged by enterprises in meals, like Cargill, Ecolab, and their meals business companions. If you’re constructing a tech platform and meals firms are an attention-grabbing market, you might be a great match. A couple of particular examples:
Pc Imaginative and prescient/ML
Meals Security, High quality Assurance, and Safety
Meals security is a worldwide concern and continues to catch the attention of our program. We’re considering digital options wherever within the meals worth chain from actual time pathogen and allergen detection to predictive danger assessments. We proceed to have an interest within the traceability of meals all through the provision chain, together with real-time sensing and monitoring. The utilization of various pc imaginative and prescient and imaging applied sciences for issues like QA, security checks, and the monitoring of meals may have a significant impression on meals security and safety. We’re additionally within the administration and discount of meals waste because it impacts meals security, high quality, and safety.
Water tech is a brand new space of curiosity for us in 2019. The meals business makes use of roughly 70% of the recent water consumed on an annual foundation, so this focus is a pure match for our program. Particularly, we’re considering applied sciences that assist guarantee entry to enough clear water for those who want it. This might embody, however is just not restricted to, a wide range of ideas, together with non-invasive contamination monitoring and detection, new strategies of conservation, and good water utilization.
Be part of us for 2019
From farms to eating places and retailers, we wish to assist entrepreneurs construct expertise with the potential to have a big impression on the meals world. These 4 buckets are simply a place to begin, and this isn’t an all-inclusive record. Try final yr’s thesis, as there are extra ideas there that proceed to curiosity us. We’ll inevitably be blown away by distinctive ideas we haven’t considered, so when you’ve got an amazing crew and a giant imaginative and prescient we wish to hear from you.
Request workplace hours, one-on-one time with program employees to share particulars of what you’re engaged on and study extra concerning the accelerator. Or, if you happen to’re prepared, begin your software on January seventh!