2019 class of tech start-ups arrives in St. Paul, poised to positively impact the food and agriculture industry from farm to fork
Recognizing the critical role that innovation plays in creating a safer and more sustainable food system, Cargill and Ecolab are supporting a second class of startups through the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator.
“Solving the greatest food and sustainability challenges the world faces today requires partnership and fresh, innovative ideas. These are the two key ingredients of the Techstars Farm to Fork program,” said Justin Kershaw, Cargill CIO. “Having the brightest minds in food and ag tech in Cargill and Ecolab’s backyards provides an amazing opportunity to infuse startup energy into our company, while also helping bring critical solutions to scale. It’s truly a win-win.”
The accelerator engages both early stage entrepreneurs and late stage startups that are focused on advancing key aspects of the food system, including food security and safety, ag tech, consumer goods and supply chain management. Startups receive mentor support from Cargill and Ecolab executives and access to the companies’ market expertise, global connections and investment capital.
The 11 companies selected to participate in the 2019 Farm to Fork class include:
- Contain, Reno, Nevada
- Conversight, Indianapolis, Indiana
- EcoPlant, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Food for All, Boston, Massachusetts / New York City, N.Y.
- Imago AI, Gurgaon, India
- Magic AI, Seattle, Washington
- Otrafy, Melbourne, Australia / Vancouver, Canada
- Phood, Boston, Massachusetts
- PurPics, Austin, Texas
- Trackter, Atlanta, Georgia
- Transparent Kitchen, Ottawa, Canada
Techstars’ network of successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and other partners also works hand-in-hand with the selected startups throughout the accelerator. Each of the companies will present its projects at Demo Day on October 15, during Twin Cities Startup Week.
ABOUT CARGILL: Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve their shared purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, they connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.
ABOUT ECOLAB: A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
ABOUT TECHSTARS: Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars’ founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies.