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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
Company Select Investors Category
Advanced Animal Diagnostics Cultivian Sandbox, InterSouth Partners, Kansas Bioscience Authority, LabCorp, Middleland Capital, Novartis Venture Funds Animal Data
Farmnote Colopl, GREE, Kanematsu, Kotaro Chiba Animal Data
Stellapps Technologies Omnivore Partners Animal Data
Mastiline SHIFT Invest Animal Data
TL BioLabs Y Combinator Animal Data
Connecterra Breed Reply, DeNA, Elias Tabet, MENA Venture Investments Animal Data
Cowlar Y Combinator Animal Data
Moocall The Pearse Lyons Accelerator Animal Data
Farmdok Cega GmbH, Tecent Equity Farm Management Software
Landmapp HERi Africa, Omidyar Network Farm Management Software
Aegro SP Ventures, WOW Aceleradora Farm Management Software
Scoutpro Undisclosed Investors Farm Management Software
Granular Andreessen Horowitz, Emory Investment Management, Fall Line Capital, Google Ventures, H. Barton Asset Management, Khosla Ventures, Tao Capital Partners Farm Management Software
Agworld REV, Yuuwa Capital Farm Management Software
Agrivi South Central Ventures Farm Management Software
Conservis Cultivian Sandbox, Heartland Advisors, Middleland Capital Farm Management Software
Crop-in Technology Solutions Ankur Capital, Sophia ApS Farm Management Software
Trecker Undisclosed Investors Farm Management Software
PickTrace FundersClub, Y Combinator Farm Management Software
FarmLogs Andreessen 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 Combinator Farm Management Software
Agriwebb Al Hamra, John Murray Farm Management Software
OnFarm Systems Maxfield Capital, Sacramento Angels Farm Management Software
Aggrigator Undisclosed Investors Marketplaces
AgroStar Aavishkaar, IDG Ventures India Marketplaces
La Ruche Qui Dit Oui BNP 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 Equity Marketplaces
Agriconomie Elaia Partners Marketplaces
EM3 Agriservices Aspada Advisors Marketplaces
Yagro Undisclosed Investors Marketplaces
Bowery Farming BoxGroup, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, First Round Capital Next Gen Farms
Alesca Life Bits x Bites, The Pearse Lyons Accelerator Next Gen Farms
Freight Farms Bridge Boys, Kickstarter, LaunchCapital, Morningside Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, Spark Capital, TechStars Next Gen Farms
Aero Farms 21Ventures, GSR Ventures, Middleland Capital, Missionpoint Capital Partners, Quercus Trust, Wheatsheaf Investments Next Gen Farms
BrightFarms NGEN Partners, WP Global Partners, Emil Capital Partners Next Gen Farms
Freshbox Chalsys LLP Next Gen Farms
Green Sense Farms Undisclosed Investors Next Gen Farms
Gotham Greens Undisclosed Investors Next Gen Farms
CiBO Flagship Pioneering Plant Data/Analysis
Trace Genomics Illumina Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Refactor Capital Plant Data/Analysis
Benson Hill Biosystems BioGenerator, iSelect Fund, Lewis & Clark Ventures Plant Data/Analysis
Agronostico NXTP Labs Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Agrible Archer Daniels Midland Company, Flyover Capital, Serra Ventures Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Gamaya Seed4Equity, VI Partners Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
S4 Arch Grants, BioGenerator, SixThirty, The Yield Lab Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
Observe Entrepreneur First Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
Strider Barn Investimentos, Monashees Capital, Qualcomm Ventures Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
GeoVisual Analytics THRIVE Accelerator Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Agrilyst Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Metamorphic Ventures, TechCrunch Disrupt Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
CropMetrics Undisclosed Investors Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Adapt-N Armory Square Ventures, Arthur Ventures, Cayuga Venture Fund Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
Farmers Business Network Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
Premier Crop Systems Undisclosed Investors Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
Bovcontrol Redpoint, MassChallenge Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
CropZilla Software Undisclosed Investors Precision Agriculture And Predictive Analytics
MyAgData Adams Street Partners, Alpha Capital Partners, Don Walsworth, Early Investments, John Rose, October Capital, OpenAir Equity Partners, River Cities Capital Fund, Saints Capital, Thorndale Farm Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Agralogics Undisclosed Investors Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Prospera Bessemer Venture Partners, Hishtil Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
aWhere AgFunder, Aravaipa Ventures, Elixir Capital Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
ec2ec Undisclosed Investors Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Flurosat muru-D Precision Agriculture and Predictive Analytics
Mavrx Imaging Shasta Ventures, Slow Ventures Robotics and Drones
FarmBot SYD Ventures, muru-D Robotics and Drones
Airwood Aerostructures StartupXseed Ventures Robotics and Drones
Raptor Maps, MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition Robotics and Drones
Harvest CROO Undisclosed Investors Robotics and Drones
Blue River Technology Data Collective, Innovation Endeavors, Khosla Ventures, Monsanto Growth Ventures, National Science Foundation, Pontifax, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, Steve Blank, Syngenta Ventures, Ulu Ventures Robotics and Drones
SkySquirrel Technologies InNOVAcorp Robotics and Drones
Skycision Acceleprise Robotics and Drones
Leading Edge Technologies Undisclosed Investors Robotics and Drones
TerrAvion FundersClub, Y Combinator Robotics and Drones
Resson BDC Capital, BDC Venture Capital, Build Ventures, East Valley Ventures, Monsanto Growth Ventures, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, Rho Canada Robotics And Drones
Abundant Robotics Google Ventures, KPCB Edge, Yamaha Motor Ventures Robotics And Drones
Ceres Imaging ImagineH20, Lemnos Labs, Silicon Badia Robotics and Drones
Centaur Analytics OurCrowd, PJ Tech Catalyst Sensors
SLANTRANGE Mainsail Partners, The Investor Group Sensors
Grownetics CanopyBoulder Sensors
Motorleaf 500 startups Sensors
Pycno HAX, Launch KC Sensors
Spensa Technologies Emerging Innovations Fund, Radicle Capital, Village Capital Sensors
Amber Agriculture iVenture Accelerator Sensors
FieldIn Terra Venture Partners Sensors
Saturas The Trendlines Group Sensors
Acuity Agriculture THRIVE Accelerator Sensors
Farmobile Anterra Capital Sensors
Grassometer Enterprise Ireland, Kernel Capital Sensors
Phytech Mitsui & Co., Syngenta Ventures Sensors
Farmers Edge Fairfax Financial Holdings, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mitsui & Co. Sensors
Arable SparkLabs, Imagine H20 Sensors
MimosaTEK Expara Accelerator Sensors
Smart Yields Energy Excelerator, Blue Startups Sensors
Flux 8200 EISP Sensors
Garden Space HAX Sensors
Semios FedDev Ontario, Haywood Securities, Niagara Angel Network, Verizon Communications Sensors
Sencrop Breega Capital, Emertec Gestion Sensors
Flowius Imagine H20 Smart Irrigation
Tevatronic The Pearse Lyons Accelerator Smart Irrigation
Livn Start-up Chile Smart Irrigation
Hortau Advantage Capital Partners, Avrio Capital, BDC Venture Capital, Business Capital, Desjardins Venture Capital, Telesystem Smart Irrigation
Sprinkl Ian Woodward-Smith Smart Irrigation
Smart Farm Systems Undisclosed Investors Smart Irrigation
Powwow Energy California Energy Commission Smart Irrigation
HydroPoint Data Systems Chrysalix Global Network, Chrysalix Venture Capital, Firelake Capital, J.F. Shea Venture Capital Smart Irrigation
CropX Finistere Ventures, GreenSoil Investments, Innovation Endeavors, Lab IX,, Robert Bosch Venture Capital Smart Irrigation
AquaSpy Alpina 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 Ventures Smart Irrigation
Edyn Fenox Venture Capital, Idea Bulb Ventures, Indicator Ventures, Kickstarter, Morningside Ventures, QueensBridge Venture Partners, THRIVE Accelerator, Y Combinator Smart Irrigation

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  • Agustín Elía

    All the tools that agriculture has today are bridges to reach a sustainable and at the same time optimizable agriculture.
    Most of these companies provide a large system of information networks. A system has not yet been discovered to make the implementation friendly and reliable for the producer.
    The big companies that launch applications like softwares, pursue the objective of obtaining the information of the producers to sell more. There is a war of confidence that is still going on today. The idea would be that both companies and producers can benefit each other thinking about profit and above all the environment.