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Will your ingenuity feed the world?

SPRING 2017 | Apply Now

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Accelerator Apply


Will your ingenuity feed the world?

SPRING 2017 | Apply Now

 While total investments in agtech grew to $4.6B in 2015, significant and pressing challenges persist in food and agriculture today. At the same time, regulatory policy, environmental changes, and shifting consumer preference are continually galvanizing new areas for innovation.  

THRIVE and its growing ecosystem of partners are committed to identifying, connecting, and accelerating technologies with the potential for system-wide transformation. Launched out of the the Silicon and Salinas Valleys in 2014, the THRIVE Accelerator supports startups from all areas of the value chain whose technologies drive us towards a more efficiently operated, environmentally minded, and accessible agriculture future.


In partnership with Taylor Farms, Land O' Lakes, Verizon, the City of Salinas, Wells Fargo, Driscoll's Berries, Yamaha Motors, and Panasonic, the THRIVE Accelerator will select 10 AgTech startups to participate in an 8-week virtual accelerator program. Throughout the the program on an ongoing basis, companies will have one-on-one mentorship and engagement with top tier industry leaders in agriculture and technology, take advantage of field and value chain deployment opportunities, access investment opportunities, and incubation services. 

Program Timeline:

  • December 31st: Application deadline
  • March 2017: Pitch Day for startup finalists: Virtual
  • Late March 2017: 10 Startup Companies Selected- Meet your cohort, mentors, and THRIVE program managers in Salinas, CA
  • April-May 2017: 8-week accelerator program: Virtual
  • July 2017: Demo Day at Forbes AgTech Summit: Salinas, CA

Eligible Startups Improving food & agriculture requires innovation at every stage of the supply chain. THRIVE AgTech looks for startups, pre-series A, with technologies focused in the following areas:

  • Precision agriculture 
  • Efficiencies in supply chain management, traceability and food safety
  • Crop & soil technologies (biotechnology)
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Robotics & Automation

For additional information, please get in touch with Mareese.Keane@SVGPartners.com


Thank you to THRIVE Accelerator Partners

 
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Program summary


Program summary


THRIVE applicants come from all over the globe. Selected companies benefit from an 8-week acceleration program that provides mentorship from top leaders across industries and direct access to the largest agriculture companies located in the Salinas and Central California growing regions. 

THRIVE Accelerator is a mentorship and investment program for startups focusing in AgTech and FoodTech.

THRIVE Accelerator provided invaluable connectivity at the highest levels of industry through ongoing face to face interactive opportunities. THRIVE and Salinas have been true rocket fuel to Nuritas.
— Dr Nora Khalid - CSO, Founder of Nuritas – THRIVE 2015 Innovation Award Winner
 

why join the thrive accelerator?

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Weekly Mentor Meetings

Individual Pitch Training

Business Strategy Review

Access to the Silicon Valley

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Access to Salinas Valley

Matchmaking to Deploy Technology

Awards

THRIVE Finalists will be awarded at the Forbes AgTech Summit

Investment

THRIVE network helps select companies secure funding

 

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THRIVE Companies


THRIVE Companies

Startups Leading Smart Agriculture

THRIVE Companies


THRIVE Companies

Startups Leading Smart Agriculture

THRIVE works with companies with solutions in big data, precision agriculture, big data analytics, crop and soil technology, drones and robotics, smart irrigation, farm energy efficiency, and distribution and logistics technology


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