PALO ALTO, Calif., May 7, 2018—SVG Partners announced today that Wilbur-Ellis Company has become the latest corporate partner to join its THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform. The partnership between SVG Partners and Wilbur-Ellis Company, a leader in precision agriculture technology and the marketing and distribution of plant protection, seed and nutritional products, is focused on accelerating and scaling emerging agriculture technology.
April 18, 2018, Los Gatos, CA-- Entering its fourth year, the THRIVE Venture & Innovation platform announced today the nine finalists and investment in its spring ‘18 accelerator cohort. The THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform also welcomes the latest partners Coca Cola and Wilbur-Ellis alongside its existing partners Wells Fargo, Trimble, Taylor Farms, Land O’Lakes, Western Growers Association, Verizon, City of Salinas, Corteva, Driscoll’s Berries, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory, Produce Marketing Assocation, Sun World Innovations, Orrick, JV Smith, and Turatti.
Recently, DuPont Pioneer unveiled its Bay Area Innovation Center tying together its startup, field R&D and integrated operations across California. So the THRIVE team spoke with two innovation leaders at DuPont Pioneer, Barbara Mazur, Vice President of Technology Acquisition Strategy and Gusui Wu, Technology and Innovation Lead, Bay Area Innovation Center- to discuss the company’s AgTech innovation strategy.
PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 12, 2018—SVG Partners announced today that Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) has become the latest corporate partner to join the THRIVE AgTech Venture & Innovation Platform. Trimble’s broad range of GPS, variable rate implement controls, wireless communications and analytics software is increasingly delivering new capabilities for agriculture. The new relationship between Trimble and SVG’s THRIVE platform signifies the continued commitment to advancing a safer and more sustainable agriculture supply chain and to providing innovative solutions to farmers and their production partners worldwide.
SVG Partners today announced its THRIVE Top 50, an annual ranking of 50 leading AgTech companies exemplifying the best in agriculture technology around the globe. Recognizing companies across six different technology areas in agriculture- including biotechnology, connected devices, cloud services/SaaS, robotics and automation, predictive data analytics, and next gen farms- the list is the culmination extensive market research, data analysis, as well as vetting and final selection by THRIVE’s corporate partners.
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Salinas, California, once had two claims to fame: as “the salad bowl of the world” and as the birthplace of iconic American author John Stein- beck. While these will always be part of Salinas’ identity, in recent years, the city has embarked upon a new mission to harness the region’s agricultural prowess and proximity to Silicon Valley to create an AgTech (agriculture technology) Innovation Ecosystem.
The ecosystem, which received an IEDC Gold Award for Excellence in Economic Development in 2017, focuses on entrepreneurial development, workforce training and marketing in the AgTech in- dustry – a bold task in a largely low-income farm- ing region that once had little to no existing startup culture. This article explains how the city created its AgTech Innovation Ecosystem, what spurred it, how it works, and the successes and lessons learned.
SAN FRANCISCO (November 13, 2017) – SVG Partners announced today that one of the leading agriculture cooperatives, Land O’Lakes, Inc., has renewed its commitment to the THRIVE AgTech Venture and Innovation Platform for the next three years. In 2016 and 2017, Land O’Lakes brought its knowledge and experience as a judge and mentor to THRIVE, a highly selective investment program accelerating technology-enabled agricultural startups in the U.S. and globally. To date, Land O’Lakes distributes over 30 AgTech solutions through its Winfield United AnswerTech™ platform and with the help of SVG Partners’ and the THRIVE Accelerator, works to identify the next generation of breakthrough companies.
Founded in 2014 by SVG Partners, THRIVE is an agtech and foodtech accelerator working with leading corporations, startups, universities, and growers to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industry. THRIVE is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort beginning Spring 2018.