THRIVEX challenge



What is THRIVEX?

The solutions to the world’s agriculture problems- environmental and labor constraints, growing populations, climate change insecurity- requires participation from innovators and resources the world over. We help entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world to scale breakthrough innovations that advance sustainable, efficient, secure food and agriculture systems. With the help of our corporate partners, THRIVEX creates incentive competitions to entice entrepreneurs to take action to develop technology and innovation in targeted areas.

Announcing Our THRIVEX Challenge Finalists!

Help select our THRIVEX Challenge startup winner: review our five startup finalists below and vote for your favorite!

The Bee Corp’s product, Verifli applies data analytics to beehives to help growers ensure effective pollination through infrared inspection technology. The Bee Corp increases yield for farmers by monitoring the number, health and distribution of pollinating bees. Since launching the product February 2019, The Bee Corp has inspected over 6,700 beehives.

Livestock Water Recycling is focused on creating value within the food production industry by reducing the expense and impact of waste liquids on the environment. With consumers demanding transparency, and at the height of the farm-to-table social movement, their manure treatment technology is designed to achieve optimized production, maximum yields, return on investment, and minimal environmental impact. The LWR System is the only proven commercialized technology that reduces the overall volume of manure, concentrates nutrients into a valuable solid fertilizer, a crop additive liquid fertilizer, and delivers a renewable, high-quality water source.

AgShift offers an end-to-end platform to Agriculture finance institutions, Retailers and other Agri businesses which helps them get high-frequency, high-accuracy data and insights from their clients (farmers). AgShift further provides big data analytics and insights based on aggregated data collected from these individual farms, enabling the agri businesses to make better data driven decisions with their clients (farmers), reduce their overall risk of doing business with better market projections and better predictability.

Intelliconn’s ingrain product identifies spoilage risk and grain quality and quantity in real-time as it flows in or out of storage. This reduces spoilage and provides detailed information regarding quality which allows grain value to be optimized. Key benefits are that better grain quality and quantity make it to the table and producers and processor-shippers realize additional revenue.

ProteoSense is commercializing RapidScan™, a solid-state biosensor technology for food safety testing. ProteoSense’s high-sensitivity field portable system detects foodborne pathogens without incubation, reducing total test time from days to minutes – a 10x improvement over existing tests. Partnering with Taylor Farms, a leading producer of fresh-cut vegetables, ProteoSense is developing tests for Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and Listeria – the primary foodborne pathogens – that can be administered on-site by non-technical personnel.

THRIVEChallenge Judging Panel

THRIVEX at the Copernicus Project in Austin, Texas

Demand for food and agriculture products will skyrocket in the future as population growth continues along its upwards trajectory. At the same time, our ability to produce will be increasingly threatened by mounting environmental, labor and climate insecurity challenges. The world will need a portfolio of solutions to address it.

THRIVE is pleased to bring you the THRIVEX Challenge

during the festival in Austin this March

The first ever THRIVEX Challenge pitch competition will be held at Trinity Hall on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 2-3:30pm.

The event provides an unparalleled opportunity for the best entrepreneurs around the world, who are working on solutions in the Agrifood sector, to pitch their ideas to a live audience as well as a panel of esteemed judges from THRIVE-SVG Ventures, Land O’Lakes, Driscoll’s Berries, EY, Taylor Farms and others. These judges are tasked with finding the startup making the most significant contribution to the advancement of the future of food and agriculture.

Tech Categories


Food is the first step in fixing our healthcare system. As the cornerstone of health, food will radicalize how we treat and manage conditions. It is the most accessible and affordable way to keep humanity healthy.


Logistics is no longer about physical transportation, it’s about new ways to use technology to connect expertise. Because knowledge-sharing will efficiently propel food into the next generation.


Technology drives positive change. We need to harness the promise of technology while minimizing threats, to reinvent food production and consumption and reduce environmental impact.

Food Security

A lack of food doesn’t cause hunger, peoples’ lack of access does. To solve the hunger problem, we need a customized approach that reinvents how nutritious food gets to the people who need it.

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