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Eight food and agtech startups have been selected to participate in the fall 2019 edition of StartLife Accelerate—a 12-week startup accelerator program in the Netherlands that offers pre-seed funding, business support, and access to corporations and investors. 

From the 50 food and agtech startups who showed interest in the program, the review committee evaluated them on their product and technology, market potential, and their team. For the fall cohort, the committee invited 15 startups to the selection day and the following eight startups made it into the program:

  • Corvus Drones: Specializes in autonomous drone-solutions. It focuses on applications in the agricultural sector—both in the open field and in greenhouses.
  • CubeX: Founded in 2018 in partnership with VNG International and Berytech as a home-scale wastewater and food waste treatment system that allows households in rural and suburban areas to process all their organic waste effortlessly on-site. CubeX is a low-tech system that offers wastewater treatment, irrigation water, fertilizer, and energy recovery all in one small footprint unit.
  • Evja: Micro-climate monitoring supporting open-field farmers. The grower support system is based on smart agriculture sensors, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced agronomic models. It works in open field, protected crops, greenhouses, and vertical farms.
  • Next Generation Sensors: Brings the lab to the farm via a portable mass spectrometer. The Handheld Molecular Contaminants Screener (HMCS) is based on quadrupole mass spectrometry technology. HMCS aims to out-perform previous single/multiple-function portable mass spectrometer sensors with its portability, increased sensitivity, and user friendliness.
  • Parsec Robotics: Developer of robotics technology intended to support services of clean agriculture. The company’s platform offers an exploration into autonomous operation, self-charging solar systems, and modular product design.
  • Sundew: Biological approaches to treating aquatic pests and diseases. Its first platform technology is based on naturally occurring lipopeptides, which have proven efficacious against fish parasites. Modern biological approaches allow the company to develop products that are environmentally benign, climate-friendly, and cost-effective.
  • Zymoptiq: Simplifying enzymatic activity measurements. The Zymoptiq platform offers an analytic tool to characterize, measure, and assay the activities of the enzyme, enabling companies to perform enzymatic tests in an efficient way.
  • Viroteq: Develops and supplies intelligent automation solutions for applications in the industry. Combines its knowledge in agriculture and food with the latest technologies in the field of vision, robotics, and AI, in order to offer new automation solutions and improve existing production processes in terms of product quality, production costs, and efficiency.

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