Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno-based Brio Agtech, formerly known as Lotpath, was selected to participate in an accelerator program run by Rabobank and San Francisco-based tech campus RocketSpace.
The accelerator program, known as Terra, this week welcomed its inaugural cohort that includes 14 food and agriculture related startups representing five countries — Canada, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the U.S.
The companies were selected from a pool of hundreds of startups for the four-month program, which is broken up by a period of collaboration and instruction with industry experts as well as a product validation period.
This group of startups has the potential to define the future of food and agriculture and it’s our goal to provide the velocity — speed and direction — to help them scale their solutions,” said Ron Yerkes, vice-president of Industry Tech Accelerators at RocketSpace. “It’s going to be an exciting adventure working directly with some of the world’s most progressive corporations.”
Brio Agtech is one of eight California selected to take part in Terra, and is the only one based in the Central Valley.
With offices in the Downtown Fresno Bitwise South Stadium facility, Brio Agtech creates software applications for agriculture customers. For example, one of its apps captures fresh produce inspection data and photos on the farm to help growers decide when and what to harvest, pack, store and ship.
The other participant startups include:
Arc-net (Belfast, UK), Aromyx (Palo Alto, CA, USA), Biomarker.io (San Francisco, CA, USA), Blue Prairie Brands (Scottsbluff, NE, USA), Chinova Bioworks (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada), Clear Labs (Menlo Park, CA, USA), JuiceInnov8 (Bangkok, Thailand), H2HYDROPONICS (Nigran, Pontevedra, Spain), ImpactVision (Mountain View, CA), Kuli Kuli (Oakland, CA, USA), mOasis (Union City, CA, USA), Ripe.io (Summit, NJ, USA) and Trace Genomics (San Francisco, CA, USA).