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The World Economic Forum (WEF) has now announced their selection for the WEF Technology Pioneers 2018. Any listed companies are usually in an early stage, also known as startups. This collection of organizations has been published annually going back to the year 2000. Amongst the previous picks were also companies such as Airbnb, bluebird bio, Bloom Energy, Cyberdyne, Editas Medicine, Foundation Medicine, Google, Kaggle, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Proteus Digital Health, Rethink Robotics, Scribd, Spotify, Twitter,Wikimedia, and others that are nowadays heavyweights in their industry.

The startups that appear in the WEF Technology Pioneers list often work on ground-breaking and disruptive ideas and you should definitely keep an eye on them in the future. The WEF Technology Pioneers 2018 were separated into eight different categories, being Digital & Entertainment, Cyber Security & Digital Identity, Mobility, Energy & Environment, Production, Financial Systems, Health, Food Security & Agriculture. Here’s what they came up with this year:


Digital & Entertainment


Applied Brain Research

  • Description: Compiler, operating system, and applications for next-generation computer chips
  • Headquarters: Waterloo, Canada
  • Chair, co-CEO, and co-Founder: Peter Suma
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.appliedbrainresearch.com

ABR’s mission is to give the world tools and technologies to build the world’s first truly functional service robot control system, an intelligent brain for service robots so they can finally do meaningfully work.


BenevolentAI

  • Description: Development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) for scientific innovation
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Founder and Chairman: Ken Mulvany
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.benevolent.ai

BenevolentAI applies AI to develop new medicines for hard to treat diseases.  The technology aims to lower the costs, decrease failure rates and increase the speed at which medicines are discovered and developed, ensuring patients can affordably receive the right medicines.


Blue Vision Labs

  • Description: Cloud technology for various augmented reality (AR) industry applications
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Co-Founder: Bryan Baum
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.bluevisionlabs.com

We are a collaborative Augmented Reality (AR) company that is enabling the next-generation of AR and robotics. […] We love building things and have a track of winning top programming competitions, research awards, and working on cutting-edge products in robotics, computer vision and self-driving cars.


Casetext

  • Description: Artificial intelligence (AI) for context-aware legal research
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, USA
  • CEO: Jacob Heller
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.casetext.com

Casetext’s mission is to make the law free and understandable. We help attorneys better serve their clients by finding the best cases, faster, all while providing free, public access to our entire database of U.S. law.


Code.org

  • Description: Expanding access to computer science in schools
  • Headquarters: Seattle, USA
  • Founder and CEO: Hadi Partovi
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.code.org

Code.org has launched a global movement to learn computer science, impacted 10% of the world’s students, changed policies in 43 US states, and helped inspire 25 countries to make national plans for computer science.


CognitiveScale

  • Description: Augmented intelligence software to extend human cognitive function
  • Headquarters: Austin, USA
  • Chief Executive Officer: Akshay Sabhikhi
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.cognitivescale.com

CognitiveScale pairs humans and machines to augment and extend human ingenuity. AI has the potential to transform the economy and society by unlocking human potential and creating new opportunities, and we are on a mission to make it happen.


Everledger

  • Description: Digital ledger that tracks and protects valuable assets
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Founder and CEO: Leanne Kemp
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.everledger.io

Everledger harnesses the best of emerging technology for provenance tracking to assert supply chain transparency through an immutable digital ledger. Our goal is to build trust and drive sustainability in global markets for the mitigation of real-world economic, environmental and societal challenges.


Gamalon

  • Description: Artificial intelligence for machines to learn more efficiently
  • Headquarters: Cambridge, USA
  • CEO: Ben Vigoda
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.gamalon.com

Gamalon believes the future is not about AI replacing humans. It will be about machines augmenting human ability. Using Gamalon, organizations and individuals can have personalized conversations with millions of people as fluently as they do with their friends.


Malong Technologies

  • Description: Artificial intelligence for product recognition
  • Headquarters: Shenzhen, China
  • Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Dinglong Huang
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.malong.com

At Malong Technologies, we see great potential for artificial intelligence to bring dramatic improvements to traditional industries, bringing new prosperity and opportunity to communities all over the world, and enabling everyone to share in AI’s benefits.


Narrativ

  • Description: Building renewable link technology to democratize commerce
  • Headquarters: New York, USA
  • Founder and CEO: Shirley Chen
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.narrativ.com

Narrativ’s mission is to create a better internet for journalism and commerce. Link rot is the externality of rapid internet growth – our generation has the unique opportunity to build a sustainable digital future.


Narrative Science

  • Description: An intent-driven system automatically transforming data into intelligent narratives
  • Headquarters: Chicago, USA
  • CEO & Co-Founder: Stuart Frankel
  • Year founded: 2010
  • Website: www.narrrativescience.com

We help enterprises tell stories from their data. By automatically transforming data into insightful, human-sounding language, our technology allows organizations to make better decisions and focus talent on higher-value opportunities.


Petuum

  • Description: A software infrastructure provider enabling artificial intelligence (AI) for enterprises
  • Headquarters: Pittsburgh, USA
  • Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist: Eric Xing
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.petuum.com

Artificial intelligence must become accessible and sustainable to benefit society. Petuum transforms how AI augments enterprises across industries by making the nuts and bolts for AI builders, providing customizable machine learning solutions on any data, for institutions of all sizes.


Primer

  • Description: Machines that can read and write
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, USA
  • Founder and CEO: Sean Gourley
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.primer.ai

By building machines that read and write, Primer is automating the generation of a base layer of human knowledge that updates itself as the world changes. This technology can help teach us and reduce the cost of human curiosity.


Pymetrics

  • Description: Gamified recruiting tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Headquarters: New York, USA
  • Co-Founder and CEO: Frida Polli
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.pymetrics.com

Hiring is broken. Pymetrics is reinventing the process by applying neuroscience games and audited AI to predict the right person for the job, while leveling the playing field for everyone.


SocialCops

  • Description: Data intelligence to clean up unorganized data
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Co-Founder: Prukalpa Sankar
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.socialcops.com

Imagine a world where we use data to catch criminals at the scene of crime, re-route cars in real-time to prevent traffic congestion, predict if a child will drop out of school before even she knows it, and truly improve the lives of billions.


Soul Machines

  • Description: Humanizing computing through the use of artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Headquarters: Auckland, New Zealand
  • COO: Greg Cross
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.soulmachines.com

Our vision at Soul Machines is to humanize artificial intelligence to better humanity. We are creating life-like, emotionally responsive digital humans with their own personalities and character that completely re-imagine how we connect with machines.


ThoughtSpot

  • Description: A search and artificial intelligence (AI)-driven analytics platform
  • Headquarters: Palo Alto, USA
  • CEO and Co-Founder: Ajeet Singh
  • Year founded: 2012
  • Website: www.thoughtspot.com

With ThoughtSpot’s search & AI-driven analytics, the world’s one billion knowledge workers each have the power of 1000 analysts in the palm of their hands, allowing them to search data in the same way they use Google to search the internet.


Vayyar

  • Description: Safe, low-cost 3D imaging sensors used in various applications
  • Headquarters: Yehud, Israel
  • CEO: Raviv Melamed
  • Year founded: 2011
  • Website: www.vayyar.com

Vayyar is pushing through the boundaries of radio frequency technology with 3D imaging sensors that see through walls, map the environment and be integrated into wide range of industries requiring accurate, real-time imaging without the limitations of optics or cameras.


Cyber Security & Digital Identity


Aqua Security

  • Description: Automated full-stack security for platforms and clouds
  • Headquarters: Ramat Gan, Israel
  • CEO & Co-Founder: Dror Davidoff
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.aquasec.com

Aqua Security is reimagining cybersecurity for the age of cloud-native enterprise IT. By baking adaptive security into applications, we break the cycle of never-ending countermeasures that fail to anticipate future threats.


Armis

  • Description: Agentless internet of things (IoT) security platform for enterprises
  • Headquarters: Palo Alto, USA
  • Co-founder and CEO: Yevgeny Dibrov
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.armis.com

The explosion of internet of things (IoT) devices in the workplace has made connected devices the new attack landscape. Devices businesses can’t see or protect. Armis eliminates the IoT security blind spot, solving the biggest security issue facing enterprises today.


Cohesity

  • Description: Platform for hyper-converged secondary storage solutions
  • Headquarters: San Jose, USA
  • CEO & Founder: Mohit Aron
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.cohesity.com

Cohesity is transforming the way organizations manage and extract value from their secondary applications and data by revolutionizing modern data center and cloud operations with a hyperconverged, web-scale, data platform.


CUJO AI

  • Description: Software and firmware solutions for gateway and cloud infrastructure
  • Headquarters: El Segundo, USA
  • CEO: Einaras von Gravrock
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.cujo.com

CUJO AI delivers revolutionary machine learning technology to network operators. Together, we ensure that the connected experience is safe, private and seamless everywhere in the world.


EVRYTHNG

  • Description: Digital identity and data management for consumer products
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Co-Founder & CEO: Niall Murphy
  • Year founded: 2011
  • Website: www.evrythng.com

EVRYTHNG is an IoT platform for digital identity and data management, enabling manufacturers to deliver digital services direct to consumers through the physical product and to enforce brand integrity through increased supply chain visibility and intelligence.


Horizon State

  • Description: A decentralized engagement and decision-making platform
  • Headquarters: McKinnon, Australia
  • CEO: Oren Alazraki
  • Year founded: 2017
  • Website: www.horizonstate.com

Horizon State is closing the gap between individual ideas and collective action. Our platform unlocks the power of communities to improve the quality of collaborative decision-making outcomes and drive meaningful progress forward.


Juvo

  • Description: Mobile identity scoring for financial and digital access
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, USA
  • CEO: Steve Polsky
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.juvo.com

Juvo uses sophisticated data science to empower the billions of unbanked people around the world to create financial identities and access financial services – all through their everyday interactions with their mobile phone.


QuintessenceLabs

  • Description: Quantum-based cybersecurity solutions
  • Headquarters: Canberra, Australia
  • Founder and CEO: Vikram Sharma
  • Year founded: 2008
  • Website: www.quintessencelabs.com

Safeguarding our most valuable resource, information, has never been more critical. QuintessenceLabs harnesses the power of deep quantum science, making the strongest data security accessible to enterprises and government agencies.


XM Cyber

  • Description: A cybersecurity platform to identify all attack vectors
  • Headquarters: Herzelyia, Israel
  • Co-Founder and CEO: Noam Erez
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.xmcyber.com

XM Cyber is committed to continuously expose attack vectors that go under the radar of protective measures and prioritize remediation. This automated purple team, combining red and blue teams’ processes, ensures organizations are always one step ahead of the hackers.


Mobility


Bestmile

  • Description: Cloud platform to optimize autonomous vehicle fleets
  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors: Raphael Gindrat
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.bestmile.com

Bestmile enables the new autonomous, shared mobility services that make transportation safe, efficient, and affordable for all, and that relieve the congestion and pollution that threaten the health and quality of life of people in the world’s cities.


Delair

  • Description: Commercial drone solutions to digitize physical assets into business insights
  • Headquarters: Labège, France
  • Co-Founder and CEO: Michael de Lagarde
  • Year founded: 2011
  • Website: www.delair.aero

Aerial intelligence collected and analyzed by Delair’s drone solutions is making a difference in improving business efficiencies, providing unprecedented insights into the physical world, and helping solve critical environmental, agricultural and safety challenges that will improve our lives.


Drive.ai

  • Description: Artificial intelligence (AI) software for autonomous vehicles using deep learning
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, USA
  • CEO: Sameep Tandon
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.drive.ai

Drive.ai uses artificial intelligence to create self-driving systems that improve the state of mobility today. We work with public and private partners to solve transportation challenges quickly and safely, with geofenced self-driving solutions.


H55

  • Description: Electric propulsion systems for efficient and affordable aviation technology
  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Co-Founder and Executive Chairman: André Borschberg
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.h55.ch

H55 develops electric airplanes which will change and improve the way we live and move, addressing all the critics made towards traditional combustion aircrafts by making air transport quieter, clean, affordable and safer.


Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

  • Description: A global crowd-powered organization developing Hyperloop technologies
  • Headquarters: Culver City, USA
  • Co-Founder and Chairman: Bibop Gresta
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.hyperloop.global

In transportation there are iterations, and then there are breakthroughs. Hyperloop is a breakthrough. Together we can build the quickest, safest, and most environmentally friendly mode of transportation on the planet.


Innoviz Technologies

  • Description: High-resolution, solid-state light detection and ranging solutions for autonomous vehicles
  • Headquarters: Kfar Saba, Israel
  • CEO & Co-Founder: Omer Keilaf
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.innoviz.tech

Innoviz is enabling autonomous vehicle revolution by providing a groundbreaking solid-state LiDAR that delivers on all of the automotive industry’s needs for performance, reliability, cost, compact size and product maturity, thus ensuring a comprehensive mass-market solution.


Peloton Technology

  • Description: Driver-assistive truck platooning technology
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, USA
  • CEO and Founder: Josh Switkes
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.peloton-tech.com

Driver assistive truck platooning is a technology that directly impacts two of the largest expenses in trucking; fuel and collision expenses. Peloton PlatoonPro positively impacts both, improving fuel economy by over 7% while improving safety with connected braking.


Energy & Environment


Cadenza Innovation

  • Description: Low-cost, high-capacity cell design for lithium-ion energy storage systems
  • Headquarters: Wilton, USA
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Christina Lampe-Onnerud
  • Year founded: 2012
  • Website: www.cadenzainnovation.com

Global access to cheap, safe and compact batteries will help power the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Cadenza Innovation’s novel battery platform establishes a new paradigm when compared to traditional battery price-performance metrics, design and manufacturing.


Grid Singularity

  • Description: Open, decentralized energy data exchange platform
  • Headquarters: Berlin, Germany
  • Co-Founder and COO: Ana Trbovich
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.gridsingularity.com

Grid Singularity is sprinting to reassemble the energy market with blockchain, creating a sustainable transactive grid of empowered people and smart devices.


ME SOLshare

  • Description: Decentralized peer-to-peer microgrids
  • Headquarters: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Managing Director: Sebastian Groh
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.me-solshare.com

Being able to share solar electricity peer-to-peer, changes the economics of energy access fundamentally. It also empowers communities. SOLshare is advancing at high speed towards a world fueled by the 5 D’s: Decentralization, Decarbonization, Digitization, Democratization & Disruption.


Plataforma Verde

  • Description: Software as a service for online solid waste management
  • Headquarters: São Paulo, Brazil
  • CEO and Rebel Leader: Chicko Sousa
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.plataformaverde.com.br

We are a service company, providing technology solutions by Saas (Software as a Service). Our team has great expertise in the solid waste, recycling and reverse engineering materials market. We are also experts in innovative technology solutions for waste management tools.


Raycatch

  • Description: A software application to maximize energy productivity
  • Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • CEO: Haggai Hoffland
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.raycatch.com

Hardware has done its duty in the energy industry, now it’s data time. Raycatch utilizes data on a prescriptive analytics Software-as-a-Service platform to drive the solar energy market.


Utilis

  • Description: Identifying water by analysing satellite imagery
  • Headquarters: Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel
  • CEO: Elly Perets
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.utiliscorp.com

Utilis is helping preserve the most basic element needed for human life on earth…drinking water.  Through satellite technology, we bring the business of detecting pipe leaks into the twenty-first century.


Watergen

  • Description: Pulling clean and safe drinking water from the air
  • Headquarters: Rishon LeZion, Israel
  • Executive Chairman: Maxim Pasik
  • Year founded: 2009
  • Website: www.water-gen.com

Watergen’s mission is to eradicate the global water crisis and ensure every human being has access to the most premium quality drinking water possible. Our water-from-air solution will save millions of lives, prevent water access-based conflict, and eliminate unnecessary pollution from plastic waste.


Production


Fetch Robotics

  • Description: Collaborative autonomous mobile robots for commercial and industrial environments
  • Headquarters: San Jose, USA
  • CEO: Melonee Wise
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.fetchrobotics.com

Through advanced autonomous robots that are simple to deploy and safe to use, Fetch Robotics is changing the way businesses think about material handling and logistics. It’s no longer robots or humans; it’s robots and humans.


Modern Meadow

  • Description: Biofabrication to develop new leather materials
  • Headquarters: Nutley, USA
  • Co-Founder and CEO: Andras Forgacs
  • Year founded: 2011
  • Website: www.modernmeadow.com

We are entering the new material age of biofabrication. By uniting design, biology, and materials science, Modern Meadow creates materials with novel design and performance possibilities, without the need to compromise between quality and sustainability.


Precognize

  • Description: A predictive maintenance software for the process industry
  • Headquarters: Tirat Carmel, Israel
  • CEO and Co-Founder: Chen Linchevski
  • Year founded: 2011
  • Website: www.precog.co

We envision the industry completing the digital transformation. The change is incremental. Initially, traditional industry has to gain trust in the digital solutions, but eventually, most of the failures will be predicted saving casualties, money, and environmental damage.


Seismic

  • Description: Powering clothing through the integration of apparel and robotics
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, USA
  • Co-Founder and CEO: Richard Mahoney
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.myseismic.com

Seismic is on a mission to make a practical super suit a reality with Powered Clothing: intelligent, wearable strength apparel, that can be worn comfortably under clothes to dramatically improve quality of life for millions of people.


Soft Robotics

  • Description: Robotic technology to mimic the dexterity of the human hand
  • Headquarters: Cambridge, USA
  • CEO: Carl Vause
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.softroboticsinc.com

Soft Robotics is revolutionizing robotic automation to feed the world and ensure industrial productivity for all markets. We build automation solutions that can grasp items with the same dexterity as the human hand, solving previously off-limits automation challenges for labor-starved industries.


Tulip Interfaces

  • Description: Digital manufacturing enhanced with work instruction apps
  • Headquarters: Somerville, USA
  • CEO: Natan Linder
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.tulip.co

Industry 4.0 has left behind the people in manufacturing. Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform is bringing them back to the center, enabling them to collect relevant data, so they can be more productive and continuously improve.


Financial Systems


BitPesa

  • Description: Digital financial solutions from and for emerging markets
  • Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya
  • CEO and Founder: Elizabeth Rossiello
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.bitpesa.co

By increasing financial liquidity for frontier markets, BitPesa’s products empower companies and individuals to grow past their borders.  To support frontier markets’ accelerating development, we must create hybrid financial infrastructure that is equally accessible and efficient.


Melonport

  • Description: Open-source blockchain software for digital asset managers
  • Headquarters: Zug, Switzerland
  • CEO and Co-Founder: Mona El Isa
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.melonport.com

We are excited by our vision of lower financial barriers to entry for aspiring asset managers, greater financial independence for society’s savers, and the provision of a safe and secure platform to further the adoption of a nascent asset class.


OnlinePajak

  • Description: An application to handle corporate taxes and administration faster
  • Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia
  • CEO and Founder: Charles Guinot
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.online-pajak.com

The OnlinePajak vision will remain the same, to contribute for a better Indonesia through the enhancement of tax revenues by building efficiencies and trust: we are simplifying tax management through our free single-platform solution.


Ovamba Solutions

  • Description: Funding trade and commodities in emerging markets, including Africa
  • Headquarters: Chevy Chase, USA
  • Co-Founder and President: Viola Llewellyn
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.ovamba.com

We believe that SME finance is not just about capital.  It is about creating an ethical ecosystem to promote growth, diversity and real generational wealth for all African entrepreneurs.


Suade Labs

  • Description: Regulation-as-a-service on a software platform for financial institutions
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • CEO and Co-Founder: Diana Paredes
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.suade.org

Suade offers financial institutions a platform designed for the future of data-driven regulation. Our aim is to prevent the next financial crisis by building the software pipes and tools necessary for a new digital regulatory era.


WaystoCap

  • Description: Marketplace for businesses to trade goods in Africa
  • Headquarters: Casablanca, Morocco
  • CEO & Co-Founder: Niama El Bassunie
  • Year founded: 2015
  • Website: www.waystocap.com

WaystoCap is helping African businesses grow and trade internationally. We have built an online marketplace based around trust, verification, and security so African SMBs can buy and sell globally.


Health


1928 Diagnostics

  • Description: An online platform providing bioinformatic analysis of genome sequencing
  • Headquarters: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Founder, CEO: Kristina Lagerstedt
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.1928diagnostics.com

Quote: Antibiotic resistance is a major threat against humanity. 1928D is dedicated to fight antibiotic resistance and increase control of infectious disease – ultimately saving lives. This is accomplished by providing an online platform for automated and powerful DNA data analysis.


CarePay

  • Description: Platform for health financing and delivery in Africa
  • Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya
  • CEO: Kees Van Lede
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.carepay.co.ke

CarePay’s M-TIBA platform streamlines the management of large-scale health financing schemes. It supports greater penetration of health financing through fast, simple and cost effective enrolment via any mobile device.


Color Genomics

  • Description: Democratizing access to high-quality genetic information
  • Headquarters: Burlingame, USA
  • Co-Founder and CEO: Othman Laraki
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.color.com

Throughout our lives, we make millions of choices that will determine how long and healthily we live. Color is making it possible for everyone to put data from their own bodies to work helping them live their healthiest possible life.


uBiome

  • Description: Transforming the microbiome into services to improve people’s lives
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, USA
  • Co-Founder and CEO: Jessica Richman
  • Year founded: 2012
  • Website: www.ubiome.com

uBiome’s mission is to advance the science of the microbiome to improve human life. As the leader in microbial genomics, we are committed to improving the quality of health and wellness worldwide.


Food Security & Agriculture


Agrosmart

  • Description: Agronomic models based on seed genetics, soil type, microclimate data
  • Headquarters: São Paulo, Brazil
  • CEO & Co-founder: Mariana Vasconcelos
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Website: www.agrosmart.com.br/en

We use Digital Agriculture to translate nature and unleash the power of data in food production. From research and development to the Food Industry, we deliver intelligence through the agricultural value chain, promoting a more sustainable and climate-resilient farming.


Apeel Sciences

  • Description: Plant-derived technologies to reduce food waste and increase food access
  • Headquarters: Goleta, USA
  • Founder and CEO: James Rogers
  • Year founded: 2012
  • Website: www.apeel.com

At Apeel, we’re developing plant-derived technology that mitigates food waste and reduces reliance on the cold chain, with the vision of helping create new market linkages and ensuring food security and opportunity for more people.


My Crop Technologies

  • Description: A machine learning-based collaborative platform to support farmers
  • Headquarters: Ahmedabad, India
  • Chief Executive Officer & Founder: Deepak Pareek
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Website: www.mycrop.tech

MyCrop is a Technology enabled platform that uses Artificial Intelligence to empower farmers by delivering them Insights, Expertise and Resources at their doorsteps to increase their Productivity & Profitability hence improving their Standard of Living.


Plenty

  • Description: Indoor vertical farming using optimized resources
  • Headquarters: South San Francisco, USA
  • CEO: Matt Barnard
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Website: www.plenty.ag

Just minutes from people rather than weeks, Plenty’s indoor farms grow clean, delicious, nutritious fruits and vegetables year-round. The world has run out of land to economically grow produce and this new way is vital to human and planet health.


There’s quite a lot of innovation going on here with these companies. Some of them have impressive websites, others have just simple ones. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Some startups have very simple websites because they focus entirely on changing the world. That’s a good thing.

Did you find any of these startups listed here outstanding in a particular way? I’d be delighted to hear about your thoughts. Drop us a line below in the comments. Many thanks!


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