Heidenhain Corporation Joins THRIVE AgTech as Latest Partner

SAN FRANCISCO (September 24, 2018) — SVG Partners announced today that the leading manufacturer of precision measurement and control equipment, HEIDENHAIN, is the latest corporate partner to join its THRIVE AgTech Venture & Innovation Platform.

 

The partnership with HEIDENHAIN, a leader of innovative precision measurement and motion control systems for medical, general automation, electronics, and agriculture applications, will leverage the firm’s extensive expertise to advance early stage and growth stage technologies aimed at the agriculture sector.

 

“We are committed to providing functional, easy to operate technology to our customers, and with THRIVE’s view to innovative agriculture technology companies, the partnership with SVG Partners helps us to achieve this,” said Tom Wyatt, HEIDENHAIN Director of Marketing and Communications.

 

“We are delighted to welcome HEIDENHAIN to the THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform,” said SVG Partners and THRIVE founder John Hartnett.

 

The SVG-THRIVE AgTech platform aims to connect promising startups and partners like HEIDENHAIN with new technologies and scale them across the corporate value chain. In addition to its full suite of encoders, controls and other precision measurement solutions for the manufacturing, electronics and medical industries, HEIDENHAIN is pushing the boundaries of advanced system capabilities through its development of innovation including high performance robotics controls and components in sectors such as agriculture, pulp and paper, forest and wood processing and aggregate and mining equipment.

“HEIDENHAIN is proud to be a member of the THRIVE community and we are looking forward to partnering with the other corporate and academia members,” said  Wyatt. “I don’t think most people realize the global challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. Our goal is to advance the effort with our motion control enabling technology.”

This week HEIDENHAIN leaders Chris Weber, Senior Sales Director and Jonathan Dougherty, Product Manager for Automation Products, along with Wyatt will join the SVG Partners team at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Summit, which is being held in the Midwest for the first time, brings together experts and innovators from the food and agriculture industries to showcase new technologies and industry insights.

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About HEIDENHAIN
DR. JOHANNES  HEIDENHAIN GmbH, headquartered in Traunreut, Germany, develops and supports motion control feedback solutions for the machine tool, semiconductor, electronics assembly and test, metrology, automation, medical, energy, biotechnology and other global markets. HEIDENHAIN employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide in its core business activities. The North American subsidiary is HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, and San Jose, CA, and has been serving the U.S. industry for over 50 years. www.heidenhain.us

 

About SVG Partners and THRIVE

Since 2011, SVG Partners has been building a global AgTech innovation platform that accelerates, invests, and works with entrepreneurs, investors, and Fortune 500 food, agriculture, and technology corporations. Founded in 2014, THRIVE AgTech’s mission is to solve key industry challenges, test technologies in the field and across the supply chain, and build partnerships across the ecosystem in order to shorten the time it takes to bring innovation to market. SVG Partners is based in Silicon Valley, California.

www.thriveagtech.com

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Wilbur-Ellis Becomes Latest Partner to Join THRIVE

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 7, 2018SVG 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.

“THRIVE has been very successful in building a platform that attracts and catalyses emerging agriculture technology from around the globe,” said Wilbur-Ellis’ Corporate Vice President of Business Development Mike Wilbur. “Our objective is to invest in and infuse our distribution and agronomy capabilities into these companies, making them available to our customers looking to bring new technology into their daily operations.”

As one of the world’s premier leaders in agriculture marketing and supply distribution, Wilbur-Ellis is well-positioned to deliver new solutions at its agribusiness retail locations. “Using our presence – in over 160 branches, with 700 agronomists touching around 300 crops in the U.S. alone – we can quickly prove new, targeted technologies in order to maximize the efficiency and profit of our customers,” said Wilbur. “We are interested in fostering and accelerating this technology through our extensive testing and research facilities, as well as through our marketing and distribution capabilities.”

The SVG-THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform aims to create an interface between promising startups and corporate partners like Wilbur-Ellis to test new products in the field, across the supply chain and determine which technologies deliver a return on investment. “We are pleased to welcome Wilbur-Ellis to the THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform,” said SVG Partners CEO and THRIVE founder John Hartnett. “Wilbur-Ellis has long been a leader in agriculture products and distribution and we look forward to leveraging their deep domain expertise and extensive reach to help new technologies get to market faster.”

 

About the Wilbur-Ellis Companies

Founded in 1921, the Wilbur-Ellis companies are leading international marketers and distributors of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. By developing strong relationships, making strategic market investments and capitalizing on new opportunities, the Wilbur-Ellis companies have continued to grow the business with sales now over $3 billion. Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness generates more than $2 billion in sales revenue annually and has over 160 branch locations throughout the U.S. www.wilburellis.com

About SVG Partners-THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform

The THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform works with leading corporations, startups, universities, and growers to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. THRIVE hosts a highly selective program for seed and growth stage AgTech and FoodTech startups, providing investment, top-tier mentorship, trials, and go to market support and in addition provides advisory and corporate open innovation services to the largest agriculture and technology companies. THRIVE was launched in 2014 by Silicon Valley Global Partners (SVG Partners), a venture, innovation and advisory firm based in Silicon Valley, CA. www.svgpartners.com www.thriveagtech.com

SVG Partners Announce THRIVE IV Accelerator Cohort and Latest Corporate Partners

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 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 Agriscience, Driscoll’s Berries, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory, Produce Marketing Assocation, Sun World Innovations, Orrick, JV Smith, and Turatti.

THRIVE’s partnership with Coca Cola aims to sustainably source 100% of the Fortune 500 brand’s priority agricultural ingredients by 2020 and build a healthy agricultural supply chain. In order to meet the expectations of its consumers, customers, and stakeholders, Coca Cola is committed to finding new innovation that protects land and other natural resources in the communities it operates in and sustainably source agricultural ingredients at the core of its products. The partnership between SVG Partners and Wilbur-Ellis, 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 through the company’s extensive testing and research facilities, as well as through their marketing and distribution capabilities.

Selected from 200 applications from 30 geographies around the globe,  the THRIVE IV cohort will receive $900K investment- divided between each of the nine companies. The finalists will be showcased before THRIVE corporate partners, investors, growers and agriculture leaders at the historic Salinas firehouse for the THRIVE Innovation Showcase, a celebration highlighting the city’s agtech economic development strategy launched in 2012 in partnership with SVG Partners. THRIVE alumni and other AgTech companies with office space at the Western Growers Innovation Center will also showcase during the evening. John Hartnett, CEO and Founder of SVG Partners and the THRIVE Venture & Innovation platform said:

“Tonight’s celebration is a tribute to the world class AgTech hub brought to life over the course of the past five years with the help of the City of Salinas and local industry leaders from Taylor Farms, Driscoll’s Berries, JVSmith, and Western Growers Association, as well as Coca Cola, Wilbur-Ellis, Land O’Lakes, Trimble, Wells Fargo, Forbes, Verizon, and others. Together, we have created a globally recognizable agtech hub in the Salinas region, made up of the THRIVE accelerator and fund, marquee events like the Forbes AgTech Summit, educational programming including Coder Dojo, Digital Nest and Young Innovators, as well as workforce programs launched out of CSUMB and Hartnell College.”

 

Over the course of the 10-week accelerator program, kicked off tonight at seed camp and culminating with THRIVE’s Demo Day at the Forbes Agtech Summit, companies will be provided live and virtual coaching covering go-to-market strategy, supply chain, field deployment, fundraising and global expansion. Additionally, each company will have access to horticulture, supply chain, and business domain expertise as part of paired mentor meetings, co-working space at the Western Grower’s Innovation Center in Salinas, CA, field trials with partners and growers, global press and media during the Forbes AgTech Summit and Demo Day, legal advice provided by Orrick, access to AWS and Hubspot, and initial seed capital. Following seed camp, companies will remain in the Bay Area to travel between the Silicon and Salinas Valleys for introductions to field and supply chain operations at Taylor Farms and Driscoll’s Berries, as well as visit technology partners in Silicon Valley.

“Each year, we are continually impressed with the acumen and innovation of our startup teams” John Hartnett said, “we are excited to help develop the next generation of agtech technology and scale it through our platform, partners and mentors in the coming months.”

Introducing the THRIVE IV cohort- 2018

Agronow

Headquartered: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Agronow is a technology-based company working in agricultural yields mapping and forecasting. It combines decades of satellite imagery with proprietary yield mapping algorithms, agronomic indexes, artificial intelligence and augmented reality in order to provide crucial intelligence related to risk/credit scoring and monitoring, qualified lead generation, and farm management for banks, insurance companies, agricultural inputs conglomerates, cooperatives, agronomists, and growers. The methodology developed is directly connected to the FoodTech market as it was born as a tool that increases yield or reduces inputs by enhancing the information base of any field in the world using remote sensing and field data. It can monitor the development of productive areas and the commercial stage of the products, as well as provide analysis of potential markets.

 

Aker

Headquartered: Chicago, IL

Aker is a Midwest-based startup accelerating the adoption of precision farming around the globe. To date, the company has developed patented sensors, software and service solutions for detecting pests, diseases and fertility issues inside the canopy of crop fields of at least 80 acres of tillable land, on a global basis. The company’s approach combines aerial images, biometrics with environmental analysis for farm retailers, chemical suppliers and agronomists to help growers use chemicals more efficiently, as well as find spots to improve drainage and identify crop-smothering weeds.

 

Augean Robotics (AGR)

Headquartered: Philadelphia, PA

AGR develops labor-saving robots for farmers. The company’s product, Burro, is a robotic cart that follows pickers like a dog, and can run back down a row to be emptied at a collection point. With Burro, hand-pickers can pick continuously, no longer wasting upwards of 30% of their time running picked produce from pick point to collection point. The Burro has a 26-inch by 48-inch chassis and comes with a two-wheel and a four-wheel drive option. The two-wheel Burro can carry 300 pounds and the four-wheel drive up to 450 pounds. Burros are powered by sealed lead acid batteries, have a top speed of five miles per hour, and can travel up to 15 miles on a charge.

 

Boost Biomes

Headquartered: San Francisco, CA

Boost Biomes is a microbiome company focused on harnessing the power of microbiomes which play a critical role in areas ranging from agriculture to human and animal health. Boost Biomes believes that harnessing their potential will be imperative to a future of sustainability on a fixed planet. The company has a proprietary discovery platform that uses high-throughput sequencing, selective enrichment and advanced informatics to identify microbial products with important commercial roles. This approach is faster and less expensive than traditional approaches and uniquely identifies multi-microbial products which are often more effective than single microbe products.

 

Intrinsyx

Headquartered: Los Altos, CA

Intrinsyx is a company commercializing 20+ years of peer-reviewed plant microbiome research from a leading academic lab at University of Washington, as well as additional research from NASA. The product is a specialized microbe that has proven to fix nitrogen aerobically throughout the inside of plants as well as improve yield, N and P efficiency, and abiotic & biotic stress tolerance.

 

Napigen

Headquartered: Delaware

Napigen is addressing unmet needs of future food supplies by creating hybrid crop plants to boost yields to unprecedented levels. The company’s hybridization technology allows the production of non-GM hybrid seeds in crop plants that are currently mostly non-hybrid such as wheat- a market which has a potential value of US$20B in the world agriculture market alone.  Napigen’s technology creates robust male sterile lines, so-called CMS lines, by editing mitochondrial genomes. These lines are ideal over conventional male sterile lines because of their stability and elite backgrounds. They are also non-GM equivalent, produced without Agrobacterium transformation. The hybrid seed produced by the company’s solution is expected to fulfill the highest level of public acceptance, which is highly critical for the future of agriculture to support food supplies in the world.

 

 

Orbis MES Ltd.

Headquartered: Dublin, Ireland

Orbis MES Ltd. is a software and systems integration company based in Dublin, Ireland, established in 2011 to provide Smart Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to the global food and beverage industry. Orbis MES focuses specifically on dairy, brewing and distilling in order to drive performance and production outcomes. Orbis OPSTM solution- which has built up a blue-chip customer base including Dean Foods and Dairy Farmers of America- provides manufacturers with operations and performance management functionality to effectively plan, schedule, execute, track, analyze, report and improve production processes. The Orbis OPSTM Solution provides a data-hub and associated analytics to the enterprise which is central to the evolution of food and beverage to industrial internet of things (IIOT).

 

Persistence Data Mining

Headquartered: Mount Auburn, IL

Famers currently rely on soil sampling to make decisions which affect 32% of their input costs. Through the use of remote sensors, Persistence Data Mining’s patent pending process and proprietary algorithms are able to collect more data sets per acre to refine the fertilizer prescriptions maps faster, easier and at a lower cost than traditional methods. The company’s vision is to support fertilizer efficiency that helps farmers increase crop yields, optimize input costs, and protect the environment with its product SMARTSOILTM.

 

Re-Nuble

Headquartered: Brookyln, NY

Re-Nuble uses an inexpensive, patent pending process to transform food waste into chemical free, organic nutrients for both soil based and hydroponic cultivation. The company is focused on the commercialization of technologies that optimize plant nutrition sourced from food waste. The company’s unique advantage is that it reclaims raw materials needs from food waste and recreates standard chemical fertilizer products at locations closer to the farmers it sources and supplies to.

 

 

 

About The SVG Partners-THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform

The THRIVE Venture & Innovation Platform works with leading corporations, startups, universities, and growers to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. THRIVE hosts a highly selective program for seed and growth stage AgTech and FoodTech startups, providing investment, top-tier mentorship, trials, and go to market support and in addition provides advisory and corporate open innovation services to the largest agriculture and technology companies. THRIVE was launched in 2014 by Silicon Valley Global Partners (SVG Partners), an venture, innovation and advisory firm based in Silicon Valley, CA. www.svgpartners.com www.thriveagtech.com

Media contact: Emily Breslin, Emily.Breslin@SVGPartners.Com