Post Harvest AgTech Innovations: Sustainability, Digital Solutions, Food Waste, Food Safety

At the event, over 600 global agriculture leaders and entrepreneurs tackled some of the worlds most critical challenges. Held once again under the big tents on historic Main Street Salinas – where the Silicon and Salinas Valleys meet – the Summit will foster lively debate and generate rich networking opportunities. You’ll be introduced to the latest technology startups-to-watch within the global agricultural ecosystem, as we challenge minds to think bigger and bolder.


The THRIVE accelerator culminates in early summer, when startups showcase their products at the THRIVE Demo Day at the Forbes AgTech Summit. Demo Day is an event for 100+ investors, CVCs, tech and food and agriculture corporates, and members of the press to meet and engage with our most recent accelerator startups and network with other top-tier investors, corporate strategists, and press.

when and where

June 26-27 2019, Forbes AgTech Summit, Salinas, CA


Accredited investors

Corporates interested technology and food & agriculture innovation

Press and Media Journalists 

THRIVE alumni, mentors, and ecosystem affiliates

THRIVE farmers and growers  network

THRIVE V Accelerator Cohort


Predictive data analytics and infrared technology for beehives to monitor hive-health.

Leadership: Ellie Symes, CEO

Location: Bloomington, IN

Alesca Life is an agricultural technology company that builds weatherproof, cloud-conected farms to enable local food production by anyone anywhere. The startup was founded in August 2013, and over the past 5 years has developed hardware, IoT and IT products to modernize the agricultural industry and dramatically improve productivity, consistency, and efficiency.


Predictive data analytics and infrared technology for beehives to monitor hive-healt.

Leadership: Ellie Symes, CEO

Location: Bloomington, IN.

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.


Precise irrigation optimization from a comprehensive sensor package.

Leadership: Tushar Dave, CEO 

Location: Berkeley, CA.

FarmX uniquely provides farmers with a complete monitoring and analysis solution that improves productivity immediately. FarmX scales quickly and appeals to all types of farmers with its analytics-services model. FarmX differentiates in its full-spectrum analytics offering which combine PCA, irrigation management, crop advisory services and afverse conditions monitoring into one simple solution.


Leading edge solutions for grain quality and quantity data acquisition, management, connectivity & remote monitoring.

Leadership: Ken Jackson, CEO

Location: Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Intelliconn manufactures and shells leading edge solutions for grain quality and quantity data acquisition and management as well as farm connectivity and remote monitoring and control solutions.


Creating value for food producers by reducing the expense and impact of waste liquids.

Leadership: Karen Schuett, CEO

LocationCalgary, Alberta Canada

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.


Insect pollination solution that curates fly behavior to increase pollination and ensure greater crop yields.

Leadership: Tashia Tucker, CEO

LocationLondon, UK

Olombria uses specific species of flies to supplement bees as primary pollinators, Flies already do about 30% of the world’s pollination, but the Olombria technology substantially increases their effectiveness. They use advanced, natural chemical signaling and mapping technologies to choreograph their behavior, placing them just where the crops need them to be.


Solid-state biosensor technology for food safety testing.

Leadership: Mark Byrne, CEO

LocationColumbus, OH

ProteoSense LLC is commercializing RapidScan, a solid-state biosensor technology for food safety testing. ProteoSense’s high-sensitivity field portable system detects foodborne pathogens wothout incubation, reducing total test time form days to minutes – a 10x improvement over existing test. Partnering with Taylor Farms, a leading producer of fresh-cut vegetables, ProteoSense is developing test for Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli, and Listeria – the primary foodborne pathogens – that can be administered on-site by non-technical personnel.


Autonomous machines for non-invasive, no-herbicide precision weeding using thermal micro-dosing techniques.

Leadership: Xiong Chang, CEO

LocationSan Jose / Salinas Valley

Tensorfield Agriculture is building the next generation of agricultural machines, initially to address three primary concerns of growers worldwide: the cost and availability of labor, the threat of herbicide resistance and the anticipated legislative burdens around using existing herbicides. The science is clear: the only way to mitigate the threat of herbicide resistance is to reduce or end our realiance on them, with the only viable alternative being the development and commercialization of new strategies for weed control.


Technology and data science to inform sustainable management of groundwater.

Leadership: Marian Singer, CEO

Location: Morro Bay, CA and Milwaukee, WI

Wellntel is a groundwater-level monitoring technology and information system company. They sell sensor equipment, field services and cloud-based data services to turn irrigation wells into real-time groundwater supply monitoring points. With Wellntel, farmers and growers get the groundwater supply and seasonal trend data they need to inform operational plans, measure progress and sustainably manage their resource.


prizes and winners

THRIVE-Forbes Innovation Icon Award Winner

Creating value for food producers by reducing the expense and impact of waste liquids.

Sustainability Award

Predictive data analytics and infrared technology for beehives to monitor hive-healt.

Food Safety Award

Solid-state biosensor technology for food safety testing.