At the event, over 600 global agriculture leaders and entrepreneurs tackled some of the worlds most critical challenges. 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.

about the event

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 open to Forbes AgTech Summit attendees, who include 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, agriculture leaders, corporate strategist, and press.

about Forbes Agtech Summit

Now in its fifth year, the 2019 Forbes AgTech Summit convened the world’s preeminent leaders who are innovating to transform the global food system using technology. Forbes AgTech 2019 showcased cutting-edge developments in the field, and to bring together a community of leaders who are building solutions to one of the world’s most pressing concerns.


Each summer at the Forbes Agtech Summit in June in Salinas, CA

Date:  June 26-27, 2019

Location: Salinas, CA


  • Active, accredited investors
  • Corporates at a large technology companies and food & agriculture brands
  • Major press outlets
  • THRIVE alumni, mentors, and ecosystem affiliates
  • THRIVE farmers network




Creates next-gen urban farming solutions (i.e. shipping containers) using advanced software technology.

Leadership: Tsuyoshi Stuart Oda, CEO / Location: China

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. They leverage our deep manufacturing ties in Shenzhen, China to iterate fast and produce robots that can scale to multiple geographies and crop types: robots that they believe are the future of maintaining our ongoing supply of safe, sustainable fresh food.


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.


SVG-THRIVE is the leading agri-food innovation ecosystem, comprised of top agriculture, food & technology corporations, universities and investors, With a community of over 1,500 startups from 67 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled acces for entrepreneurs to scale globally. SVG Ventures-THRIVE is based in Silicon Valley, California.



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