FruitSpec a finalist in the Radicle Automation Challenge

Four Technology Startups Chosen to Compete for $250,000 Minimum Investment in Inaugural Ag Automation Competition

Western Growers and Radicle Growth have selected the four finalists who will be competing in the inaugural Radicle Automation Challenge for a minimum of $250,000 in investment capital and exclusive access to farm acreage to pilot their technologies.

On June 26, 2018, these four agtech start-up companies will pitch their technologies to a panel of investors, corporate partners and agricultural pioneers who will decide whether and how much to invest. The winner will be announced during the pitch session and officially presented with an award later that evening during the Western Growers’ Innovation Showcase Dinner at the Forbes AgTech Summit.

The following are the four companies—who are developing technologies that improve on-farm efficiencies and inventing automation to help relieve agriculture’s labor shortage—selected to compete in the Radicle Automation Challenge:

  • FruitSpec: FruitSpec provides a highly accurate fruit yield estimation from the early immature green fruit stage when critical decisions are made.
  • Augean Robotics: Augean Robotics builds Burro, a robot that follows pickers and functions as virtual conveyor belt between pick points and collection points.
  • Ganaz: Ganaz helps farms recruit and engage with their workforce.
  • GroGuru: GroGuru has a 100 percent wireless underground sensor that is able to transmit from as far below ground as six feet.

Western Growers (WG) represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. In December 2015, WG opened an agtech incubator — the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology — in Salinas, California.

Radicle Growth is a San Diego-based acceleration fund that selects innovative ag and food tech startups for investment, ensuring that powerful, disruptive technologies reach their full potential. See the full announcement about the “final four” from Radicle Growth.

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