Inaugural 2018 Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Class Announced

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“We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Class. Today, in St. Paul, Minn., these companies begin their work solving real problems across the entire food value chain, from food safety to supply chain management and restaurant efficiencies to the upcycling of food waste. The companies join the Techstars worldwide network, which includes more than 1,200 companies across the globe.”

In December, we announced our partnership with Cargill and Ecolab. Our goal is to build a world-class Techstars mentorship-driven Accelerator program focused on helping entrepreneurs solve some of the world’s biggest food challenges. The last six months have been a whirlwind of travel, scouting and meeting with hundreds of exceptional entrepreneurs from across the globe. The entrepreneurs powering these companies traveled to St. Paul from several states across the U.S., India, Canada and Brazil. While in Minnesota, the companies will have access to more than a hundred mentors, including business leaders and subject matter experts from Cargill, Ecolab and our amazing entrepreneurial community.

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and I am excited to jump in to help this outstanding group take their businesses to the next level. The Techstars Farm to Fork 2018 Class:

Big Wheelbarrow – makes it easy for companies to buy from local farms using the power of AI.

dishq – leverages food science and artificial intelligence to predict people’s tastes. We;re helping the industry with key challenges including recommendations and personalization, menu and product development, and insights and trends.

EIO Diagnostics – improves the lives of dairy farmers by early detection of illnesses in their animals.

HeavyConnect – allows every farm to eliminate paper bottle necks, from food safety compliance to hourly
time-keeping.

IFS – Induction Food System’s industrial heating technology helps food and beverage manufacturers improve efficiency and expand production with on-demand precision heating equipment.

pepr –  increases restaurant profitability using data intelligence and automation.

Renewal Mill – is building a more sustainable food system by harvesting byproducts from food manufacturing and upcycling them into high-quality ingredients and delicious products.

TradeLanes –  is a global trade market network thatconnects all trade participants into a single document chain over the lifecycle of an international trade shipment. This “single source of truth” saves exporters 30-80% on supply chain management.

Traive – enables affordable farming loans and profitable investment portfolios through an innovative data-driven credit risk assessment algorithm.

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