Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the agriculture sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising integrated farming startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Integrated Farming Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of agriculture. For this research, we identified 121 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies are chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative integrated farming solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 121 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
BIGH Farms – Aquaponics
As the name suggests, integrated farming brings together multiple agricultural processes to make it more sustainable. This enables a circular production where wastes from one step are fed into another. For instance, aquaponics combines aquaculture with hydroponics. The waste produced by farmed fish provides nutrients for hydroponically grown plants.
BIGH Farms is a Belgian startup that develops aquaponics solutions for urban agriculture. The startup installs aquaponic farms on existing buildings and relies on rainwater and waste energy from them for sustenance. The solution hosts the fish and the plants separately in two closed-loop systems. The startup currently produces tomatoes, herbs, and fish using this solution.
INTAG Systems – On-Site Nutrient Production
An adequate and balanced supply of nutrients is crucial to healthy crops, particularly in controlled agriculture systems. On-site nutrient production integrates nutrient supply solutions with another common challenge in agriculture, waste management. Repurposing waste as nutrients promotes circular and sustainable agriculture, and also reduces costs.
The US-based startup INTAG Systems offers organic nutrient solutions for modern agriculture. The startup installs and licenses fertilizer delivery systems for vertical farming and controlled agriculture. The startup’s bio-digestion technologies also recycle and recirculate nutrient waste streams. These solutions help farmers reduce their dependence on synthetic additives and chemicals.
AgroPro – Integrated Pest Management
Many insects and fungal species are agricultural pests and destroy large amounts of crops globally. Integrated pest management addresses this issue, but focuses on sustainable solutions that aim to control, rather than eradicate, pest populations. These include cultural solutions, such as crop rotation or changes in irrigation practices, or biological controls.
AgroPro is a Brazilian startup that offers a solution for integrated pest management. The AgroPro Monitor enables users to estimate the insect populations for an area and adjust production accordingly. This allows the precise and timely application of biopesticides to increase their effectiveness and prevent pesticide-resistance in insects.
Agenso – Water Management
Agriculture takes up a large fraction of the global freshwater consumption. As freshwater becomes scarcer, water management is imperative to feed the growing world population. Solutions today offer more than optimized irrigation to include conservation of soil, land, and ecosystems, such as drainage and watershed management.
Greek startup Agenso provides the internet of things (IoT) solutions for enabling precision agriculture. The startup develops online monitoring and controlling platforms for water loops, as well as an automated irrigation scheduling system. This solution enables and improves food as well as water security.
Tanibox – Precision Farming Software
Precision agriculture is a trend in farm management that seeks to make farming more precise, controlled, and bountiful. Satellites and other data-capture technologies provide granular insights on farmlands. This, in turn, enables precise interventions that lower resource utilization while leading to higher yield.
Tanibox is an Estonian startup that offers satellite-enabled solutions for integrated farming. The startup’s precision farming software provides virtual field surveys and water stress monitoring. These solutions lower fertilizer costs and also increase yields per growing cycle.
What About The Other 116 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence that enables you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 integrated farming startups showcased above are promising examples out of 121 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.