Meet the 2017 Finalists

Thank you to all the teams that submitted applications for the second Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize. Our judges selected seven teams this year from an incredibly diverse and inspiring set of applications. The teams are paired with mentors to refine their ideas and present their business plans at the Award Ceremony.

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the Prize:

  • Preserve-air is a smartly designed temporary storage room that aims to reduce the counter effects of sun on crops while they sit idle on fields after harvest.

  • Cambridge Crops is a biotechnology company focused in agriculture applications. They have developed an edible and natural biomaterial coating that dramatically extends the shelf life of perishable foods such as fruits and vegetables by up to 50%.

  • Rooted aims to combat environmental degradation by introducing and normalizing the consumption of algae, in the form of familiar snack foods, as a sustainable and nutritious alternative to animal protein.

  • AquaOne Technologies innovates at the intersection of water and food, with a particular focus on novel water desalination technology tailored for agriculture, smart nutrient delivery mechanisms, real-time monitoring, and dynamic yield optimization.

  • WISRAN improves profits for growers by measuring and analyzing live the time, cost and effectiveness of their farming activities.

  • Foodfully seeks to reduce household food waste. The app links with grocery store loyalty cards and scans receipts to track food purchases in order to notify users before food goes bad, provide recipes, and show users waste reduction tips.

  • Spray that Stays helps farmers drastically cut down on the amount of pesticides waste and thereby lowers the farmer’s costs and reduces pollution.


Contact food-ag-prize@mit.edu with any questions.