Meet the 2018 Finalists

Thank you to all the teams that submitted applications for the second Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize. Our judges selected eight 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 final pitch event on May 2nd.

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the Prize:

  • QuantiSoil - point-of-use soil testing system that enables smallholder farmers to measure soil nutrients without depending on laboratories and to optimize fertilizer application to maximize returns

  • Proventus - helps small and medium farmers to access affordable loans and investors to make profitable returns through technology, disintermediation, and availability of relevant and quality agronomic data

  • Context Insights - forecasts commodity prices by crowdsourcing price predictions through text message in sub-Saharan Africa

  • AgroRacks - smart modular farming in the modern data center

  • Cloud Agronomics - provides custom imaging for growers by integrating proprietary multi-spectral sensors into solar-powered UAVs to mitigate crop stress and improve yield

  • Strella Biotech - builds biosensing platforms for agricultural applications, operating with greater sensitivity and durability than traditional sensors

  • EatWell - makes healthy eating more accessible to low-income urban families, reducing cost and inconvenience barriers with a 30 minute, one-pot meal kit

  • PreserveAir - climate field storage and transport services

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