20 Agtech Startups On The Rise In 2021

by Josh Howarth - April 30, 2021

The agriculture industry is gradually transforming into the next high-tech sector.

Technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and computer vision are being leveraged to improve crop yields, supply chains, and sustainability.

Due to its potential, total investments in the agtech sector reached $3.07 billion in the first three quarters of 2020.

By 2025, the market value of the global agtech industry is expected to surpass the $22.5 billion mark.

As new technologies continue being integrated into agriculture, the number of agtech startups is rising. We’ve rounded up 20 of the fastest growing agtech companies to keep an eye on.

1. Trace Genomics

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5-year search growth: 1900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Burlingame, CA

Funding: $39.7M (Series B)

What they do: Trace Genomics is an agricultural technology company that serves agronomists. The startup uses DNA extraction and machine learning to provide data on soil samples. Trace Genomics was selected as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2020.

2. ProducePay

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5-year search growth: 72%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Funding: $299.9M (Debt Financing)

What they do: Combining fintech and agritech, ProducePay offers pre-harvest financing to fresh produce growers. They also offer a grower-distributor network, a pricing and weather alerts tool, and sales analytics. The company currently has 800+ customers.

3. GreenLight Biosciences

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5-year search growth: 99X+

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2008

Location: Medford, MA

Funding: $215M (Series D)

What they do: GreenLight Biosciences is a plant and life sciences company that develops RNA-based products. Specifically, they offer targeted biocontrols through their proprietary “GreenWorX” platform, aimed at protecting crops from pests. GreenLight Biosciences earns an estimated $5M in annual revenue.

4. FarmLead

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5-year search growth: 1900%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2012

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Funding: $7.3M (Series A)

What they do: FarmLead is an agtech startup that primarily offers an online marketplace for farmers, growers, and buyers. Called Combyne, the platform has been designed to simplify the trading of grains and crops for the agricultural community. The startup reports that the user base for Combyne grew more than 400% from 2019 to 2020.

5. Vestaron Corporation

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5-year search growth: 3000%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2005

Location: Durham, NC

Funding: $111.7M (Series B)

What they do: Vestaron Corporation is an agriculture technology company engaged in crop protection. They develop biological peptides that are meant to be safer alternatives to chemical-based pesticides. In 2020, Vestaron made it to the Global Cleantech 100 list.

6. BluWrap

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5-year search growth: 100%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2006

Location: San Francisco, CA

Funding: $12.6M (Series D)

What they do: An agtech company, BluWrap offers food supply chain solutions. They offer shelf life extension technology for fresh proteins (mainly seafood). It is estimated that the company earns $5M in revenue on an annual basis.

7. FoodLogiQ

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5-year search growth: 113%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2006

Location: Durham, NC

Funding: $33.8M (Series B)

What they do: FoodLogiQ is a foodtech company that delivers software solutions made for the global food supply chain. Their platforms help food companies manage, trace, track, and recall their products. FoodLogiQ currently serves major chains and food companies, including Subway, Whole Foods Market, and Carl’s Jr.

8. Terramera

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5-year search growth: 100%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2010

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Funding: $88.6M (Series B)

What they do: An agtech company, Terramera offers plant-based pest control products. The company also offers a platform for regenerative agriculture called “Actigate”. According to their website, the platform was recognized by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea in 2020.

9. TerViva

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5-year search growth: 4900%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2010

Location: Oakland, CA

Funding: $31.6M (Series D)

What they do: TerViva is an agricultural technology company that focuses on restoring degraded farmlands. They do this by producing Pongamia trees that yield oil-rich seeds. TerViva claims that they currently have 150,000 trees under contract.

10. Indigo

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5-year search growth: 123%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2014

Location: Boston, MA

Funding: $1.2B (Series F)

What they do: Combining digital technologies with microbiology, Indigo offers sustainable solutions to both growers and grain buyers. In addition to biological products, the company also offers a logistics platform and an online marketplace for farmers and buyers. According to their website, 100 million bushels have been transacted over the Indigo marketplace.

11. Augmenta

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5-year search growth: 160%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2016

Location: Athens, Greece

Funding: $11.2M (Series A)

What they do: Offering precision agriculture solutions, Augmenta targets farmers and agricultural companies. They offer field analysis, fleet monitoring, and analytics designed to help improve crop yield and save money. Augmenta reports that their products have been used in 14,557+ hectares of farmlands.

12. Mootral

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5-year search growth: 2800%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2018

Location: Rolle, Switzerland

Funding: $7.8M (Corporate Round)

What they do: Mootral is an agtech company that develops feed supplements for cattle. Their solutions are designed to reduce methane emissions from cows, goats, and sheep. The company claims that its solutions can result in a 38% reduction in emissions.

13. Aerobotics

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5-year search growth: 80%

Search growth status: Peaked

Year founded: 2014

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Funding: $27M (Series B)

What they do: Aerobotics offers solutions that provide insights to growers and insurers about crops and farm fields. They leverage drones and aerial imagery to help identify problems with crop yields. Aerobotics says that its customer footprint is spread across 18+ countries.

14. RootWave

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5-year search growth: 2500%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2012

Location: Kineton, UK

Funding: $9.7M (Series A)

What they do: RootWave is an agtech company that manufactures weed-killing devices. Their products are designed to eliminate weed (using electric shocks) to help restore ecosystems. According to their website, RootWave has been recognized by foundations and initiatives like Solar Impulse and EIT Food.

15. Wefarm

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5-year search growth: 280%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: London, UK

Funding: $32M (Series A)

What they do: A platform for independent farmers, Wefarm offers open-source farming resources and access to physical retailers. The network enables farmers to connect with each other via SMS or through the app. The platform is currently used by 2.4 million farmers.

16. Entocycle

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5-year search growth: 2400%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2014

Location: London, UK

Funding: $11M (Series A)

What they do: Entocycle is an agtech company that produces insect-based animal feed and grass. The company claims that its products result in a much smaller ecological footprint than traditional protein-based feed. Entocycle is currently breeding millions of insects to manufacture its products.

17. Hazel Technologies

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5-year search growth: 120%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Chicago, IL

Funding: $87.8M (Series C)

What they do: A biotech company, Hazel Technologies offers sustainable supply chain solutions. Specifically, they offer products designed to extend the shelf-life of fresh produce. It is reported that the company currently has 160 customers, including Zespri and Mission Produce.

18. Infarm

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5-year search growth: 8000%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2013

Location: Berlin, Germany

Funding: $404.5M (Series Unknown)

What they do: Infarm is an IoT and agtech startup that builds vertical farms in cities. By placing their hydroponic indoor farms closer to the end destinations, the company aims to cut down on transportation costs and water usage. Infarm reports that their farms grow 250,000+ plants on a monthly basis.

19. Apeel Sciences

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5-year search growth: 178%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2012

Location: Goleta, CA

Funding: $390.1M (Series Unknown)

What they do: Apeel is a biotech company that offers a plant-based shelf-life extending solution. The company claims that their product can keep produce fresh for twice as long when compared to regular packaging. Apeel reports that, so far, they have saved over 61 million products from going to waste.

20. CIBO Technologies

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5-year search growth: 78%

Search growth status: Regular

Year founded: 2015

Location: Cambridge, MA

Funding: $37.4M (Series Unknown)

What they do: An agtech-focused software company, CIBO Technologies offers solutions for regenerative agriculture. Their platform offers insights on lands, carbon commitments, and enterprise performance for individuals and agriculture companies. CIBO Technologies solutions are currently being used for about 1.5 million acres of farmland.

conclusion

That concludes our list of 20 fast-growing agtech startups to keep an eye on in 2021.

With climate change becoming a pressing issue, agritech is going to play a crucial role in the future. And as we’ve seen above, agtech solutions are quite diverse, ranging from sustainable animal health food production to vertical farming and automation.

We can expect a lot of venture capital money to go into this industry in the years to come.

Written By
Josh Howarth
Co-founder of Exploding Topics.
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