By Brett Brohl, Managing Director of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator
Today we are excited to announce the 11 companies that are participating in the 2021 Techstars Farm to Fork program in partnership with Cargill and Ecolab.
The food value chain is one of the last major industries to completely modernize, but innovation has made its way into the system. In the four short years we’ve run this program, food tech has gone from a fledgling venture space with few investors and founders to one of the most important and most watched.
The 2021 Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator welcomes early-stage entrepreneurs seeking to affect positive change across the food system, through the improvement of food safety and quality, the future of food retail, the use of upcycled materials, and the harnessing of research data for the betterment of the industry.
The food system continues to evolve creating massive opportunities for these founders. This year’s 11 founders, alongside our 29 Farm to Fork alumni startups, are working on innovations that our world needs.
The teams in our 2021 class come from across the United States and the globe, and include the Farm-to-Fork Accelerator’s first two teams from Africa. Participants will receive mentor support from the Twin Cities startup community, the broader food tech ecosystem and Cargill and Ecolab executives, and access to the companies’ market expertise and global connections.
I can’t wait to see what these companies accomplish!
The Class of 2021
The 2021 Techstars Farm-to-Fork Accelerator roster, comprised of 11 startups from across the globe, brings a diverse and innovative perspective to some of the food and ag industry’s biggest challenges, with teams focused on providing solutions for a variety of stakeholders along the food value chain from restaurants, to farmers, and everyone in between. Each of the companies will share their progress when they pitch their companies at a Demo Day on October 14, 2021.
3DIMO is an online marketplace for sale of livestock – vetted using AI & precision analytics; direct from farms of any size.
San Francisco, CA
Cape Town, South Africa
BOxES is combining physical & digital technology to democratize space-efficient, convenient, affordable & sustainable retail!
Caddy is building the QuickBooks of food safety and traceability.
Toronto, ON, Canada
Carbon Origins provides free dine-in quality deliveries on robots trained and monitored by remote VR drivers
Los Angeles, CA
Dispatch Goods is a reverse logistics company accelerating reusable packaging.
San Francisco, CA
Hya Bioplastics makes cost-competitive biodegradable food packaging using its proprietary decentralized manufacturing technology.
Parkday builds sustainable, data-driven food programs for companies & their people.
New York, NY
Quartolio is an insight automation platform that synthesizes insight from scientific Big data in real-time; Moonshots Within Reach
New York, NY
Science on Call
Science On Call is a 24/7 help desk for restaurants, resolving all restaurant technology challenges for a low monthly price.
UBI Meat Experts
UBI is building a platform for grading and monitoring the quality of cuts in the meat industry, leveraging AI to reduce food waste and improve food safety
Montreal, QC, Canada
Ziscuit is a 2-sided reverse auction platform that saves shoppers time and money when retailers bid to fulfill their grocery lists