Agtools was selected as one of five finalists of more than 300 companies worldwide for a new Diversity In ClimateTech program for underrepresented founders tackling our world’s most pressing climate crisis. Diversity In ClimateTech is powered by Chloe Capital and Cornell University, and supported by the NYS Energy Research & Development Authority to recruit, educate, inspire and support the growth of companies led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and women founders on the forefront of clean energy innovation. Equally important, Agtools has started USA federal contracts worldwide impacting food and ag supply chain, in particular in the “Northern Triangle of Central America” while deploying a new product RFP for corporate accounts. GeoVisual Analytics continues to deliver specialty crop measurement and predictive analysis tools to help reduce costs and improve yields year after year. These low-cost tools are built on a company-confidential basis around the individual way each grower-processor operates and the crops they grow. With its core foundation built from work with growers in the fields and national research agencies such as NASA, USDA and FFAR, GeoVisual’s data scientists build easily useable information focused on what clients see as the biggest problems or opportunities. GeoVisual claims to be a lean operation funded by family and friends who work side-by-side with the ag community to save money and time. Burro has raised $10.9 million Series A funds to accelerate commercialization of its collaborative robot platform. With this funding, Burro plans to address growing demand from both existing and new customers by expanding to 500+ robots. To drive this growth, the company is dramatically increasing the size of its team, while also expanding the capabilities of its product. Along with adding the dexterity needed to pick table grapes, Burro will also extend its mobility autonomy into nursery and berry markets. Burro currently has 90 robots in table grape fields moving fruit 100-300 miles a day autonomously, six days a week. Burro allows workers to stand in the shade and pick/pack with a continuous flow of fruit out of the field. Burros are already transforming worker productivity with one Burro enabling six-plus people to harvest up to 48 percent more fruit per day creating an ROI in less than two months. Burros feature a patent-pending approach called Pop Up Autonomy, which means they work immediately out of the box by enabling everyone in a working environment to become an operator. The robots use computer vision and artificial intelligence to learn on the fly and to navigate autonomously from A to B while carrying various payloads.
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