Fifty AgriTech startups in Central and Eastern Europe signed up for Nextcelerator. Nextcelerator is a digital accelerator created by Agricover, SeedBlink, and Microsoft to support startups in CEE which brings up the tech of agriculture.
Startups selected include marketplace projects, agrifood projects, and farm process optimization projects, most of them already post-revenue, with traction under their belt and the intention to refine their product and scale it in broader geographies.
The 10 finalist AgriTech startups for Nextcelerator
Agriniser is a Bulgarian agriculture brokerage platform that simplifies the buying and selling of crops. Launched in 2019, the platform provides trading services (buyers and sellers trade and negotiate anonymously on the marketplace platform) and market analysis of the CEE agricultural industry.
Agro-U is a Greek recruitment platform for agricultural workers. It offers permanent and temporary (seasonal) employment opportunities and has 8000 registered users, including 700 farms.
Fermier Bun is a Romanian platform that connects local food producers with potential customers who live nearby. The company operates as an online store offering checkout and delivery. It has 2 logistics centres: one for vegetable products and one for meat, dairy and similar products.
Kolta is a Romanian marketplace platform that allows farmers to buy inputs and sell their harvest wholesale. The platform works as a digital cooperative for farms to achieve critical mass for transactions.
Ondo is a Bulgaria-based smart farming solutions startup for precision irrigation, crop watering and climate control for all crops. Ondo helps farmers reduce the time and labour required to manage irrigation and nutrition processes, thereby reducing consumption of water, energy and other valuable resources.
Proofminder is a Hungarian AI platform for precision agriculture – crop/leaf monitoring for farmers as a SaaS platform with drone production partners. The platform targets large agribusinesses in CEE, seed producers, apple growers (& fruit tree growers) and other market players.
TBL Digital is a Romanian farmland management solution. It enables customers to keep track of all documents and other information related to their land, such as topographic data, maps, permits, cadastres, as well as real-time data related to their crops. Learn more at www. smartland.pro.
Ullmanna has developed a hardware product that attaches to tractors to cut weeds in the row. The product comes from the Czech Republic. The product detects the plant and decides whether to cut it or not. It provides an environmentally friendly solution to pesticides or other inorganic liquids.
Vetemenyem is a Hungarian interactive mobile application for amateur gardeners that provides knowledge on how to grow specific plants; a step-by-step guide to growing your own garden. The garden planner shows the user which plants should be planted next to each other to promote plant growth.
Verdefood is a Romanian marketplace that connects local farmers around Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca with the local demand for fresh vegetables and fruits. In addition, the platform provides farmers with tools to better manage their supply processes.
Selected businesses will benefit from mentoring, training sessions, courses, business planning and connections with potential partners and investors.
Support for the Startups
Agricover, the Agribusiness market leader in Romania, will support startups in terms of business strategy. The partner validates the businesses’ MVP and facilitates the testing of ideas with important players, such as professional farmers and mentors.
Moreover, Agricover offers training programs on finance management in Agritech business, refining a revenue model, scaling up strategy, writing a successful business plan, go-to-market strategy and leadership.
The European investment platform SeedBlink offers its experience in the field of financing, supporting startups with information about financing options, crowd investing campaigns and important lessons learned from over 50 such campaigns.
Experts from Microsoft for Startups program provide technology mentoring, covering topics such as intellectual property, technology, and product development, and building successful partnerships with technology vendors.
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