Entering Its Fourth Cohort, TERRA Food & Agtech Accelerator Builds on Success to Tackle Food and Packaging Waste, Food Safety, and More
Multinational Leaders Including Beta San Miguel, GrainCorp, and Tate & Lyle Team up with Top Emerging Growth Companies from Around the World to Fuel Groundbreaking Transformation in Food and Agriculture
TERRA, the leading Food & Agriculture Accelerator, is kicking off its fourth Cohort next week, partnering 13 innovative Food and Ag startups with a consortium of the industry’s most influential companies: Beta San Miguel, GrainCorp, Griffith Foods, OSI, Meat & Livestock Australia, and Tate & Lyle.
TERRA began in 2016 with founding partners RocketSpace, a Silicon Valley-based external innovation consulting company, and Rabobank, the leading provider of financial services in the food, agribusiness, and beverage industry, intended to fuel groundbreaking transformation in Food & Agriculture in order to advance the well-being of our people and our planet. TERRA’s collaborators initially covered a range of innovation areas, including supply chain optimization, food traceability and transparency, waste reduction, and novel ingredients such as alternative proteins to increase production efficiency and meet changing consumer preferences. From Griffith Foods’ investment into upcycling startup Regrained and superfoods startup Kuli Kuli to GrainCorp and TE-FOOD’s blockchain for beer, TERRA has brought to life tangible successes for both corporates and startups to stimulate potential growth beyond the program.
Now, TERRA collaborators hope to test more specialized applications and products within these areas, such as high-tech, biodegradable packaging or generating edible ingredients from air’s upcycled carbon dioxide via newly accepted startups Corumat Inc. (USA) and Kiverdi (USA). Rounding out the fourth cohort are:
Altum Technologies (Finland): Uses software-guided power ultrasound to remove fouling from industrial equipment with no production stoppages and no toxic chemicals.
Burlap & Barrel (USA): Sources unique, beautiful spices for professional chefs and home cooks.
ClearLeaf S. A. (Costa Rica): Designs and commercializes innovative pre- and post-harvest solutions that protect the environment and optimize farmer profits.
DataFarming (Australia): Aims to unlock the potential of Precision Agriculture products and farm data by putting easy-to-use, simple, automated and low-cost digital solutions in the hands of agronomists and producers.
Digested Organics (USA): Converts organic waste into clean water, concentrated co-products, and renewable energy.
Phyto Corporation (South Korea): Creates the future of food with Salicornia, a plant grown by seawater.
Shameless Pets, LLC (USA): Sources edible, safe, and nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste.
SnapDNA (USA): Executes rapid food safety testing through pathogen analysis.
SwissDeCode (Switzerland): Helps food and feed manufacturers transform contamination threats into sustainable opportunities.
The Better Meat Co. (USA): Provides innovative plant protein formulas for foodservice providers and meat processors to make their meat, in a word, better.
Yarok Microbio (Israel): Develops a fast microbiological testing system for the fresh food industry to protect consumers and safeguard producer interests.