Seven companies from Israel are participating in a new cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy hosted by America’s Cultivation Corridor, which launched on July 6. The program provides participants with mentorship, interaction with Iowa’s agricultural leaders, and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing systems, and customer perspectives. The sessions will be facilitated by Iowa business and university leaders. The seven participating companies are:
- Agrematch, a data-science product discovery and development company that works with industries that require novel bioactive compounds for their products.
- BugEra, which is building an insect genetics platform to develop novel strains of the black soldier fly (BSF) to enhance biomanufacturing and produce higher quantities of high quality oil for biofuels.
- DriftSense, which is developing an evidence-based prediction tool to help growers know when to apply pesticides for optimal precision, efficiency and sustainability.
- Fermata Tech, a data science company developing computer vision solutions for outdoor and controlled environment agriculture.
- PlantArcBio, an ag-biotech company engaged in research and development in the field of gene discovery and biological components for improving plant traits and controlling pests.
- ProJini, which is using a new pesticide-discovery engine to discover and develop new pesticides acting in a new mode of action and interfere with protein-protein interactions.
- Seed-X, which is an AI-driven agtech software company that is working to optimize seed and food supply chains by addressing quality attributes at the single-seed level.