John Deere Startup Collabator was launched in 2019. It is designed to strengthen and deepen the company’s relationship with start-ups whose innovative ideas could be of value to producers. The program lasts for a year and allows a start up to test its technology with Deere dealers and customers without the need for a formal business relationship.
“The start-up collaborator shows that part of our investment in technology is establishing a mechanism to help external ideas and knowledge collide with ours,” says Julian Sanchez, director, emerging technology for John Deere. “Agriculture is a domain ripe for technology pioneering, and the start-up collaborator program is a way to travel that journey together with others.”
Deere expands its collaboration with companies as it launches its 2022 program.
“The expansion of this year’s collaborator program provides an opportunity for John Deere to work with this globally diverse group across a broad area of technology spaces while continuing to unlock value for our customers across multiple production systems,” says Michele Kaiser, business development manager for John Deere.
These companies were chosen to participate.
Burro Robotics. This collaborative robotic platform allows people to work more productively today and builds the foundation for greater autonomy where it is most needed in the future.
Crop.Zone. The Crop.Zone process combines non-toxic conductive liquids (Hybrid Herbicide clone) and the application of low-voltage electricity to create an effective solution to combat weeds and manage pre-harvest desiccation.
Four Growers. A company that develops harvesting robots for greenhouses. This includes the harvesting of tomatoes.
SeeDevice. A company that provides enhanced CMOS SWIR image sensor capabilities and performance using quantum-based photodetector tech for smart devices in automotive and biomedical.
ViewAR. With more than 10-years’ experience, this start-up is creating Augmented Reality (AR) business solutions, which address many customer pain points and use cases, like indoor navigation and AR for service. This technology allows businesses to create their own high-quality AR apps and begin their augmented reality journey.
Yard Stick. This company develops low-cost, in-situ soil carbon measurement technologies that enable gigaton/year carbon extraction via agriculture.
Source: Successful Farming