2016 AgStart Showcase

AgStart Dinner and Drones

AgStart held a fundraising dinner that also promoted their member companies on August 20, 2016.  AgStart is an incubator based in Woodland that helps Agricultural Startups.  AgStart was formed under the now defunct SARTA and this was their inaugural event. Here are the Ag Startups featured at this event:

Ag For Hire was formed at the Apps for Ag Hackathon held at UC Davis where they won 1st Place.  Their elevator description is that they are the Linkedin for Agricultural workers.


AgShift is a Santa Clara based startup.  They developed free productivity tools for small and medium farms.  Their strategy is a Big Data play where they plan to monetize using the data generated from their tools.


Foodfully’s mission is to eliminate household food waste.  To this end, they have developed an app that will track the food purchased and alert the user before food in the fridge spoils.  They’ve developed integrations with the loyalty cards of several major grocery chains.  In addition, the app will also provide recipes for the food purchased.


GivingGarden is another 1st place winner for the Apps for Ag Hackathon held at UC Davis.  They developed an app where urban gardeners can communicate with each other and provide crowd source data to help their community.


Vibe Imaging Analytics has developed the Vibe QM Instrument that allows farmers to quickly inspect rice and seed samples.  This is a significant time saver compared to current process where rice and seed samples are inspected by hand.


WaterBit Inc is a Santa Clara based startup that has developed an Irrigation Management System that uses sensors to optimize water usage.


Wexus Technology Inc is a San Francisco based startup that has developed technology that tracks water and electrical usage and allows farmer to reduce costs by providing actionable data.


 The AgStart Showcase was held at the beautiful Windmill Vineyards and was a wonderful evening.  Drone demonstration and races provided a bit of fun before the Farm to Fork dinner.   All in all, it was a great beginning for AgStart.


By Rich Foreman, CEO / Apptology and Director of Startup Grind Sacramento. Rich co-authored the book Tap into the Mobile Economy and his blog has been listed in the Top 20 Mobile Marketing Blogs of 2014.  Follow Rich on Twitter at@ApptologyCEO or attend a Startup Grind Sacramento Event.