AgriTech Accelerator program - Increased efficiency in Food production value chain through New Technologies

The program targets only science and technology-backed startups (pre-seed, seed, and growth stage) and budding entrepreneurs (Idea Stage). Individuals, teams and registered entities (CSO/NGO, LLC, LTD, etc.) both from Armenia and around the world are eligible to apply if they offer solutions to tackle the following challenges in the agricultural sector:

VERTICAL AND URBAN FARMING - 95 percent less water used, less fertilizer and nutritional supplements, and no

pesticides, while boosting productivity. E.G. San Francisco-based Plenty’s field-scale indoor farms combine

agriculture and crop science with machine learning, IoT, big data, and climate-control technology, enabling it to grow

healthy food while minimizing water and energy usage. Governments have also initiated initiatives around this


GENETIC MODIFICATION AND CULTURED MEATS - Clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat

(CRISPR) technology is an important new approach to genome editing that allows greater selectivity and reduces the

element of chance. The technique not only can create breeds with improved yields and resistance to adverse

conditions, but can also be used to propagate crops with essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. CRISPR Is

facilitating the generation of engineered animal food products. E.g. MosaMeat, a Netherlands based company, is

among the handful of startups using the technology.

APPLYING 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY TO FOOD - 3D printing, which is becoming important in manufacturing

industries, is now being applied to food production. 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) is a process

whereby layers of material are formed to create objects—and in this case, familiar dishes. Experts believe printers

using hydrocolloids (substances that form gels with water) could be used to replace the base ingredients of foods

with renewables like algae, duckweed, and grass.

Application Deadline: May 23, 2020

Illustration Photo: Various mature lettuce cultivars grown hydroponically at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Uvalde (credits: Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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