Australian AgTech companies clean up at AgFunder Awards

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Melbourne, 22 March 2018 –Australian AgTech companies have triumphed at the annual global AgFunderInnovation Awards, announced at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in SanFrancisco. SmartShepherd, The Yield, and AgriDigital each won their respectivecategories in awards across Farm Tech and Supply Chain Tech.

SmartShepherd, the Armidale based startupproviding wearable livestock technology for sheep breeding data and analytics,was named the Most Innovative International Startup Pre-Series A in theFarm Tech category.

The Yield, the fast-growing Australiancompany using Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics and artificialintelligence (AI) to power its agriculture sensing and predictions technology,was recognised as Most Innovative International Startup Series A and Beyondin the Farm Tech category.

AgriDigital, the company applyingblockchain technology to its supply chain management and traceability software,won the Most Innovative International Startup Series A and Beyond in theSupply Chain Tech category.

“It’s a genuine honour to have won thisAgFunder Innovation Award, but the victory is made sweeter as we’re joined byincredible winners from the Australian AgTech community,” said Ros Harvey,founder and managing director at The Yield, in San Francisco for the WorldAgri-Tech Innovation Summit.

“Australia is the perfect breeding ground forAgTech innovation; growers are innovative because they need to be. We’rehelping them to solve real problems, while creating reliable and accuratetechnology they can use every day,” Harvey continued.

Michael Dean, cofounder and CIO at AgFunder,commented on the awards: “We are delighted that The Yield, SmartShepherd andAgriDigital were recognised by our community as the leading internationalAgTech start ups in their respective categories. The teams have done afantastic job in developing cutting edge technology grounded in solving realbusiness problems.”

Emma Weston, cofounder and CEO at AgriDigital, saidfrom San Francisco: “What a thrill to be recognised in such good company at theInternational AgFunder Awards – it truly is an honour. The past few days at theWorld AgriTech Summit has shown just what a booming industry agtech is aroundthe world.  We're proud to be a part ofthat growth in Australia.”

David Rubie, CEO at SmartShepherd, said: “SmartShepherdis genuinely excited to win this award which reflects well on the vibrantAgTech ecosystem in Australia. We would never have come this far without thesupport of HAX, SOSV and Meat and Livestock Australia or our enthusiastic firstcustomers who we would like to thank the most.”

The annual AgFunder Innovation Awards recognisethe innovators and entrepreneurs driving the agrifood technology sector alongthe entire value chain. Nominations are made by an independent nominationcommittee of global agrifood tech investors, with winners peer-selected basedon votes placed by AgFunder’s 45,000-strong network.

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