Cargill And Ecolab Advance Digital Innovation Across Agri-food With Techstars Farm-to-Fork Accelerator Class

Monday, September 14th, 2020 | 1383 Views

Helping advance the critical role of digital innovation in agriculture and food safety, Cargill and Ecolab has announced the latest class of entrepreneurs to join the Techstars Farm-to-Fork Accelerator. The 2020 participants, the program’s first ‘virtual’ class, will engage with mentors through an entirely digital experience due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digitisation across many sectors, including food and agriculture, says Techstars Farm-to-Fork Accelerator managing director Brett Brohl. “The food system has changed more in the last six months than it has over the entire five years I have been investing in the space,” said Brohl. “The demands of the pandemic have shed light on the tremendous opportunity that exists in the food system for entrepreneurs, and we are excited about the opportunities in front of this year’s class.”

“Technology and digital innovation play a critical role in nourishing the world safely and responsibly,” said Justin Kershaw, Cargill CIO. “Through our partnership with Techstars and Ecolab, Cargill remains committed to helping foster breakthrough innovation to fundamentally transform the food supply chain from farm to fork.”

“The Techstars program brings to life many of Ecolab’s key values, among them innovation to solve our world’s challenges,” said John Guttery, senior vice president of enterprise initiatives for Ecolab. “This latest class is an incredibly diverse group of people, and Ecolab is excited to engage these entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities community to uncover new technologies and ideas that will support a more sustainable, safe world.”

Now in its third year, the Techstars Farm-to-Fork Accelerator involves early stage entrepreneurs seeking to effect positive change across the food system, including food security and safety, ag tech and supply chain management.