Several startup companies recently participated in the 2019 SVG Ventures-Thrive Accelerator Program. Silicon Valley Global Ventures, known as SVG Ventures, is a venture, innovation and investment firm. It established Thrive in 2014, an accelerator program that invests in, mentors and connects startups with investors and businesses for partnerships.
Intelliconn of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, has developed solutions for grain quality-data and quantity-data acquisition and management. The company created an automated grain-sampling and tracking system. Its application-based control system has components to acquire, split, store and track grain samples. Farmers or other users can open the app on a smartphone or tablet. They can then scan barcodes on a set of six sample containers. The app prompts the user to enter information such as field source and bin location. The user can select the sample to represent a truckload, partial bin or whole bin.
When grain begins to flow out of an auger discharge, a sample acquisition module located at the auger outlet continuously extracts small crosscut grain samples that flow through a tube to a sample splitter. The splitter collects six identical small samples. At intervals controlled by the app and a microprocessor-based control system, samples are emptied into containers. Each container holds 10 samples of 1 kilogram of grain – about 2 pounds. Once samples are complete, the containers are sealed to preserve grain moisture and sample integrity. Information about the samples are relayed to the “cloud” and a portable printer produces a shipping label for each sample container. Users can track samples by scanning the container’s barcode, which opens a cloud-based record.
Intelliconn applied for the Thrive Accelerator to be able to network with global companies, many of which are located in California’s Silicon Valley, said Ken Jackson, CEO of Intelliconn. The accelerator is located in Salinas, California, and the Silicon Valley.
Livestock Water Recycling of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has developed a system to reduce overall volume of manure, segregate nutrients and deliver a renewable water source. The closed-loop system uses mechanical and chemical treatment. Manure wastewater passes through a series of treatment stages. Nutrients in the manure are segregated and concentrated for fertilizer.
The company’s systems are installed across the United States. They have a combined ability to recycle more than 775 million gallons of manure annually with the potential recovery of more than 550 million of gallons of clean, reusable water, according to the company. Cost savings to farmers involve reductions of manure-management expenses from 1 to 3 cents per gallon, plus a potential to increase crop production for animal feed.
The system can recover more than 90 percent of phosphorus in manure solids. That phosphorus may be re-used or sold as a dry fertilizer. Liquid fertilizer created by the process contains micronutrients as well as concentrated potassium and nitrogen, according to the company. The liquid fertilizer also could be used by a farm or sold.
Livestock Water Recycling will receive a $200,000 investment from SVG Ventures, plus an advertisement in an upcoming issue of Forbes magazine and the opportunity to present at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in October.
Olombria of London uses specific species of flies to supplement bees as pollinators. Flies account for 30 percent of the world’s pollination, according to the company. Olombria’s goal is to increase the effectiveness of flies as pollinators. It uses natural-chemical signaling and mapping to position greater populations of flies where crops need them.