Jordbruket har länge legat mycket långt framme på IT-området. Något som en skolkamrat till mig har visat mig under mina besök i Sverige.
Men nu håller uppstartsmodellen från Silicon Valley att göra intrång på jordbruksområdet, som Andrew Pollack beskriver i New York Times: Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors
Compared with medicine, where small companies often lead in turning cutting-edge science into new drugs, agriculture has never had much start-up activity. Agricultural biotechnology, for instance, has been dominated by six giant seed and chemical companies, including Monsanto and DuPont.
But new technologies are opening up new opportunities, and investment in early-stage agricultural companies is springing to life.
One sign of that is the announcement being made Thursday of a new “accelerator” to assist fledgling agriculture companies. Its backers include two big agrochemical and seed companies, Bayer and Syngenta, and some venture capital firms that typically focus on pharmaceuticals, not farms.
“The time is really right for early-stage ag investing to come to life,” said John Dombrosky, chief executive of the new organization, called the AgTech Accelerator. “It’s happening before our very eyes.”
Some 499 agricultural technology companies attracted $4.6 billion in investments last year, nearly double the $2.36 billion in 2014 and way up from about $500 million in 2012, according to AgFunder, an organization that helps connect investors with agricultural companies.
Efter FinTech kommer nu alltså AgTech och med det förhoppningsvis en massiv innovation på jordbruksområdet. Som man hoppas speciellt kommer att hjälpa tredje världen.
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