Forbes.com names Catalyst-backed BrightFarms among most innovative Ag-Tech startups

Forbes.com names Catalyst-backed BrightFarms among most innovative Ag-Tech startups

To find the 25 ag-tech startups that carry the most potential, Forbes.com surveyed the agricultural technology landscape by speaking with experts, venture capitalists and accelerators, and then examined financials and each company’s agricultural credentials.

The demand for hyper-local produce is booming, and BrightFarms is building and operating greenhouses in urban and suburban areas. The company partners with supermarkets like Giant, ACME, and Pick-n-save and puts the farm at or near the store to maximize produce freshness.

Catalyst’s Kapil Desai judges AgTech & Food Tech pitch competition at Forbes Mixing Bowl event

Forbes and The Mixing Bowl gathered 140 thought leaders, investors and industry executives to explore how information technology can be harnessed to solve challenges in food and agriculture. Participants engaged in a substantive dialogue on the role of technology in “changing food & farming at scale” and the “fight for the fork”. These themes were explored through a series of moderated discussions, the Blender Business Pitch competition – judged in part by Catalyst’s Kapil Desai – and interactive breakout sessions.