Ecolab Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Partnership


The Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, co-funded by Ecolab and Cargill in partnership with Techstars, is a first-of-its-kind program to be based in the Twin Cities. The program identifies entrepreneurs and start-up companies from around the world who have innovative ideas focused on food safety, the food supply chain, food tech, farm productivity and waste management.

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According to the United Nations, by 2030, the world will need 35 percent more food than what’s produced today. At the same time, consumers’ tastes are changing. They are seeking more local, fresh and organic foods, and want increased transparency around the food supply chain and food safety. New technologies can lead the way to a safer, more secure and sustainable food supply.

With our food safety expertise and knowledge of the food industry, Ecolab is in a unique position to provide guidance to the entrepreneurs and start-ups that are creating these new technologies. That’s why Ecolab and Cargill partnered with Techstars to launch the Farm to Fork Accelerator, based in St. Paul, Minn. The program will identify entrepreneurs and start-up companies from around the world with innovative ideas focused on food safety, the food supply chain, food tech, farm productivity and waste management.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups are invited to apply for the mentorship-driven accelerator program managed by Ecolab, Cargill and Techstars. The first class, featuring nine of the world’s most promising start-ups, arrived in Minnesota July 16, 2018, for a 13-week engagement, where they will receive input from Ecolab, Cargill and Techstars experts on developing technology that positively impacts the food industry. The first class includes the following start-ups:

  • Big WheelbarrowBig Wheelbarrow makes it easy for companies to buy from local farms using the power of AI.
  • dishqdishq leverages food science and artificial intelligence to predict people’s tastes. We’re helping the industry with key challenges including recommendations and personalization, menu and product development, and insights and trends.
  • EIO DiagnosticsEIO improves the lives of dairy farmers by early detection of illnesses in their animals.
  • HeavyConnectHeavyConnect allows every farm to eliminate paper bottle necks, from food safety compliance to hourly time-keeping.
  • IFS: Induction Food System’s industrial heating technology helps food and beverage manufacturers improve efficiency and expand production with on-demand precision heating equipment.
  • pepr: Pepr increases restaurant profitability using data intelligence and automation.
  • Renewal MillRenewal Mill is building a more sustainable food system by harvesting byproducts from food manufacturing and upcycling them into high-quality ingredients and delicious products.
  • TradeLanes: TradeLanes is a global trade market network that connects all trade participants into a single document chain over the lifecycle of an international trade shipment. This “single source of truth” saves exporters 30-80% on supply chain management.
  • Traive: Traive enables affordable farming loans and profitable investment portfolios through an innovative data-driven credit risk assessment algorithm.

To learn more, visit the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator website.