2021 vsat

pitch competition

Congrats to the winner of the 2021 VSAT Pitch Competition: Spornado!

And congrats to the audience favorite, Grain Weevil!

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competitors

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Agryo: a global agriculture risk intelligence provider which enables institutions to serve the 500 million underserved farming families who have no access to financial services  

Grain Weevil: a grain bin safety and management robot that aims to improve quality of stored grain and improve farmer well-being

Seges Ag: a technology platform to eliminate pathogens and disinfect seed without delaying germination or having any negative effects on crops

Spornado: an innovative crop disease alert system that identifies crop disease in the air, long before it’s seen on crops

Congrats and thank you to all our semifinalists!

  • AgLite Solutions: a manufacturer of high-quality toolboxes for germicidal irradiation

  • Fair Fruit Exchange: a market linkage platform for dried fruits that links western consumer markets to rural producers

  • Farm Flight: a supplier of aerial imagery and data connectivity to drive agricultural efficiency

  • MAIA Aquatech: a hydroponic plant technology company aiming to rectify food insecurity

  • Mi Terro: the world’s first advanced material company that creates ocean degradable and home compostable flexible packaging materials made from agricultural waste

  • Selva Snacks: a producer of exotic tropical fruit snacks that aims to make consumers feel better by bringing a nutritious and savory snack to the market

  • Stay in Farm: an agro-tourism startup working to connect farmers, tourists, and students using a digital platform

  • Xoma: the first social impact “pulcatta” agave brand to enter the U.S. and is the smoother-tasting, more sophisticated cousin of mezcal and tequila  

Congrats to our finalists!

judges

We are excited to announce the following judges for the Pitch Competition finals!

Judges subject to change.

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Brett Brohl

Managing Partner

Bread and Butter Ventures

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Mark Brooks

Investment Manager

Syngenta Corporate Ventures

Natalie Cira, T17

Advisor

ReGen Ventures

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Kellee James

CEO & Founder

Mercaris

prizes

Prizes for the VSAT 2021 Pitch Competition include a $2,500 cash prize for first place along with one-on-one meetings with 10+ venture capitalists and a $500 cash prize for the audience favorite.

eligibility

Companies must be an early-stage startup. 

 

Companies cannot have raised more than $500k in dilutive funding.

 

Annual revenue must be under $250k.

dates

Applications are now closed.

The Semifinals took place on April 23, 2021.

The Pitch Competition Finals took place during the conference on May 6, 2021.