John Deere announces 2020 Startup Collaborator program companies

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John Deere  announced the companies that will be part of the 2020 cohort of the Startup Collaborator program in its Intelligent Solutions Group.

This program launched last year to enhance and deepen collaborative relationships with startup companies whose technology could add value for John Deere customers.

Julian Sanchez, director of strategy and business development at Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group said:

“The first year of the John Deere Startup Collaborator program showed us and the startups involved the tremendous mutual value of working closely together. We’re excited to continue building on the program’s success.”

John Deere headquarters. Courtesy of deere.com

The four leading startups working to transform agriculture into the Startup Collaborator are:

  • DataFarm – A Brazilian company building digital tools to recommend climate-smart agricultural practices to optimize farmers’ return on investment
  • FaunaPhotonics – A company from Denmark building technology for real-time pest detection to ensure sustainable crop management and improve tools for pest control.
  • Fieldin – An Israeli company working on data management tools for specialty crops
  • EarthSense – A company from Champaign, IL building novel sensing methods to improve in-field data collection

The Startup Collaborator provides flexibility for Deere and startups to test innovative technologies with customers and dealers without a more formal business relationship. Startups also gain affiliation with and mentoring from a world-class leader in precision agriculture.

Source: John Deere

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