Alumni

The Sprout team has been influential in the establishment and start-up phase of exciting agritech companies now operating around the world.

Read about the companies below. 

Crop X

The Crop X concept is simple. Land is not homogeneous, and hence water absorption and its availability to plants varies greatly across a field. Current irrigation systems waste a lot of water because they water fields evenly. Crop X uniqueness and focus is on ‘listening to the ground’, and providing each part of a field exactly the right amount of water that it needs, at any given time.

Support Provided to Date:  Investment raising, Business Management Acquisition, Board Assignments

New Zealand Investors: MiG, Sparkbox, GD1

 

Calf SMART

Calf SMART is an automated, cloud-enabled calf rearing system designed for the New Zealand environment and poised to deliver positive results for the dairy industry. The largest 15% of New Zealand’s dairy farms rear 35% of the country’s replacement heifers and are the immediate market for Calf SMART.

Support Provided to Date: Investment raising (Pre-Seed & Seed), Business Management Acquisition, Board Assignments, Strategy and Business Plan. 

Investors: MiG, Sparkbox, GD1

 

BioLumic

BioLumic is developing products to support today’s growers of food in their efforts to feed the nine billion people forecast to populate the planet by 2019. BioLumic combines advanced plant science founded at Massey University and technology to allow growers greater yields for the future. 

Support Provided to Date: Technology transfer, Investment raising (Pre-Seed & Seed), Business Management Acquisition, Board Assignments, Strategy and Business Plan Development

Investors: MIG, Sparkbox, GD1, NZVIF

 

PolyBatics

Polybatics biobead technology is behind the new Assign bTB test for testing bovine tuberculosis.  The new test is currently under trial in all key markets including the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand.  In 2015 Polybatics signed a European manufacturing and distribution agreement with one of the leading providers of the existing test being used.

Support Provided to Date: Investment raising, Business Management Acquisition, Board Assignments

Investors: MIG, Sparkbox, GD1