Growers in the U.S. and globally face rising challenges including climate change, limited water and land supply, uncertainties in immigration policy, a severe labor shortage and feeding a rising population estimated at 9 billion in 2050. Female entrepreneurs are creating the innovation as solutions to these big impact problems in two industries that remain male dominated.
In addition, the agtech sector is growing rapidly especially fueled by the pandemic as more people consider how their food is grown and food access. Farm tech startup investment grew 370% since 2013, reaching $4.7 billion in 2019 across 695 deals, according to AgFunder a food and agtech venture firm. Some $19.8 billion has been invested in AgriFood tech across 1,858 deals in 2019. Indoor farming is booming with AeroFarms a prominent player in the space launching projects internationally.
A few of the high profiles agtech initiatives include the announcement from AppHarvest that they are opening their 2.76-million-square-foot high-tech greenhouse in Appalachia; Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry invested in food science start-up Apeel.
"From Farms to Incubators" uses content and digital storytelling to increase awareness of women leaders and entrepreneurs and their contribution using technology through the agriculture sector, and encourage women to pursue careers in agtech. The initiative includes an award-winning documentary "From Farms to Incubators" that profiles some of the women entrepreneurs in agtech, which has screened at over two dozen film festivals and venues including at SXSW. The screenings are paired with panel discussions that have served as a vehicle to connect women in agtech with investors and those interested in food, farming and agtech. The initiative has been highlighted in Worth, Techonomy, EcoFarm and at the Forbes AgTech Summit. "From Farms to Incubators" seeks to build partnerships and collaborate with organizations and individuals who want to be part of an engaging discussion, and be a part of an initiative that serves as community, connector and convener for women in this space. It is a member of Women & Worth, Techonomy and Women in Technology International. For more information go to www.farmstoincubators.com
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