EarthSense, a growing agtech startup at EnterpriseWorks, has been selected by the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) to join the program as a member of IN2’s seventh cohort. Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this program will allow the EarthSense team to work with crop geneticists in the Danforth Center. EarthSense’s phenotyping data will be validated and commercialized in order to help crop breeders use the next generation of crop breeding technologies.
According to Chinmay Soman, CEO and co-founder of EarthSense, “Working with world leading scientists at the Danforth Center and the entrepreneurial ecosystem put together by Wells Fargo and NREL will help accelerate our impact on agriculture, starting with better seeds for farmers.”
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis is where EarthSense will conduct its research and development activities. They have received up to $250,000 in technical assistance with the opportunity for follow-on funding and resources from the Danforth Center, Wells Fargo, NREL, and more IN2 partners. An IN2 Channel Partner was responsible for nominating EarthSense for this program.
Other recent accomplishments by EarthSense include receiving Phase II SBIR funding from the National Science Foundation, being selected to participate in John Deere’s 2020 Startup Collaborator program, and being featured in the New York Times.
EarthSense was founded in 2016 by Chinmay Soman and Girish Chowdhary. The company develops ultracompact autonomous robots that use machine vision and machine learning to collect and convert field data into useful information. TerraSentia, their first robot, is revolutionizing agriculture.
To read on about EarthSense’s accomplishments and their selection for the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, visit their company website.