Deere & Company has announced the names of eight companies selected to participate in the Startup Collaborator 2023 program. The program, launched in 2019, aims to advance digital and precision technology in John Deere tractors and machines by partnering with promising startups.
“This year’s group demonstrates the importance of connecting with the startup community on a wide range of applications and technologies,” said Julian Sanchez, director of new technology at John Deere. “These combinations help John Deere better understand precision technology development opportunities in agriculture and construction.”
The eight companies participating in the Startup Collaborator 2023 program include:
- Albedo, a startup company developing low-flying satellites that will collect ultra-high-resolution images in the visible and infrared.
- ANELLO Photonics, a company that is changing the navigation industry with its Silicon Photonics optical gyroscope, a low-noise, low-drift intelligent optical gyroscope for autonomous applications,
- GrAI Matter Labs is engaged in Life-Ready AI, an artificial intelligence that creators say feels alive
- Impossible Sensing, an aerospace company that develops and applies space technology to agriculture.
- IntelliCulture, which provides software to control agricultural machinery
- Precision AI, a startup that is creating the world’s first agricultural drones controlled by artificial intelligence. The small aircraft are designed to spray large areas
- RodRadar along with Live Dig Radar™ technology to monitor tunneling in real time to prevent damage to underground infrastructure
- Vega is a program for managing the agri-food chain by tracking, analyzing risks and monitoring environmental, social and management practices.
“The Startup Collaborator program is an opportunity to turn big ideas into something bigger,” says Michelle Kaiser, business development manager for John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. “Because John Deere is always looking for new ideas, we can add value for our customers, even if we’re not sure exactly what that might look like. We’re trying to help farmers effectively solve big problems. we need access to lots of unusual ideas, so we’re looking forward to collaborating and sharing our expertise at Startup Collaborator 2023.”
This year’s edition of the Startup Collaborator is the fifth. One of the successes of previous releases is John Deer’s acquisition of Bear Flag Robotics, which has been working on autonomous tractors and machines with a bouncing deer on the logo since 2021.