Recently, THRIVE II Canada Accelerator announced its latest cohort, which included six Calgary-based companies.
Thrive’s award-winning program accelerates sustainability, innovation, and technology across the industry. Companies were selected for their potential to disrupt traditional farming practices, promote industry sustainability, and reduce environmental impact while giving farmers the tools to increase yields and productivity.
Among them is Agriplay Ventures, a vertical farm technology company dedicated to innovating systemic food insecurity by changing legacy and under-utilized commercial infrastructure into intelligent indoor farms and sustainable green building systems.
“Supply chains can be weak, but a pepper plant is strong enough to hold the promise of food security for an entire community,” Agriplay says, adding that they “cooperate with local growers to ensure that we don’t all grow the same products.”
Technology-wise, Agriplay leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence—the “workhorses of a smart farm,” according to the Alberta company. “[ML and AI] underpin a system that continually analyzes data and adjusts operations for maximum efficiency,” Agriplay explains.
The startup claims to have designed its growing system “to capture maximum data, knowing that it can be used to improve operational efficiency and the quality of vegetables.”
Read the entire article at Calgary Tech