COHORT IV STARTUPS
Innovating Food + Ag
Burlap & Barrel a direct trade single origin spice company. As a Public Benefit Corporation, Burlap & Barrel partners directly with smallholder farmers to equitably source exceptional spices and help improve the livelihoods of their partner farmers. Their spices are featured in the kitchens of Michelin-starred chefs, food makers, and thoughtful home cooks across America..
ClearLeaf has developed a range of innovative solutions that meet the critical market need to eliminate toxic systemic products that contaminate the environment and harm workers, while still meeting the performance characteristics required by small, medium and large-scale agricultural producers, as well as their increasingly demanding clients. Their first product line, GotaBlanca®, is a line of non-toxic contact-action liquid emulsions that uses surface chemistry and colloidal technology to enhance plant growth through the control and management of fungal and bacterial pests.
Digested Organics manufactures advanced filtration solutions to help customers reduce wastewater disposal costs, reclaim clean water for reuse, and produce valuable co-products. We specialize in filtering difficult waste streams such as manure, along with food and beverage and other industrial wastewaters. We also deploy our filtration technology to help companies manufacturing clarified or concentrated food and beverage products.
Kiverdi produces Air Protein™, a new form of sustainable protein created from elements found in the air we breathe. Our approach, inspired by NASA research, is scalable (to the millions of tons and beyond), sustainable (uses 10,000x less land and 2,000x less water than soy), and part of the solution to feeding our growing population without the strain on natural resources.
Phyto Corporation is an innovative food & biotech company creating the future of food with Salicornia, a plant grown by seawater. Phyto Corporation has developed the world's first '100% plant-based salt,' "PhytoSalt," extracted from Salicornia, a plant containing high contents of salt. PhytoSalt is effective on high blood pressure and is a microplastics-free salt as well. By desalinating Salicornia, Phyto Corporation has also developed a new superfood, "PhytoMeal," that can solve the global food shortage.
SnapDNA has developed the food industry’s fastest molecular pathogen test. Our technology meets or exceeds every metric established for lab-based testing enabling enrichment-free, sample-to-answer test results in 20 minutes for critical pathogens such as listeria, salmonella, and E. coli. SnapDNA’s RNA/DNA-based platform works with industry established sample sizes and collection methods, detects live cells only, and provides quantitative results with near-zero false positive accuracy.
The Better Meat Co. is a business-to-business ingredients company that helps institutional food sellers boost their meat products by using less meat and more plants. In short, we provide innovative plant protein formulas for foodservice providers and meat processors to make their meat, in a word, better. Their various lines of delicious plant proteins blend seamlessly into ground meat products, enabling our customers to enhance the taste of their products while improving both nutrition and sustainability, all in a cost-competitive way.
Yarok Microbio makes a technology for fast detection of dangerous bacteria (E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) for the agri-food sector. Detecting bacteria in fresh food using current methods is too slow: results come only after products are marketed or consumed, a cause for product recalls, lawsuits, health hazards. Based on a new multidisciplinary approach, Yarok gives accurate results in 45 minutes instead of days and in a work-shift time frame.