The Future Agro Challenge is a global competition held in more than 60 countries that selects innovating agri-food entrepreneurs to gain access to world class mentors, investors, potential clients and new market opportunities. The competition culminates in the Global Agripreneurs Summit, where the winners are announced in the midst of this assembly that gathers agri-food stakeholders from around the world, to work together to help bring life to game changing innovations, and propel agriculture as a sustainable source of growth and economic development.
For the third year in a row Berytech has partnered with the Future Agro Challenge in Lebanon, announcing a yearly ‘Lebanese Agripreneur of the Year’ to participate in the world finals. This year, Marc Aoun, co-founder of Compost Baladi grabbed the title for his work in providing waste management products and services for municipalities, commercial establishments, households, restaurants, and academic institutions.
The young founder competed against 37 other startups during the summit while Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy GM of Berytech received the Impact Maker of the Year Award 2019 on behalf of Lebanon for the work done by Berytech within the Agrytech program in Lebanon.
The Future Agro Challenge competition announced SwarmFarm (Australia) as second runner up at the FAC, a technology platform created by farmers for farmers who wanted to find more sustainable ways to produce crops on their field by delivering autonomous robots to commercial farmers.
The first runner up was Eleos Robotics (Canada) who created Roboweeder, an artificially intelligent weeding killing robot that uses patent-pending precision heating technology to control weeds organically and autonomously.
And finally the winners and holders of the title ‘Agripreneur of the Year’ were Biome Makers (Spain) who have built the first digital platform providing a functional analysis of arable soil using the microbiome as a biomarker. Their technology digitizes the microbial biology of the soil offering independent and user friendly data-driven insights on soil bioactivity.