John Deere have welcomed four new companies into its Startup Collaborator program for its 2021 cohort. The program was launched in 2019 to enhance and deepen interaction with startup companies whose technology could add value for John Deere customers.
John Deere director – emerging technology Julian Sanchez said he was excited to welcome the new companies and looks forward to them, with Deere, helping to drive better returns for customers. “The Startup Collaborator program continues to build tremendous interactions between startups and John Deere,” Sanchez said. “This year is no different as this diverse group of companies has great potential to transform our markets. “Innovation is one of our company’s core values. “The program is one way we can continue the innovative spirit that has helped define John Deere for more than 180 years.”
The four startups working to transform their industries chosen were Nori, NVision Ag, Scanit and Teleo. Nori is a company working to reverse climate change by building a carbon market where all types of consumers, from individuals to large corporations can purchase carbon credits directly from farmers. NVision Ag is working to help corn farmers make nitrogen management decisions based on data modelling and aerial imaging.
Scanit aims to provide physical detection and classification of airborne plant pathogens before widespread disease is onset. Teleo is a company that is converting construction and mining equipment into tele-operated robots controlled by operators working remotely. This is to help increase productivity and operational benefits for contractors.
These four companies will take part in the year-long program where they have the flexibility with Deere to test innovative technologies with customers and dealers without a more formal business relationship. The companies also gain affiliation and receive mentoring from Deere, a recognised leader in technology for agricultural and construction equipment.