Category Archives: New Ventures

Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5m to autonomously delve the deep

stope6Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously. Read more>>

Overfishing is destroying the world’s oceans. These start-ups think growing fish in a lab can help

Lab-grown fish may hit your dinner plate sooner than you think. A couple years ago, there were no companies focused on lab-grown seafood. Now a handful have cropped up, including Finless Foods, Blue Nalu, Wild Type and Seafuture. Their founders hope fish grown in a lab can help them break into the more than $120 billion seafood market, and make it more sustainable in the process. Read more>>

Vtrus launches drones to inspect and protect your warehouses and factories

ABI Taking off From BaseStationKnowing what’s going on in your warehouses and facilities is of course critical to many industries, but regular inspections take time, money, and personnel. Why not use drones? Vtrus uses computer vision to let a compact drone not just safely navigate indoor environments but create detailed 3D maps of them for inspectors and workers to consult, autonomously and in real time. Read more>>

This Scrappy Startup Wants To Save Family Farms. But Big Ag Is Fighting Back

Seed prices are surprisingly complex, but even herbicide and pesticide prices vary depending on a farm’s size and location, and agricultural suppliers tend to bundle products in a way that obscures their true cost. Since its founding, FBN has built a network of more than 6,500 farms to which it offers information, an online store and marketing help—all with the goal of making farmers more profitable. Read more>>