January 12, 2015 – Boulder-based GeoVisual Analytics will participate in the THRIVE Accelerator for the next two months as a result of winning the THRIVE competition in San Jose, California in December. The THRIVE Accelerator is focused on helping high tech startups bring the latest innovations to the agricultural industry.
GeoVisual was one of ten companies selected to participate in the THRIVE Accelerator after more than 40 international AgTech companies pitched their teams, technology and visions for growth at the THRIVE Accelerator’s Seed Camp in December.
The THRIVE Accelerator will take place in Salinas, California from January-March 2015 and is driven by SVG Partners and Forbes. The mentorship program gives the ten startup companies direct access to the top agricultural companies in the world and provides a unique collaboration that’s designed to meet future food demand and to increase global production through technology.
GeoVisual’s NASA-funded satellite imagery research offers to give growers an up-to-date picture of the current season’s crops to help manage resources related to crop production and distribution. Unpredictable and extreme weather are making this a more and more relevant issue for producers across the globe. A recent forestry-related example in Colorado and the West is the rapid deforestation from the pine beetle in just a few years.
According to GeoVisual CEO Jeff Orrey, “The explosion in cloud computing resources plus the current micro satellite boom are paving the way for continuous, global, precision ag monitoring in the next few years. These monitoring capabilities will help manage not only agriculture but other natural resources as well, raising awareness about what is changing on our planet – from polar ice to rain forests.”
GeoVisual and the nine other top finalists will wrap up their THRIVE experience with a final Demo Day March 4th. Winners from the Demo Day will be prominently highlighted during the SVG/Forbes Reinventing America AgTech Summit on July 8 and 9, 2015, and will compete for funding and the chance to deploy their technology at one of the industry’s top companies.