2019 Winners

The Grow-NY Finalists include innovative, high-growth food and agriculture startups from across the globe

In our first year of competition we saw an outstanding cohort of finalists that represent much-needed innovation and potential for impact in the Grow-NY region. We congratulate all of our finalists on their vision, their growth during our business development phase, and their dynamic performance in the live pitches. You can learn more about our inaugural winners below.

2019 Grow-NY $1,000,000 Winner

RealEats company winning the $1 Million Grow-NY Prize

Since winning in 2019, RealEats is now partnering with GNC, reaching tens of millions of users on GNC.com each month and expanding its shipment range to all 50 U.S. states. RealEats’ new Geneva facility will enable the company to grow to $300M in annual sales in the coming years. 

Real Eats

RealEats America

Delivers fresh, healthy meals, while minimizing food waste
Geneva, NY

RealEats is a mission-driven, innovative food-tech company that develops products to make it simple for people to access and enjoy the benefits of real food. The company’s first product innovation is a highly successful line of healthy, hyper-convenient meals that minimize food waste. RealEats meals are delivered directly to consumers and are available in RealEats branded,  healthy smart fridges in corporate office locations.

2019 Grow-NY $500,000 Winners

Dropcopter

Dropcopter

Leverages drones to pollinate crops and increase crop yield
Syracuse, NY

Since winning in 2019, Dropcopter has developed customer bases for their drone-centric pollination technology portfolio throughout North America, South America, and Israel. 

Tiliter

Tiliter

Identifies products at supermarket checkouts with AI—no bar code needed
Munich, Germany

Through its Rochester branch office, Australian company Tiliter has developed strategic partnerships with Bizerba North America, IdolMea, and Retail Data Systems, which grows its tech globally.

2019 Grow-NY $250,000 Winners

Capro-X

Capro-X

Upcycles dairy waste into valuable biofuels and bioplastics
Ithaca, NY

Capro-X is producing new chemicals and bioplastics to be introduced in 2022.

Combplex

Combplex

Eliminates pests that threaten the health of honeybee hives
Ithaca, NY

Complex has hired additional employees and is raising a Series A round. 

The Perfect Granola

The Perfect Granola

Crafts locally-sourced granola for NY schools while giving back
Victor, NY

The Perfect Granola has used its expanded Victor, New York, facility to partner with PepsiCo’s Food for Good, expanding its brand philanthropic reach. 

Whole Healthy Food

Whole Healthy Food

Develops new food ingredients with therapeutic benefits
Ithaca, NY

Having grown its tech and product portfolio, Whole Healthy Food is ready to expand its product sales.

2019 Grow-NY Finalists

  • AgVoice
    AgVoice
    2019, Finalist
  • Capro-X
    Capro-X
    2019, Finalist
  • Combplex
    Combplex
    2019, Finalist
  • Dropcopter
    Dropcopter
    2019, Finalist
  • Halomine
    Halomine
    2019, 2020, Finalist
  • Independent Barley & Malt
    Independent Barley & Malt
    2019, Finalist
  • Livestock Water Recycling
    Livestock Water Recycling
    2019, Finalist
  • Nuravine
    Nuravine
    2019, Finalist
  • Paragon Pure
    Paragon Pure
    2019, Finalist
  • Radical Plastics
    Radical Plastics
    2019, Finalist
  • Re-Nuble
    Re-Nuble
    2019, 2020, Finalist
  • RealEats America
    RealEats America
    2019, Finalist
  • Simply Good Jars
    Simply Good Jars
    2019, 2020, Finalist
  • Slate Chocolate Milk
    Slate Chocolate Milk
    2019, Finalist
  • The Perfect Granola
    The Perfect Granola
    2019, Finalist
  • Tiliter
    Tiliter
    2019, Finalist
  • Whole Healthy Food
    Whole Healthy Food
    2019, Finalist
AGVoice
AGVoice
AgVoice

Enables food and ag workers to use management tools on-the-go

Norcross, GA

AgVoice helps site-specific agriculture professional teams capture and analyze clean, verified, and structured data in real-time. AgVoice is the world’s first voice-driven, hands-free, workflow management and analytics platform for mobile workers in the food and agriculture industry. Its software service enables mobile users to conduct verifiable and fast inspections, capture workflow, and compile reports for the agri-food supply chain quicker and more accurately than other programs. AgVoice recognizes food and agriculture terminology, is user-correctable up to 100% accuracy, and works with no internet connection.


AgVoice website

AgVoiceGlobal

@AgVoiceGlobal

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2019, Finalist
Capro-X
Capro-X
Capro-X

Upcycles dairy waste into valuable biofuels and bioplastics

Ithaca, NY

Capro-X has created a sustainable fermentation technology to upcycle dairy wastewater. Capro-X processes Greek yogurt’s problematic acid whey waste through its WheyAway treatment systems that are installed at Greek yogurt production plants and produces treated water and “bio-oil”— a sustainable, natural, food-grade alternative to oils sourced from palm oil. Capro-X has a pilot system installed at Byrne Dairy’s Cortland, NY plant and has secured a customer to purchase its bio-oil for food and personal care products.


Capro-X website

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2019, Finalist
Combplex
Combplex
Combplex

Eliminates pests that threaten the health of honeybee hives

Ithaca, NY

Combplex solves the primary problem driving honey bee population decline by eliminating the invasive Varroa mite. Combplex builds fully electronic, low-power, and chemical free miticide that specifically targets Varroa mites, while leaving bees unharmed. The device works year-round and does not contaminate the honey – two critical advantages over current solutions. The device seamlessly integrates into a beekeeper’s typical management practices. In addition to treating mites, the device collects valuable colony-wide data that enables beekeepers to prioritize hives that need the most care and helps inform crop yield forecasts and identify local regions of intensive pesticide use.


Combplex website

Combplex

@BeeCombplex

@BeeCombplex

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2019, Finalist
Dropcopter
Dropcopter
Dropcopter

Leverages drones to pollinate crops and increase crop yield

Syracuse, NY

Dropcopter uses drones to pollinate crops and is the first company in the world to offer automated pollination as a service. One third of the world’s food requires insect pollination and the rapid decline in pollinator insects is threatening the world’s food security. Dropcopter supplements and improves bee pollination and can increase crop set by 60%. Dropcopter’s patented device and method has been used to pollinate almonds, apples, cherries, and pears for paying customers in California, New York, and Washington.


Dropcopter website

@Dropcopter

Dropcopter on YouTube

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2019, Finalist
Halomine
Halomine
Halomine

Develops anti-microbial products to ensure the safety of our food supply

Ithaca, NY

Halomine develops antimicrobial coating products that make most any surface into an antimicrobial surface that can protect against pathogens for as long as thirty days. Foodborne pathogens, e.g. listeria and salmonella, are part of a $55 billion food safety problem that kills up to 3,000 people a year. Other organisms, like mold, can shorten food shelf life. Halomine’s first product, HaloFilm, can be sprayed on any surface and leaves behind a thin film that combats pathogens for as long as a month. Continuous protection on most every surface in food processing environments will reduce the likelihood of product recalls and extend the longevity of produce.


Halomine website

HalomineInc

@halomineinc

Halomine on LinkedIn

@HalomineInc

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2019, 2020, Finalist
Independent-Barley-Malt
Independent-Barley-Malt
Independent Barley & Malt

Growing new supply chains to provide world-class malt for the craft food and beverage market

Litchfield, MI

Independent Barley & Malt (IB&M) creates commercial-scale grain refining supply chains that unite locally-grown barley, locally-produced malt, and local craft beverage and specialty food manufacturers into an integrated ecosystem. These ecosystems provide a local supply of world-class, competitively-priced malt products. In New York, IB&M is building a state-of-the-art grain refining facility demanding over 2.5M bushels of barley and other grains from local farmers, replacing more expensive, imported products with local ones. IB&M’s local malt ecosystem reduces transportation costs and carbon emissions and spurs local innovation and collaboration, while supplying high-demand food and beverage ingredients.


Independent Barley & Malt website

Independent Barley & Malt on LinkedIn

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2019, Finalist
Livestock-Water-Recycling
Livestock-Water-Recycling
Livestock Water Recycling

Modernizes manure management to improve yield and sustainability

Alberta, Canada

Livestock Water Recycling’s manure management solution reduces the overall volume of manure, concentrates nutrients for better crop yield, and delivers a renewable, high-quality water source. The technology-based solution offers farmers a high return on investment (20-30%) and minimizes the environmental impact of livestock farming. Livestock Water Recycling enables farmers to grow more crops and produce more food using less money and fewer resources.


Livestock Water Recycling website

LWRinc

@LWR_Inc

LWR on LinkedIn

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2019, Finalist
Nuravine
Nuravine
Nuravine

Maximizes indoor and greenhouse crop yield via water nutrient solutions

New York, NY

Nuravine provides automated water nutrient solutions for indoor and greenhouse cultivators, solving their most common pain-points: inconsistent yields due to variation in nutrient levels, high labor costs due to tedious hand watering, and crop-loss anxiety due to an inability to verify nutrient levels 24/7. Nuravine produces hardware devices that utilize the latest sensor technology to collect valuable environmental data and make automated corrections in real-time. Data is collected by Nuravine’s cloud platform and analyzed by nutrient algorithms to enable cultivators to maximize yields consistently.


Nuravine website

@Nuravine

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2019, Finalist
Paragon-Pure
Paragon-Pure
Paragon Pure

Creates flavors, colors and nutrients protected within whole grain rice flour

Princeton, NJ

Paragon Pure produces affordable, high performing encapsulation solutions with simple, natural ingredients. The packaged food industry heavily relies on synthetic additives like chemically modified starch to protect sensitive ingredients. Paragon Pure’s first innovation uses whole grain rice flour as a natural replacement for these additives protecting flavors, colors and nutrients, within a broad range of dry foods including fruit powders, snack chips, cake mixes, and beverage blends.


Paragon Pure website

Paragon Pure on LinkedIn

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2019, Finalist
Radical-Plastics
Radical-Plastics
Radical Plastics

Developed a patented catalyst technology that renders conventional plastics biodegradable

Beverly, MA

Radical Plastics is creating biodegradable plastic compounds that have the same favorable economics, outstanding properties and recyclability of conventional plastics with the added benefit of complete biodegradability. Radical Plastics compounds are used to produce plastic mulch films that have excellent physical properties and yet, are fully degradable in soil. This technology can also be used to produce other types of films, bags and netting used in agriculture and flexible packaging.


Radical Plastics website

Radical Plastics on LinkedIn

@PlasticsRadical

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2019, Finalist
Re-Nuble
Re-Nuble
Re-Nuble

Transforms food waste into industrial-grade, water soluble, organic hydroponic nutrients for soilless farming

New York, NY

Re-Nuble is an agtech company that uniquely uses organic cycling science and proprietary technology to convert food waste into industrial-grade, water soluble, organic hydroponic nutrients for soilless farming. Re-Nuble’s solution aims to decarbonize the global fertilizer supply chain and help soilless farms obtain 20-60% in profit margin by producing food in the organic category while lowering their carbon footprint. Re-Nuble’s proprietary nutrient delivery system produces organic hydroponic nutrients that are 2X more cost-effective than the dominant, conventional mineral salts.


Re-Nuble website

ReNuble

@Re_Nuble

Re-Nuble on LinkedIn

@Re_Nuble

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2019, 2020, Finalist
RealEats
RealEats
RealEats America

Delivers fresh, healthy meals, while minimizing food waste

Geneva, NY

Building a healthier food future with healthy, responsibly sourced meals that minimize food waste.

RealEats is a mission-driven, innovative food-tech company that develops products to make it simple for people to access and enjoy the benefits of real food. The company’s first product innovation is a highly successful line of healthy, hyper-convenient meals that minimize food waste. RealEats meals are delivered directly to consumers and are available in RealEats branded,  healthy smart fridges in corporate office locations.


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2019, Finalist
Simply-Good-Jars
Simply-Good-Jars
Simply Good Jars

Expands access to sustainable, restaurant quality meals in a convenient, pre-packaged format

Philadelphia, PA

Simply Good Jars is a Certified B Corporation that produces and distributes chef-crafted meals in convenient ways. Founded by a chef in the fall of 2017, the company is driven to provide fast on-the-go food that is tastier, healthier, and better for the environment. Currently, Simply Good Jars is distributed through retail and food service partners in the Mid-Atlantic States, Cincinnati, and Chicago. All products are inspected by on-site USDA inspectors and have exceeded the highest standard for food safety.


Simply Good Jars website

SimplyGoodJars

@SimplyGoodJars

Simply Good Jars on LinkedIn

@SimplyGoodJars

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2019, 2020, Finalist
Slate
Slate
Slate Chocolate Milk

Crafts better chocolate milk in cans for adults

Boston, MA

Chocolate milk has always been perceived as a high-in-sugar kids’ drink. Through significant product enhancements and a unique packaging style, Slate is crafting the world’s first all-natural, lower sugar, higher protein line of canned, lactose-free chocolate milks for millennials and adults.


Slate Chocolate Milk website

SlateMilk

@SlateMilk

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2019, Finalist
The-Perfect-Granola
The-Perfect-Granola
The Perfect Granola

Crafts locally-sourced granola for NY schools while giving back

Victor, NY

The Perfect Granola produces allergy-free, locally sourced, single-serve granola for NY schools. The company purchases raw ingredients and “seconds” from local farms, providing them with new revenue streams. These products are New York State’s first NYS Grown & Certified Ready-To-Eat Grain Product and NYS’s First Grain Process that is part of the Farm-to-Institution Program. The Perfect Granola business model is designed to give back to the community. The company shares profits and food with homeless shelters, outreach centers, and food banks; hires at-risk youth; and recently built a production line at Foodlink to expand their workforce development training program for adults living in poverty.


The Perfect Granola website

PerfectGranola

@PerfectGranola

@PerfectGranola

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2019, Finalist
Tiliter
Tiliter
Tiliter

Identifies products at supermarket checkouts with AI—no bar code needed

Munich, Germany

Tiliter installs artificial intelligence technology at supermarket checkouts to recognize products, like fruits and vegetables, without barcodes. Tiliter’s AI technology software identifies products in less than one second with 99% accuracy and can be integrated into any checkout, without the need for an internet connection. Tiliter’s scanning technology also eliminates the need for plastic packaging that has historically been used to adhere barcode information.


Tiliter website

Tiliter

Tiliter on LinkedIn

@TiliterTech

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2019, Finalist
Whole-Healthy-Food
Whole-Healthy-Food
Whole Healthy Food

Develops new food ingredients with therapeutic benefits

Ithaca, NY

Whole Healthy Food creates therapeutic food ingredients and is currently focused on producing a white kidney bean protein that can be added to foods and beverages. Clinical studies have shown that the protein can efficiently block starch enzyme activity—allowing it to reduce blood glucose spikes and caloric intake. The protein, currently produced in a powder, is a natural way to reduce the human body’s carbohydrate and calorie intake without changing diet. Whole Healthy Food plans to build a plant protein processing factory in New York state to produce its food ingredients.


Whole Healthy Food website

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2019, Finalist