San Francisco-based Agtonomy raised $22.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Momenta to revolutionize agriculture through strategic partnerships, driving the development of advanced autonomous and AI solutions that promise significant agricultural innovation and propel digital transformation in agriculture to new heights. The Series A also witnessed participation from Doosan Bobcat North America and Toyota Ventures.
Agtonomy, under the leadership of CEO Tim Bucher, specializes in providing innovative solutions to pressing challenges in the agricultural industry. “Agtonomy’s technology is built to be embedded in equipment and implements, upskilling available labor,” said Bucher.
The company collaborates with equipment Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Bobcat, embedding intelligence in tractors and implements. This infusion of “smarts” drives digital transformation, offering scalable solutions that address issues like labor scarcity, sustainability, and shrinking profit margins farmers face.
“By collaborating with established OEMs, we fast-track our sustainable technology to market, delivering essential solutions to address the pressing challenges of labor shortages and climate change for farmers and land maintenance operators,” he added.
Momenta Leads Series A Funding
Momenta, recognized as a leader in industrial impact investment, spearheaded the Series A funding for Agtonomy. With this capital injection, Agtonomy aims to advance its customer pilot program, ensuring widespread adoption of its transformative technologies. The funds will also accelerate the ongoing development of Agtonomy’s pioneering offerings, contributing significantly to the digital transformation in agriculture.
“Agtonomy is at the intersection of AI, Autonomy and Agriculture, a perfect storm of opportunity in our Industrial Impact investment focus. With their leading autonomy stack, they provide an essential solution for top-tier OEMs, like Doosan Bobcat,” said Michael Dolbec, Momenta’s Managing Partner.
Strategic investors Doosan Bobcat North America, Inc. and Toyota Ventures have joined forces with Momenta in this funding initiative.
These partnerships signify the industry’s recognition of Agtonomy’s potential to revolutionize agriculture through advanced autonomous and AI solutions. The collaboration with renowned equipment OEMs positions Agtonomy as a key player in driving digital innovation in the agricultural landscape.
Addressing Global Food Security Concerns
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization projects a daunting task for the global community – producing 60 percent more food by 2050 to feed a population of 9.3 billion. Agtonomy’s focus on leveraging technology to enhance efficiency becomes crucial in meeting this challenge. The skilled labor crisis and the impact of climate change further emphasize the need for transformative solutions in agriculture.
Advantech, a global leader in digital industrial solutions, supported Agtonomy’s vision. Jerry O’Gorman, VP at Advantech IIOT division, highlighted the engineering challenge of autonomous mobility solutions in agriculture. The collaboration between Agtonomy and Advantech aims to co-create solutions that address these challenges and facilitate the scaling of advanced autonomous technologies in agriculture.
Agtonomy’s successful Series A funding, led by Momenta and supported by strategic partners, marks a significant milestone in advancing autonomous and AI solutions for agriculture.
The infusion of $22.5 million will empower Agtonomy to not only expand its customer pilot program but also accelerate the development of solutions that are vital for addressing the challenges faced by the agricultural industry globally.
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