FarmSense, Inc. was recently selected as one of two winners of the inaugural Riverside Angel Summit, a partnership between University of California, Riverside (UCR), the City of Riverside and community members. The Riverside Angel Summit is a program created to foster a thriving angel investment culture in the Riverside region by connecting investors to high-quality, vetted local entrepreneurs. FarmSense emerged from an initial group of over 50 companies that applied to the competition and received $42,000 from Citrus Seeds LLC angel investors.
An agriculture startup, FarmSense was founded by UCR professor Eamonn Keogh and Shailendra Singh, who earned his doctoral degree at UCR in 2015. The company developed FlightSensor, a digital monitoring system that alerts growers about crop pests so they can better manage the use of insecticide sprays. The company’s product combines an automated sensor with a data subscription service to provide treatment options based on artificial intelligence and predictive modeling. It integrates into any farm management system, detects multiple species and is designed to pay for itself within one season.
“This investment will allow us to speed manufacturing to help scale our technology and accelerate commercialization. We are thankful to the UC Riverside team and Citrus Seeds for putting their trust in us and for the mentoring to help us get to where we are today,” said FarmSense Chief Executive Officer Leslie Hickle.
Source: UC Riverside
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