Six poultry technology startups involved in greenhouse gas emission reduction, reducing food waste, animal welfare, regenerative agriculture, packaging, soil health and water management were selected to receive mentorship and partnership opportunities from Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, at the company’s first-ever Demo Day event.

“This effort is surfacing the best and brightest innovations to tackle complex industry challenges,” said John R. Tyson, EVP, and chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods. “We’re excited about the promise each startup brings to create a comprehensive approach to sustainable food production.”

Participants at the inaugural Demo Day Event pitched innovative solutions for a more sustainable food system. A team of Tyson Foods’ senior leadership and Ventures Innovation Partners narrowed the field to twenty participants for Tyson Demo Day and served as an executive panel to determine outcomes from the final event presentations.

"There's tremendous talent and innovation in these early startups, and Tyson Foods has an opportunity to learn by collaborating with these young tech companies to create movements poised to disrupt the marketplace,” said Veronica Tapis Banuelos, maintenance planner at Tyson Foods Storm Lake and Demo Day executive panelist. 


The six finalists named were:

  • AgThera – Developers of innovative antimicrobial live biotherapeutics that facilitate the sustainable production of livestock. Components of this technology were previously presented at the 2020 Poultry Tech Summit.
  • BioIonix Inc. – A technology platform company that develops, manufactures and distributes proprietary electrolytic systems to eliminate biological and chemical contaminants from water.
  • FR8relay – A transportation company working to create a more efficient, profitable, equitable and sustainable trucking logistics ecosystem.
  • Grain4Grain – A technology firm that specializes in valorizing and upcycling a variety of food byproducts into food-safe ingredients and products for use in materials and cosmetics.
  • Tangible Robotics Inc. – A robotics manufacturer offering the possibility to automate tasks requiring true dexterity and manipulation abilities, beyond simple pick-and-place.
  • Vanguard Renewables – A national leader in developing food and dairy waste-to-renewable energy projects that decarbonize supply chains.

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Join an exclusive international gathering of industry-changing innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, technology experts, investors and leading poultry producers at the 2022 edition of Poultry Tech Summit on October 30 - November 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Attendees can expect the same groundbreaking innovation and insightful presentations that made the previous events well-attended with deep dialogue on new prospective solutions and next-generation technologies. Poultry Tech Summit focuses on the transition of innovative technologies into commercial applications to advance the poultry industry.

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