Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, was chosen among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers” – a selection of the world’s most innovative companies.
A mission-driven company, Indigo is bringing naturally derived products to market that allow for crops to better withstand environmental stress, while also engaging in a shared-risk business model with farmers to improve grower profitability worldwide. The company utilizes beneficial microbes residing within plant tissues to improve crop health and productivity.
Indigo’s 2017 portfolio is focused on water use efficiency and yield in cotton, wheat, rice, corn and soybeans. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with commercial and customer service based in Memphis, TN.
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early-stage companies involved in the design, development, and deployment of new technologies and innovations that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. The 30 Technology Pioneers that made it to the final selection are active in innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, microbiology, blockchain, and cybersecurity.
“We welcome Indigo to this group of extraordinary pioneers,” says Fulvia Montresor, head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “Indigo was selected for its use of a key emerging technology – solutions based on the plant microbiome. Such solutions will impact our ability to meet the global challenge of feeding a growing population while efficiently using natural resources, harnessing the benefits of nature itself.”
“We are honored to be among this year’s class of inspiring Technology Pioneers,” said David Perry, Indigo’s CEO and Director. “Indigo has the opportunity to build a new kind of agriculture company, one that is focused on farmer profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health. Our team is proud and grateful to have the support of the Forum, as we work to change the way that billions are fed.”
The Technology Pioneers were selected by a committee of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and corporate executives. Committee decisions are based on criteria including innovation, potential impact, and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Scribd, Spotify, Twitter, and Wikimedia.
Source – Indigo