Empowerment through agritech startups
The Tech Giant Microsoft has launched a new programme “Microsoft for Agritech Startups” to accelerate the growth of Agritech Startups in India.
The Company had announced that this programme will offer the best in class technology and business enablement resources to help the startups innovate and scale fast. Under this programme, the startups will get access to Azure FarmBeats which is available in Azure Marketplace.
What is Azure FarmBeats?
Azure FarmBeats enables to build agriculture solutions from different data sources like sensors, satellites, drones, and weather stations. Azure FarmBeats helps in assessing the farm’s health using water index based on the satellite image, enables to check soil moisture maps based on the fusion of satellite & sensor data and offers many other benefits.
The Microsoft for Agritech Startups programme is spread across three tiers:
- All Startups: Startups which have raised Seed (Initial stage) to Series C round will get Azure benefits (including free credits), unlimited technical support and Azure Marketplace onboarding.
- Co-sell startups: Startups with enterprise-ready solutions can scale quickly with joint go-to-market strategy, new sales opportunities and technical support with Microsoft Partner.
- Co-create solutions: Startups looking to create digital agriculture solutions have the opportunity to co-build customized solutions with Azure FarmBeats without investing in deep data engineering resources.
According to NASSCOM, every ninth Agritech Startup in the world is from India. India is home to 535 Agritech startups as on April 2020, as per the data from Tracxn. Some of the leading Agritech startups in India are AgroStart, Intello Labs, CroFarm, CropIn, Aarav Unmanned Systems, Farm2Farm, and Ninjakart to name a few. Agritech startups in India are transforming agriculture by innovative digital solutions with greater efficiency, thereby maximising productivity.
The “Microsoft for Agritech Startups” programme will largely help the Agritech Startups to boost their businesses and will enhance the growth of Agriculture sector in India.
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