Montpellier startups united under the #FoodTech and #AgTech banners are creating tomorrow’s farming and food. These two French Tech thematic networks bring Montpellier Métropole to the forefront of agronomic and agri-food innovation.
DronesAn #AgTech network is developing within the #FoodTech thematic network, which operates downstream in the agri-food chain close to end-consumers. Active at a higher level in farm production, #AgTech comprises 120 companies specialized, in particular, in software, IT, and digital solutions that make it easier to manage agricultural operations and ensure production traceability. These companies provide a variety of tools to manage fields, including drones, satellite data, sensors, modeling and decision-making tools. The leader in this sector is Montpellier-based SMAG (formerly Neotic), the first startup incubated at SupAgro. SMAG is a driving factor in the Montpellier metropolitan area. Fruition Sciences is another local gem that has become a benchmark in the viticulture industry.
“Many companies here are very active with food-related innovation and cutting-edge solutions for farming,” adds Pascal Peny. “That is a specific feature of the Montpellier Métropole area. With the presence of 2,500 researchers at INRA, Cirad, SupAgro, and other research centers, this area benefits from a scientific community that is pretty unique in the world."