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Resident agtech startups at Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology are making news

By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

March 9, 2018 — Santa Cruz, CA

Last week we published Boost Biomes Launches With $2.05M Seed Funding to Develop Microbiome-Based Products. Despite that being big news, most of you have never heard of Boost Biomes before. That’s probably because their connection to our Central Coast tech ecosystem is that they are a resident startup at Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WG-CIT), an agtech-focused business incubator in Salinas.

This week, we are sharing news from four other startups currently in residence at WG-CIT. We will continue to feature more of WG-CIT’s startups and activities in the future.

Concentric Power

Concentric Power, a provider of high-efficiency energy modules for onsite refrigeration and electric power generation, recently launched a $100 million financing program for cogeneration and microgrid projects. Read Power Magazine’s article, listen to a podcast with Concentric Power’s founder and CEO, Brian Curtis. And, read the press release.


HarvestPort is a shared economy marketplace benefiting specialty crop farmers in California. HarvestPort was featured on PBS Success Files, hosted by Rob Lowe. Watch the vdeo segment below. And, learn how HarvestPort first got started with a shared economy business model for equipment in this HarvestPort commercial.

Augean Robotics

Fast Company featured Augean‘s robotic wheelbarrow in This Robotic Wheelbarrow Will Follow Farmworkers As They Pick Berries. Watch the wheelbarrow in action:


WaterBit is a precision irrigation company. Their recent partnership with AT&T was detailed in ForbesGlobal NewsWire, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Learn more about WaterBit’s in this video:


The information above is from WG-CIT.


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Santa Cruz Tech Beat published a piece by Stephanie Metzinger on our Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology in City of Salinas earlier this week; the article highlights the changing industry of farming in the West, and the technologies meeting the needs of growers. #AgTech "The Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) serves as a hub for the accelerated development and rapid deployment of innovative solutions to help farmers feed more people with fewer resources. ...To dramatically increase our global food production, we need a systematic transformation of the way we cultivate our food. That’s where technology comes in, and that’s where WG’s Center for Innovation & Technology plays a key role." Read the entire post here: Hazel Technologies AgVoice Concentric Power, Inc. HeavyConnect California Safe Soil Western Growers

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