Thrive Winners & 2016 Accelerator Application Open!
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Erin Fogg 831-515-6403

Winners announced for Thrive Accelerator

Companies are poised to secure funding and commercial deployment with top AgTech industry leaders.

SAN JOSE, CA  â€“  Two of the most forward-thinking leaders in AgTech have been recognized for their innovation, commitment to sustainment, and the chance at commercial deployment at a leading agricultural company thanks to the first-of-its-kind Thrive Accelerator Program, presented in partnership with VerizonForbes and Western Growers Association. The Thrive Accelerator is a highly selective mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups working specifically in agriculture. 


Nora Khaldi, founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Nuritas based in Dublin, Ireland, won the 2015 SVG Thrive Accelerator Award. Nuritas scans food for peptides, which are pieces of proteins with potential health benefits, then isolates them. Nuritas uses these isolated peptides as ingredients in products like granola bars or face creams.


California Safe Soil, or CSS, won the Sustainability Award, which was presented to CEO Daniel Morash. The product, H2H, uses produce scraps as the main ingredient for the innovative fertilizer. H2H has been shown to reduce nitrogen runoff, increase yield and lower water demand; particularly for strawberries and raspberries in Monterey County.
The winners were chosen from among nine Thrive startup companies who initially competed with 40 other AgTech companies from Peru, Israel, Switzerland, Panama, France, UK, Ireland and from across the USA at Thrive's Seed Camp in late 2014.

Representatives of a powerful group of expert mentors from the likes of Forbes, Taylor Farms, Western Growers Association, Smith Group and Verizon worked with the Thrive Finalists during the Thrive Accelerator Program from January through June 2015, preparing them to present at last week's invitation-only “Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit” event which brought together hundreds of the smartest and most innovative minds in Silicon Valley and global agriculture in the heart of one of America's largest agricultural centers - the Salinas Valley. Participants and presenters at the Summit tackled some of the world’s most critical food and ag related challenges, connecting tech, agriculture and venture capital.
"These winners represent everything that is exciting about this moment in AgTech," said John Hartnett, CEO of SVG Partners. "We're thrilled that our Thrive Accelerator has helped bring their ideas and innovative spirit to the world stage and we're really looking forward to 2016."

The application process for the 2016 Thrive Accelerator is open now. Applications can be submitted online at

The Thrive Accelerator Program is conceived and led by SVG Partners. Learn more about the Thrive Accelerator here.
Above John Hartnett, Founder of SVG Partners, celebrates with Steve Forbes, Thrive Accelerator winner Nuritas' Dr Nora Khaldi, and Paul Noglows, Executive Producer of Forbes' Reinventing America Project.
For more information or to request an interview, please contact Erin Fogg: (831) 515-6403, Photos available upon request.
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