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18 finalists selected for round one of Grow-NY competition

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Empire State   The Grow-NY region includes a broad 22-county swath

18 companies were selected to take part in round one of the Grow-NY food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge.

Topics: Competition

The contenders were chosen from a field of almost 200 startups that applied to be part of the initiative, which is focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage and agriculture innovation cluster in Central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier.

The applicant pool represented 23 different states and 16 countries.

The Grow-NY region includes a broad 22-county swath that includes Upstate New York's farming community as well as several major urban centers, including Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton.

The selected finalists include:

AgVoice - Norcross, Georgia
Capro-X - Ithaca, New York
Combplex - Ithaca, New York
Dropcopter - Syracuse, New York
Halomine - Ithaca, New York
Whole Healthy Food - Ithaca, New York
Independent Barley & Malt - Litchfield, Michigan
Livestock Water Recycling - Alberta, Canada
Nuravine - New York City, New York
Paragon Pure - Princeton, New Jersey
The Perfect Granola - Victor, New York
Radical Plastics - Beverly, Massachusetts
RealEats America - Geneva, New York
Re-Nuble - Rochester, New York
Simply Good Jars - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Slate Craft Goods - Westwood, Massachusetts
Tiliter - Munich, Germany
Varcode - Naperville, Illinois

Each startup has recently been assigned a mentor who will help them make connections in the region, plan regional business trips, and refine their business pitches.

The finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of Grow-NY judges and a live audience from November 12 to November 13, 2019 at the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Cornell University is administering the competition through its Center for Regional Economic Advancement.

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