Alexis Ford-Duncil
Water, Energy and Technology Center 
2911 E. Barstow Ave. 
Fresno, CA 93710


FRESNO, Calif. – Thriving is the perfect way to describe it! Just months after the sixth Valley Ventures cohort concluded its accelerator program, three graduates, Nurture Growth Biofertilizer, RHST Industries and Verdi have been accepted into SVG Ventures | THRIVE’s first iteration of their THRIVE Canada Accelerator Program. The program supports early-stage startups from all areas of the value chain whose technologies drive towards a more efficient, sustainable, and secure agriculture future.

“Having three Valley Ventures accelerator alumni join our inaugural THRIVE Canada Accelerator speaks volumes to both programs. By continuing to support AgTech and FoodTech companies through a robust ecosystem we will create a stronger industry and bring innovation to the forefront of agriculture,” said John Hartnett, CEO, SVG VENTURES|THRIVE.

Though admission to the program is fiercely competitive, a total of ten ventures were accepted out of 168 applicants.

“It is wonderful to have three of our Valley Ventures accelerator alumni from our sixth cohort accepted into SVG Ventures' THRIVE Canada Accelerator,” said Jeff Macon, Ventures Development Manager at the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center. “I look forward to seeing Nurture Growth Biofertilizer, RHST Industries, and Verdi solve meaningful problems in agriculture in Canada, California, and beyond.”  

About Nurture Growth Biofertilizer:
Nurture Growth Biofertilizer upcycles food waste from restaurants and transforms it into an organic microbial biofertilizer with biostimulant and bioinnoculant benefits that build healthy soils and stimulate plant growth. 

About RHST Industries:
RHST Industries is a Canadian-based company featuring the Water Pearl, a Nature-Based Solution for sustainable resilient agriculture. This biomimicry technology inhibits water evaporation allowing farmers to harvest more groundwater, with a simple drop it and forget it solution that is an inert, organic cover layer that can generate more crop per drop.

About Verdi:
Verdi is building the first commercial platform to deliver personalized nutrition to specific plants in the field. We help growers significantly improve crop value while protecting crops from environmental stress and water scarcity. 
Nurture Growth Biofertilizer, RHST Industries and Verdi will participate in the three-month program that provides investment, direct access to prospective customers, partners, mentors and subject matter experts in addition to global brand visibility. The program culminates with a Demo Day held at the THRIVE Canada Agtech Summit during the Calgary Stampede in July.

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In 2022, the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center is celebrating 15 years of helping ventures grow healthy businesses starting from innovative ideas to commercially viable products and services. The Valley Ventures accelerator program and the BlueTechValley Initiative help in bolstering the success of water, energy and ag-technology ventures in California’s Central Valley and beyond.
About SVG Ventures|THRIVE
SVG Ventures | THRIVE is the leading global agrifood investment and innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley, and comprised of top agriculture, food & technology corporations, universities, and investors. With a community of over 5,000 startups from 100 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates, and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. SVG’s global partners include Media Partner Forbes and leading government, agriculture, and technology corporations such as Corteva, Driscoll’s, FCC, Kubota, Land O’Lakes, Trimble, Taylor Farms, Bayer, ICL, Nutrien, Intel, Valmont, UFA, Yamaha Motor Ventures and Wilbur-Ellis. Learn more at 

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