Trimble to Attend Thrive Innovation Summit

March 26, 2019

Wednesday, March 27th marks the 3rd annual THRIVE Innovation Summit, an event designed to showcase the latest AgTech innovations and gather the best of Ag’s industry leaders to discuss hot topics like blockchain, biotechnology, precision farming and autonomy. The Summit is held in Silicon Valley at Santa Clara University and attracts over 300 agriculture corporations, investors, farmers, and startup companies.

Over the last few years, the THRIVE Innovation Summit has provided attendees with the opportunity to exclusively hear from the 50 leading global AgTech companies identified in their annual THRIVE Top 50 Report. At this years’ summit, attendees will be hearing from founders and executives from CropIn Technology Solutions, AeroFarms, Pivot Bio, Prospera, Taranis Ag, Benson Hill Biosciences and Solinftech. Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford will be delivering the keynote and will be joined by a handful of other industry leaders, including our very own Senior Vice President of Trimble Agriculture, Darryl Matthews.

What is the THRIVE Top 50 Report?

The 2019 Top 50 report recognizes companies across six different technology categories and seven areas deemed as problematic within the Ag industry. The official report was developed after months of research with aid from SVG Ventures corporate partners’ such as Trimble, Land O’Lakes, Wilbur Ellis, Taylor Farms, Elanco, Corteva, E&J Gallo Winery, Verizon Wireless, the City of Salinas, Western Growers Association, Yamaha Motor Venture & Laboratory Silicon Valley, Driscoll’s Berries, JV Smith, and Wells Fargo.

Trimble’s Commitment to Advancement in Agriculture

On February 12, 2018, Trimble officially became the latest corporate partner to join the THRIVE AgTech Venture & Innovation Platform. The relationship between Trimble and SVG’s THRIVE platform represents a continued commitment to helping build a more sustainable agriculture supply chain and providing innovative solutions to farmers worldwide.

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“THRIVE is identifying startups that are bringing new and different technology to agriculture,” said Darryl Matthews, Trimble senior vice president. “Our aim is to advance technology by ensuring that new products have a path to the farmer and by leveraging our global distribution network of dealers who can provide a real-time feedback loop on these new technologies.”


Trimble Agriculture is excited to announce that they have sponsored three representatives from Agriculture Future of America (AFA), an organization that helps connect college students with industry professionals and future career opportunities, to attend the THRIVE Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley this year. Trimble’s partnership with AFA first began in the fall of 2016, just in time to sponsor the annual AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City, MO. The AFA Leaders Conference offers leader and career development training for talented young men and women pursuing a career in the Agricultural industry across the nation.


“The Trimble/AFA relationship has become a great avenue for Trimble to connect with highly qualified students who have become Trimble employees.  Trimble is excited to foster a relationship between the AFA and Thrive. The AFA is molding future leaders in Agriculture, many of which will be driving the future of Ag technology.  The Thrive Innovation Summit is a perfect venue for students to engage with up-and-coming startups and gain an understanding of what it truly takes to innovate in today’s Ag Tech environment.” – Matthews


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