Governor Cuomo Announces 18 Finalists Selected for Round One of Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Business Competition

September 11, 2019

Applications for Competition were Received from 23 States and 16 Countries

The Food and Agriculture Industry Competition is Funded through Upstate Revitalization Initiatives - CNY Rising, Finger Lakes Forward and Southern Tier Soaring - Regional Comprehensive Strategies Aimed at Revitalizing Communities and Growing the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the 18 companies selected to take part in round one of the Grow-NY food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge. 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 Grow-NY competition has attracted a group of diverse, innovative entrepreneurs who are ready to focus on finding new ways to further transform New York State's world-renowned food and agricultural industry," Governor Cuomo said. "Through efforts like Grow-NY we are continuing to bolster these regional economies and foster statewide growth in this critical industry."

"New York has among the best food products in the world, and the agricultural industry is an important part of our statewide economy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Continuing to build on our investments in agriculture, the Grow-NY competition will support startups focused on the future of the industry. We are committed to fostering innovative ideas, boosting job growth, and promoting our farms and local products to further strengthen the economy."

Read the full press release here.