FarmShots Thrives in Tech/Agriculture Crossroads

FarmShots uses satellite data to measure plant health, assess disease vulnerability, and reduce fertilizer and water waste on farms.

FarmShots uses satellite data to measure plant health, assess disease vulnerability, and reduce fertilizer and water waste on farms.

Josh Miller '16 has continued to push his Ag-Tech startup, FarmShots, to new limits. Find out more here! 

Mati Energy Keeps Buzzing

Production for Mati Energy Drink ramping up to meet demand. 

Production for Mati Energy Drink ramping up to meet demand. 

Getting your caffeine fix is easier than ever now as former DUhatch team, Mati Energy, continues to expand. 

College Campuses Win Big with Walla's Startup Challenge Victory

Judy Zhu, founder of app startup Walla, and her Melissa & Doug Program mentor, Howie Rhee, at the Duke Startup Challenge Grand Finale.

Judy Zhu, founder of app startup Walla, and her Melissa & Doug Program mentor, Howie Rhee, at the Duke Startup Challenge Grand Finale.

Walla, a new app from Duke student Judy Zhu, is changing student life for the better, and a win at this year's Duke Startup Challenge is placing them in the spotlight to shine. The app is an incredible tool that helps Duke students spontaneously connect over the things they enjoy by providing a platform for students to create events and/or requests for social interactions to see who in the community is interested in joining.

The app first launched on move-in day for the incoming freshman class, followed up with a campus wide release on September 21st, and has gained over 900 users since then. Zhu says she hopes to have the app on all college campuses in the coming years. Walla, previously Genie, was a DUhatch team and part of the Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurship program here at Duke. 

Farmshots harvests another $1.1 million from investors

Farmshots harvests another $1.1 million from investors

"Currently, 95 percent of the company’s work is done with satellite imagery, though a minimal amount does happen with drones."

"Currently, 95 percent of the company’s work is done with satellite imagery, though a minimal amount does happen with drones."

"Investors are making a $1 million bet on a Raleigh startup’s quest to make farming even more high-tech through satellite imagery. Farm Shots, Inc., which uses both satellite images and drone technology to detect diseases and insect outbreaks in agriculture, has raised nearly $1.1 million in equity financing from eight investors. 

"The round will largely be used to purchase more international satellite data. The company primarily gets its images from satellite subscription services, [Joshua Miller] says. Farm Shots has three full-time employees and six interns. According to the filing, $150,000 of the total will go toward payments to executive officers."

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