IoT & AI Based End-to-end Platform for Smart & Precision Agriculture

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Country: USA USA
  • Industry: Agriculture
  • Stage: Expansion/Growth
  • Investment size: $5,000,000 / min. $1,500,000
  • Type of investment: Equity

Investment Opportunity

A IoT/AI powered end-to-end mobile agritech platform for boosting profit, protecting nature, promoting collaborative farming and ensuring sustainability.

An end-to-end mobile agri-tech platform built with IoT, VLSI IC Design, AI and Big Data Analytics, aims to overhaul the dilapidated agriculture sector in developing countries by addressing core issues including low profitability, wastage of resources, yield loss, archaic methods, inefficient techniques and lack of connectivity. As a socio-tech enterprise, SOS believes that acute problems like food security and water scarcity will make this world a difficult place for our future generations. The platform is designed to keep our mother earth clean, green and prosperous for years to come.

Competitive Advantage

- Barring a few exceptions, the Agro segment is flooded with info-only apps that are primarily providing static data about farming and market dynamics
- Future of agriculture will be dictated by smart and precision farming solutions
- Core agricultural problems involving supply chain, ecology and infrastructure require revolutionary (not evolutionary) solutions. Such game changing products evidently require in-depth and multi-disciplinary research
- a platform that combines IoT, AI and Big Data, is the result of extensive research activities carried out by a group of science & technology experts
- A solution for everyone and with some support, is capable of ushering in a new era of Agriculture.

Rationale for the deal

- Agriculture is the backbone of any society. Hence, any company trying to save peasants and improve agronomy deserves some attention.
- Deep rooted problems are hurting everyone connected to agriculture
- Target markets: India and 4 countries in Africa (in Round 1)
- IoT and Data Analytics markets may reach $561B and $159B by 2022. Loss due to crop diseases $300B/yr. Economic impact of agri-tech solutions in India may reach $80B by 2025. Indian agro is approx. $1.6 Trillion
- Quite a few African countries are on a "come back trail" riding the recent wave of high tech innovations. With the advent of mobile penetration and power infrastructure, a few African countries with their fertile and arable lands, are perfectly suitable for the platform. In addition, the platform can dramatically change the agro landscape of India.

Use of financing

- Aggressive marketing and business development in 6 Indian States and 4 African countries (field offices, event management, workshops)
- Scale up of infrastructure and technology for Cloud based Big data analytics (cloud, servers, compute framework etc)
- R&D growth for competitive advantage (team expansion)

Opportunity for the investor

(in USD $m)
Year | Cost | Rev | Profit | Cumul. Prof
Yr1 | 3 | 0.8 | -2.2 | -2.2

Yr2 | 3.5 | 4.0 | 0.5 | -2.7

Yr3 | 4 | 7.4 | 3.4 | 0.7

Yr4 | 7 | 13.6 | 6.6 | 7.3

Expectation for Series A: $5-6m
Series B in Yr 3
Break Even after 3 years

(Conservative estimate)

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