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|Company Logo||Company Management||Company Name||Company Description|
|Tejus Narayanaswamy,CEO||Agriplex||Presents an online e-commerce platform catering to agricultural sector for delivering agricultural inputs at farmers’ doorsteps|
|Dr.C.J.Benson,Director Operations||Green Care BioSciences||Delivers quality agro and aqua products for the last 15 years and also offers scientific technology solution|
|Akshay Bhat,Product and Finance, Head||KisaanHeet||It is known as agriculture modernizer as KisaanHeet uses cutting edge technologies like VR/AR, drones and Machine Learning in farming practices|
|Pranav Vempati,Co-Founder/CEO||Makers Hive||Provides solutions like smart battery, firmware update, agility, 16 grip patterns, multiple modes, custom panels, performance monitor, and mobile application|
|Vivek Kapoor,Founder||Purefarms||A high technology based is enthralled in providing essential nutrients, fresh fruits and vegetables which are vitamin enriched|
|Kaustav Saha,Founder & CEO||Seven3 Digital Private Limited||It delivers solutions like OEM providers, digital advisors, consultants, subcontracted projects, agritech, advisory services, predictive services, agronomic financial & insurance services, farming services, revolutionising agriculture, real-time precision agriculture, AI, ML, deep learning and IoT smart farming technologies|
|Pisipati Sri Siva Prasad,Managing Director||Trayan||Developing technologies for better and mechanized farming with solutions like drone spraying, end to end farmer communication, ai/ml of crop imagery, smart farm mechanization|
|Poonam S. Chaudhari,Founder||Vedang Agro||Provides products and solutions in urban farming and hydro farming through hydroponics home products and commercial solutions|
|Ramesh G,Founder||Way2Grow||Delivering smart farming solutions for maintaining nutrition quality and offers products like vitamin rich leafy vegetables, and herbs|
|Shivkumar Jagannath,Co-Founder & CEO||XaasTag||Offers solutions like Fintech, Agritech, Finance, Market Linkage, and Farm Contracts|