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When TechCrunch issued the call for applications to their TC Top Picks program for this year’s Disrupt San Francisco 2019, the response was overwhelming and the competition was off the hook.
TechCrunch’s editors dug in and narrowed the field to showcase the early-stage startups across AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact & Education categories.
Vancouver’s own AVA Technologies and their Byte Smart Garden was the lone company chosen as a Top Pick.
AVA’s Byte is the first indoor smart garden that combines sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to provide automated watering and full-spectrum smart lighting, with compostable, nutrient-enriched, pre-seeded plant pods.
Designed for a new generation of conscious and connected consumers, AVA Byte promotes sustainable agriculture by enabling customers to grow an array of herbs, vegetables, and tomatoes indoors.
AVA Technologies was founded in 2016 by food marketer Valerie Song and ex-sous chef turned industrial designer Chase Ando and in 2018 the company closed a seed round investment of $2.6 million from Vanedge Capital.
Top Picks founders receive a free Startup Alley exhibitor package, a featured location on the exhibition floor, three free Founder passes and VIP treatment — including invitations to the investor reception. They also receive an interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor.