Most Innovative Companies


Cape Town-based agri-tech company Aerobotics combines aerial imagery obtained from satellites and drones with its machine learning algorithms to provide early problem detection services to farmers, helping them monitor their crops, get early warning of potential risks, and optimize yields. Cofounded by James Paterson, who grew up on a South African citrus farm and saw the challenges faced by farmers on a day-to-day basis, Aerobotics provides farmers with accurate statistics on their trees and vines and allows them to use its management zones to plan planting. It now operates across hundreds of farms in 11 countries throughout the world, including Australia and the United States, has cornered 40% and 20%t of South Africa’s macadamia nut and citrus markets respectively, and has raised two funding rounds totaling US$2.6 million. It is now doubling down on U.S. expansion.

2019: Africa
headquarters: Cape Town, South Africa