Danone & Microsoft partner to accelerate AI in food, agriculture

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Danone and Microsoft have partnered to support and nurture the use of artificial intelligence in the food and agriculture sectors.

AI Factory for AgriFood is the third class of the AI Factory – Microsoft’s support programme for start-ups specialising in artificial intelligence.

The aim is to accelerate the digital transformation of the food and agriculture sectors and support young companies to continue their development in AI and cloud computing.

Bringing together start-ups together with researchers and various players in each sector, the programme aims to encourage projects servicing regenerative agriculture, sustainable food, waste minimisation and optimisation of supply chains.

Start-ups will benefit from Danone’s ‘One Planet. One Health’ vision which links human health and the planet’s across its entire value chain.

They will also benefit from access to real use cases under demanding real-life conditions of quality and performance.

Microsoft will provide personalised support through its technological skills and the services of its Azure platform, as well as its sales network.

Inria, the national research institute in digital sciences, France Digitale, FaberNovel, EIT Food and Seventure Partners are also teaming up alongside Microsoft and Danone and will intervene during the different stages of the programme.

Start-ups applying need to have developed and marketed a solution based on an artificial intelligence technology and intended for professionals in the food industry. Applicants need to have already raised funds.

Applications are open now and the six selected start-ups will be formalised on March 5.