The highlight of AgriVest 2016 was the company competition. Twelve Israeli agtech start-ups were selected (from more than 40 that applied) for the privilege to present at the conference. Company selection was made by an independent committee headed by Avi Perl, Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture. Each company was awarded points by judges and conference attendees. The prizes awarded to the companies with the most points was based on a weighted calculation of votes from the audience and judges.
Enzootic took first place in the company competition. The company is developing a platform for more efficient crustacean aquaculture. Second place went to FieldIn, developers of a pest management solution for high-value crops. A new prize category this year was the Impact Award, which went to ATPLabs for its system that integrates ag data to enhance the food-production chain.