World First Soil Intelligence System for Fertilizer detection using Patented IoT+AI system.

Soil intelligence system for soil nutrients detection to improve the soil efficiency for better yield for small farmers.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Lalit Gautam

Initiative's representative date of birth

05 Feb 1988

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • India

Headquarters location: city

Noida

Where are you making a difference?

Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, India Kampala, Uganda Ghana Santiago, Chile

Website or social media url(s)

https://www.sensegrass.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/13419436/admin/ https://twitter.com/Sensegrass1 https://www.facebook.com/sensegrass/

Date Started

24 July 2018

Project Stage

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan going forward)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €250k - €500k

Organization Type

  • For-profit

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

This is an important question for me personally and could be multiple reasons for this answer but I would like to share two important personal reasons that make me passionate about this problem. First, I am the grandson and son of a farmer father who turns an employee in a private organisation after he quit farming, So I am the part of the population I am working now with sensegrass and I believe I have seen this problem most closely than anyone else and If you know the problem very well that will help you to make a good leader solve that problem and same happened with me.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Agriculture is one of the largest industry and more than 68% of global population somehow involved in agriculture, but despite all of this, this is one of the traditional industry due to lack of technology, untrained farmers and climate change effect on agriculture. As per UN reports by 2040 world resources won't be able to feed the 1/3 of global population due to crop loss and low crop yield. We are on a mission to provide farmers more sustainable farming option which is easy to implement.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We are developing the world’s first IoT + AI interface technology for the farmers. We are world’s first Solar powered wireless NPK soil sensors with Proprietary Technology (patent pending) using optical transmission that detect, measure and analyze NPK, soil nutrients in real time and AI prediction software, implemented with the NanoSatellite Image mapping. Our 360 degree solution is best fit for big corporate farms, to small to mid farms that comprise of 72% of global farms with any kind of crops. We are making agriculture more precise through nanosatellite field images for big farms with accurate precision farming through smart ground sensors for small farms. Also, our in-house Smart soil sensing coverage and gives accurate data surveillance under and above the soil. We are implementing Machine learning algorithm, to eliminate no human involved complete artificial intelligence analyzing of data to give precise solutions for better cropping

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

We are developing the worlds first IoT + AI interface technology for the farmers for NPK Detection with Soil efficiency improvement. Our Technology and Product design efficiency make us competitive and the first mover in the market gives us a competitive advantage with real-time NPK monitoring. Our Patented Technology comes with Fourth Generation Infrared optical transmission which gives real-time precision results for NPK and other parameters. Our IoT device comes with Special Firmware to monitor 18+ Parameters which make our product most innovative hardware in the industry. We are the only company to measure these 18+ Parameters in real-time from the micro soil data without any need of sending soil samples to a lab.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

This is highly important for us in Sensegrass. Our values and ethos is to create a sustainable 360* solution to all the stakeholders in this biodiversity, Our solution is an attempt to bring the Human to environmental to Animals and birds as well because the problem we solving effect everyone, From Land and soil to Small insects and pests like butterfly and our intention is to bring in a circle to save this biodiversity. Our solution is to help Farmers and growers who feeding us by preserving the natural resources like land, Soil, Water and Oxygen and save our plants and crops by helping them to improve the efficiency and impact the other stakeholders those who affected and serving this to rest of community from policymakers to Governments these are the one to make decisions for all of us. While We talk about human our biodiversity have an important element these are birds, Insects affected by climate change risk and to preserve our ecosystem these are important elements as well .

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

We did three pilots thanks to our partners and accelerators, One in Nebraska, US, South Italy, Europe, Punjab, India and we have more than 105 plus customers (B2B) with double of booking and Potential PArtnerships like Bayer and FIA etc. we are research-based company with our R&D team as founders so we keep improving and developing the new variants. Our Current ARR is 21500 USD and 2700 USD MRR with 0% Churn Rate and 42% Growth and Some Soft Commitment with Investors. Substitutes- Only Conventional Substitute in the Whole market is Soil Lab Testing- The only conventional method is traditional soil lab testing method, where a sample of soil from a random area by farmer go to labs and using chemical method they do test, which take a week or two, costly, inaccurate, mixing of samples and outdated technique. Impact- 43% Accuracy in our data prediction 24% Crop yield increase 13% Reduction in Groud pesticide

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

We following two strategies to acquire customers and expand rapidly- Direct Approach through our ground team and Local channel partners in different countries like Metropolitan Agriculture boards and Other agtech companies. Second, which is our core strategy being a B2B2G company. Working with governments and Public Institutions like FIA, SAG (Current Partners) and strategic partners like Bayer, Bosch, IBM, Pepsico, Danone, Rabobank etc to selling and expanding through them. They help us to expand on a very large scale with a huge number of Farmers (Our Users), These companies and governments are our core clients and paying customers and need our product, Apart from these other Agtech startups are also our useful potential partners.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

We are working on a very crucial but a huge problem especially in this diverse world, Soil Diagnosis and Crop security but not limited to this, Our solution is 360* product for Precision Agriculture from Soil Intelligence and genetics to Crop yield improvement and Farm management. Our Company Mission is to create a sustainable food system that helps Farmers growing food and feeding us, to Retialires and corporates to Individual users those impacted directly with the food system. Apart from thhuman ecosystem we also impacting and creating value to Biodiversity which is our primary goal to preserve the land, Soil, Environmental, Water system through the solution by using right water, pest etc.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

We have raised 450 K USD from grants and VC and raising our Pre Series A round in the next six to 8 months to expand our solution. We are a revenue-generating solution that helps us to use for operations.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Lalit Gautam- Pharmaceutical science worked with Plant biology research and MBA in entrepreneurship with over 8years experience and an exit and came from farming family Poala (Chilean)- Agro Engineer & Masters in Soil Precision, more than 10 years of Agri experience and agriculture background. Abhishek Khandal(India/Chile)- Graduate in Computer science and IoT, Renewal energy and more than five years exp. We are having more than 25 years of total experience and Apart from the Founding members

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Participated in previous Ashoka challenges
  • Email

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. 1) OVERALL EVALUATION

Yes, absolutely! - 0%

Yes/maybe - 66.7%

Maybe - 33.3%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%

2. 2) CONNECTION TO BIODIVERSITY

5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 0%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 33.3%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 66.7%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 33.3%

3- Maybe. - 66.7%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 66.7%

4- Yes, I think so. - 33.3%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

4- Yes, I think so. - 66.7%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

6. 6) Is this entry ACTIVATING CHANGEMAKING?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 33.3%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 66.7%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 0%

3- Maybe. - 66.7%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 100%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 50%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 50%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 50%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 50%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 50%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 0%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 50%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 0%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 0%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 100%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 100%

Other option - 0%

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Photo of Ghislain Irakoze

Great Innovation, Lalit. I can't wait for it to scale and touch the lives.