Companies in Geneva and Victor are among 18 companies selected out of a field of nearly 200 startups to take part in round one of the Grow-NY food innovation and agriculture technology business challenge, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The goal of the initiative is to enhance the emerging food, beverage and agriculture innovation cluster in the Finger Lakes, Central New York and Southern Tier economic development regions.
Cuomo’s office said the applicant pool represented 23 different states and 16 countries.
Named from Ontario County were Geneva’s RealEats America and Victor’s The Perfect Granola.
RealEats America provides ready-to-heat meals delivered to the door. The meals are manufactured at its space at the Geneva Enterprise Development Center, where the company is undergoing an expansion that will eventually add up to 400 new jobs.
“The RealEats team is super excited to be selected as a finalist in the Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Business Competition,” said company founder Dan Wise. “We’re proud to be building a healthier food future from upstate New York and grateful to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Grow-NY for this opportunity.”