Empire State Development and Cornell University’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement have announced that two local food start-ups are among finalists in the Grow-NY competition.
The top prize is $1 million dollars, followed by two prizes of $500,000, and four of $250,000.
330 businesses entered from 32 different countries. Entries came from 23 different states in the U.S. with 138 coming from New York.
The two local companies among the 20 finalists are Nutreat from Geneva and Agri-Trak from Williamson.
Nutreat sells healthy, sweet snacks that are good for those who need to watch their blood sugar. The company was founded by Cátia and Rodolfo Coelho.
Agri-Trak is an app for farms to use to make daily decisions based on data and is specifically designed for apple farms created by Jamie Sonneville.
This is the third year the Grow-NY competition is happening, and the first year it was RealEats from Geneva that took home the $1 million dollar prize.