What do Regrow Ag CEO and co-founder Anastasia Volkova and Skims founder Kim Kardashian have in common?
Well, they’re both among the 20 industry leaders chosen by Time magazine for its list of the world’s 100 most influential companies.
Regrow started in 2016, as part of Sydney University’s “Inventing the Future” innovation programme. Ukrainian-born founder and aeronautical engineer Dr. Anastasia Volkova – who has a PhD in autonomous drone navigation – moved from Australia to the US in 2020 to help drive the company’s growth in that market.
Last year, the US-based Australian agtech startup raised $50 million in a Series B to help the agricultural sector meet net-zero targets.
U.S. agriculture produces about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and Time recognized Dr. Volkova to address that.
Regrow Ag is a SaaS platform to help food and agricultural companies achieve carbon neutral targets in their supply chains. It also verifies their progress. Food and agriculture are responsible for about 26% of global carbon emissions. The startup counts food industry giants such as Kellogg’s, Cargill and General Mills among its customer base.
“Agriculture and climate are kind of in a vicious circle,” Volkova told Time in her profile for the top 100.
“The climate is negatively impacting agriculture by introducing more volatility. And agriculture negatively affects the climate with practices that are not very sustainable.”
Also one of Time’s “Disruptors” of business was Australian design unicorn Canva, along with Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the US technology company that developed ChatGPT.
Time showed that Canva’s customer base had reached more than 110 million users by the end of 2022, in addition to providing the software tools for free to 400,000 non-profit organizations and 35 million students and educators worldwide.
“IIn 2022, Canva emerged as a major competitor to work software with a visual slant, expanding from a social media graphics design platform to AI-powered tools and a workplace suite capable of interoperating with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace . Time quote said.
“Last fall, the company launched its Visual Worksuite software package (from documents to presentations, videos, websites and whiteboards); a new text-to-image app; and Magic Write, an AI-powered writing assistant.”
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