PALO ALTO, Calif., May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --SVG Partners announced today that global management consulting leader A.T. Kearney has joined the THRIVE AgTech innovation platform as a program partner. The A.T. Kearney team joins THRIVE to enrich the latest accelerator cohort with research capabilities and mentoring in areas such as supply chain development, go-to-market, collaboration with corporates, and global expansion.
"We are proud to join and support THRIVE. This is a unique community of leading players in food and AgTech. Many of the selected start-ups are leveraging machine learning/AI, IoT platforms, and robotics to make agriculture more productive and sustainable at the same time. They cover the full spectrum of capabilities from seeds to crops. We are excited to partner with a strong global ecosystem of technologists, corporates, investors, and academics striving to make a lasting impact," said Eric Gervet, senior partner at A.T. Kearney.
"An accelerating pace of global innovation provides vast growth opportunities for the world's leading corporations while also posing significant risks for disruption. As we enter this new era, the traditional in-house innovation methods are becoming more obsolete," said Raoul Felix Maier, technology practice leader at A.T. Kearney. "Tomorrow's industry leaders will succeed by tapping into the start-up ecosystem with a clear open innovation and partnership strategy as a foundation. Engaging with leading industry accelerators such as THRIVE is a natural extension for us in helping our clients define innovation strategies and digital transformation programs that will allow them to win amid an unprecedented change dynamic."
A.T. Kearney's Digital Business Execution (DBX) approach closes the gap between innovation strategy and digital transformation with a rapid innovation process and a supporting innovation operating model and platform. DBX accelerates the timeframe from ideas to impact using a variety of ideation techniques, rapid experimentation, and a rigorous stage-gate process that builds in business outcomes and scalability requirements from the start. The DBX operating model has been deployed at leading organizations worldwide and is supported by a digital ecosystem involving 60+ digital lab partners including industry-leading start-up accelerators.
"We are delighted to welcome A.T. Kearney as a supporting partner in the THRIVE innovation platform," said SVG Partners and THRIVE founder John Hartnett. "A.T. Kearney joins an elite group of world-class partners strengthening the platform and shaping the future of agriculture."
ABOUT A.T. KEARNEY
A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with revenues of more than $1 billion, more than 3,500 employees, and offices in more than 40 countries. Since 1926, the firm has been trusted advisor to the world's foremost organizations counting more than three quarters of the Fortune Global 500 among its clients. A.T. Kearney is a partner-owned firm, committed to helping clients achieve immediate impact and growing advantage on their most mission-critical issues. For more information, visit www.atkearney.com.
ABOUT SVG PARTNERS
SVG Partners is an investment, technology, and advisory firm that partners with organizations on strategy, innovation, and global expansion. SVG's experienced team of senior technology leaders and venture capital investors has worked with global corporations and scaling companies to drive competitive advantage from strategy to implementation. Through its accelerator and open innovation programs, engineering and development services, and executive strategy and advisory, SVG Partners helps build and scale innovative technology companies worldwide. SVG Partners is based in Silicon Valley, CA. For more information, visit www.svgpartners.com.
ABOUT THRIVE AGTECH
THRIVE AgTech is a vibrant AgTech ecosystem with the mission to connect the expertise of tech companies to on-the-ground knowledge of agricultural companies, the financial backing of investors, and the entrepreneurs solving problems in the agriculture sector. THRIVE unites these communities in order to drive the development and adoption of sustainable technology enhancements necessary for securing the global food demands of the future. The THRIVE program targets two stages of companies—early-stage and commercially ready. Early-stage companies accepted into the program go through a rigorous boot camp and receive mentorship from industry leaders to help them scale their companies. THRIVE's Open Innovation program directly connects corporate partners with high-growth start-ups to trial and deploy cutting-edge technologies.