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Hexapod launches in the cloud!

Today marks a significant milestone for Bug Mars: we’re launching the cloud version of Hexapod, our AI-powered insect farm management software.

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Insect Farming Catches the AI Bug

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Learn how Bug Mars is using NVIDIA products to reduce our reliance on resource intensive agriculture.


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Big News from Bug Mars at NVIDIA AI #GTC24!

Bug Mars unveils synthetic data & #DigitalTwin technology for insect agriculture. This innovation propels faster, risk-free, and cost-effective farming solutions.

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Join our CEO in #SanJose for #GTC24 and discover how Bug Mars is using NVIDIA technology to define our AI Nations and Sustainable Futures [SE62606].

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AI for Insect Farming

"The infrastructure play in the insect farming ecosystem!

The insect protein market is expected to grow 10x in the coming decade (30% CAGR). Probably a better investment than Bitcoin!

What I didn't know is that cricket farming is bloody hard, with losses amounting to up to 50%.

I love how Bug Mars is tackling the problem, leveraging AI and computer vision to monitor cricket health in insect farms. And they are raising right now."

-Colin Rebel

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Using AI to Solve Real World Problems

Solving real world problems with #AI?

This free event hosted by Tech Yukon will cover how, from fire safety to food security.

With Bug Mars' Chief Insect Officer Dr. Lee Bess

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Unveiling the latest crop of cohort 3 AGTECH ACCELERATOR companies

Bug Mars has joined the 3rd cohort of Cultivator powered by Conexus .

This milestone marks a significant step forward in #AgTech innovation as 20% of the chosen companies are driving #bug-based solutions for #sustainable agriculture. (BugBiome & Flybox®)

Bug bytes: Why crickets may be the secret to sustainable agriculture

With the help of AI and other high-tech interventions, raising crickets may help farmers navigate supply issues and maximize sustainability.

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Bug Mars Top 20 AgriTech Startups to Watch

Canadian startup Bug Mars optimizes insect farm management through artificial intelligence (AI). Its platform, Hexapod, offers 24-hour surveillance using cameras and sensors, eliminating manual checks for pests, food/water reserves, mold, temperature, humidity, and hatching. Hexapod captures images and instantaneously reviews them, continuously tracking temperature, pests, and insect count.

Over time, the system predicts potential issues, recommends actions, and refines its accuracy and predictions with the increased data flow. A dashboard provides automated alerts directly to devices and allows customization based on individual needs. Thus, through detailed sensor data and continuous alerts, the platform expands productivity, reduces insect mortality, and streamlines farming processes in general.

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Perfect Pitch Profile Series - Nat Duncan of Bug Mars

From tap dancing and drama camp to vocal lessons and choir, Natalie Duncan found her passion in conceptualized performances. She is co-founder and CEO of Bug Mars, building an AI entomologist-as-a-service platform in the insect farming market.

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Bug Mars wins first place in GIST APEC Catalyst Pitch Competition

Finally, in First Place, was Natalie Duncan (Canada) of Bug Mars AI, a venture working to develop AI software that enhances insect farming efficiency, reducing operational costs and promoting insect-based protein sources for a sustainable food future.

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Diet for a healthier planet

Four developments in food technology that prove you can satisfy your hunger without hurting the Earth.

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Cooler conditions: Strong tech companies are using the current economic climate to their advantage

While funding for Series A and B raises have decreased, investors are still interested in companies that show strong fundamentals.

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“The only barriers are systemic” with Natalie Duncan of Bug Mars

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APEC Catalyst Pitch Competition Announces Semifinalists for 2023

The APEC Catalyst Pitch Competition is thrilled to announce the Semifinalists for its 2023 edition. Organized in collaboration with the APEC Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) and the United States' GIST Initiative, this competition centers on empowering female innovators in the field of climate solutions. 

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How women are breaking new ground in climate tech

Ventures supported by the RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator are pushing clean technologies in exciting new directions.

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Bug Mars wins pitch award

Founder Program pitch day award presented by 

@FaskenLaw goes to Bug Mars. 

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Women4Climate C40 Cities

Motivation for and commitment to creating a better and more sustainable planet.

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MaRS launches its most extensive RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator

Innovation Factory #innovator and i.d.e.a. Fund recipient, Bug Mars has been accepted into the 2022-2024 cohort for RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator.

Natalie Duncan, is the visionary CEO and Co-founder of Bug Mars Inc. The company uses AI to refine insect farming by reducing labour with 24/7 monitoring and providing real-time pest and disease alerts to farmers.

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Changing the World with Crickets and Cows: Innovation Factory’s Unique i.d.e.a. Fund Cohort Contributing to a Greener Economy

One of those funding recipients is Bug Mars, a biotechnology research company that specializes in smart, scalable and automated insect farming. The business was founded in early 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when environmental and supply chain issues were highlighted.

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Tech Update: Canadian carbon-capture solutions are flying high

Recent deals reveal the major demand for the country’s GHG-reducing climate solutions.

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Three Emerging Startups Triumph at the 13th Annual LiONS LAIR Awards Gala

Coming in at third place was Bug Mars taking home a $7,500 cash prize for their innovative insect-based AI technology solutions that enable farmers to grow insects without disease, lowering costs and making alternative proteins a critical piece of the agricultural landscape.

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Client Testimonial: Seth Hardy, Bug Mars

We are pleased to share our first client testimonial video. Thank you, Seth Hardy, Co-founder and CTO at Bug Mars, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to detail your experience as a client of IPON!

It's great to hear about how IPON has been able to help Bug Mars maximize the value of hashtag#IP and compete in today’s global market.

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CTC #62 - An inside look at Canadian climate investment

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the MaRS Climate Impact conference in Toronto. Apart from representing Growcer, I was on a mission to uncover how Canada's climate investment space is shaping up, to discover what’s hitting home with founders, and pinpoint where Canada can really grab some opportunities in this climate transition journey.

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ReSolve '24 Finalists

The Climate Award will recognize top startups from the 2023 U.S. Early Stage Program with solutions that can help humanity better understand and reduce the effects of climate change. 

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Innovation Factory provides 20 companies with $600,000 through Cohort 1 of Government of Canada-funded i.d.e.a. Fund

Today, 20 innovative companies received non-repayable contributions of $600,000 from Innovation Factory, in partnership with Innovation Guelph, through the Government of Canada-supported i.d.e.a Fund.

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Error Code: Food Production As Critical Infrastructure

IoT and Machine Learning can help farmers provide more food with fewer resources, so long as the devices in the field and the backend systems are secure.

Seth Hardy, co-founder and CTO of Bug Mars, a precision agtech company for insect farms, discusses his SecTor 2022 presentation, drawing upon his more than 20 years of security experience in his new role in sustainable food production.

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Bug Mars enters MassChallenge US early-Stage Cohort 2022

MassChallenge has invited 250 startups to participate in to our 2022 U.S. Early Stage Accelerator program. This cohort is comprised of entrepreneurs from across the globe who are answering the call to create sustainable change across 42 industries.

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7 Top Sustainable Agriculture Startups and Companies in Toronto

Bug Mars is changing how we farm insects, through machine learning and computer vision to achieve increased productivity, efficiency, and profitability, making sustainable protein accessible for everyone.

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Women of Influence Nominee goes to Bug Mars

Our CEO Natalie Duncan is nominated for the 32nd #RBC Canadian #WomenEntrepreneur Awards!

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10 innovators with technologies to help you live sustainably

A new group of entrepreneurs has joined the RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator, and they’re changing everything from the food we eat to the clothes we wear.

Canadian agri-tech tackles food insecurity with AI and automation

“Our goal is to get insects to be comparable to the cost of soy,” Ms. Duncan says. She views bugs as a potential solution to food insecurity, especially amid population growth in major cities. 

We are contributing to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals through our innovative solutions and sustainable practices.

Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.