On International Women’s Day we focus on Agreena, an agtech platform created by female entrepreneurs Julie Koch Fahler and Ida Boesen. They offer farmers and traders a neutral platform to buy and sell grains, and help farmers getting started with carbon credits.
Female entrepreneurs Julie Koch Fahler and Ida Boesen stepped into their position as market disruptors with an innovative commodity trading platform for farmers in 2018. They combined their experience within the technology (Julie) and agriculture (Ida) industries to build a solution that would support Danish farmers in maximising their thin margins.
In 2021 the startup evolved into Agreena, adding a soil carbon certification platform to the techstack, AgreenaCarbon, and became one of Europe’s first internationally accredited certification programmes in soil carbon sequestration.
Through its programme, Agreena mints, verifies, and sells third-party verified carbon certificates to the voluntary carbon market for farmers that have transitioned to regenerative agriculture practises with the platform.
Today, the company is operating in 10 countries across the pan-European market and has supported more than 160 farmers to join the green economy in their transition to sustainable agriculture. Agreena closed its € 20-Million Series A round last month and was recently recognised by Financial Times’ Sifted as one of the “Startups to Watch” in the Agritech sector.
“Innovation doesn’t often come from within an ingrained industry. We have insights both within and outside of the farming industry, and this sets us apart to create new paradigms. We will continue developing products where there are opportunities to enhance profitability and sustainability for farmers – because this is the future of farming,” Ida Boesen said.
“We started the company to digitalise and democratise one of the biggest industries in the world. Agriculture is such an integral part of, and costly affair, for our society – and it has so much optimisation potential. Right now, we can see impact when driving around and seeing fields with cover crops, but in the future, the soil reaping biodiversity benefits, the climate responding to massive carbon sequestration, and farmers acting independently with fair, market-driven financing – these are the long term impacts of Agreena initiatives that I am really looking forward to seeing,“ Julie Koch Fahler said.