MOLINE, Ill., Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is launching the Startup Collaborator program in its Intelligent Solutions Group to enhance and deepen its interaction with startup companies whose technology could add value for John Deere customers.
"Our focus for the Startup Collaborator is specifically on startups that want to work with John Deere in real-world customer environments to determine the technology readiness of their innovations," said John Stone, senior vice president of Deere's Intelligent Solutions Group.
Stone said the Startup Collaborator provides flexibility for Deere and startup companies to test innovative technologies with customers and dealers without a more formal business relationship. Startups also gain affiliation with and mentoring from a world leader in precision agriculture.
"Innovation has been at the heart of John Deere for more than 180 years," Stone added. "The Startup Collaborator welcomes innovative companies into a program that could help us drive improved results for our customers."
Three leading startups working to transform agriculture are already part of the program:
Deere & Company (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services for customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.
SOURCE Deere & Company