Introducing: the startups joining Rockstart AgriFood Spring 2023

Several times per year, Rockstart has the privilege of receiving applications from hundreds of innovators, game-changers, and pioneers behind some of the most exciting moves being made in sustainable tech. Focusing on early stage investments in AgriFood, Energy, and Emerging Tech, we support founders via industry-specific and tailored accelerator programs.

Rockstart AgriFood is thrilled to introduce two new startups joining the Spring 2023 portfolio, getting the total number up to 40 startups. these purpose-driven founders are providing future-proof solutions for a responsible food supply system. Take a look:


Maalexi provides a blockchain-enabled ecosystem that assists small food and agri-businesses in accessing cross-border trade and finance directly. Their platform empowers local exporters, processors, and producers to achieve better margins by facilitating their trade with medium and large buyers in international markets. Maalexi aims to collaborate with Rockstart to develop a tech-led, user-friendly, secure, and innovative platform that doubles the income of small food and agri-businesses through direct access to cross-border markets and financing.

“We joined the Rockstart family to get involved with their community of impact-focused partners and investors to help us access funding to grow and scale our business in our area of focus. We also believe Rockstart can provide us with avenues to form alliances that will allow us to access new technologies that can supplement the ones we have on our platform.”

Azam Pasha, CEO & Co-founder, Maalexi


Planboo is a biochar carbon removal company working with climate-conscious businesses, farmers, land stewards, and biochar producers. Their Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) tools support carbon removal with biochar from bamboo and other plant waste, leading to improved soil health. This solution supports the scaling-up of the carbon removal market with additionality and co-benefits in the Global South.

“Rockstart is a leading AgriTech VC supporting impact companies all over the world. We were impressed with the team and wanted to join the community! We are excited to receive tailored advice to grow our business in the tropics and scale our impact, network with other AgriTech players, and work with like-minded people!”

Priya Bhullar, Co-Founder & COO, Planboo

The Rockstart AgriFood 2023 program launched in February. We look forward to watching as Maalexi and Planboo scale up and expand their impact within the agricultural sector.

Meet more AgriFood startups and explore our program at Rockstart AgriFood.