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Rantizo provides targeted drone-based aerial application of liquid and solid solutions precisely when they're needed, where they're needed.
Growers will utilize Rantizo's technology to address tight agricultural labor markets that inhibit the timely treatment of invasive pests, as well as the heavy capital equipment requirements of current spray technology.
Crop yields will increase through more targeted, timely, and reliable treatment of problem pests, while the destructive environmental impact of current agrichemical delivery techniques will diminish significantly through a reduction in soil compaction and crop destruction caused by repeatedly driving heavy equipment through the field.

What's Innovative About Their Solution?

The Rantizo Fly & Apply system combines reliable DJI drones, Rantizo hardware upgrades, and proprietary app software to supply an integrated solution that's first of its kind in leveraging the identification of in-field anomalies with autonomous targeted drone-based agricultural spraying. The platform provides an end-to-end solution that identifies problem areas, diagnoses field issues, sprays and applies required treatments and verifies the issues have been addressed accurately, all through a combination of autonomous hardware and user-friendly software.
Rantizo's ongoing development of an integrated Mix & Fill system, electrostatic components and cartridge dispensed agrichemicals will increase efficiency, precision, and cost-effectiveness in agricultural spraying.

📍 Location

Iowa City, Iowa

⚙️ Product Stage


🏭 Industries

Ag Tech

🤑 Fundraising Status

Considering raising

💸 Total Funding
To Date


🙌 Founder Demographics


Big Wins

  • First company in the state of Iowa and one of only a handful in the U.S. with FAA certification for the use of UAS for agricultural operations
  • First company licensed in 10 different states for aerial application of pesticides via drone.
  • Performed dozens of paid applications after becoming licensed in mid 2019, while also selling drones and related equipment to numerous clients across the country.
  • Secured a distribution agreement with DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, focusing on the North American agricultural spraying market
  • Won the Ag Launch Pitch Competition at the 2018 Farm & Gin Show in Memphis
  • Won the 2019 Ag Innovation Competition at the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines
  • Named the “Hottest Startup in Iowa” by Clay & Milk
  • Received front page coverage in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa City Press-Citizen, and The Daily Iowan
  • Featured in segments aired on WHO-13, KGAN-2, FOX-28, and KCRG-9, as well as a variety of industry publications including Precision Ag, Silicon Prairie News, Successful Farming, Wallace’s Farmer, Farm Futures, the Farm Bureau Spokesman, and the Rural Radio Network
  • Won the 2019 John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

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Michael Ott


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