• Arpan Bhalerao of Urban Company joins as Chief Growth Officer
  • Amit Salunkhe of Cropin joins as VP Sales 
  • Plans to hire 100 by Dec 2020

India’s leading aquaculture technology company, Aquaconnect announced the hiring of Arpan Bhalerao as Chief Growth Officer and Amit Salunkhe as VP Sales. The Chennai based startup plans to further strengthen its core technology and operations team and hire 100 people by Dec 2020. Aquaconnect is recognized as one of the World-Changing Ideas 2020 by Fast Company.

The company has seen increased demand over FY 19-20 with aqua-farmers adopting the technology.  Aquaconnect works with more than 13,000 fish and shrimp farmers and helps them with its AI-powered farm advisory solution FarmMOJO which supports farmers to monitor and track farming activities such as a change in water quality, feed intake, shrimp growth, and disease occurrence precisely. The full-stack aquaculture technology venture improves farm productivity and sustainability through AI and Satellite remote sensing technologies. 

A WEF Young Global Leader, Rajamanohar Somasundaram, CEO and Co-Founder of Aquaconnect said, “Signing up top tech and management talents was a steep challenge for agritech startups. We witnessed the change of trend in 2019; India's agritech, dairytech, aquatech startups attracted about $245 million in investments from venture capitalists. High growth potential, unparalleled access to capital have made agritech one of the primary attraction for the top talents."

“At such an opportune time, we welcome Arpan and Amit in our leadership team. Both leaders bring years of consumer and agritech experience to Aquaconnect. Their learning from scaling up operations in their past experiences will help us accelerate growth in India and new frontiers in Southeast Asia."

At Aquaconnect, Arpan Bhalerao will lead the product development, partnerships & alliances and strategic initiatives for the company. Amit Salunkhe will be heading the sales focused on Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) Enterprise & Govt vertical

Arpan has worked with Urban Company as AVP. Arpan is a graduate from IIT Madras and completed his MBA from ISB. Amit Salunkhe has worked with CropIn and managed BFSI and West India for them. Amit comes from the background of sales with 15+ years of experience.

About Aquaconnect:

Headquartered in Chennai, Aquaconnect is a full-stack aquaculture technology venture that works with shrimp and fish aquaculture farmers to improve their farm productivity and market linkage through AI and satellite remote sensing technology. Aquaconnect aims to promote sustainable aquafarming among the farming communities and works with 13,000+ farmers in various states of India. Aquaconnect is funded by HATCH Fund, Norway and India’s biggest Agritech venture capital Omnivore.

Aquaconnect is recognized as World Changing Idea 2020 by Fast Company. The company is also an Innovator at Seafood Innovation Project and Hatch Accelerator, Norwegian Seafood Innovation Cluster. Aquaconnect is a platinum winner of Agriculture Insuretech award at World Bank Group.

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