Judging Process

Judging Criteria

The spirit of the AgTech Breakthrough Awards is to highlight the BREAK THROUGH products, solutions and companies within the crowded digital agricultural technology markets.

We intentionally keep the submission process simple, focused on nominees addressing the question – “How does your company or product break through the crowded agriculture and food technology markets?”

The evaluation criteria for the AgTech Breakthrough Awards program are focused around the concept of innovation. We have developed the evaluation criteria and a corresponding set of assessment tools and scales that we believe allow for a fair, honest and equitable assessment of each entry.

All entries will be judged on the AgTech Breakthrough criteria:



Ease of Use




In the spirit of the technology “Break Through,” we are looking for innovative solutions and companies that address a true need, solve a complex or critical problem, or seize an opportunity and create or revolutionize a new market or industry.

In the award nomination, you may choose to address the following areas. Note that it is not necessary to address each area and these are suggested guidelines only.

Judges will evaluate products in each category based on the following areas:


Does the product introduce new capabilities of significant improvements? Does it break new ground and truly “Break Through” the crowded market?


Does the product perform to a degree that it improves overall performance versus competitors or previous solutions?

Ease of Use and Manageability

Is the product to install? Are the product’s functions clear and easy to learn and run? Will the product scale to accommodate growth?


Does the product deliver as promised? Does it provide greater or more useful functionality than others in its category?


Does the product represent a cost-effective solution? Can Its return on investment be easily justified?


What needs does the product uniquely meet? What problems does it solve?