Our Class Launch is busy executing!


The inaugural class of the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator began Monday July 10 and is working furtively toward a successful program completion. Watch for their upcoming presentations during the World Food Prize

Meet Our Mentors

The success of startups in an accelerator tightly coupled with quality of its mentors. We are gratified to have such accomplished professionals serving as mentors for our startups.
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Barry Adams
Prairie Crest Capital
Managing Partner
Capital / LinkedIn
Garth Adams
Belin McCormick PC
Equity Member
Legal / LinkedIn
Matt Adams
Peoples Company
Land Broker
Marketing,Media,Industry / LinkedIn
Jason Adams
Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company
Associate Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Lane Arthur
John Deere
Director, Digital Solutions
Technology,Data,Strategy / LinkedIn
Chris Batdorf
John Deere
Process Coach
Marketing / LinkedIn
Matthew Bell
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures
Managing Director
Capital / LinkedIn
Mikel Berger
Little Engine Ventures
Director of Startups
Capital / LinkedIn
Gaurav Bhalla
Pioneer
Data Scientist
AI/Data / LinkedIn
Abby Bohl
Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Finance Project Manager
Finance / LinkedIn
Dave Brown
IPE 1031
President
Legal / LinkedIn
Andy Brudtkuhl
National Pork Board
Director of Digital Strategy
Startup / LinkedIn
Steve Bruere
Peoples Company
President
Finance / LinkedIn
Jeff Burnison
DuPont Pioneer
Sr. Marketing Mgr.
Marketing / LinkedIn
Ben Chostner
Blue River Technology
VP Business Development
Marketing / LinkedIn
Larry Clemen
John Deere
Process Coach
Lean / LinkedIn
Dan Cosgrove
DuPont Pioneer
VP, Business Development
Mktng,Capital,Research / LinkedIn
Josh Coughlin
DuPont Pioneer
HR Business Partner
Operations / LinkedIn
Chris Davison
John Deere
Director of Planning and Business Development
Ag Manufacturing / LinkedIn
Tej Dhawan
Mango Seed Investments
Angel Investor
Startup / LinkedIn
Kurt Eaves
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Cassie Edgar
Genus plc
Chief IP & Regulatory Officer
Legal / LinkedIn
James Eiler
Eiler Capital Advisors, LLC
Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Angela Ellis
Principal
AVP
Technology, Marketing / LinkedIn
Ben Fogle
Farm Credit Services of America
VP Capital Markets
Finance / LinkedIn
Don Frazer
Heartland Co-Op
Director of Credit
Capital / LinkedIn
Linda Funk
Flavorful Insight
President
Marketing / LinkedIn
Jeff Garlich
John Deere
Product Lead
Software Development / LinkedIn
Nadilia Gomez
DuPont Pioneer
Digital Ag Solutions Analyst
Ag Science / LinkedIn
Joel Greteman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Staff Accountant
Finance / LinkedIn
LaCee Groetken
Zarley Law Firm
IP Attorney
Legal / LinkedIn
Sonny Hall
Absolute Group ESOP
CEO
Finance / LinkedIn
Jeremy Harrington
Voce Communications
SVP, Products
Product Mgmt / LinkedIn
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Taylor Hellman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Senior Accountant
Finance / LinkedIn
Beth Herman
Principal Financial Group
Director of IT
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joe Hoeck
DuPont Pioneer
Director, Strategic Agreements and Compliance
Legal / LinkedIn
Scott Hoekman
Next Level Ventures
Partner
Capital / LinkedIn
Gregg Hora
Iowa Pork Producers Association
President Elect
Food / LinkedIn
Thomas Hornbeck
Launchdeck
CEO
Startup / LinkedIn
Mandy Hudnut
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
Director of Specialty Agency
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ahraz Husain
DuPont Pioneer
Data Engineer
Technology / LinkedIn
Won Hyon
DuPont Pioneer
Commericial Unit Lead
Product Mgmt / LinkedIn
Isaac Ingersoll
Launch Deck
Chief Growth Officer
Technology / LinkedIn
Brian Jones
Iowa Corn Growers Association
COO
Capital / LinkedIn
Herbert Kliegerman
i Grow News
Founder
Finance and Investment / LinkedIn
Dave Kurns
Meredith Corp.
Editorial Content Director
Marketing,Media,Industry / LinkedIn
Matt Kurtz
DuPont Pioneer
Global Seed Field Excellence Lead
Marketing / LinkedIn
John Leafstedt
Kincannon & Reed
Managing Partner
Ag Science / LinkedIn
Kirk Leeds
Iowa Soybean Assocation
CEO
Ag Science / LinkedIn
Kerty Levy
OTGW, LLC
President
Marketing / LinkedIn
Terry Lutz
McClure Engineering Company
President
Engineering / LinkedIn
Daniel McCue
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
Digital Marketing Strategist
Marketing / LinkedIn
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Krista McDonald
Farm Credit Services of America
VP Strategy & Innovation
Research / LinkedIn
Luke Mohrhauser
McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC
Patent & IP Attorney
Legal / LinkedIn
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Abhay Nadipuram
Davis Brown Law Firm
Attorney
Legal / LinkedIn
Satish Nayak
Kemin Industries
VP Research and Development
Ag Science / LinkedIn
Keith Newhouse
Self-Employed
Marketing
Marketing / LinkedIn
Casey Niemann
AgriSync
Founder
Technology, Big Data, Str / LinkedIn
Sheldon Ohringer
Entrepreneurial Technologies
Partner
Startup / LinkedIn
Mike Paustian
Paustian Enterprises
Owner/operator
Product Mgmt / LinkedIn
Christopher Proskey
Brown Winick Law Firm
Patent, Trademark & Intellectual Property Attorney
Legal / LinkedIn
Niki Reynolds
Associated Computer Systems (ACS)
Marketing Director
Technology, Marketing / LinkedIn
Jamie Ridgely
Agren, Inc.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Technology & Strategy / LinkedIn
Adam Roorda
ABC Creativity
Marketing Leader
Marketing / LinkedIn
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Nate Ryan
Farm Credit Services of America
VP Application Development
Technology / LinkedIn
Charlie Schafer
Agri Drain Corp.
President
Marketing,Media,Industry / LinkedIn
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Kevin Schilling
Grain Processing Corporation
Sr. VP R&D
Ag Science / LinkedIn
Emily Schmitt
Sukup Manufacturing Co.
General Counsel
Legal / LinkedIn
Justin Schoen
Emerge Growth
Managing Partner
Marketing / LinkedIn
Kody Schrader
Farm Credit Services of America
Innovation Manager
Technology, Strategy / LinkedIn
Nathan Scott
Invision Architecture
Project Coordinator
Architect / LinkedIn
Roby Shay
Grinnell Mutual
CIO
Technology / LinkedIn
Derrick Sleezer
Iowa Pork Producers Association
National Pork Board Representative
Food / LinkedIn
Dawn Sly-Terpstra
Grinnell Mutual
AVP Marketing and Customer Experience
Technology / LinkedIn
Matt Smalley
DuPont Pioneer
Research Director
Ag Science / LinkedIn
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Herman So
Grain Processing Corporation
Director, Commercialization and New Product Development
Marketing / LinkedIn
Wendy Srnic
DuPont Pioneer
Research Director
Research / LinkedIn
Mike Stapp
New Lion Labs
Head of Innovation and Strategy
Research / LinkedIn
Mike Taylor
Midwest Growth Partners
Managing Partner
Capital / LinkedIn
John Terpstra
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co
Associate General Counsel
Legal / LinkedIn
Brian Thuesen
John Deere
Manager - Business Development
Marketing / LinkedIn
Jeff Underwood
Kent Corporation
Vice President Supply Chain Business Development
Supply Chain,Manufacturin / LinkedIn
Kurt Van Thomme
DuPont Pioneer
Corporate Counsel
Legal / LinkedIn
Jesse Vollmar
Farmlogs
CEO
Startup / LinkedIn
John Weber
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Board Member
Product Mgmt / LinkedIn
Mark White
Prairie Crest Capital
Managing Partner
Capital / LinkedIn
Chris Winkler
DuPont Pioneer
Senior IT Manager
Technology / LinkedIn
Courtney Yuskis
Meredith Agrimedia
Digital Engagement Director
Marketing,Media / LinkedIn
Molly Zaver
Peoples Company
Vice President
Marketing,Media,Industry / LinkedIn
Steven Zumbach
Belin McCormick
Equity Member
Legal / LinkedIn

Announcements


Our new Executive Director, Megan Vollstedt is pleased to announce our class Click here for more.