Focused on acceleration in the agriculture industry

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Where AgTech ideas take shape and grow

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is a mentor-led program that allows startups to collaborate with agriculture industry leaders and present their solutions to refine product market fit, perform customer discovery within the industry, and build strategic partnerships.

Accelerate Your Success

$40K

Seed Funding

 

Dozens

Of Mentors

100

Day Program

Innovators

A Chance to Work with Ag Business Innovators

The Future of Agriculture Innovation

The Accelerator searches for early-stage companies with an idea, prototype, or intellectual property for agricultural business and has provided various startups with the platform, space, and support they needed to elevate their business.

The real value is being exposed to the mentors and the types of relationships, the wide-knowledge base. I would have never, for instance, thought that some of the best mentors for my company would be from the insurance industry.

– Amos Peterson, FarrPro

Before I got here (The Accelerator), it was just my idea in my head, and I wasn’t able to really get those experts to listen to me to pitch my idea and get outside feedback. The Accelerator gave me the credibility to now approach a supplier to say, ‘Hey, I’m trying to build an autonomous tractor, work with me.

– Zack James, Rabbit Tractors


It’s afforded me a lot of great promotion that I couldn’t have generated myself. Also, the fact that when The Accelerator makes an investment in your company, they’re investing in your success, and that’s a big deal as far as professional and businesses development. It basically almost gives you instant credibility and legitimacy with the agribusiness community because they go ‘Oh, wow! You’re in the cohort of The Accelerator.’ It literally opens up doors.

– Ted Hinton, Hintech Ag

My reason (to participate) was to get in touch with the corporations, like John Deere and DuPont Pioneer. I had identified them as potential strategic partners, and once I did some research, I learned they are very interested in AgTech. So, I was very excited about The Accelerator to build those relationships and get in touch with those people.

– Arsalan Lodhi, WISRAN

We found the mentorship and programming provided by the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator to be very helpful in establishing our go-to-market strategy and defining a capital-efficient path to market. The EIRs and mentors helped us to make connections with the ideal strategic partners and better define our strategic value to those potential partners. In just three months, we were introduced to some of the largest global animal feed companies and made significant progress toward securing a partner.

– Mihir Pershad, VakSea

 

The Accelerator has been immensely helpful by truly allowing us to focus on our business while providing tremendous support, resources, and guidance. It is amazing how much we have progressed since we arrived at the Accelerator in May.

– Sadoc Paredes, AgHelp

 

Without the Accelerator, our company could not have progressed as quickly as it has. The Accelerator’s mentors and network have helped us achieve goals that we didn’t think possible yet. In the next few months, we expect to have a fully functional prototype. Our goal is to take our product to market next year.

– Kenny Strobel, Krobel Corp

Our Mentors and Investors are Leaders in Agriculture

The Accelerator searches for early-stage companies with an idea, prototype, or intellectual property for agricultural business and has provided various startups with the platform, space, and support they needed to elevate their business.

Our investors are instrumental in the creation of this program and their leadership and commitment help guide startups toward commercial viability.

Helpful Resources

Tuesday, October 16

Demonstration Day

Attend Demo Day from 5:30-7:00p.m. at the Downtown Marriott, Des Moines to hear the startups’ product pitches and network with our community.

August 28 – August 30

Farm Progress Show, Booth #1120

Attending the Farm Progress Show? Add the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator to your list of exhibitors to visit.

Startup Feature: VakSea

Startup Feature: VakSea

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