Where AgTech ideas take shape and grow
2020 cohort announcement
Accelerate Your Innovation
What our startups are saying…
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