DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator congratulates its Class of 2017 on the completion of a successful program. The Accelerator capped off the 100-day incubator today at its Demonstration Day event. The event was held at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, in conjunction with the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue. Accelerator Executive Director Megan Vollstedt welcomed attendees and discussed highlights from this year’s program and each startup presented their AgTech innovation/product to the public.

Contributing to the success of this year’s class are the program’s investors and mentors. The Accelerator has support from some of the largest and well-known AgTech companies in Iowa, including DuPont Pioneer, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company, Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corporation, John Deere, Peoples Company and Sukup Manufacturing, in addition to more than 90 mentors. The Accelerator’s startups spent the last 100 days meeting with mentors and investors to present their solutions to refine product-market fit, perform customer discovery within the industry and build strategic partnerships.

“I look forward to tracking each startup’s progress following Demonstration Day as the companies continue their path to change the status quo in the AgTech industry,” says Vollstedt. “We had a talented cohort this year, and I truly feel this program will help bring their products to market.”

Please join us in congratulating the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator’s Class of 2017: WISRAN (Arsalan Lodhi), Sunnyvale, California; Rabbit Tractors (Zack James), Cedar Lake, Indiana; Hintech (Ted Hinton), Hiawatha, Kansas; FarrPro (Amos Petersen), Iowa City, Iowa.

The Accelerator is also pleased to announce it will begin accepting applications in January 2018 for the Class of 2018. Interested startups can apply here.

About the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a mentor-led accelerator focused on AgTech innovations. Led by innovators and leaders in several areas of agriculture, The Accelerator seeks startups ready to change the status quo.

Abby Bottenfield
(515) 974-4747

October 17, 2017