MEDIA ADVISORY

For information contact:
Abby Bottenfield, ABottenfield@trilixgroup.com
(515) 974-4747

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator invites you to attend its second annual Demonstration Day — a showcase of the program’s Class of 2018 startups and successes. Demonstration Day will take place during World Food Prize Week at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 5:30–7 p.m., with a networking reception immediately following until 7:30 p.m. The Class of 2018 startups will present their innovations and products to the public and Executive Director Megan Vollstedt will discuss highlights from this year’s program and announce the 2019 application open date.

Developed in collaboration with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Cultivation Corridor, the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a mentor-led accelerator focused on agtech innovations. It has support from some of the largest and well-known agtech and ag-related companies in Iowa, including Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company, Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corporation, John Deere, Peoples Company and Sukup Manufacturing Co.

The Accelerator’s startups spent 94 days in the program this summer, working with more than 120 volunteer mentors to present their solutions to refine product-market fit, perform customer discovery within the industry and build strategic partnerships. The Accelerator is excited to showcase the startups’ progress.

What: Iowa AgriTech Accelerator’s Demonstration Day

Who: The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator and the Class of 2018:

  • U.S. Design Consultants (Osceola, Iowa)
  • AgHelp (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • VakSea (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Krobel Corp. (Mankato, Minnesota)
  • BirdPreneur (Abeokuta, Nigeria)

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 5:30–7 p.m., with a networking reception until 7:30 p.m.

Where: Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Ave., Salons A, B and C of the Iowa Ballroom (2nd floor)

RSVP: Your RSVP is appreciated.

Interviews: Please email Abby Bottenfield at abottenfield@trilixgroup.com to schedule interviews with Accelerator Executive Director Megan Vollstedt and/or the Class of 2018 startups.

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. For more information about the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, visit AgIowa.com.