March 27, 2019

Nine AgTech Startups Participate in Accelerator’s Second Annual AgTech Day

DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator hosted its second annual AgTech Day on Tuesday, March 26. Nine early-stage AgTech startups from across the country gathered in West Des Moines, Iowa, where they showcased their innovations to The Accelerator’s community of mentors and supporters. This year’s AgTech Day class came from areas as close as Des Moines and as far as California. The participating startups and their innovations included:

Ag-EZ (Des Moines, IA): Delivering a platform designed to enable virtual farming

Big Data in a Box (Ames, IA): A one-stop shop data and analytics tool for organic farmers

DroneSAR (Des Moines, IA): Improving crop yields with radio cameras for drones

Dynamic Motion (Herman, NE): Robotic power washer

Gym-N-EAT-Crickets (Ames, IA): Raising and processing crickets for development of protein snacks

Industrial Hemp (Ankeny, IA): Supply chain services and platform for hemp production

Shift.Aero (Sunnyvale, CA): Unique technology/approach to unmanned aerial vehicles for crop spraying

Tractor Zoom (West Des Moines, IA): Simple, trusted and transparent heavy equipment auction marketplace

Vilicus Capital (Des Moines/Dubuque, IA): A platform and service for regenerative, ecological farming 

The startups had a full schedule of events throughout AgTech Day, which included one-on-one mentor meetings, a networking reception and remarks from Hank Norem, president of RAMCO and CEO of Maple Ventures. The Accelerator hopes to build on the momentum from AgTech Day to support innovative AgTech startups through the organization’s 2019 program, which is slated to begin the first week of June.

The Accelerator’s 2019 program has support from some of the largest and most well-known AgTech and ag-related companies in Iowa, including Corteva Agriscience, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company, Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corporation, John Deere and Sukup Manufacturing Co. in addition to more than 130 mentors. Applications for the 2019 program close this Sunday, March 31. Interested startups can still apply online at

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