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Iowa AgriTech Accelerator 2019 Demo Day & Reception

October 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


In partnership with the World Food Prize and 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, we would like to invite you to join us for the 2019 Iowa AgriTech Accelerator Demo Day. The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, based in Des Moines, is a 90-day mentor led program focused on AgTech innovation. Led by innovators and industry leaders in agriculture, the Accelerator seeks startups who are committed to changing the status quo through technological advancement.

Doors open at 5pm. The program will begin at 5:30 with remarks from IATA Executive Director, Nadilia Gomez, followed by keynote presentations from our 2019 cohort about their innovations in AgTech. The event will conclude with recognition of our investor and mentor community followed by a cocktail reception. Hor d’oeuvres and hosted bar will be provided.

This event is open to the public, the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator community and the Borlaug Dialogue attendees.

Keynote – Startup Founders:

Alan Langman, CEO, droneSAR

DroneSar enables farmers to access agronomic insights derived from radar technology. DroneSar’s solution is more affordable than existing radar technology, it’s as simple to use as using a camera, and it allows data and agronomic insights to be derived at any time of day. From measuring water content to estimating biomass, the ag applications of radar technology offer a vast range of possibilities. DroneSar builds upon years of expertise in radar technology to deliver the first-of-a-kind radar technology data platform for agriculture use.

Spandan Samiran, CEO,​ FarmatroniX

Farmatronix enhances the value of digitization of indoor growth facilities. By combining greenhouse management records, crop-specific growth requirements, and image analytics, into a comprehensive interactive user interface, Farmatronix provides valuable and timely insights that augment the knowledge and capabilities of the greenhouse labor force. The greenhouse grower can minimize crop loss, increase the quality of the crops, and ensure all greenhouse production is on schedule and operating optimally.

Lucas Cunha, COO & Co-founder, Otrafy

Otrafy helps companies manage the collection and transferring of certification data across the food chain. Our AI-driven algorithm provides actionable insights to mitigate various vendor associated risk in the supply chain.

Fabiane Kuhn, CEO, Raks Agricultural Technology

Raks develops intelligent water management solutions that help farmers be more profitable and use water more efficiently. With a soil-based sensor of unique design and an intuitive, user-friendly interface, Raks equips the farmer with information about soil moisture. Raks sensor is more affordable than existing sensors, it can be used in any type of soil where it can be installed, and it can work with a wide range of crops and irrigation systems. The company is established in the US and Brazil leveraging the alternating cropping seasons to extract as much value from their Proof of Concepts and return that value back to their growing number of clients.

We are excited to share the progress of the startups throughout the program and are looking forward to having you join us to help celebrate their successes.


October 15, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Des Moines Embassy Club
666 Grand Ave, 34th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50010 United States
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Iowa AgriTech Accelerator