Meet Our Mentors

The success of startups in an accelerator tightly coupled with quality of its mentors. We are gratified to have such accomplished professionals serving as mentors for our startups.

Barry Adams
Prairie Crest Capital
Managing Partner
Capital
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Garth Adams
Belin McCormick PC
Equity Member
Legal
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Jason Adams
Jason Adams
Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company
Associate Vice President
Insurance
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Douglas Allen
FBL Financial
Director of Information Technology
Information Technology
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Lane Arthur
John Deere
Director, Digital Solutions
Technology, Data Strategy
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Gregg Barcus
Entreprenurial Consultant
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Chris Batdorf
John Deere
Process Coach
Marketing
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Gaurav Bhalla
Pioneer
Data Scientist
AI/Data
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Dinakar Bhattramakki
DuPont Pioneer
Senior Research Manager
Ag Science
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Pierre Blosse
IVYX Scientific
President
Manufacturing
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Christine Bobst
Bobst Advisors
President
Marketing and Supply Chain
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Josh Boyer
Kent Corporation
Program Manager Enterprise Innovation
Supply Chain
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Nathan Brewer
Kent Corporation
Director, Market Research
Marketing
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Marsha Bro
Kemin Industries
General Manager, Crop Technologies
Dave Brown
IPE 1031
President
Legal
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Andy Brudtkuhl
National Pork Board
Director of Emerging Technology
Startup
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Brad Buchanan
Crop Tech Services, Inc.
President
Technology, Data Strateg
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Jeff Burnison
Corteva
Director, Transformation Office
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Joshua Carson
John Deere
API Evangelist
Technology
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Daniel Casson
Teralytic Corporation
VP of Engineering
Manufacturing
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Ben Chostner
Blue River Technology
VP of Business Development
Marketing
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Larry Clemen
John Deere
Process Coach
Lean
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Scott Cogdill
SST Software
Western Cornbelt Manager
Ag Science
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Janeth Colina Rivero
Insta-Pro International
Applied Nutrition Technologist
LaCee Conley
Brick Gentry
IP Attorney
Legal
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Mark Core
Vermeer
Vice President
Ag Manufacturing
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Dan Cosgrove
Growers Edge Financial
Chief Strategy Officer
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Micah Craven
Integrity Communications
President
Marketing
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Chris Davison
John Deere
Director of Planning and Business Development
Ag Manufacturing
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Tej Dhawan
Principal Financial Group
Chief Data Officer
Startup
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David Dirks
APC, Inc.
Vice President of Global Operations
Kelly Dittmann
Baton Global
Managing Director
Finance
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Brian Patrick Donaghy
Crop Pro Insurance
CTO
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Dave Dvorak
Seprio
Chief Client Advocate
Kurt Eaves
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
Vice President
Insurance
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Jon Ebert
John Deere
Digital Partnering Segment Manager
Ag Manufacturing
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Cassie Edgar
McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC
Patent & Regulatory Attorney
Legal
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Jamee Amundson Eggers
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Producer Education Director
Marketing
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James Eiler
Eiler Capital Advisors, LLC
Principal
Capital
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Angela Ellis
Principal
AVP
Technology, Marketing
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Ben Fogle
Farm Credit Services of America
VP Capital Markets
Finance
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Don Frazer
Heartland Co-Op.
Director of Credit
Capital
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Jeff Garlich
John Deere
Product Lead
Technology
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Rachel Geilenfeld
Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Public Relations Manager
Marketing
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Cristobal Gonzalez
Bayer Crop Science
Seed Production Lead
Ag Science
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Joel Greteman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Staff Accountant
Finance
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Sonny Hall
Absolute Group ESOP
CEO
Finance
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Jeremy Harrington
Pillar Technology
Experience Architect
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Nathan Heinrich
John Deere
Manager, Precision Ag Product Marketing
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Taylor Hellman
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
Senior Accountant
Finance
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Zane Hendricks
Midwest Growth Partners
Senior Analyst
Scott Hoekman
Next Level Ventures
Partner
Capital
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Gregg Hora
Iowa Pork Producers Association
President Elect
Food
Mandy Hudnut
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
Director of Specialty Agency
Insurance
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Ahraz Husain
Corteva
Data Engineer - Market Insights
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Isaac Ingersoll
Launch Deck
Chief Growth Officer
Technology
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Corey Jansen
Essentia Protein Solutions
President
Andrew Johns
Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage Consultant
Finance
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Brian Jones
Iowa Corn Growers Association
COO
Capital
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Jon Kallen
Jennings Kallen Advisors, LLC
Managing Partner
Capital
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Matt Koch
Sukup Manufacturing Co.
Engineering
Ag Manufacturing
LinkedIn
Dave Krog
Iowa State University
Lecturer
Todd Krone
Accelerate Ag Technologies
President & CEO
Todd Krone
Accelerated Ag Technologies
President & CEO
Ag Science
LinkedIn
Matthew Kruse
Genesis Investments
CEO
Matthew Kruse
Genesis Investimentos
CEO
Capital
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Dave Kurns
Meredith Corp.
Editorial Content Director
Marketing, Media Industry
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Matt Kurtz
Corteva
Global Seed Technology Director
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Kirk Leeds
Iowa Soybean Association
CEO
Ag Science
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Joe Leo
Brown Winick
Partner
Kerty Levy
OTGW, LLC
President
Marketing
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Gustavo Lichtenberger
DLL Group
VP Global Strategic Marketing
Marketing
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Wheaten Mather
Strategic America
Director of Strategy and Insights
Marketing
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Jeff Mathesius
Corteva
Global Field Excellence Lead - Corn & Soy
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Daniel McCue
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.
Digital Marketing Strategist
Marketing
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Krista McDonald
Farm Credit Services of America
VP Strategy & Innovation
Research
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Mick Messman
Greenlight Biosciences
Chief Commercial Officer
Marketing
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Luke Mohrhauser
McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC
Patent & IP Attorney
Legal
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Kyle Muhlbauer
Precision Planting
Regional Sales Manager
Operations
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Abhay Nadipuram
Davis Brown Law Firm
Attorney
Legal
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Satish Nayak
Kemin Industries
VP Research and Development
Ag Science
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Dan Neubauer
Iowa State University Industrial Design
Lecturer
Education
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Keith Newhouse
Self-Employed
Marketing
Marketing
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Casey Niemann
AgriSync
Founder
Technology
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Sheldon Ohringer
Formation Partners
Partner
Startup
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Matthew Paul
MP Consulting Solutions
President
Operations
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Mike Paustian
Paustian Enterprises
Owner/Operator
Product Management
Jamie Pearce
Onset Computer Corporation
Vice President Marketing and Corporate Business Development
Operations
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Christopher Proskey
Brown Winick Law Firm
Patent, Trademark, & Intellectual Property Attorney
Legal
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Marc Reifenrath
Spinutech
President
Marketing
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Niki Reynolds
Associated Computer Systems (ACS)
Marketing Director
Technology, Marketing
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Jamie Ridgely
Agren, Inc.
President and COO
Technology
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Joe Riley
Riley Resource Group
President
Operations
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Nate Ryan
Farm Credit Services of America
VP Application Development
Technology
Charlie Schafer
Agri Drain Corp.
President
Marketing
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Kevin Schilling
Grain Processing Corporation
Sr. VP R&D
Ag Science
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Emily Schmitt
Sukup Manufacturing Co.
General Counsel
Legal
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Justin Schoen
Emerge Growth
Managing Partner
Marketing
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Don Schoen
welaunch
COO & Co-Founder
Kody Schrader
Farm Credit Services of America
Innovation Manager
Technology
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Eric Schulz
John Deere
Lean Startup Coach
Lean
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Nathan Scott
Invision Architecture
Project Coordinator
Architect
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Roby Shay
Grinnell Mutual
CIO
Technology
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Derrick Sleezer
Iowa Pork Producers Association
National Pork Board Representative
Food
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Dawn Sly-Terpstra
CIPCO
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Technology
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Matt Smalley
Corteva
Research Director
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Ben Smith
Context Network
Senior Consultant
Product Management
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Herman So
Grain Processing Corporation
Vice President Enterprise Innovation
Marketing
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Wendy Srnic
Corteva
Global Leader, Integrated Field Sciences
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Katie Stanhope
Self Employed
Marketing-Communications Consultant
Marketing
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Zach Stewart
USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab
PhD, Research Associate
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Mike Taylor
Midwest Growth Partners
Managing Partner
Capital
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John Terpstra
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co
Associate General Counsel
Legal
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Brian Thuesen
John Deere
Manager - Business Development
Marketing
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Jeff Underwood
Kent Corporation
Vice President Enterprise Innovation
Supply Chain, Manufacturing
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Kurt Van Thomme
DuPont Pioneer
Corporate Counsel
Legal
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Todd Van Thomme
Nyemaster Goode PC
Shareholder
Legal
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John Weber
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Board Member
Product Management
John Wheeler
The Lauridsen Group
President and COO
Jayson White
University of Virginia
Research / Case Program
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Mark White
Prairie Crest Capital
Managing Partner
Capital
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Jeff Woods
Alliant Energy Transportation, Inc.
Director - Business Development & Marketing
Steven Zumbach
Belin McCormick
Equity Member
Legal
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