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Nine AgTech Start-Ups Participate in Accelerator’s AgTech Day

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator hosted its second annual AgTech Day on Tuesday, March 26. This year, nine early-stage AgTech start-ups from across the country gathered in West Des Moines, Iowa, where they showcased their innovations to The Accelerator’s community of mentors and supporters.

The participating start-ups and their innovations included:

  1. Ag-EZ (Des Moines, IA): An application that allows farmers to precisely identify needs on their fields and connect with custom service providers in the same region who can complete the work.
  2. Big Data in a Box (Ames, IA): A one-stop shop data and analytics tool for organic farmers that enables and saves time in the collection, retention, and use of data for organic certification, compliance, and operations planning.
  3. DroneSAR (Des Moines, IA): DroneSAR is developing radar imaging sensor hardware (cameras for drones) and software for precision agriculture applications.
  4. Dynamic Motion (Herman, NE): A robotic power washer designed to help sanitize finishing units in hog operations. Sensors and computer vision allow the unit to move autonomously through pens.
  5. Gym-N-EAT-Crickets (Ames, IA): A company raising and processing crickets for development of protein snacks with distribution online, at farmer’s markets, and local grocery stores.
  6. Industrial Hemp (Ankeny, IA): Industrial Hemp provides a platform and structured supply chain services for hemp production and distribution.
  7. Shift.Aero (Sunnyvale, CA): A heavy-lifting, unmanned aerial vehicle designed for crop spraying. The vehicle features a unique weight-shift steering technology, is gas-powered, and can carry up to 1,000 pounds.
  8. Tractor Zoom (West Des Moines, IA): Simple, trusted, and transparent heavy equipment auction marketplace connecting farm equipment auctioneers and buyers.
  9. Vilicus Capital (Des Moines/Dubuque, IA): A platform and service for regenerative, ecological farming. Vilicus Capital provides support and training for farmers to shift to profitable, organic farming on their operations.

The company founders met with agbusiness professionals in one-on-one meetings designed to exchange advice, expertise, and connections that could support their company growth.

The Accelerator program’s momentum from AgTech Day will lead into the 100-day equity program this year, which is slated to begin the first week of June. Applications for the 2019 program close this Sunday, March 31. If you are an agtech start-up interested in a mentor-led residency program to help grow your business, apply online at

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 AgriscienceTM, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company, Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corporation, John Deere, and Sukup Manufacturing Co.

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