Stuart had no idea he was being introduced to a future career in agtech, much less one of his own making.
Stuart McCulloh met Michael Koenig and Holden Nyhus at Iowa State University in 2011. That year, while they were still in school, the three incorporated ScoutPro, a digital application that allows field scouts to easily track crop conditions, make and send reports, and engage in long-term monitoring to identify and correct issues. Based in Urbandale, the team now has clients in Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor, across the Midwest and in Colorado and Oregon.
“We could have gone to the coasts, where tech traditionally is. But being so connected to Iowa and to the ag industry has been incredible for us,” says Stuart. “We can connect with experts and support in Ames, we’ve got easy access to our customer base, and we’ve gotten tons of help and feedback from the IEDA. That wouldn’t be possible anywhere else.”
“It’s been nice to be able to build a tech company but still be tied to the land and our home farms.”
Michael, Holden and Stuart are excited to continue growing their business to offer more products and functionality. Given all the help they’ve found here, the three don’t plan to move out of central Iowa. “We’re here for good,” Stuart says. “We have the people, the expertise and everything else we need in the Cultivation Corridor to do business the right way.”