Announcing our First Cultivo Cohort

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Entrepreneur leaders of startup companies based in Australia will participate in the inaugural cohort of the Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program™ hosted by America’s Cultivation Corridor.  The cohort will learn from and connect with Iowa’s agricultural research and business leadership during a 10-day immersion program from May 11-21, 2020.

During the immersion experience, Australian startups will be introduced to the startup community and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Iowa, as well as be introduced to the U.S. financial system and regulatory programs.  They will visit Iowa State University to engage with top faculty, ISU Research Park and ISU BioCentury Research Farm, tour several leading companies, and meet with farmers.

The session will feature training and mentor support for pitch development and refinement for each startup.  The program will conclude with opportunities to meet one-on-one with U.S. investors as well as present their business to the investors of America’s Cultivation Corridor and sponsors of the Cultivo program.

“Australia is the perfect fit for the first cohort of the Cultivo program because of the country’s strong ecosystem for developing and bringing new agricultural technologies to market,” said Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business at Corteva Agriscience, and Chair of the board of directors for America’s Cultivation Corridor.  “Connecting startups with Iowa’s world-renowned researchers, industry leaders and farmers will better build and enable opportunities to introduce new technologies and services to benefit the world’s farmers and consumers.”

America’s Cultivation Corridor will host and coordinate the Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program in partnership with its investors and supporting organizations.  The names of the participating companies will be announced at a later date.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to connect Australian agtech startups with the U.S. Midwest. In conjunction with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, we are thrilled to support this 10-day Iowa Immersion Program hosted by America’s Cultivation Corridor (Cultivo)” said industry body AgriFutures Australia, Managing Director, John Harvey.  “This program is hot off the heels of AgriFutures evokeAG 2020 – the Asia Pacific’s premier agrifood tech event being held in Melbourne, Australia on 18 -19 February 2020. It will support the ‘think big, place yourself at the centre of the technology and connect on a global level’ conversation that we are aiming to have with over 1,300 delegates at evokeAG 2020. We look forward to meeting with the startups when they return from Iowa and to them sharing their learnings with the industries that we support.”

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or cohort participation, visit www.cultivationcorridor.org/cultivo or contact Bill Hunt, executive director at America’s Cultivation Corridor at bhunt@cultivationcorridor.org.

Investors and partners of America’s Cultivation Corridor are working together to accelerate the development of new technologies, strengthen Iowa’s ag bioscience workforce, and attract economic development, all focused on meeting the challenge of feeding a growing world population in a sustainable way.

Investors in America’s Cultivation Corridor include Iowa State University, Corteva Agriscience, Deere & Company, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Pork Producers, Kent Corporation, MidAmerican Energy, Ames Economic Development Corporation, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Iowa Farm Bureau, ISG, Kemin, Land O’Lakes, Inc., REG, and Sukup Manufacturing, Co.