Cultivo Names Second Cohort Participants

See All | 10/07/2021

Cultivo Global

Startups from six countries participate in six-week program

DES MOINES, IOWA – America’s Cultivation Corridor™ announced today the names of six international startup companies that will participate in the second Cultivo™ Virtual Academy. The six-week virtual program will provide participants with mentorship, interaction with Iowa’s agricultural leaders and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing systems, and customer perspectives.

The program will launch on Oct. 12, 2021, with sessions facilitated by Iowa business and university leaders. America’s Cultivation Corridor will host and coordinate the Cultivo Virtual Academy in partnership with its investors and supporting organizations. The Iowa Economic Development Authority is the presenting sponsor of the program.  

“It is exciting to welcome a diverse group of startup companies from six different countries to participate in the second Cultivo cohort,” said Judd O’Connor, President of U.S. Commercial Business for Corteva Agriscience, and Chairman of the Cultivation Corridor Board of Directors.  “The innovative ideas and technologies they are developing represent new perspectives and approaches to address the challenges we face in agriculture and food production today.”

Participating companies include:

  • Biolevel, United Kingdom, produces tailored microbial products that improve the health of soil while stimulating plant growth and allowing farmers to reduce bulk fertilizer application.
  • Biotecland, Brazil, uses applied microbiology, especially microalgae, to increase productivity, reduce costs and environmental impact in agriculture.
  • Futuro Farming GmbH, Germany, has developed a patented sensor system for calf pens that can monitor calf behavior and serve as an early warning system for health issues or disease outbreaks.
  • GramworkX, India, provides a smart farm resource management tool which helps farmers guide, optimize and monitor use of water in irrigation systems.
  • Reazent, Canada, has developed organic alternatives to protect plants from pests and disease.
  • Tottori Resource Recycling, Inc., Japan, uses a recycled glass product as a soil additive to reduce fertilizer and water needs and increase productivity.

“We look forward to connecting these innovators with Iowa’s business leaders, researchers and forward-thinking farmers and livestock producers throughout the six-week Cultivo Virtual Academy program,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority. “The insights they gain and relationships they form will provide a solid foundation as they look to advance their market penetration in the United States.”  

The inaugural cohort of the Cultivo program was held in spring 2021 with six companies completing the program.

“The strong group of international startups in the second cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy builds on the success of the inaugural cohort earlier this year,” said Billi Hunt, executive director of America’s Cultivation Corridor.  “The world-class speakers, networking opportunities and connections they will make through this program will help them more successfully navigate their entry into the U.S. marketplace.”

For more information on the program, or to learn about opportunities to sponsor or participate in a future cohort, visit https://www.cultivationcorridor.org/cultivo-global/ or contact Tracy Uhlman, senior director of strategy and project management at America’s Cultivation Corridor at tuhlman@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.

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

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About America’s Cultivation Corridor
Focused on further developing and marketing the world-renowned agricultural and bioscience economy in Iowa, America’s Cultivation Corridor is building on a rich history of innovation to accelerate value-added agriculture business development by attracting companies, talent and capital from across the globe to the state. Representing a diverse public-private coalition of stakeholders including Iowa State University, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Ames Chamber of Commerce, nonprofits and private sector companies from across the region and state, the Cultivation Corridor is one of the nation’s foremost cluster-based economic development organizations. For more information, visit CultivationCorridor.org.