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Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program

A launchpad for international agricultural startups and entrepreneurs.

In 2021, we launched Cultivo™ Virtual Academy, a six-week program where international startups can meet online with mentors and interact with Iowa’s agricultural leaders, startup community, researchers, and farmers. The online curriculum focuses on assisting food and ag startups with U.S. market entry, regulatory systems, customer perspectives, business alliances, and financing, all facilitated by industry leaders.

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Cultivo Global

About Cultivo

About Cultivo

About Cultivo Virtual Academy

The Cultivo Virtual Academy is a six-week fee-based program where international start-ups can meet online with mentors and interact with Iowa’s agricultural leaders, startup community, researchers, and farmers. The online curriculum will focus on assisting food and ag startups gain awareness of U.S. market entry, regulatory systems, customer perspectives, business alliances and financing, all facilitated by industry leaders.

Upon successful completion of the program, cohort participants will be eligible to attend an in-person week-long Cultivo event based out of Des Moines, Iowa, currently slated for 2022.

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Iowa Economic Development Authority logo

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Iowa Farm Bureau logo
Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations logo
Iowa State University - Research Park logo
Startup Factory - Iowa State University

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BioConnect Iowa logo

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Eide Bailly logo

Program Overview

The program is hosted via our Virtual Academy Hub, an online platform for learning and engagement. The curriculum covers the following topics via weekly interactive sessions:

  • Introduction to the U.S. startup community and entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • How the U.S. supply chain works in the grain and animal protein market
  • How to connect for partnerships and acquisitions in the U.S. to build your business
  • Education on the U.S. financial system and regulatory programs
  • Intellectual property guidelines and workforce climate in the U.S.
  • Opportunities to connect with industry-leading farmers and livestock producers
  • Pathways to introduce your technology in the U.S.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, cohort participants will be eligible to attend an in-person week-long Cultivo event based out of Des Moines, Iowa, currently slated for 2022.

    Meet the members of our first cohort.


     
    By sharing Iowa’s spirit and entrepreneurial ecosystem with the world, Cultivo will shape the future of food and fuel.

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    Cultivo In-Person In-Iowa

    In 2022, all participants who successfully completed a cohort session will be invited to attend a weeklong in-person experience based out of Des Moines, Iowa, providing the opportunity to meet their networks in person. America’s Cultivation Corridor will also provide on-farm engagement, a day at Iowa State University, and interactions with our global industry leadership right here in Iowa.

    Internation Agtech Cohort

    "The Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program is a fantastic opportunity to connect Australian agtech startups with the U.S. Midwest. We are thrilled to participate in this program."

    John Harvey, Managing Director, AgriFutures Australia

    Get Involved

    Cultivo is ready to share Iowa’s agtech resources and opportunities with international startups to help them grow and thrive. If you are interested in getting involved by sponsoring Cultivo or being a part of an international cohort, contact us via phone at (515) 864-0732 or through our contact form.

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