Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program

A launchpad for international agricultural startups and entrepreneurs entering the U.S. market.

Cultivo™ Virtual Academy is a six-week fee-based program for international startups. Participants meet online each week with industry leaders 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.

The third cohort will take place in the spring of 2022. Registration is now open.

Why Cultivo?

Since the program’s inception in 2021, 13 entrepreneurs have successfully completed the Cultivo Virtual Academy. Find out how this program can benefit your business.

"After having completed this program, I can say with confidence that I have much more knowledge on the U.S. ag market, whether it's the U.S. agriculture supply chain, distributors, investors, or companies operating in this field."

Sumit Verma, Reazent

Visit Iowa: Experience Cultivo in Person

In 2022, all participants who have successfully completed a cohort session will be invited to attend an in-person experience based out of Des Moines, Iowa. This opportunity will provide the chance to network in person and build lasting relationships. 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

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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More Sponsors Coming Soon


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


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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.