Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program

A launchpad for international agricultural startups and entrepreneurs.

In 2019, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced the Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Programdesigned to bring international startup companies and entrepreneurs to Iowa to connect with our world-renowned agricultural research, academic, and business communities.

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have brought international travel to a halt, it has not diminished the spirit or speed at which international entrepreneurs are working to bring new ideas and technologies to market. That’s why we are excited to announce the Cultivo™ Virtual Academy, set to launch in spring 2021.

Get to know our first cohort.

Cultivo Global

About Cultivo

About Cultivo

About Cultivo Virtual Academy

The Cultivo Virtual Academy is a six-week program where 30 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.

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Program Overview

The six-week program will be hosted via our Virtual Academy Hub, a professionally-managed platform for learning and engagement. During the three hours of programming each week, the following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to the U.S. startup community and entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • US investment in startups
  • How to connect for partnerships and acquisitions in the US to build your business
  • Training and mentor support for pitch development
  • Education on the U.S. financial system and regulatory programs
  • Opportunities to connect with industry-leading farmers and livestock producers
  • Pathways to introduce your technology in the U.S.

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

Click here to apply.

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 financially supporting Cultivo or being a part of an international cohort, contact us via phone at (515) 864-0732 or through our contact form.

Ready to apply? Click here to get started.