Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program Details

An Innovative Approach for International Startups

The Cultivo™ Virtual Academy is a unique opportunity for global startup and scale-up companies preparing for their entry into the U.S. ag, food, or bioscience market. The fee-based program connects entrepreneurs with Iowa leaders for networking, learning, and exposure to U.S. financing, regulatory, and market systems.

The six-week curriculum features weekly virtual workshops with facilitated presentations, Q&A sessions, and roundtable discussions, as well as introductions to Iowa’s business, research, and economic development leaders and world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As the epicenter of global agricultural production and research, Iowa is the perfect host for a program that encourages solutions to global challenges. Join us to jump-start your entry into the U.S. market!

Cultivo Virtual Academy is hosted by America’s Cultivation Corridor and presented by Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Applications are now being accepted for two cohorts in 2022.



Presentations and roundtable discussions will be led by Iowa business leaders and cover the following topics related to the U.S. marketplace:

  • Market dynamics, including sustainability and connectivity
  • Supply chain
  • Resources to build and grow business
  • Regulatory and IP systems
  • Finance and tax strategies
  • Workforce and immigration

Cohort participants will be connected with Iowa researchers, business leaders, and organizations to continue discussions specific to their goals. 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.

Check out the #Cultivo hashtag on Twitter and LinkedIn to see a sample of past speakers.


Why Cultivo?

“After completing this program, I can say with confidence that I have much more knowledge of the U.S. market, whether it is in the supply chain, distributors, investors, or companies operating in the field. We were able to make great connections, including a prominent growers association in Iowa.”

— Sumit Verma, Reazent Co-Founder and Cultivo Cohort 2 Graduate