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Billi Hunt, executive director
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August 2, 2021


Six-week program designed for international startups planning to enter U.S. marketplace

DES MOINES, IOWA – America’s Cultivation Corridor™ is currently seeking international startup
companies and entrepreneurs to apply for the second cohort of the Cultivo™ Virtual Academy. The six-week virtual program will provide up to 12 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.

Applications for the program are now being accepted through August 27, 2021. Selected applicants will
be notified in September, and the cohort sessions are expected to begin in October 2021. All sessions
will be facilitated by Iowa business and university leaders. Upon successful completion of the virtual
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. The in-person event will provide an opportunity to
meet networks in person, tours of Iowa farms and Iowa State University, and interaction with Iowa
industry leadership.

“The inaugural cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy was a tremendous success, with six startups making
invaluable connections with Iowa business leaders, researchers, farmers and more, as they develop
their technologies and prepare for a launch in the U.S. marketplace, ” said Judd O’Connor, President of
U.S. Commercial Business for Corteva Agriscience, and Chairman of the Cultivation Corridor Board of

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.

“The next generation of ag innovations are being developed in Iowa right now, and we look forward to
the networks and new opportunities that will be built when global entrepreneurs connect with our
a strong network of university researchers, industry leaders, startup companies, and forward-thinking
farmers and livestock producers,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development
Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority. “The Cultivo program will provide unequaled access to the
best and brightest minds in every sector of Iowa’s agricultural community, and help entrepreneurs
build the network they need to reach their goals.”

The program will be hosted via the Virtual Academy Hub, a professionally managed platform for
learning and engagement. The following topics will be covered during the three hours of programming
each week of the session:
● Introduction to the U.S. startup community and entrepreneurial ecosystem
● U.S. investment in startups
● How to connect for partnerships and acquisitions to build a business
● Education on the U.S. financial system and regulatory programs
● Opportunities to connect with industry-leading farmers and livestock producers
● Pathways to introduce technologies in the U.S.
● Supply chain, workforce

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or cohort participation, visit
https://www.cultivationcorridor.org/cultivo-global/ or contact Bill Hunt, executive director at
America’s Cultivation Corridor at bhunt@cultivationcorridor.org. Applications must be submitted by
August 27, 2021.

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, Hy-Vee, Iowa Corn
Promotion Board, Iowa Farm Bureau, ISG, Kemin, REG, and Sukup Manufacturing.

More information is available at CultivationCorridor.org, or by following on Twitter, LinkedIn,
Instagram, and Facebook.

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.