Middle Bit: Iowa AgriTech Accelerator hosts second annual AgTech Day

Kerty Levy, Interim Director of the Iowa Agritech Accelerator, speaks at AgTech Demo Day on March 26. (Photo courtesy of Iowa Agritech Accelerator).

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator hosted its second annual AgTech Day on Tuesday, March 26.

This year, nine early-stage agtech startups gathered at Maple Ventures in West Des Moines to showcase their innovations.

This year’s participating startups were:

  • Ag-EZ (Des Moines, IA): An application that allows farmers to precisely identify needs on their fields and connect with custom service providers in the same region
  • Big Data in a Box (Ames, IA): A one-stop shop data and analytics tool for organic farmers that enables and saves time in the collection, retention, and use of data for organic certification, compliance, and operations planning
  • DroneSAR (Des Moines, IA): Radar imaging sensor hardware (cameras for drones) and software for precision agriculture applications
  • Dynamic Motion (Herman, NE): A robotic power washer designed to help sanitize finishing units in hog operations
  • Gym-N-EAT-Crickets (Ames, IA): Raising and processing crickets for development of protein snacks
  • Industrial Hemp (Ankeny, IA): Platform and structured supply chain services for hemp production and distribution
  • Shift.Aero (Sunnyvale, CA): A heavy-lifting, unmanned aerial vehicle designed for crop spraying
  • Tractor Zoom (West Des Moines, IA): Heavy equipment auction marketplace connecting farm equipment auctioneers and buyers.
  • Vilicus Capital (Des Moines, IA): A platform and service for regenerative, ecological farming

Applications for the 2019 accelerator cohort are due by this Sunday, March 31.

What else is happening?

Global Insurance Symposium set for April 23-25

Approximately 700 insurance and technology leaders from around the globe will gather in Des Moines next month for the 2019 Global Insurance Symposium.

Set to take place April 23-25, the annual symposium will provide a venue for those in the insurance industry to address issues impacting the marketplace with a focus on technology, policy and innovation.

As part of the symposium, the Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2019 cohort will be presenting their

The presentations will run from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center – all in the Iowa Events Center.

Please arrive early for parking and walking-time to the ballroom. The venue has parking, but you may need to use street parking.

Peggy Whitson keynote speaker for 2019 Future Ready Iowa-STEM Summit

Peggy Whitson, former astronaut, space and science consultant, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Future Ready Iowa Summit.

The statewide event will take place on April 30 at the Iowa Events Center and will include statements by Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.

At the end of the summit, Governor Reynolds will announce the six elementary schools selected to each receive a $50,000 grant through the Computer Science is Elementary Project.

Registration for the event is now available at $50 and is free for students.