Cultivation Corridor launches Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program

During this week’s World Food Prize activities in Des Moines, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced the launch of the Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program, a 10-day immersion program for international startup companies and entrepreneurs.

The new program will bring international startups to Iowa for 10 days of experience, training and networking. The program will provide opportunities for the participating startups to learn from and connect with Iowa’s agricultural research and business leadership throughout the 10-day program.

Each cohort of the program will host 5-10 startups from a selected country to visit Iowa and meet with researchers and business leaders throughout the state. The Corridor plans to host the first cohort in spring 2020.

“The Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program is an exciting new opportunity to bring global entrepreneurs and innovators to Iowa to share their ideas and engage with world-renowned researchers, industry leaders and farmers,” said Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, during the announcement.

The Corridor plans to host the first cohort in spring 2020 with five to ten startups from a country that will be announced in the future.

Cohort sessions will conclude with a Pitch Day event, where each participating startup will present their company to industry leaders, research faculty, investors and venture capitalists.

“The next generation of ag and bioscience technologies are being researched, tested and scaled up in Iowa right now, with Iowa State University and our renowned faculty leading the way in many areas,” said Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University. “Participating in the Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program will give startups from around the world access to the latest expertise in nearly every aspect of ag technologies, from biofuels to livestock production and agronomics to predictive ag.” 

ISU Startup Factory, Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, ISU Pappajohn Center and ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative will be key partners involved in program planning and mentorship coordination, along with other incubators and accelerators across Iowa.