Middle Bit: Gener8tor hosting pitch event for Black and Brown Founders

Nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor recently announced a new opportunity for Black and Brown founders to pitch to investors through its Lightning Rounds pitch event on March 4, 2021.

Lightning Rounds is gener8tor’s quarterly event that connects startups with accelerators and investors via quick-pitch opportunities. Through Lighting Rounds, gener8tor’s goal is to create an industry-leading pitching series centered on investing in underrepresented founders. gener8tor believes a gold-standard pitch event that connects diverse-led innovation, venture capitalists and thought leaders is long overdue.

The deadline for startups to apply is Feb. 1, 2021. Investors interested in participating in this event can reach out to nathan@gener8tor.com

John Deere announces startups for 2021 Startup Collaboration Program

John Deere has announced four startups that will participate in its 2021 Startup Collaboration program. Launched in 2019, the cohort enhances and deepens its interaction with a start-up whose technology could add value for John Deere customers.

“The Startup Collaborator program continues to build tremendous interactions between startups and John Deere,” said Julian Sanchez, Director of Emerging Technology for John Deere in an announcement. “This year is no different as this diverse group of companies has great potential to transform our markets.”

Nori (Seattle, WA)

Nori is working to reverse climate change by building a carbon market where entities from individuals to large corporations can purchase carbon credits directly from farmers.

NVision Ag (Columbia, MO)

NVision Ag uses aerial images and patented University of Missouri research to create yield loss maps, total yield loss estimates, and N rate control files. The company has developed a platform that helps corn farmers make nitrogen management decisions.

Scanit (Fremont, CA)

Scanit is enabling growers to proactively maximize yields and minimize operating costs through early detection of airborne pathogens.

Teleo (Palo Alto, CA)

Teleo is converting existing construction and mining equipment into remote-controlled robots. Operators can control machines from miles away, which increases operator productivity, enhances crew safety, and improves jobsite insights.

Applications open for Iowa Innovation Challenge

Applications are opening for the business model competition of the Iowa Innovation Challenge.

The competition will be held in spring 2021 and will award $150,000 in prizes to startups associated with University of Iowa faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

The deadline to apply is March 31.