America’s Cultivation Corridor has announced the six international startups that will participate in the second cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy.
The six-week virtual program will provide 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.
The program will launch on Oct. 12 with sessions facilitated by Iowa business and university leaders.
“The strong group of international startups in the second cohort of Cultivo Virtual Academy builds on the success of the inaugural cohort earlier this year,” said Billi Hunt, executive director of America’s Cultivation Corridor in a release. “The world-class speakers, networking opportunities and connections they will make through this program will help them more successfully navigate their entry into the U.S. marketplace.”
The inaugural cohort of the Cultivo program was held in spring 2021 with six companies completing the program.
“We look forward to connecting these innovators with Iowa’s business leaders, researchers and forward-thinking farmers and livestock producers throughout the six-week Cultivo Virtual Academy program,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority. “The insights they gain and relationships they form will provide a solid foundation as they look to advance their market penetration in the United States.”
The six companies participating in this year’s cohort are:
Biolevel (United Kingdom)
Biolevel produces tailored microbial products that improve the health of soil while stimulating plant growth and allowing farmers to reduce bulk fertilizer application.
Biotecland uses applied microbiology, especially microalgae, to increase productivity, reduce costs and environmental impact in agriculture.
Futuro Farming GmbH (Germany)
Futuro Farming GmbH has developed a patented sensor system for calf pens that can monitor calf behavior and serve as an early warning system for health issues or disease outbreaks.
GramworkX provides a smart farm resource management tool that helps farmers guide, optimize and monitor use of water in irrigation systems.
Reazent has developed organic alternatives to protect plants from pests and disease.
Tottori Resource Recycling (Japan)
Tottori Resource Recycling uses a recycled glass product as a soil additive to reduce fertilizer and water needs and increase productivity.