America’s Cultivation Corridor has opened applications for the third cohort of the Cultivo Virtual Academy. The six-week virtual program will provide selected participants with 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 February 1, 2022. Selected applicants will be notified by March 1, and the cohort sessions will begin March 22 and run weekly through April 26. All sessions will be facilitated by Iowa business and university leaders. Upon completion of the virtual program, cohort participants will be eligible to attend an in-person Cultivo event in Des Moines, currently slated for late 2022.
“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 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 in a statement. “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.”
America’s Cultivation Corridor will host and coordinate the Cultivo Virtual Academy in partnership with its investors and supporting organizations.
“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, Chairman of the Cultivation Corridor Board of Directors.