AgTech Education

A launchpad for international agricultural startups

Innovations that help feed the world have no boundaries, but in Iowa, they do have a hub where they can prosper. That’s why America’s Cultivation Corridor launched the Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program™. Now, international startup companies and entrepreneurs can visit, learn, and connect with Iowa’s world-renowned agricultural research, academic, and business communities.

Representing a diverse public-private coalition of stakeholders, America’s Cultivation Corridor is among the nation’s foremost cluster-based economic development organizations. The world’s leading agribusinesses have come together with Iowa State University, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Ames Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of ag and community groups from across the state to establish and guide the organization.

The Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program is a fantastic opportunity to connect Australian agtech startups with the U.S. Midwest. We are thrilled to participate in this program.”

John Harvey, Managing Director, AgriFutures Australia

The Cultivo Global Ag Innovation Program is a 10-day immersion program that brings agriculture and bioscience startups from around the world to Iowa — America’s Cultivation Corridor. Each 10-day program is tailored to the unique interests of each country, with sessions that feature:

  1. Introduction to the U.S. startup community and entrepreneurial ecosystem
  2. Connection with leading agribusiness executives
  3. Training and mentor support for pitch development
  4. Engagement with Iowa State University, including the ISU Research Park, BioCentury Research Farm, and top industry faculty
  5. Education on the U.S. financial system and regulatory programs
  6. Opportunities to connect with industry-leading farmers and livestock producers
  7. Pathways to introduce their technology in the U.S.
  8. Opportunity to pitch their innovation to funders

The program offers these global entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to engage with Iowa’s agtech startup community, network with ag industry leaders, and collaborate with researchers and farmers. Throughout the experience, participants collaborate with mentors and each other to refine their business pitch, which they present to investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program.

America’s Cultivation Corridor will annually host multiple Cultivo cohorts from around the world. Each cohort will be comprised of approximately 10 startup companies or innovators from a specific country.

Read more about the program at America’s Cultivation Corridor