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Insights

Ag Startup Engine values mentorship highly. Learn from our members about entrepreneurship through their own experiences in agtech.

Adam Koppes

Iowa Farm Bureau Rural Vitality Fund

"Entrepreneurial people hit every obstacle that comes along and continue to plow forward and continue to figure out a way around the obstacle...  I can see a night and day the difference between early stage entrepreneurs in terms of whether they have an inquisitive mind and are willing to go that extra step."

Investor Insights

Al Myers

Ag Leader Technologies

"I see big opportunities for those businesses that make information more available or more importantly, more usable, whether that's the crop farmer or the livestock farmer. The ability to make decisions using data in agriculture needs to get better."

Eric Peterson

Summit Agricultural Group

"Iowa really is where ag tech businesses belong. Iowa needs to own ag tech and Iowa State University should be the center of it."

Bruce Rastetter

Summit Agricultural Group

"The driving desire to learn new things is a consistent trait of people that want to continue to make a difference in life and do significant things."

Steve Bruere

Peoples Company

"Successful people are always learning. They always want to know what you know, and they're not telling you how the world works... I've tried to be willing to help young people out and lend an ear, and be willing to give advice.  Every time I do that, I think I learned more from them than they learned from me!"

Nick Evens

Veridian Credit Union

"The entrepreneurs that are starting in Iowa are lucky because Iowa Nice does exist."

Justin Heath

SmartAg

"The industry has addressed the labor issue with bigger, faster, heavier equipment. We don't agree with that approach. Large equipment is a challenge to operate. As the labor pool has dwindled and there's less qualified labor, it's not as easy to find people to operate the equipment."

Alison Doyle

ISU Research Park

"Most companies are really looking for people. And the next generation of talent demands something different. What we're trying to create is an environment to attract talent.  That’s a work in progress, but we're headed in the right direction."

Community Insights

Martin Gross

Gross-Wen Technologies

"New programs like the Ag Startup Engine and ISU Startup Factory have definitely played a role in advancing me, not just as a scientist-engineer, but as someone that knows how to run a business. It seems like the ecosystem here at ISU now is a completely different place than when we started."

The Midwest Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Opportunities and Challenges

We launched the Ag Startup Engine to fill a gap in funding and mentoring agtech startups in Iowa. While we’re excited about the progress the existing portfolio businesses have made to date, we recognize that our work fills only one niche in what could be a much more vibrant ecosystem for agricultural entrepreneurs.

Feature Articles

Precision Agriculture Technologies

Perspectives from Brazil

We just returned from Brazil, where we accompanied twelve Iowa State University students who are a part of a travel course that is examining farmer perspectives on current and future precision agriculture technologies for crop production.  Our time was spent in Mato Grasso, one of the frontiers of agricultural production in Brazil.

Farming Algae with Martin Gross

Farm & Rural Ag Network

In this edition of the podcast Future of Agriculture, Farm & Rural Ag Network sat down with Martin Gross of Gross-Wen Technologies to discuss algae farming and how it will shape the future.

Other Media