AMES, Iowa, August 12, 2021 – Ag Startup Engine, in the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park, has announced that Oasis, a Paychex Company, has become their second Silver Planter Sponsor. Oasis is a leading Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that provides HR solutions to businesses to outsource complex HR administration activities.
"I'm very passionate about the thriving startup community in Central Iowa and the Ag Startup Engine," said Matt Nuetzman, Business Development Manager of Oasis. "The startups backed by the Ag Startup Engine are literally changing the world of agriculture. It's exciting for Oasis to provide the HR Infrastructure so these companies can just concentrate on core business and growth."
Ag Startup Engine is enthusiastic about the support of and connection with Oasis and Paychex. "As startups find their footing they need to start thinking about their most valuable assets, human capital," said Joel Harris, Executive Director of Ag Startup Engine. "Fortunately, Oasis can address the complexities that hiring top talent can present. The fact that Oasis has already helped several of our portfolio companies is validation of their services. Through Oasis’ HR solutions, companies can stay competitive in employee benefits, invest in company culture, maintain compliance, and increase in efficiency."
Ag Startup Engine was launched four years ago to help address two fundamental gaps that prevent agricultural startups and entrepreneurs from being more successful: early seed-stage investment and organized mentorship from successful entrepreneurs. With the program’s second fund, their goal is to accept and invest in 45 agriculture and animal health startups in the next five years.
Other sponsor levels are available including Golden Grade and Platinum Harvester. Ag Startup Engine is actively looking for companies to finance and accept into their program.