AMES, Iowa, July 13, 2020 – Ag Startup Engine (ASE), at the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park, announced that it is welcoming their Platinum Harvester Sponsor, LWBJ. LWBJ is one of the Midwest’s leading CPA, consulting and M&A firms with offices in West Des Moines and Ames, Iowa. They offer audit and tax services, capital raising assistance, outsourced CFO services and much more. LWBJ will works with all stages of businesses to create customized solutions to support organizations so leaders and teams can focus on their core business.
The Ag Startup Engine effort was launched over three years ago to help address two fundamental gaps that prevent agricultural startups and entrepreneurs from being more successful in Iowa: early, seedstage investment and organized mentorship from renowned Iowan and Midwestern entrepreneurs.
“We’re incredibly excited to support ASE and their efforts to support entrepreneurs in agriculture,” said Paul Juffer, Managing Partner at LWBJ. “At LWBJ we are focused on providing high-quality services to entrepreneurs at every stage of their business to help them succeed. We hope to work alongside the portfolio company founders to help them execute their business plan successfully and grow their businesses. We are lucky to have ASE in Iowa and look forward to the future.”
“The Platinum Harvester Sponsorship supports the operational efforts of ASE while exclusively connecting our portfolio company founders to the sponsor,” said Joel Harris, co-director of ASE. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with LWBJ at my prior startup, Harrisvaccines, and am glad they can support the growing agtech hot zone in and around the ISU Research Park.”
Other sponsor levels are available including Golden Grade and Silver Planter. Ag Startup Engine is actively looking for companies to finance and accept into their program.
Joel Harris, Co-Director
The Ag Startup Engine