As our farmers and partners have wrapped a long and late harvest, we’re reflecting on the last few months and the companies that we’ve had the privilege to support this fall and winter.
Additionally, as part of the AgTech Expo, the four AgLaunch365 Phase I teams graduated by exhibiting at the AgLaunch
booth and delivering their pitches on the expo stage. AgLaunch
and its teams are supported by the following sponsors and partners: Innova Memphis, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Archer Malmo, CoBank, Farm Credit Services of America, Farm Credit Mid-America, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Baker Donelson, StartCo, Agricenter International, Ritter Agribusiness, Mid-South Family Farms, Growing Acres, and AgVentures Alliance. You can learn more about those teams here
We believe that Memphis and the surrounding delta region is the place that can incubate and test the most disruptive agtech companies that exist. We see the agtech sector in the Memphis region growing quickly, and the Indigo Ag
expansion is just another example of this.
Because we believe in the region, we were proud to partner with the Delta I-Fund
, an organization supporting entrepreneurs located in the 252 counties and parishes in the Delta Regional Authority
‘s service area. The Delta I-Fund’s most recent cohort is focused strictly on agtech teams, and we were glad to provide curriculum and expertise to the opening weekend held in Jonesboro, Arkansas in December
, as well as being part of the ongoing technical assistance being provided to the teams.
The new year brings with it the chance to learn about new breakthroughs in research and technology. We’ve partnered with great organizations making some serious moves on the food and agtech front which are hosting events that you won’t want to miss.
Food and agriculture scientific breakthroughs will be on display at Foster Our Future
. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
(FFAR), a nonprofit organization established by bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, is hosting a food and agriculture research exhibition and discussion forum on February 5, 2019. At this one-day event, participants can interact with exhibits exploring research and attend discussions on scientific breakthroughs.
We will continue to work directly with teams through Phase II programming that will begin in January and culminate with the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show
in March. Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss it!
We don’t want to leave this year without giving a special thanks to outgoing Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton. Commissioner Templeton has been a true champion of our work and believes deeply in the power of agricutlure and innovation in moving Tennessee farmers into the future. We are excited about the recent appointment of Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher and look forward to working together to continue to serve Tennessee farmers.
Thank you for your continued support, and please reach out if there’s anything we can do for you.
In the News
Read what others are saying about us, our teams, and our partners!
PORTFOLIO COMPANY: It’s the Little Things in Life that Count, July 12, 2018
PORTFOLIO COMPANY: GroGuru Conducts First Row Crop Field Trials on Its Precision Irrigation Monitoring Technology with AgLaunch Farm Network, August 16, 2018
AGLAUNCH: Future of Agriculture, Episode 117: Bridging the Gap Between AgTech Entrepreneurs and Farmers with Pete Nelson, September 5, 2018
PARTNER: The Seam Eyes Growth With New Personnel, Technologies, September 8, 2018
PARTNER: Growers Overcomes Challenge of Big Data in Agriculture, Raises $5M to Expand, September 12, 2018
PORTFOLIO COMPANY: Future of Agriculture, Episode 118: Autonomous, Swarm-Enabled Tractors with Zack James of Rabbit Tractors, September 12, 2018
PARTNER: Local fund invests $4M in farming startups, has $27M left in seed money, September 17, 2018
PARTNER: Organic crops boosted by Memphis tech star, September 18, 2018
PARTNER: Tractor Zoom, a Farm Equipment Auction Marketplace, Completes $1 Million Seed Round, September 21, 2018
PORTFOLIO COMPANY: Drone Targets Weeds With Precision, September 24, 2018
PORTFOLIO COMPANY: CRANBERRY COUNTRY: The eye on cranberry bogs, October 3, 2018
PARTNER: Agricenter approaching 40th anniversary, planning for future, October 8, 2018
PORTFOLIO COMPANY: New entity providing X-ray vision for growers, October 9, 2018
October 10, 2018
Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum
October 16, 2018
World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit
November 13-14, 2018
Agri Investor Chicago Forum 2018
November 15, 2018
Life Science Tennessee Conference
December 3-5, 2018
Farm Journal AgTech Expo