Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between Catalyst/Bootcamp and AgLaunch365?
- AgLaunch Bootcamp is designed for early stage companies to learn the basics about business structure, intellectual property protection and other business development topics. There is no equity exchange, and bootcamps are a good way to “kick the tires” on the AgLaunch programming and farm-centric model. Participants range from someone with an idea to a very early stage agtech company with a minimal viable product.
- AgLaunch Catalyst is similar in stage and programming to the AgLaunch Bootcamp, but is offered virtually. The AgLaunch Bootcamp is generally place-based and offered in-person.
- AgLaunch365 is a full accelerator and is meant to engage early-stage companies that could use some business development support and access to a network of farmers willing to test and provide meaningful feedback to startups. AgLaunch365 participants, in partnership with the AgLaunch Farm Team, design and implement on-farm trials as part of the programming. Farmers are actively engaged in coaching and mentoring startups on their business and product development. Startups give equity to the AgLaunch Farmers, LLC in exchange for these services.
How do I participate in the programming?
- AgLaunch offers virtual and in-person programs, as well as a hybrid format for our AgLaunch365 Accelerator. Please refer to the description of each program for details and apply here.
What kind of companies is AgLaunch interested in working with?
- AgLaunch works with entrepreneurs who are interested in farmer input and engagement that have cutting-edge technology that addresses key challenges in agriculture.
What should I expect to get by participating in AgLaunch365?
- In addition to ag-specific programming and ongoing business development coaching from ag industry experts and mentors, entrepreneurs who participate in AgLaunch365 gain access to a world-class network of innovative farmers interested and committed to developing technology that improves the future of farming. You’ll have exposure to ag investors with the opportunity to lock in investment, if you meet investor qualifications.
Do you have to be located in the MidSouth region to be considered?
- No, we work with companies around the world! However, you must be willing to come to the MidSouth region and work with our Farmer Network. We also have farmer network members in Iowa, Oregon and are expanding to other states.
What stage companies do you invest in?
- We select early-stage, pre-seed companies to have the most impact on product and business development from farmer input. Our investment partners invest in companies that meet their qualifications and are approved.
Do you take equity?
- Yes, the AgLaunch Farmers, LLC takes equity in exchange for services and investment for startups in our AgLaunch365 Accelerator/Farm Trials.
Can I re-apply?
- Please do! Apply here.