AgLaunch Hosts Open Call for 2023 AgTech Startup Bootcamps

Programs Offer Business and Investment Basics and Intro to Farmer-Led Innovation Model

(Memphis, TN, April 21, 2023) Do you have the next big idea that could transform our food, fiber or fuel production system? AgLaunch, a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurial support and specializes in ag innovation, is now accepting applications for its summer series of startup bootcamps. The bootcamps are offered in-person regionally May – July and include a virtual option, AgLaunch Catalyst, set for June 13-16. 

“AgLaunch’s bootcamps are designed for food and agtech entrepreneurs who are still in the early stages of their business growth and investment,” said Margaret Oldham, AgLaunch Vice President for Innovation. “Entrepreneurs will not only have the opportunity to work directly with agtech experts, but this will set them up for follow-on programming and introduce them to the AgLaunch farmer-led model of innovation.”

Some of the topics covered in the bootcamps include how to structure and organize your business, building your pitch to appeal to investors, protecting your intellectual property, pursuing funding opportunities, and expanding your network for success. The bootcamps are:

  • Cultivate Northwest, Independence, OR, May 15-19, application deadline April 28 – Conducted in partnership with Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), this in-person bootcamp is for startups located in the Northwest U.S. Contact: alexp@sedcor.com 
  • AgLaunch Catalyst, virtual, June 13-16, application deadline May 15 – This virtual bootcamp is for early stage ag and food startups. Contact: svarble@aglaunch.com
  • Cultivate Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, June 27-30, application deadline May 19 – Conducted in partnership with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, this in-person bootcamp is for OK-based agtech startups. Contact: Amarie.bartel@okfb.org
  • Cultivate Appalachia, Knoxville, TN, July 10-13, application deadline May 31 – Conducted in partnership with the Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center, this in-person bootcamp is for ag and food startups in Southern Appalachia. Contact: khensley@aglaunch.com

To apply, visit https://aglaunch.com/entrepreneurship/. The all-in-one online application allows applicants to indicate their preferred bootcamp. An informational webinar for prospective applicants will be held on April 28th from 12:30 – 1:30pm CT. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/621683852137

The bootcamps are a pathway for entrepreneurs to apply to advanced AgLaunch programming.  AgLaunch365 Accelerator covers a full range of business coaching, mentorship, investor connections, and access to AgLaunch’s farmer network for early customer discovery and proof of concept farm trials. 
More information about AgLaunch’s program offerings, visit www.AgLaunch.com.

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About AgLaunch 

AgLaunch is revolutionizing the way that innovations in agriculture and food are brought to market by bridging the present and future to grow a more diverse and sustainable farm economy and provide healthy food for all. AgLaunch leverages its distributed network of farm incubators, entrepreneurial farmers, aligned capital partners, research consortia, technical consulting, and best-in-class accelerator programming to effectively challenge the status quo and thoughtfully create value for farmers and the communities they serve. The AgLaunch vision is a transformed regional agriculture and food economy centered around farmers, innovation, and prosperity.