KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (May 24, 2018) — Up to eight Tennessee agriculture entrepreneur teams will have the chance to participate in a week-long agri-tech bootcamp being held on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville from July 9-13, 2018. The event is coordinated by Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) in partnership with AgLaunch, a statewide agricultural innovation program. Teams accepted into the program will experience best-in-class agricultural entrepreneurship programming and have access to investors, mentors, and farmers.
AgLaunch Bootcamp applicants must be located in Tennessee and can include:
• Small startup companies operating in the agricultural sector;
• Existing companies that are creating new innovations or product lines; and
• Student or faculty teams that are developing new innovations in agriculture.
AgLaunch Bootcamp applicants should be focused on addressing real problems in agriculture within the crop and livestock sectors. These include but are not limited to: automation and robotics, solutions to issues such as spray drift and herbicide-resistant weeds, financing approaches, water and nitrogen management, innovative livestock production technologies, food traceability and food safety, market access, and new equipment. AgLaunch and KEC will consider any new and novel idea in the agriculture and food value chain.
Teams in the program will have the opportunity to participate in AgLaunch365 programming during Fall 2018 and be considered for investment from Innova Ag Innovation Fund IV. The Innova Ag Fund is a $31 million venture fund backed by eight Farm Credit banks focused on agriculture innovation.
Tennessee-based entrepreneurs with an idea or an agtech startup who are interested in the intensive bootcamp can apply here. Applications are being accepted through 5 pm EST on June 8, 2018. Up to eight teams will be selected to participate.
AgLaunch attracts, creates, and grows agtech startups, facilitates the development of new agriculture and food value-chains, and builds collaborative farmer networks in the Mid-
South, with a commitment to intentional inclusion. AgLaunch was formed through a joint initiative between Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Memphis Biowork Foundation. AgLaunch365 is a farm-centric innovation platform for agriculture designed to calibrate support with the specific needs of agtech startups and the agricultural industry. AgLaunch365 is made possible through partnerships with Innova, Start Co., TN Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Farm Journal Media, Archer Malmo, and Baker Donelson.
About Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in Market Square that
serves as the front door for entrepreneurs in our region, and a resource for anyone looking
to start or grow a business here. By nurturing and supporting a culture of entrepreneurship,
we are fostering innovation, creativity and job growth within our community. KEC is a place for networking, education and teaching others what we’ve learned. We are a mentor-driven business accelerator, a shared workspace and a source of mediocre coffee. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, KEC is funded through sponsorships, partnerships, grants and membership fees. In addition to support from the City of Knoxville and the State of Tennessee, KEC relies on the generous contributions of leading East Tennessee corporations, successful entrepreneurs and those who have a vested interest in the success of new businesses in our region.