StartUps Wanted

Positioned right at the interface of development and implementation of novel technologies and strategies within the agricultural sector, we are constantly searching for solutions that significantly boost the efficiency of agricultural processes or that allow to substantially conserve resources. Our goal is to help StartUps and innovative young companies to gain visible, long-term success, shaping the 21st century agriculture in a sustainable manner and gradually improving the world through our joint efforts. Does your idea have the potential we’re looking for?

Acceleration & Market Entry Program 2018

As later stage accelerator powered by BayWa AG and RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG, two of the biggest players in global agriculture, we offer tailored solutions and precisely the resources you need right now to boost your business. With each StartUp participating in the program, we design a joint innovation project over the course of five months, including a monthly intensive Acceleration Week in Munich or Vienna which will be tailored to your individual business requirements.

This innovation project comprises a go-to-market or business expansion strategy based on both, the customer’s necessities and the StartUp’s core competencies. To implement the joint innovation project, all StartUps in the program have access to an overall budget of €100,000.

 

 

Market access

  • 1,000+ distribution sites
  • 200,000+ farmers
  • International sales network

Investment/Resources

  • Access to €100,000 cash pot for joint innovation project
  • Chances for strategic investment by BayWa & RWA

Network & Know-how

  • Dedicated Lead-Mentors from BayWa & RWA assist in scaling up and entering new markets
  • 120 years of market experience in agriculture and affiliated industries

StartUp-friendly Design

  • 5 Acceleration weeks in Munich and Vienna 
  • Complementary remote sessions
  • Coverage of travel expenses

Thank you for 252 applications!

The application period for the Acceleration & Market Entry Program 2018 is closed.

What We’re Looking For

We are constantly on the lookout for groundbreaking innovations within the entire agricultural value chain. We consider innovation to be characterized as groundbreaking and trend-setting, if it either increases efficiency, helps to conserve resources or significantly facilitates the lives of farmers and consumers.

Agricultural Engineering and Technology Agricultural Engineering and Technology
Irrigation Irrigation
Organic Agriculture Organic Agriculture
Plant Production Plant Production
Animal Husbandry and Feed Animal Husbandry and Feed
Forestry Forestry
Agriculture Commodity Trading Agriculture Commodity Trading
Urban Farming Urban Farming
Smart Farming Smart Farming
Internet of Things & Connectivity Internet of Things & Connectivity
Big Data and Decision Support Systems Big Data and Decision Support Systems
Food Food
Supply Chain Management & 
Logistics Supply Chain Management &
Logistics
Disruptive Technologies with an application in agriculture Disruptive Technologies with an application in agriculture

Our mentoring program offers professional advice from internal and external experts, our vast network provides for excellent opportunities to connect in the fields of R&D, sales, financing, science, politics, and the StartUp scene in general.

This year’s Acceleration & Market Entry Program starts in September 2018 and ends in February 2019. Within this period of time, five acceleration weeks take place, either in Munich or Vienna. Additional remote sessions foster the development of the innovation project.

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To implement their innovation projects during the course of five months, each StartUp teams up with two internal lead-mentors who support the StartUp with their personal expertise and necessary know-how within the respective operating area. We cover the travel expenditures and offer manifold resources suitable to improve product development or sales. Also, StartUps can rely on our external mentors as sparring-partners at any time, providing many years of experience to help with important decisions. Individual coaching, covering the needs of each StartUp, complete the Acceleration & Market Entry Program.

We are looking for teams, which have already a marketable business model in the form of a product, solution or service, but need support in expanding their business.

The technology, product, service or solution must be scalable and applicable to agriculture or related industries. Per StartUp, a minimum of two and a maximum of three team members can participate in the program. At least one of the participating members must have strategic decision-making powers. Participation in the program is only possible for companies with limited liability.

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Financing & Growth

We aim for operational cooperation between StartUps and our parent companies if the respective StartUp excelled in our Acceleration & Market Entry Program.

In addition, we offer our program participants the chance to receive follow-up financing from BayWa and RWA.

 

 

Shaping the future of agriculture together

Co-Innovation

Through co-innovation, we can actively enhance the agricultural sector! In the spirit of Open Innovation, we are always keen on promising collaborations with corporations and representatives from politics, business, and science in order to jointly implement efficiency-enhancing and resource-saving developments.

Feel free to contact us anytime!

College

In our innovation college, we design and offer external workshops, as well as consultation for interested parties, covering topics such as agricultural entrepreneurship or the promotion of innovation from within your own company.

Inquire about our college today!

Cooperation

We are always interested in all innovative companies and are looking forward to possible cooperations beyond our Acceleration & Market Entry Program. We focus on companies at a later stage of development, which can already report an annual turnover exceeding 2 million euros.

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Our Successful Alumni

2017

A trading system by agra2b helps you purchase your operating materials and sell grains, animals or nutrients. Reach your existing and new trading partners via one channel, reliably and easily. Take care of trade comfortably on the go, regardless of business hours.
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A trading system by agra2b helps you purchase your operating materials and sell grains, animals or nutrients. Reach your existing and new trading partners via one channel, reliably and easily. Take care of trade comfortably on the go, regardless of business hours.

BartsParts is a Dutch webshop selling spare parts for agricultural- and greencare equipment. Bart does not have his own stock, but sells directly from the warehouses of specialized dealers of all kind of brands all over the world. This is why Bart has a large and various supply.
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BartsParts is a Dutch webshop selling spare parts for agricultural- and greencare equipment. Bart does not have his own stock, but sells directly from the warehouses of specialized dealers of all kind of brands all over the world. This is why Bart has a large and various supply.

Early detection of pests, diseases or other supply deficiencies in the field by drones, satellites and agricultural experts.
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Early detection of pests, diseases or other supply deficiencies in the field by drones, satellites and agricultural experts.

Digital mapping of buying and selling groups: attractive conditions due to higher transaction volume.
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Digital mapping of buying and selling groups: attractive conditions due to higher transaction volume.

Monitoring and prediction of the health of cows by temperature and movement sensor in the rumen. You can check the entity-specific estrus, delivery, disease, and amount of activity in cattle by monitoring the body temperature through LiveCare service.
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Monitoring and prediction of the health of cows by temperature and movement sensor in the rumen. You can check the entity-specific estrus, delivery, disease, and amount of activity in cattle by monitoring the body temperature through LiveCare service.

Provide an alternative source of protein from insects for the feed and food industries.
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Provide an alternative source of protein from insects for the feed and food industries.

2016

CropTech is a StartUp from Slovakia and has developed a sensor-based automation system for growing plants inside and outside. Their product “ResponzIO” can read the data from up to 16 sensors, autonomously control up to 8 devices and present the data on any device.
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CropTech is a StartUp from Slovakia and has developed a sensor-based automation system for growing plants inside and outside. Their product “ResponzIO” can read the data from up to 16 sensors, autonomously control up to 8 devices and present the data on any device.

The Italian StartUp Evja has developed a computer-based decision system that collects data from various sensors. This data can be sent to any device and provides the farmer with a better decision-making basis.
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The Italian StartUp Evja has developed a computer-based decision system that collects data from various sensors. This data can be sent to any device and provides the farmer with a better decision-making basis.

The Austrian company Evologic Technologies is working on a more efficient production process of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). This new process reduces the demand for fertilisers, pesticides and irrigation, which also leads to higher margins.
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The Austrian company Evologic Technologies is working on a more efficient production process of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). This new process reduces the demand for fertilisers, pesticides and irrigation, which also leads to higher margins.

The founders of Tevatronic are from Israel and have developed a fully autonomous irrigation control. Their sensors measure the actual need for water by the plant which in turn reduces the usage of water and fertilizers.
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The founders of Tevatronic are from Israel and have developed a fully autonomous irrigation control. Their sensors measure the actual need for water by the plant which in turn reduces the usage of water and fertilizers.