Dr. Alkier GmbH/Absolute Return Consulting GmbH
Founding Managing Director
The Agro Innovation Lab was founded in 2016 as a joint innovation platform of BayWa & RWA, two of the most important players in the global agricultural sector. We see ourselves as trend scout, accelerator, networker, mentor, unconventional think tank, knowledge carrier, partner, and facilitator – unified in our goal to play an active part in shaping the future of agriculture through innovation.
Our manifold activities conjoin AgTech with conventional agricultural technology, merging the expertise of traditional agriculture with the possibilities of digitization, thus building a network of research, development, entrepreneurship, investors, and the market.
Our Innovation Campus assists promising innovative companies in the implementation of their disruptive business models: In direct cooperation with BayWa & RWA, StartUps get the unique opportunity to be in touch with selected partners and investors, receive individual mentoring and coaching as well as access to the global market, decades of experience, a comprehensive pool of expertise, and our international network of partners. For more established companies, we offer the possibility of a cooperation to strike new paths together. Corporate groups can profit from our offers to conceptualize and implement workshops and services focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Our annual Acceleration & Market Entry Program, one part of our Innovation Campus, delivers a special boost to innovative StartUps, providing tailored access to exactly those services and resources that drive rapid business development.
We are looking for teams who already have a marketable business model in the form of a product, solution or service, but need support in expanding their business.
BayWa AG is a group with worldwide operations in the core competencies of trading, logistics and supplementary services in its core segments of Agriculture, Energy, and Building Materials. BayWa Group is also one of the largest agricultural traders worldwide. The head office of the parent company, which was founded in 1923, is located in Munich. The international activities focus on Europe as well as on the US and New Zealand.
More information: www.baywa.com
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG is the wholesale company and service provider of the Lagerhaus cooperatives in Austria. Together, they are the leading force in the countryside with more than 1.000 distribution locations in Europe and joint ventures in Croatia, Slovenia, Rumania, Serbia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
More information: www.rwa.at
Our market access covers more than 35 countries in addition to the DACH region; partly directly through subsidiaries of our parent companies, partly indirectly through cooperations with other globally operating subsidiaries of BayWa and RWA, e.g. Garant Tiernahrung GmbH, Bio-Getreide Austria GmbH, Genol Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co KG, BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH with headquarters in Munich, BayWa Agrarhandel GmbH with headquarters in Nienburg, BayWa Agrar International B.V. with headquarters in Rotterdam (NL), T & G Global Ltd. based in Auckland (NZ), TFC Holland B.V. based in Maasdijk (NL) or BayWa Fruit GmbH & Co. KG with more than 30 distribution and production locations in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
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.
Our pool of mentors consists of specialists from internal departments, agricultural practitioners and scientific experts as well as political and entrepreneurial leaders, founders and innovators. All our mentors are highly motivated to pass on their experience and knowledge to our StartUps.
Trading Manager Oilseeds, Oilmeals and By-Products und Global Book Lead Softseeds
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Deputy of the experimental station
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG
Head of Division Agricultural Products (Grain, Feedstuff/Oilseed)
Member of the Government, responsigle for agriculutre and municipalities
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG / RWA Invest GmbH
Head of Corporate Business Development / Managing Directo
Provincial Government of Lower Austria
State Commissioner for issues of Environment, Agriculture and Energy
We are a highly motivated young team sharing the passion to co-create the future of agriculture.
David our entrepreneur. Having founded two startups himself, David is leading the activities of the AIL and thus acts as a link between corporates and the startup world.
Head of Business Development, Marketing and PR
Verena supports the team with many years of experience in the field of digital farming and agricultural engineering. Through her enthusiasm and innovative power, in the lab, she combines the old with the new world, with the help of the startups.
Head of Innovation Management
Renate is passionate about innovation and a founder. Being the link between the AIL ecosystem including leading corporates, high potential Startups and a large network of partners she supports all of them on their innovation journey to collaborate with Startups.
Hannes, with experience from management consulting and agricultural engineering, supports the startups in the implementation of their business ideas with a business focus.
With her international experience, knowledge in technology scouting and strong business focus, Anna-Lena supports our startups in realization of their business ideas.
Carla, with her broad interdisciplinary background, supports our startups in the realization of their business ideas. She studied Environmental and Bio- Resources Management and has been involved in the fields of innovation and social entrepreneurship.
Assistant to the Managing Director
Andrea supports Reinhard in organisational matters and brings her wealth of experience in marketing, events and communication to the table.
Junior Innovation Manager
Sarah supports the team and the startups in all matters. Thanks to her agricultural background and her enthusiasm for innovation, she always keeps an overview.
Junior Innovation Manager
Luca supports the team and the StartUps in all matters. His experience and enthusiasm for agriculture innovation and environmental sustainability is the perfect fit.
Junior Innovation Manager
Lisa has a strong motivation for innovation and environmental issues. She supports the team and the StartUps with her agricultural and interdisciplinary knowledge as well as her international experience.