Our unique advantages

Selection and programming focused on accelerating startup growth and commercial results. 

One-on-one consulting and coaches with an extended network of mentors, industry experts, corporate and partners

Blended group training, group mentoring and peer reviews.

Access to Agricover's network of farms and agri-players to test and receive feedback and insights

Access to SeedBlink, the European investment platform designed to support entrepreneurs reach investor readiness

A driving focus on the entire agri-food value chain, supporting value chains and impact

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Partners support

Agricover - Business strategy

  • Validating your MVP / Use-case
  • Knowledge Network: testing ideas with farmers, academics and mentors
  • Refining your revenue model
  • Go-to-Market Strategy for Agritech businesses
  • Agricover x SeedBlink: The Art of writing a great Business Plan
  • Agricover x Microsoft: Leadership and Governance for your business as it develops.
  • Agricover x Microsoft: Scaling up strategy
  • Finances management in AgriTech business
  • Case Study: From idea to business - the story of an AgriTech startup
  • Agricover x Microsoft: Leadership and Governance for your business as it develops.

Seedblink - Finance

  • Growth financing: the opportunities and implications of financing the growth of your business.  
  • Advice on investments & and building a scalable financing strategy. 
  • Structuring your financing needs. 
  • What VCs know but entrepreneurs do not.  
  • Investment readiness – why, when and how to run a crowdinvesting campaign. 
  • Lessons learned from over 50 crowdinvesting campaigns. 

Microsoft - Technology

  • Microsoft Outlook on Agritech Culture (based on global data).  
  • Intellectual property - the "crown jewels" of your business. 
  • A focused look at technology development and product synthesis. 
  • What VCs know but entrepreneurs do not.  
  • Microsoft x SeedBlink - building successful partnerships with other technology providers (for larger scale offerings and/or HW development) 
  • FarmBeats - showcase capabilities 

Timeline

Before starting to work with our experts, the startups with the greatest potential are identified in an internal selection process. Selected startups  will work with mentors and experts from Microsoft along with agriculture experts from our partner Agricover to improve their business strategy and plans. 

Application Period

Dec 20, 2021 - Feb 28, 2022

Pitch & Q&A Session

Jan 05 - Feb 21, 2022

Selection of finalist startups

Mar 14, 2022

Acceleration Program*

Mar 21 - Apr 15, 2022

Demo Day x Final selection of winning startups

May 10th, 2022

* 4 hours per week, Mentors get to know the startups and their technology 1:1 mentor-startup sessions focusing on business strategy.

Eligibility Criteria

The project is targeted at Central & Eastern European AgriTech startups who must meet the following criteria at the time of making the application:

  • Innovative start-ups with high market adoption potential aimed to solve European agricultural specific problems
  • A transparent, articulated business model that can be developed both on the local and international markets.
  • Already tested, ethical MVP (minimum viable product)
  • Completed early research and development stage
  • At least one co-founder must be on the project on a full-time basis

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Committee

Acts as the Funding committee, finalists will be rated by the jury consisting of Board Members, Executives and Advisors from Agricover, Microsoft, Seedblink and their partners. 

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