DFA Sponsorship of the 2017 Sprint Accelerator Program

DFA Sponsorship Will Focus on Startups in AgTech
November 29, 2016

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, recently announced sponsorship of the 2017 Sprint Accelerator, an innovative program that helps accelerate and grow startup businesses.

DFA’s program will focus on startups in the AgTech arena, which can offer support and foster technologies to help manage the Cooperative’s nationwide operations. Specifically, the Cooperative is looking for AgTech startups with applications related to any portion of the dairy value chain, including, but not limited to, product testing, data management, herd health and management, supply chain optimization, sustainability and traceability.

“New developments in agriculture and food production are key to ensuring that we continue delivering nutritious dairy to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and efficient manner,” said Monica Massey, senior vice president and chief of staff at DFA. “This partnership with the Sprint Accelerator offers us a unique opportunity to connect with AgTech entrepreneurs who have ideas on how technology can bring greater value to our dairy-farmer owners – whether it’s on the dairy farm, in the transportation network, in our plants, even connecting with consumers in grocery stores, farmer’s markets or at the dinner tables.”

As a sponsoring company for the Accelerator, DFA will provide mentorship, connections and resources to help accelerate the growth of the AgTech startups selected. Highlights of the 90-day program include:

  • Targeted, strategic meetings with senior DFA team members to discuss business development, pilots and potential sponsorships;
  • Mentoring from DFA senior members and their networks, as well as from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities; and
  • Business building sessions around product, brand and marketing

“We are now in the fourth year for the Sprint Accelerator program and have seen tremendous success with the participating startups,” says Doug Dresslaer, Manager, Sprint Accelerator. “For our latest evolution of the program, we wanted to join with other businesses in the Kansas City area and think our partnership with DFA is a win-win for not only Kansas City but the agricultural tech community.”

Applications are open now at www.sprintaccelerator.com. The 90-day program will begin on April 3, 2017.