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THRIVE Accelerator

Program to USA, Canada and International Startups to
Launch Innovations in Food and Agricultural Technology

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Foundation / Corporation

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THRIVE Accelerator, presented by SVG partners in association with Verizon, Forbes The AgTech Summit and Western Growers

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A program is open to USA, Canada, and International technology-enabled startup companies in the areas of food production and agriculture technology to receive mentorship and investments. Selected companies will gain access to the best expertise and resources of top agricultural and tech leaders to help deploy their innovative technologies.

Applicants come from all over the globe. Selected THRIVE companies will benefit from an 8-week acceleration process based on high-level mentorship, collaboration and direct access to the world’s top fresh agriculture companies in and around Salinas and the central California growing region.

THRIVE 2016: 8-Week Acceleration Program

Week 1: Induction – Program Overview – Mentor Engagement

Week 2: Leadership Talk – Meet the Industry Experts – Discuss AgTech and/or FoodTech Challenges

Week 3: Pitch Camp – Learn Best Pitch Approaches – Feedback

Week 4: Mentor Engagement – Meet the Mentors – Review Strategy – Determine Approach

Week 5: Field Day – Trip to Appropriate Customer/operation & Service Organizations

Week 6: Mentor Engagement – Review Progress – Begin Preparations for Demo Day

Week 7: Prep Week – Final Preparations for Demo Day

Week 8: Demo Day – Pitch and meet investors/Customers – Winners Chosen

Each company participating in the program gets the opportunity to pitch to leading Agriculture VCs and companies to receive the funding they need. This can range from seed funding up to $5 Million dollars. Participation in the THRIVE Accelerator does not guarantee funding. It does ensure that you will be showcased and receive the opportunity for serious consideration from engaged investors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165902

Number of Grants:

10 Finalists will be selected to participate.

Estimated Size of Grant:

From seed funding to up to $5,000,000.

Term of Contract:

The program lasts for 8 weeks, from February 29 through April 25, 2016.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The THRIVE Accelerator is looking for technology-powered startups from around the world with innovative ideas for products and services in the areas of AgTech and FoodTech.

Pre-Application Information:

-Application Opens: July 9, 2015
-Company Evaluations: July - December 2015
-Seed Day (one-day pitch sessions) and Finalists Chosen: January 2016
-8 Week Finalist Program: February 29 - April 25, 2016
-Demo Day: May 9, 2016
-Winning Companies get to participate and feature at Forbes AgTech Summit

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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