Illinois AgTech Accelerator Announces Sixth Cohort

Categories : Partnerships & Acquisitions, Research Park
Posted on: October 23, 2023

The Illinois AgTech Accelerator, with Serra Ventures serving as a key partner, is welcoming a sixth cohort,  gBETA AgTech Accelerator.

Research Park is a sponsor of the Illinois AgTech Accelerator

The gBETA AgTech Accelerator kicked off in early October and is designed to set a path for startups emerging ag and food technologies succeed by leveraging local, regional and global partnerships with investors, corporations and academic institutions.

gBETA AgTech alums have raised more than $6 million in seed funding to date.


“At Serra Ventures, we’re committed to supporting AgTech and Agriculture innovation, and our partnership with gener8tor is a key part of that… We’re fortunate to be in the presence of institutions like the University of Illinois, as we’re constantly seeking startups that have positioned themselves to have a wider impact on
global sustainability and food access. These startups will hopefully redefine the future of agriculture technology.”

Dennis Beard, Managing Partner at Serra Ventures.


Other program supporters include Agri-Fab, GEM Realty Capital, University of Illinois Research Park, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, and BASF.

Attend the CU TechMix on Thursday, November 9 to network with other professionals and companies in the local tech community., including those involved with the new cohort and Illinois AgTech Accelerator. At the end of the program, startup founders will pitch their companies to investors, community partners and the public at a showcase event at the EnterpriseWorks incubator at 5 p.m.

Startup companies and founders interested in learning more about resources or applying to a future program are encouraged to visit the Illinois AgTech Accelerator tenant directory.