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March 27, 2022 | Tom Ballard

HudsonAlpha launching new ag tech accelerator in partnership with gener8tor

There’s a new agriculture-focused accelerator coming to a neighboring state.

In an announcement last Thursday afternoon, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, AL announced that it was launching a new startup business accelerator focused on advancements in the agriculture technology sector. The announcement was made during a roundtable of agricultural leaders as they sought new ways to meet the challenges of feeding and fueling Alabama, the nation, and the world.

The HudsonAlpha AgTech Accelerator will be operated in partnership with gener8tor, a nationally-ranked Wisconsin start-up accelerator and venture fund. Like similar programs, the new initiative will provide agriculture technology innovators with coaching, capital and connections to take their ideas to new heights by investing in start-ups selected for the program through a fund managed by gener8tor.

“HudsonAlpha’s capabilities for improving human lives continue to grow,” said Carter Wells, Vice President for Economic Development at HudsonAlpha. “The Institute is leading the way in the discovery of new tools for growing food and producing biofuels that will improve our world. This accelerator is a key part of a larger strategy to create new economies for growers by linking scientific research to commercial opportunity.”

The HudsonAlpha AgTech Accelerator will be located at HudsonAlpha’s campus in Huntsville but will recruit promising start-ups from around the country for THE12-week immersive program. Selected participants will be a part of the HudsonAlpha ecosystem and have access to the state-of-the-art facilities across the 152-acre biotech campus. Companies will also have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with HudsonAlpha scientists.

Applications are being accepted through July 16, according to this website, with the inaugural cohort starting September 8. HudsonAlpha and gener8tor will be recruiting a Managing Director to lead the program’s operations and investment strategy, and interested candidates can apply at this link.

According to last week’s announcement, the HudsonAlpha AgTech Accelerator is made possible through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Commerce and is sponsored by Patti and Louis Breland, Chris Brunhoeber, Fuqua & Partners Architects, Lynn Hudson, Keel Point, Sophie and Mark Mantooth, Helen MicMillian, Pearce Construction Company, Regions Bank, Synovus Financial Corporation, and Danny Windham.

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