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NMSU’s Arrowhead Center continues to do great work, not just for the university but for the state of New Mexico as well. Earlier this year, the Arrowhead Technology Incubator launched a new program called AgSprint to offer help for companies developing innovative ideas in agricultural technology. Now, I’m delighted to report that from 46 applications from teams based around the globe, six startups were selected for the program. These companies are developing technology in various areas of agriculture and include:
  • Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch – Colorado’s first and only edible insect farm, which sells edible insects to restaurants, food manufacturers and others.
  • Wildlife Protection Management – a platform to manage and protect wildlife using non-invasive, humane means.
  • Ag Coalition – a digital marketplace where suppliers, producers and retailers review, evaluate, purchase and conduct business in the agricultural supply chain.
  • Revolution Agriculture – creates organic farms that produce eight times the yield per square foot, run 100 percent on renewable energy, use 90 percent less water, and empower communities to solve food insecurity issues.  
  • Gonzo Farms – created the Eddy 2.0 Vortex Brewer, which increases beneficial microbes and fungi for optimum reproduction in soil.
  • Enchanted Seeds and Sustainable Management – offers a management decision platform and certification program to help producers identify potential products while considering economics and future agricultural production.
The AgSprint accelerator supports innovation in agriculture by connecting agricultural entrepreneurs to financing, demonstration and validation partners, academic faculty, corporate partners and more.

The program follows the I-Corps model to test the feasibility of the venture. I-Corps is a National Science Foundation initiative to leverage university research to create new innovative businesses and increase the economic impact of inventions created at research institutions around the country. NMSU is one of only 51 academic institutions nationwide to be selected as an I-Corps Site.


Graduates of the AgSprint accelerator will receive $2,000 and the necessary National Science Foundation lineage to apply for the $50,000 national I-Corps program. Additionally, applicants will be able to receive up to three micro-grants, valued at $650, to cover the expenses of professional services such as technical writing, website development, counsel on patents and technology licensing, and regulatory consulting.


Funding for AgSprint is provided by the U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center program and New Mexico Gas Co. For more information, visit
http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/agsprint/