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Start-ups for 2019 DFA Accelerator program announced

Ag tech and dairy food product companies will receive mentoring, connections and resources.

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has announced the companies participating in the 2019 DFA Accelerator program. The seven companies chosen will engage in a 90-day immersive program, which is part of the Sprint Accelerator program that launches April 1 and runs through June. Start-ups in two verticals — agricultural technology (ag tech) and dairy food products — will work directly with leaders from DFA, CoBank, Sprint and other industry experts and mentors to create strategic, long-term partnerships.

“It has been rewarding to help mentor these entrepreneurs, and we’re thrilled to get started with another class for this year’s DFA Accelerator. Plus, we’ve found that we learn along the way too,” said Monica Massey, executive vice president and chief of staff at DFA. “By working and collaborating with ag tech and dairy food start-up companies, we’re helping develop solutions that will not only provide value for our farm families and their operations but will also help drive consumer demand for dairy.”

With the DFA Accelerator, the ag tech and dairy food product companies selected will receive mentoring, connections and resources to help accelerate their growth. Features of the 90-day program include:

  • Targeted, strategic meetings with the corporate teams to discuss business development, pilots and potential sponsorships;
  • Mentoring from DFA senior staff and their networks, as well as from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities;
  • Business-building sessions around product, brand, marketing and entrepreneurship, and
  • State-of-the-art workspace facilities provided at Sprint Accelerator in the Kansas City, Mo., Crossroads Arts District.

The 2019 DFA Accelerator class

Ag tech

  • Bezoar Laboratories (Bryan, Texas) -- Bezoar’s current innovation is a patent-pending probiotic for cattle that, when paired with nitrate, decreases their methane production by 50% while providing additional benefits.
  • Cattle Care (San Francisco, Cal.) -- Using low-cost video cameras, Cattle Care detects, recognizes and tracks every cow as well as business processes and makes decisions for the farmer about the treatment of a particular cow or a whole barn.
  • Healthy Cow (Toronto, Ont.) -- Healthy Cow is an agricultural biotechnology company that helps dairy farmers produce more wholesome, natural and nutritious milk while simultaneously reducing their dependence on antibiotics and hormones.
  • Labby (Boston, Mass.) -- Labby is an artificial intelligence-powered smartphone platform for food and agro-analytics.

Dairy food products

  • Brooklyn Buttery (Brooklyn, N.Y.) -- Brooklyn Buttery is reimagining butter for the 21st century as a fun, convenient product for home cooks to turn up the flavor on their dishes using sustainably sourced ingredients.
  • Numa (Bridgewater, N.J.) -- Numa makes all-natural sweet, chewy milk treats with just six natural ingredients and 4 g of protein.
  • RifRaf (Brooklyn, N.Y.) -- RifRaf offers cool, creamy ricotta cups that are one part cheese and one part delicious flavor.
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