Agriculture: US 2015

Agriculture: US 2015

With agriculture accounting for more than 60 percent of the Nation’s water withdrawals, 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, 19.5 percent of U.S. homes with children experiencing food insecurity, and grocery store food costs increasing by 3.5 percent last year, there is a demand to address these national and even global issues. Innovation through entrepreneurship is the solution to solving the worlds greatest problems, and Village Capital wishes to find and train the best entrepreneurs solving these major problems within the agriculture industry.

Village Capital and its partners are particularly interested in:

  • Ventures that increase the resource efficiency of the agricultural supply chain.
  • Innovations that make crop production more efficient or that optimize the use of inputs, with particular emphasis on increasing the productivity of small farms. Examples include innovations related to water or pesticide use; new irrigation technologies; inventions related to crop production, aggregation or distribution.
  • Inventions that enable the aggregation and distribution of food using fewer natural resources.


Workshop Dates

Workshop 1: 10/27-10/30 (Louisville, KY), with a launch event 10/29

Workshop 2: 12/2-12/5 (New Orleans, LA) with a public Stakeholder Forum 12/4

Workshop 3: 1/25-1/28 (Louisville, KY), with our Louisville Venture Forum 1/27

Our New Orleans Venture Forum will happen during New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week, March 11-18, 2016.


Full Harvest

Full Harvest is a B2B platform connecting large farms to food companies to sell surplus and imperfect produce at significantly discounted prices.

3Bar Biologics

3Bar Biologics improves farm productivity and sustainability with beneficial microbial inoculants which increase crop yield while reducing dependence on chemica


Agtion enables farmers to grow more, higher quality produce, with less effort.

Arise AgTech

Arise AgTech is developing a new way to grow plants with soil, anywhere, using less water, land, energy, labor and no chemicals, waste or pollution.


Earthineer is a social platform for hyper-local food and sustainability.

Emmer & Co.

Emmer & Co. produces the best tasting and most humanely raised heritage chickens.

Follow That Meat!

Follow That Meat! de-commodifies beef by managing the flow of relevant data about each inpidual animal.

Global Plant Solutions

Global Plant Solutions inhibits fungal diseases that destroy massive quantities of food at every stage of production

Kuli Kuli

Kuli Kuli is creating an international market for moringa, a green superfood, to improve nutrition & livelihoods for rural women farmers in the developing world

Stony Creek Colors

Stony Creek Colors manufactures sustainable natural indigo dye for denim dyeing for denim mills to replace imported indigo synthesized from coal tar.


Sunstrand manufactures eco-friendly bio-materials, with densities less than carbon fiber, for virtually limitless polymer composite & plastic applications.

Victory Hemp Foods

Victory Hemp Foods distributes and manufactures highly nutritious hemp foods.




Mary Shelman Agribusiness
Gabriel Wilmoth Syngenta Ventures
James Macon Closed Loop Capital
John Elstrott Whole Foods Market
Mark Kahn Omnivore Partners
Mary Berry The Berry Center
Patrick Holden Sustainable Food Trust
Wendy Nunnelley Coca-Cola