DFA’s program will focus on startups in the AgTech arena, which can offer support and foster technologies to help manage the Cooperative’s nationwide operations. Specifically, the Cooperative is looking for AgTech startups with applications related to any portion of the dairy value chain, including, but not limited to, product testing, data management, herd health and management, supply chain optimization, sustainability and traceability.
“New developments in agriculture and food production are key to ensuring that we continue delivering nutritious dairy to consumers around the world in a safe, sustainable and efficient manner,” said Monica Massey, senior vice president and chief of staff at DFA. “This partnership with the Sprint Accelerator offers us a unique opportunity to connect with AgTech entrepreneurs who have ideas on how technology can bring greater value to our dairy-farmer owners – whether it’s on the dairy farm, in the transportation network, in our plants, even connecting with consumers in grocery stores, farmer’s markets or at the dinner tables.”
As a sponsoring company for the Accelerator, DFA will provide mentorship, connections and resources to help accelerate the growth of the AgTech startups selected. Highlights of the 90-day program include:
– Targeted, strategic meetings with senior DFA team members to discuss business development, pilots and potential sponsorships;
– Mentoring from DFA senior members and their networks, as well as from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities; and
– Business building sessions around product, brand and marketing