AG-VENTURE DIFFERENCE

An unparalleled partnership between Midwestern organizations

AG-VENTURE is a ground-breaking partnership between Burlington Capital and Invest Nebraska. Both organizations have strong Nebraska and Midwest roots with proven track records in the investment and in the development of agriculture, technology, and start-ups. These two groups bring complimentary experiences and skill sets that enhance the platform and maximize upside potential of the fund.

Access

The team has built a national and global network in the agriculture and funding space creating access to better deal flow.

Network

After decades of building a robust network of ag-connectors, producers, investors, and advisors, the team’s network can support portfolio companies.

Experience

Over +50 years of combined experience in the agriculture, startup, and technology investment space.

THE COMBINE

The fund intends to leverage The Combine Incubator and the Ag-Tech infrastructure it provides. The Combine is a statewide initiative overseen by Invest Nebraska supporting high growth entrepreneurs in food and agriculture. The program consists of go-to-market support through mentorship and a capital readiness program, networking events, a group of partnering producers across the state, as well as incubation space on Nebraska Innovation Campus. In 2020 (The Combine’s first year) The Combine hosted the inaugural OnRamp Agriculture Conference with over 400 attendees joining in via Zoom, and it accepted six Ag-Tech companies into the program.

 

INDUSTRY FOCUS

We are focused on serving a specific segment of founders or businesses within the broader Ag-Tech space who have developed innovative/proprietary and scalable technology.

STAGE

Looking for companies showing early signs of product-market fit, ideally with meaningful revenue or other compelling market validation and a product in the market. Teams should be raising formal rounds of financing of at least $500k and understand the desired outcomes inherent with venture funding.

TEAM EXPERIENCE

Partnering with high-growth-minded teams with high character and cross-functional skill sets. Strong leaders who are experienced operators with industry and domain experience are a benefit. Teams should create and leverage strong differentiators.