The Yield Lab Institute Announces Manure Challenge Participants
St. Louis, MO, USA – September 5th, 2019 - The Yield Lab Instituteis excited to be working with eight companies each with innovative manure solutions.
The Yield Lab Institute, with the advice of its team of advisors, is excited to announce the entries to the Manure Innovation Challenge.
These companies were selected from 63 applicants and each gave initial virtual pitches presenting their company and their solution. Each of these companies brings an innovative, scalable solution that can help make manure more valuable, sustainable, and manageable for farmers.
The Challenge will support each of the selected companies in commercializing their products through mentorship, commercial strategy guidance, and network access over several months. Upon conclusion of the programming phase, the selected companies will compete in a pitch competition for a cash prize.
“We are looking forward to working with this group of innovators determined to bring new solutions to the table,” said Heather Tansey, global sustainability director for Cargill’s protein and animal nutrition businesses. “Manure management is a critical issue, and addressing it has many benefits that increase the efficiency and resiliency of our supply chains.”
The first programming event for the selected companies will occur September 11th and 12th in Kansas City, Missouri adjacent to the annual meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock(GASL) in Manhattan, Kansas. Participants from the startups will have an opportunity to get to know one another, set goals for the challenge, and receive training from some of our advisors and mentors. Individual meetings will also be held to discuss environmental impact metrics as well as introduce local experts and GASL attendees.
A second programming event will occur in November alongside the Sustainable Agriculture Summitin Indianapolis, Indiana and the final programming event will be in early 2020.
A full and up-to-date list of partners, sponsors, advisors, and mentors is visible here. If you or your organization would like to be involved, please reach out to Zachary Sorensen.