TechAccel LLC was founded in 2014 as a first-of-its-kind technology and venture development organization in the agriculture, animal health & nutrition, and food technology sectors.
TechAccel sources, invests in and acquires early-stage innovations. Through collaborations with dozens of universities and research institutions, TechAccel conducts science advancement and de-risking research and development to ready technologies for commercialization. TechAccel is based in the greater Kansas City area and has offices in St. Louis at the Danforth Plant Science Center.
First Quarter: Onsite experiential learning with TechAccel at Danforth Center
Start date flexible (remote option available if needed): following selection, join TechAccel for the first quarter at the Danforth Center, St Louis in Summer/Fall 2020 (including up to $10,000 travel, accommodation and conference allowance).
Explore TechAccel’s strategic ecosystem and extensive network of assets in evaluating and vetting competitive investment opportunities.
Learn what kind of companies and technologies are considered investable and engage with expert colleagues to understand opportunities in food/agriculture innovation.
Gain invaluable knowledge about what investors look for in entrepreneurs.
Second Quarter: Transition back to UC Davis, splitting time between research and virtual engagement with TechAccel
At UC Davis: upon second quarter return to Davis, continue to support TechAccel efforts in evaluating startups and selecting investable ventures that address selected challenges in the food system, as well as preparing publications that align with research conducted or areas of interest for private or public distribution.
The fellow will work closely with TechAccel staff through virtual means, but support is provided for regular in-person meetings as needed.
Third and Fourth Quarters: De-risking technology/product/process concept
The selection committee considers applications in accordance with the following criteria:
Resume doctoral research: for remaining two quarters, practice applying TechAccel’s learnings to conclude research activities, exploring the greatest impact and best route to market.
Enrich learning: through on-campus Entrepreneurship Academy and business plan development, identify potential investors and research the target landscape.
Support from: monthly face-to-face meetings with the IIFH (virtual or in-person as needed).
In conclusion: provide a brief report on the results and impact of the fellowship, and present at the annual Innovator Summit.