Calling AgTech Data Start-Ups – the Innovation Challenge is Open!

CHS and GROWMARK, two of the largest farmer-owned agricultural supply cooperatives in the world, help North American farmers maximize yield and profitability in a sustainable manner, using data to make more informed decisions. Together they created Cooperative Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in and pursuing strategic commercial relationships with early stage start-ups in order to accelerate innovation for cooperative members and farmers.

New and emerging technologies collect massive volumes of field-level data and yet the insights and analysis which can be made from that data remain limited. Cooperative Ventures wants to work with companies who are bridging the gap from collecting data to generating insights and recommendations.

The Challenge: Leveraging Field-Level Data to Deliver Actionable Insights and Profitability for Farmers

Use cases may include, but are not limited to:

  • Enhanced execution and timing of field operations
  • Efficiency of equipment deployment
  • Optimizing input procurement, delivery, and inventory management
  • Integration of data from disparate technologies (i.e. sensors, drones, IoT, etc.)
  • Validating efficacy of products & practices

Applications welcomed from: Seed stage (product in market) to growth stage

Finalist & Winner Benefits

  • The finalists will have the opportunity to pitch to the Cooperative Ventures team and global World Agri-Tech audience
  • The winner will be introduced to leaders from both CHS and GROWMARK, for mentoring, guidance, and consideration for trial, collaboration or investment
  • The winner will benefit from visibility through media and communications across World Agri-Tech networks (press release, email and social media)
  • All finalists will receive a complimentary pass per company to attend the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco on March 14-15, 2023

Free Online Webinar

Wednesday December 14 – 10am (CST), 4pm (GMT)

Join the webinar to find out more about this exciting Innovation Challenge, including what the team at Cooperative Ventures is looking for, why this challenge is a key priority for them in 2023, and how they plan to work with the winning start-up.



  • Deadline to apply is January 20, 2023
  • Finalists contacted at the beginning of February 2023
  • Finalists announced on February 13, 2023
  • Finalists pitch on the main stage at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, March 14-15, 2023

Apply Here

Cooperative Ventures Innovation Challenge

  • Short description of your company: What you do, where, number of employees etc. Who owns your company, is it wholly owned or subsidiary to a larger organization?
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