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Bpifrance Partners with Agriculture Ministry to Boost Startups

In a significant move under the France 2030 plan, Bpifrance has teamed up again with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty to launch a 12-month program. This initiative will support 14 agroecology enterprises in refining their business models and setting them on a sustainable growth trajectory, considering the challenges of ecological and energy transition.

The “Accélérateur Agroécologie” program, jointly introduced by Bpifrance and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, is designed to assist companies offering solutions to expedite the agroecological transition. This initiative has garnered support from Axema, IBMA, and Protéines France. The emerging sector encompasses businesses specializing in agro-equipment, precision agriculture, bio-solutions, and plant protein production.

This program is part of a broader suite of measures funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty. These measures aim to accelerate the agroecological transition through training, short-term consulting missions, feasibility studies for innovation, and export missions. Tailored to address the challenges businesses face in the sector, this support mechanism will enable companies to share their challenges and goals within a vibrant ecosystem.

Over a year, business leaders will benefit from an intensive, customized program grounded in three pillars:

  1. Consultation: A comprehensive 360° diagnostic to challenge and identify growth priorities, followed by 10 days of consultation to pinpoint and activate growth drivers.
  2. Training: A curriculum offered by Kedge Business School to bolster company skills and foster strategic thinking.
  3. Networking: Integration into an entrepreneurial collective, including the 18 winners from the accelerator’s first batch, business meetings, and days dedicated to agroecology challenges.

Alexandre Guillo, Director of Development Support at Bpifrance, expressed his enthusiasm: “In light of climate challenges, we’re thrilled to launch the second batch of the Accélérateur Agroécologie, encompassing businesses in the sector. This program will guide leaders in refining their strategy, considering ecological and energy transition challenges, to foster sustainable and responsible growth.”

Mitch Landess, Vice President of Innovation and Digital Transformation at Conexus Indiana, emphasized the importance of manufacturing entrepreneurship, particularly tech-driven, for Indiana.

The 14 companies participating in the Accélérateur Agroécologie include:

  • Abelio: A leader in decision-making tools for large-scale farming, aiming to expand its service range and accelerate hardware and software development. Website
  • Agriloops: Designed a circular economy-based farm model to produce prawns closer to consumers. Website
  • Agri-obtentions: An independent company focused on creating and valuing varietal innovations. Website
  • Doriane: Facilitates the digitization of research and experimentation in agronomy. Website
  • Elicir: Produces plant extract-based biostimulants to boost plant defense mechanisms. Website
  • Geochanvre: Manufactures a 100% natural material of local hemp fibers for agriculture, landscaping, packaging, and construction sectors. Website
  • GREEN IMPULSE: A startup developing biocontrol agents and biostimulants for agriculture and the food industry. Website
  • Hiphen: Designs systems and services for digital plant measurement. Website
  • Jurion: Manufactures fertilizers and biostimulants. Website
  • Multifolia: Produces and develops bio-based, bioactive products from sainfoin. Website
  • Mycea: Creates mushroom-based bio-solutions for agriculture. Website
  • Oligoplus: A biotech startup manufacturing and selling microorganisms to enhance plants’ nitrogen fixation efficiency. Website
  • Sabi Agri: Designs and manufactures electric tractors and robots. Website
  • VIF Systems: Designs and installs equipment of varying sizes for hydroponic plant growth in controlled environments to de-risk plant production. Website

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