08 Mar

Renewed Commitment to Invest in Innovation from UC Davis Researchers; Applications Available Now DAVIS, CA, and KANSAS CITY, MO, – March 8, 2018– UC Davis Venture Catalyst and TechAccel LLC  today announced an expanded partnership that provides increased support for the university’s Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant program, which provides funding for proof-of-concept research aimed […]

26 Feb

Feb. 20, 2018 AgriPulse‘s  Sara Wyant published a detailed roundup on the entrepreneurs, researchers and emerging firms vying for leadership in the emerging field of precision breeding in AgTech.  Her wide-ranging report was one of a series in The Breeding Edge, which asks: Will the breeding evolution lead to the next green revolution? The article […]

22 Feb

Project with The Siegel Lab in the Genome Center of the University of California, Davis KANSAS CITY, MO, and DAVIS, CA – February 22, 2018–TechAccel LLC, a Kansas City-based technology and venture development company, today announced it has initiated a protein engineering research project with The Siegel Lab in the Genome Center of the University […]

Feb. 12, 2018 Jodi Henke of Successful Farming Radio, at Agriculture.com, recently interviewed TechAccel President and CEO Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., about AgTech 2018. The audio interview is available at Successful Farming.  If it weren’t for risk-taking entrepreneurs in agriculture, we’d probably still be plowing fields with horses. The way we farm continues to evolve as new […]

08 Feb

St. Louis-based Company Uses Chloroplast Engineering for Trait Development in Row Crops  KANSAS CITY and ST. LOUIS, MO–February 8, 2018–TechAccel LLC announced today it has completed a science advancement investment with Plastomics Inc., a St. Louis-based biotechnology startup making better crops through chloroplast engineering. “Plastomics’ technology holds tremendous promise in its ability to manipulate genetic […]

Early stage funding gap 11 Jan

This commentary, written by Brett Morris, CFA, was first published on Global Ag Investing on Jan. 11, 2018: http://www.globalaginvesting.com/early-stage-agtech-funding-gap/ Early in 2017 I was approached by several CEOs seeking additional funding for their startup. This is nothing out of the ordinary for venture professionals as we see hundreds of deals come across our desk annually. […]

21 Dec

This article first appeared on Successful Farming at Agriculture.com on Dec. 14, 2017. By Gil Gullickson.  Gene editing is akin to flicking on a light switch (almost). On the surface, a light switch and gene editing have as much in common as a linebacker does with a ballerina. Dig a bit deeper, though. “In a very […]

21 Dec

TechAccel President and CEO Michael Helmstetter recently talked with Aerin Einstein-Curls of FeedNavigator about opportunities for investment in AgTech innovations.  See the full article at FeedNavigator: What AgTech innovation is sparking investor interest? 21-Dec-2017 By Aerin Einstein-Curtis Crop innovation rather than animal health and nutrition is attracting the AgTech money, says TechAccel. However, it noted […]

18 Dec

This article originally appeared on Global Ag Investing, by Michelle Pelletier Marshall, GAI Media, Dec. 12, 2017: http://www.globalaginvesting.com/15-minutes-techaccel-co-founder-president-ceo-dr-michael-helmstetter/ TechAccel, based in Overland Park, Kansas, is a venture and technology development organization focused on agriculture and animal health. It identifies and invests in new technologies and funds science advancement initiatives with leading research universities to drive the innovations to market. […]

01 Dec

This article originally appeared Nov. 30, 2017, at AnimalPharm, by Joseph Harvey: https://animalpharm.agribusinessintelligence.informa.com/AP013328/TechAccel-Animal-health-is-an-underappreciated-investor-target US agricultural investment firm TechAccel has underlined the need for more venture capital investment in animal health – music to the ears of many start-ups in the industry. The firm’s manager of investments, Brett Morris, said: “We believe animal health and nutrition is […]