Join us for a pre-workshop session leading up to the Agriculture Technology Summit 2017 (AgTech 2017) and equip your team with the knowledge and best practices of how to be the most effective at a networking events. Receive guidance on how to approach and talk to corporate partners and customers and deliver an effective team/company introduction in thirty seconds. 

Then attend the AgTech Summit to perform customer discovery with Innovation Leads from over 100 leading agriculture companies from across the Midwest.   You will have an opportunity to introduce yourself, pitch your technology to the tech leaders at the opening kickoff event, and setup meetings and network with Innovation Leads the evening before the Summit gets underway.

Special thanks to the College of ACES, University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations at the University of Illinois for hosting the second annual AgTech Summit.


Who should participate?
Any early stage agriculture tech team in the Midwest. University affiliation is NOT a requirement.

Are there pre-requisites for applying?
Teams should have participated in an I-Corps short course and,or customer discovery program, have received SBIR Phase I funding, or significant direct customer validation of their concept.

How much does it cost to register?
Registration is free for both the MWIN Pre-Workshop and the AgTech Summit. However, teams are responsible for all travel expenses incurred.

Why should I attend?
Over 100 agriculture companies and their innovation leads will attend the Summit. This is a once a year opportunity to meet them all in one location. Network with entrepreneurs and investors from across the Midwest and receive expert guidance on commercializing early stage agriculture technology.

Where should I stay?
We recommend booking a hotel room at the I-Hotel and Conference Center located in Champaign, IL.

To Apply for the MWIN pre-workshop, Click Here.




The Building a Network pre-workshop is hosted by the Midwest I-Corps Node (MWIN). MWIN is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University and the University of Toledo.