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Pearse Lyons Accelerator Soliciting Applications for 2019


Following two successive annual rounds of the Pearse Lyons Accelerator, applications are invited from agriculture technology start-ups to participate in the global program.  Conceived by the late Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, selected entrants in the program receive an $18,000 stipend and substantial contributions from social media companies. 


The successful companies selected for the 2019 program will present their concepts at          ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in May 2019.  Dr. Mark Lyons, CEO and president of Alltech stated, “What other agri-tech startup puts you in front of 4,000 industry leaders and potential investors?”  He added, “If you’re looking for support from industry professionals, mentorship from the best in the agri-business and networking opportunities that have been instrumental in alumni accessing vital funding, then the Pearse Lyons Accelerator is for you.”


Aidan Connolly, Chief Innovation Officer at Alltech stated, “The Pearse Lyons Accelerator serves as the perfect vehicle to create visibility for us and our partners with the most disruptive ag-tech startups across the world.  He added, “A clear route to market remains a challenge for startups within the ag-tech industry. The program provides accelerated access to the global market with a comprehensive package of support to help navigate the challenge of scaling up their operations to provide service to large corporate customers.”


Dr. Mark Lyons added, “With this Accelerator, we carry on the legacy and entrepreneurial spirit of my late father, Dr. Pearse Lyons who had the desire and dedication to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, who will transform the face of agriculture.”


Alumni of the Pearse Lyons Accelerator have collectively raised $28 million over the last three years. Ag-tech start-ups are encouraged to apply to the Pearse Lyons Accelerator program before December 7, 2018.  Information is available at <>