Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 11.48.41 AMVillage Capital once again will launch an accelerator program for promising agriculture-based startups in Louisville. Companies that are tackling major problems in agriculture can earn $100,000 in funding from Village Capital and Radicle Capital.

Now in its third year, the program — which brings its participating entrepreneurs together for short workshops three times leading up to the awarding of two $50,000 investments — also will travel to New Orleans for one of the workshops. New Orleans was the birthplace of Village Capital, a financial resource for socially minded startups.

Over the past two years, we have been thrilled to call Louisville home for our agriculture technology work. The region’s expertise in the sector, plus easy access to potential customers and investors, make Louisville an exceptional community for entrepreneur support and development in agriculture technology,” said executive director Ross Baird in a news release.

Local partners for the Village Capital program include Blue Sky Network, the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, Stephen Reily and Emily Bingham.

The first workshop will be held in Louisville from Oct. 27-30 with a public launch event on Oct. 29. The program will travel to New Orleans in December and return to Louisville from Jan. 25-28 with the Louisville Venture Forum on Jan. 27.

Village Capital has seen its profile rise over the years. This year they participated in the “Rise of the Rest” bus tour with AOL founder Steve Case. The tour visited entrepreneurial communities in Richmond, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Atlanta, and New Orleans and held pitch competitions at each stop, with the winning teams awarded $100,000 each.

Applications for the program are open until Sep. 1. The program is looking for companies that are:

  • Helping make the agricultural supply chain more resource-efficient;
  • Helping farmers produce more crops with fewer inputs in an environmentally sustainable way, with a particular emphasis on increasing the productivity of small farms;
  • Helping our food system aggregate and distribute food using fewer natural resources.

Baird will also be the keynote speaker at the EnterpriseCorps Signature Event on July 13. You can RSVP here.