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The Pearse Lyons Accelerator

10 leading agritech startups from across the world participate in a 4 month programming offering space, mentoring and the opportunity of investment

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Discovering Innovations of Tomorrow

We’re looking for disruptive agritech startups with proven technology and a big market opportunity that can be realised through Alltech’s expertise and network.

Leaders in Innovation

Alltech is an agricultural science company founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur, Dr. Pearse Lyons. With more than 30 years of research in animal nutrition and health Alltech are passionate about finding technology leaders in agricultural innovation.


Final 10 Startups Selected

After an intense search for the world’s best and brightest, we selected 10 agritech startups to join the Pearse Lyons Accelerator program.

The accelerator is a 15-week, mentorship-driven program aimed at collaborative learning and seeking new business and/or partnership opportunities.


183 Applications from 38 countries

Putting the search out globally for the world’s best agritech startups we were delighted to receive 183 applications from 38 countries across 6 continents.

Agrilist help indoor farm operators use data to make more profitable production decisions. Agrilyst tracks and analyzes all farm data in one place, enabling growers to optimize plant performance and reduce operating expenses.

AgriWebb’s end-to-end farm management software is smart, simple and easy to use. All our software is built in consultation with Aussie farmers and industry stakeholders to ensure we build the tools farmers want and the industry needs.

Alesca Life Technologies creates next-generation urban farming solutions using advanced software technology.

SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. is a crop-analytics company that develops drone-based technology for monitoring crop health, with a primary focus on improving crop yields and reducing costs at commercial vineyards.

eFishery is an integrated feeding solution for fish and shrimp farming.

The MagGrow system is based upon the premise that magnetic fields, applied under appropriate flow and fluid conditions, can influence the physical properties of spray fluid and associated spray droplets in ways that facilitate more effective spray dispersion and target – plant adherence.

Moocall is a calving alert system that notifies a farmer or rancher one hour before a heifer or cow is due to begin calving.

Tevatronic have developed a technological solution that makes growing crops fully autonomous from irrigation and fertilization aspects.

Greengage employ engineers and agriculture experts to enhance the development and expand the application of our Agricultural LED solutions

Hargol FoodTech has developed optimized methods and technology to enable growing grasshoppers quickly in sanitary conditions for a reliable, sustainable, quality protein source.

“Thirty-six years ago, I founded Alltech in my home with just $10,000 in my pocket, and that investment has grown into an international business valued at $3 billion. Alltech’s roots are in entrepreneurial innovation and I am looking forward to supporting and empowering rising entrepreneurs in making tomorrow’s innovations a reality.”  

Dr. Pearse Lyons

Why Should You Join?

The programme combines Alltech’s leadership and expertise in agricultural and nutritional science with the tech ecosystem and startup network of Dogpatch Labs. There are a lot of benefits to the successful applicants hoping to bring innovation to the agritech sector



Access to the founder & management to a $2+ bn in sales agriculture biz



€15,000 Stipend + €300,000 in Perks + Investment Fund



Meet startups, soloentreprenuers and investors in Ireland's tech community

One Conference

One Conference

Pitch to 3,000+ agritech leaders at one of the biggest agri conferences in the world.



Desk space in Ireland’s leading startup hub in the Dublin Docklands



World class mentorship from the Alltech & Dogpath Labs network

Access Alltech’s Global Network

Accelerate your go-to-market strategy through with a global leader in agribusiness with operations in 120+ countries worldwide.

Alltech is an Irish founder-led agricultural science company with operations in 120 countries worldwide and annual revenues in the $ billions.  Innovation and speed have always been at the core of its success and now startups will have the opportunity to scale rapidly with expertise and mentorship from Alltech’s founder and senior management

Pitch & Network at OneConferenceMay 2016, USA

Startups have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present on the main stage of one of the world’s biggest and most prominent agribusiness conferences.


Pitch to over 3,000+ potential customers and investors, journalists and and thought leaders in agri-business. All 10 startups will be provided with exclusive promotional stands in ‘Innovation Square’ at the conference worth €25,000 each and the top 3 will present on the main stage of the conference. All expenses paid trip to the 3 day conference including flights and accommodation.


Annual Conference


Million Economic Impact




Visitors at OneConference


Startups also receive perks valued at over €300,000 including…

Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services

Portfolio Plus Package: receive up to $15,000 in AWS Promotional Credit for 2 years or $100,000 for 1 year and €1000 in business and technical training.

Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform

$100,000 in credit for 1 year. Credit can be applied to all Google Cloud Platform and Firebase products.


Up to €10,000 of cloud services: Bare Metal, Virtual, and Hybrid Cloud servers, GPUs, CPUs, Bandwidth, storage, and more


Our mentors are leaders from the agricultural, technology, and business sectors. Some are featured below. More to be announced soon. A bespoke approach with agreed goals and various ‘checkpoints’ to mentorship is appropriate for this accelerator given the wide range of startups that are in the accelerator.

Damien McLoughlin, PhD

Strategic Advisor


Jon Bradford

Programme Advisor

Ex MD Techstars London

Aidan Connolly

Chief Innovation Officer


Patrick Walsh

Programme Director

Dogpatch Labs

Dr. Mark Lyons

Global VP and Head of China


David Bowles

Venture Capitalist

Delta Partners

Paul Hayes


Beachhut PR

Kevin Flanagan

Digital Strategist

Pivotal Ireland

What to Expect

Core Phase 1

Dates: Mon 20 – Fri 24 Feb


  • Introduction to Alltech & Dogpatch Labs
  • 1:1 Goal Setting with Alltech & Dogpatch Labs
  • Alltech Craft Brew & Food Festival

Core Phase 2

Dates: Mon 20 – Fri 24 March


  • Mentor Madness
  • Pitch Coaching & Practice
  • Lunch & Learns

Core Phase 3

Dates: Mon 24 April – May 2


  • Pitch Deck Coaching
  • Internationalization Module
  • Demo Day

Core Phase 4

Dates: 20 – 24 May


  • Pitch at Alltech OneConference
  • Booth at Alltech OneConference
  • Attend Alltech OneConference

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