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The Pearse Lyons Accelerator

Leading agri-tech 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 are looking for disruptive agri-tech startups with proven technology that is ready for market to take part in a mentorship program for agri-business innovators.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

10 leading agri-tech startups from across the world will participate in a 3-month, cohort based accelerator offering workspace, mentoring and the possibility of investment.

The programme combines Alltech’s leadership and expertise in agricultural and nutritional science with the tech ecosystem and startup network of Dogpatch Labs


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 innovation.

Startup Program

Dogpatch Labs, a startup hub with over 350 members in the heart of the Silicon Docks, is home to many of Ireland’s fastest-growing tech startups. Building strong corporate partnerships with Google, ESB, Ulster Bank and Pivotal Labs, Dogpatch Labs is a known and trusted brand.

“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

"Access to Alltech’s Distribution Network was groundbreaking for us"

Emmet Savage, CEO

"By far streets ahead of any agtech accelerator out there"

Gary Wickham, CEO

"We generated $10m of new sales leads across 4 new markets.”

Kevin Baum, Co-Founder

Why Should You Join?

The 10 successful applicants will work with Alltech and Dogpatch Labs to accelerate their business development through Alltech and its global network. Successful applicants will enjoy many benefits during the programme, including:



Access to Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech as well as senior management of Alltech



€15,000+ stipend and €300,000+ in perks and pitch investment funding



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

One Conference

One Conference

Pitch to 4,000+ agri-tech leaders at a global conference in the USA



Access to the Dogpatch Labs community and startup hub, located in the Dublin Docklands



World-class mentorship from Alltech and the Dogpatch Labs startup network

Access Alltech’s Global Network

Accelerate your go-to-market strategy with a global leader in agri-business that conducts business in 120+ countries worldwide.

Alltech is one of the few truly global agricultural companies positioned to assist in opening doors and advising on routes to market and global market access in more than 120 countries where it is present. Innovation and speed have always been at the core of its success, and now startups will have the opportunity to scale rapidly, utilizing the expertise and mentorship from Alltech’s founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, and the company’s senior management.

Pitch & Network at OneConferenceMay 2018, USA

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


Pitch to over 4,000 potential customers and investors, journalists and thought leaders in agribusiness. Startups are provided with exclusive promotional stands in ‘Innovation Square’ at the conference, and the top 3 will present on the main stage. The all-expenses-paid trip to the 3-day conference includes flights and accommodation.


Annual Conferences


Million Economic Impact






Successful applicants will also receive perks valued at over €300,000, including…

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

$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


FbStart provides up to $80,000 in free tools and services to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their apps


90% off HubSpot marketing – an all-in-one marketing platform that helps drive traffic, increasing conversions and nurturing your database


Technical and business mentorship from the SendGrid community team. $10,000 worth of SendGrid credits and top of the funnel marketing


Our mentors are leaders in the agricultural, technology and business sectors. Many are featured below, and more will be announced soon.  Given the wide range of startups participating in the programme, a bespoke approach with agreed upon goals and various ‘checkpoints’ in mentorship is appropriate for this accelerator.

Damien McLoughlin, Ph.D.

Strategic Advisor


Jon Bradford

Programme Advisor

Ex-Managing Director, Techstars London

Aidan Connolly

Chief Innovation Officer


Patrick Walsh

Programme Director

Dogpatch Labs

Dr. Mark Lyons

Global Vice-President and Head of China


Ann Kehoe

‎Global Head of Brand


Eamonn Carey

Ex-Managing Director


D.C Cahalane


Republic of Work

What to Expect

Core Phase 1

Dates: Mon 5 March – Fri 9 March


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

Core Phase 2

Dates: Monday 2 Apr – Friday 6 Apr


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

Core Phase 3

Dates: Mon 30 April – Fri 4 May


  • 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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Looking Back: The Pearse Lyons Accelerator 2017

In 2017 we were delighted to receive 183 applications from 38 countries across 6 continents. We selected startups to join the 15-week, mentorship-driven programme aimed at collaborative learning and seeking new business and/or partnership opportunities.

Global Reach

10 Late Stage Agtech Startups travelled from across the world to convene in Dublin’s Silicon Docks at Dogpatch Labs. The startups selected for the 2017 cohort hailed from 8 different countries with an average funding of $3.5 million each and $35 million collectively.

Year 1 Outcomes

Last year’s startups collectively added $50 million in new qualified sales leads across 28 international markets by the end of the accelerator. 7 of the 10 startups were featured by CB Insights in ‘Agtech: 100+ Technology Companies Changing The Farm.’

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The Pearse Lyons Accelerator Alumni

A look at our 2017 Accelerator Participating Companies

Agrilyst helps indoor farm operators use data to make more profitable production decisions. Agrilyst tracks and analyses 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 fertilisation 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.

Deadline for applications - Friday December 22

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