India’s first Food & Agri-Business Accelerator

CIIE has joined hands with the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) to launch India’s first Food & Agri-Business Accelerator program, to propel expansion-ready or pilot stage food & agri-business startups to the next level through hands-on capacity building workshop, mentorship from industry experts, and seed funding. The cohort of selected start-ups will be working with the CIIE and NAARM team for a period 3 months (July-September 2015). Support provided to the cohort will include an intensive capacity building workshop, individual mentoring & advisory support and investor demo day. In addition, the teams will get access to technology and business development assistance through our network of program partners. Two teams from the program will be selected to receive seed funding of INR 30,00,000 each. The Program is aimed towards start-up teams working in the following sectors:

  • Farm mechanization
  • Precision farming
  • Sustainable inputs
  • New post-harvesting technology and techniques
  • Healthy / innovative food technology
  • Farm fresh retail
  • Supply chain technology
  • ICT for sustainable agriculture
  • Soil, water and weather technologies
  • IoT and hardware application for agriculture

The accelerator will start accepting application via from 21 May to 12 June 2015. Our partners:


The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) was established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at Hyderabad in 1976, to address issues related to agricultural research and education management.

Associate Partner:


CIBA is a technology business incubator based out of Goa backed by Agnel Educational Institute. CIBA is presently supporting innovative enterprises in the area of Food Technology, Information Technology and Clean Technologies.

Strategic Partner:


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)​ GmbH is a federally owned, public-benefit enterprise, supporting the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.


Omnivore Partners is India’s leading agribusiness focused venture fund. Omnivore Partners strive to revolutionize the Indian agriculture by bolstering the enterprises that foster solutions for productivity, increase agriculture sustainability, modernize agribusiness supply chain and promote it through technology innovation which will have impact on the life of farmers.

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The Aspada Investment Company is a holding company backed with a significant commitment from the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF). The firm is an active investor in India, with investments across agricultural supply chains and logistics, financial services, and education and healthcare.


Rural Agri Ventures RAVI is a private limited company focused on creating professionally managed Rural and Agri businesses. RAVI has built and operates businesses in: Agro Logistics, Cattle Feed, Rural & Agri Infrastructure, Solar and LED Lighting.


IDMC is a leader in Process Engineering and Project Execution in Dairy, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Food & Beverages and Thermal Management sectors. A subsidiary of NDDB, the company has, in more than three decades of its existence achieved unmatched reach in the Dairy sector, with leading cooperatives and private dairy players as its clients.

Knowledge Partners:


Agri Investor is the dedicated source of insight and intelligence for private investment in agribusiness and agriculture globally.


Larta Institute helps regions around the world maximize the commercial potential of publicly funded R&D by supporting entrepreneurs in their commercialization efforts and nurturing the innovation ecosystem. For 20 years, Larta has assisted and transformed 3,500 innovations into commercially successful enterprises that positively impact the human good.