What is the DFA Accelerator?

An accelerator is a term for a program that includes mentorship and educational programming that culminates in a pitch event or demo day at its conclusion. Through this program, we are about to introduce a unique collaboration between DFA and up-and-coming companies to unlock more resources.

This 90-day program is an innovative way to accelerate and grow startup businesses, while leveraging their knowledge to better our Cooperative and bring more value back to our farmer-owners.

Want to be a part of our 2020 Accelerator Class?

We're now accepting applications for our 2020 program. We are looking for companies with ag-tech applications related to any portion of the dairy value chain, including but not limited to product testing, data management, herd health and management, supply chain optimization, sustainability and traceability. We are also seeking early stage food product companies that are are dairy-focused or dairy-based. You can apply HERE.

Meet the Companies We Are Working with in the 2019 Class

To learn more, click on their logos.

Bezoar’s current innovation is a patent-pending probiotic for cattle that, when paired with nitrate, decreases their methane production by 50 percent, while providing additional benefits.

Brooklyn Buttery is reimagining butter for the 21st century as a fun, convenience product for home cooks to turn up the flavor on their dishes using sustainably sourced ingredients.

Healthy Cow is an ag-biotechnology helping dairy farmers to produce more wholesome, natural and nutritious milk while simultaneously reducing their dependence on antibiotics and hormones.

Labby is an artificial intelligence-powered smartphone platform for food and agro analytics.

Numa makes all-natural sweet, chewy milk treats with just six natural ingredients and four grams of protein.

RifRaf offers cool, creamy ricotta cups that are one part cheese and one part unexpectedly delicious flavor.

2018 Companies

Cheddies aims to provide all consumers with a cheese cracker that has added nutritional benefits. These benefits include 10g of protein, 12g of carbohydrates, no artificial flavors or colors and 0g of sugar.

MoPro is the first Greek yogurt infused with CFM Whey Protein Isolate that contains 24 grams of protein per serving and is low in sugar.

Pharm Robotics is developing robotic systems to automate administration of animal health products in dairy cows.

Ripe is transforming the food supply chain using blockchain technology to enable data transparency, so we know where our food is from and what has happened to it.

SomaDetect is a precision-dairy company that is creating an in-line system for measuring every compound of interest in raw milk, including fat, protein, somatic cells, progesterone and trace antibiotics.

Too Cool Chix creates delicious, all-natural ice cream sandwiches free of artificial ingredients and stabilizing gums.

2017 Companies

AgVoice is a mobile voice interaction service designed to enable food and agriculture professionals to capture insights on the go. With AgVoice, agrifood companies can drastically increase the traceability of their food supply chain through the hands-free, complete, and accurate collection of data.

HerdDogg is the FitBit for cows. Thanks to HerdDogg’s smart ear tags and data, early detection of estrus and illness is possible like never before, saving ranchers time and money, and helping keep animals healthy.

My Dairy Dashboard connects data to simplify dairy decisions through a visual dashboard of aggregated herd, feed, milk and weather data. My Dairy Dashboard’s cloud-based dashboard solution enables dairy producers and their advisors to view trends and compare their data to benchmarks across other herds.

TradeLanes digitizes and automates the supply chain for shippers, merchants and traders. TradeLanes’ digital document room ensures these handoffs and trades are seamlessly executed with zero errors — thus lowering costs and removing days from the supply chain.