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A New Model for De-Risking and Advancing Technology

Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel, LLC) Founded in 2014 by Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D.; Kansas State University; and Bicknell Family Holding Company, TechAccel is a first-of-its-kind private capital development company that invests in, acquires, and accelerates early-stage discoveries and technologies in agriculture, animal health, and food ingredient sectors.


Through collaborations with universities and research organizations, TechAccel conducts innovative research and development to ready technologies for commercialization by TechAccel's global industry partners.

TechAccel and Danforth Plant Science Center Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance Ag Innovation to Meet Global Challenges

$250,000 Grant Will Provide Capital to Advance and Commercialize Projects

ST. LOUIS & KANSAS CITY, Mo.—December 6, 2016—TechAccel, a Kansas City-based technology and venture development company and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a St. Louis-based not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science, today announced a Path to Commercialization program with a primary goal of advancing and commercializing agricultural innovations from the laboratory into the marketplace.


The strategic partnership will initially provide up to $250,000 in grants to demonstrate proof-of-concept or commercial feasibility studies with principal investigators at or affiliated with the Danforth Center.

“This partnership with the Danforth Center is an important milestone for TechAccel and the agriculture ecosystem,” said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive of TechAccel. “Agriculture research can and will change the world, but only if it has the backing to move from concept to proof to product. We bring capital coupled with science advancement to support that push to the finish line—the commercial market.”

Supported projects are expected to produce new assets—license-ready technology, processes or products, or new spin-off companies. Returns on program investments will be shared between TechAccel and the Danforth Center.

“The Path to Commercialization program provides a new tool for translating our discoveries into real-world solutions,” said James C. Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Danforth Center. “We look forward to seeing even more of the Danforth Center’s research delivering transformative products and technology to market.”


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TechAccel leverages innovation in emerging, start-up companies where science advancement is a priority.

TechAccel co-invests with Venture Capital leaders where transformative innovation exists with significant science advancement needs.

TechAccel leverages early stage technology at universities to address partner needs.  Universities are also our primary source of SMEs and research capabilities. 

TechAccel partners with Multi-National industry leaders in co-advancement and de-risking of transformative technologies. 

Research universities

Emerging Companies

venture capital firms

Global industry leaders