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TechAccel LLC

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 Iowa Corn Opportunities Invest in Agrivida


KANSAS CITY, Mo.—February 9, 2017—TechAccel and Iowa Corn Opportunities today announced separate investments in Agrivida Inc., a St.Louis-based agriculture technology company focused on animal nutrition. 

These strategic investments come on the heels of Agrivida’s announcement of a $20.4M Series E financing round completed in September 2016. Terms of TechAccel and Iowa Corn Opportunities investments were not disclosed.

“We see Agrivida and its technology as a great new platform for using corn as a cost- competitive factory for a wide variety of products,” said Brian Jones, Chief Operating Officer of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, parent company of Iowa Corn Opportunities.


“Agrivida is poised to create a disruption across enzyme manufacturing and animal nutrition,” said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and CEO of TechAccel, a venture and technology development firm. “Consistent with the TechAccel business model, we are excited to take a key role in developing the science to expand the potential of Agrivida’s technology.”


Technology Acceleration Partners (Techaccel, Llc) Agriculture Animal Health And Food Technology Advancement

Technology Acceleration Partners (Techaccel), Llc Agriculture Animal Health And Food Technology Advancement

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