Megan Vollstedt

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator has named former Workiva communications worker Megan Vollstedt as its first permanent executive director.

Vollstedt, a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University, was senior corporate communications editor for Workiva. She replaces Tej Dhawan, who served as interim director until a permanent candidate could be found. 

The Accelerator also announced its first class. Each company will get $40,000 in seed funding, along with close work with mentors and office time beginning July 10. The investors get 6 percent equity in the companies. 

The class includes:

  • WISRAN, Sunnyvale, Calif., a software company looking to improve agricultural productivity and logistics.
  • Pyur Solutions, Los Angeles, which makes plant-based agricultural chemicals.
  • Rabbit Tractors, Ann Arbor, Mich., which makes semi-autonomous miniature farm machinery.
  • Hintech, St. Joseph, Mo., makes a corn-stalk remover and crusher.
  • Phenomics Labs, Burnsville, Minn., makes portable labs with data collectors to facilitate experiments.