Mighty Cricket

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Mighty Cricket?

Mighty Cricket is a next-generation protein company building a clean protein supply to sustain the world. Discover Mighty Cricket’s high protein oatmeals, protein powder supplements, and chocolate bars all made with sustainable proteins at MightyCricket.com.

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Sarah Schlafly

owner

Sarah Schlafly is a “cereal” entrepreneur—cricket cereal, that is. Her inspiration for Mighty Cricket was born out of a problem that bugged her: the harmful effects of industrialized meat. Before founding the clean protein company, Sarah worked as an accountant, chef, cooking instructor and digital marketer for a national food brand. She was awarded Inc. Magazine’s Military Entrepreneur Special Delegate, Feast Magazine’s Rising Star, and St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30.

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ATR Thrive

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is ATR Thrive?

The ATR Thrive LLC owners and management team have extensive experience in the dairy industry, farming, calf rearing, animal nutrition, and animal health management, as well as food chemistry and business experience. ATR Thrive’s wider reference team includes respected farmers and calf rearers, researchers, veterinarians, and nutritionists. The ATR team has completed trialing the ATR products on thousands of calves on several commercial dairies. The results are consistent and significant – Improved profit from better digestion, resulting in stronger appetite, better growth, reduced need for treatments, lower mortality, and less stress for staff. Every feed of milk given to an infant animal requires complete digestion. Undigested or partially digested milk results in nutritional scours and compromised nutrition. To resolve this problem, the standard recommendation across the entire dairy farming industry is to limit the amount of milk that is fed to calves, kids, and lambs instead of addressing better digestion. This limits their nutrition, growth, development, and potential. ‍ The patent-pending Get-Go supplements are specially formulated products that enable complete digestion of milk and milk products and support an optimized biome. This can eliminate nutritional scours. Get-Go enhances the absorption of colostrum, which is critical to establish and support a healthy digestive tract. Get-Go is designed for use in every feeding from birth until weaning. It also assists transitions to solid feed such as hay or grain. Complete digestion of fats in milk or milk replacers makes a significant difference to the health and well-being of calves. These unique formulas are specifically designed to give calves, kids, or lambs the most beneficial start to life, and subsequent growth and development.

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NEVILLE MCNAUGHTON

director of technology

Neville McNaughton is a recognized expert in cheese making, dairy foods processing, and dairy system design.  Currently, Neville is the founder/owner of CheezSorce LLC and Sanitary Design Industries (SDI). SDI was founded to provide products that support the innovative ideas promoted by CheezSorce and its equipment and new technologies are helping to re-set the standards in cheese making and Safe Food Processing. Neville is originally from New Zealand.

Quentin Ortega

CSO

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Edison Agrosciences

Origin: NC | Grant Awarded: 2019 | Status: Active

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What is Edison Agrosciences?

Edison Agrosciences uses standard biotechnology to make natural rubber – from sunflower. Natural rubber is used in thousands of products because it has properties that can’t be matched with synthetic materials, but the supply is at risk – 90% comes from one geography and all comes from a single plant species. And just like in Brazil in the early 1900’s, disease is starting to set in. At Edison, we’re increasing the amount of natural rubber already produced by the sunflower plant to provide a more profitable crop for farmers and a reliable domestic supply of a critical resource.

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Thomas Hohn

co-founder & Scientific Advisor

Tom has 30 years of leadership experience in the development and commercialization of agricultural biotechnology products. He is a recognized expert in the biosynthesis of plant/fungal isoprenoid products with 65 publications and patents. Prior to co-founding Edison Agrosciences, he was responsible for R&D portfolio development in the Agricultural Biotechnology Division of Intrexon Corporation, a major synthetic biology company. Before joining Intrexon, he founded Dorsan Biofuels, Inc. and participated in its sale to Novozymes. At Dorsan Biofuels, he helped raise seed funding and led a metabolic engineering project for the development of a fungal isoprenoid production platform. In the 11 years prior, Tom was at Syngenta and one of its legacy companies where he held various technical, regulatory, and business development roles. While Director of Disease Control Traits, he led the development of crop disease traits based on the genetic engineering of plant immunity to pathogen-produced toxins. Before joining Syngenta, as a Research Scientist at the USDA – Agricultural Research Service, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Tom authored the first published report for a cloned terpene synthase gene from any source. He also cloned and characterized the key genetic and metabolic regulatory factors responsible for a fungal isoprenoid toxin pathway. He holds a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Washington State University.

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David Woodburn

ceo

David founded bio-Growth, LLC, to help life science companies and their investors with corporate development, new market assessment, and business planning, which is what he did as CEO of Blue Prairie Brands and Vice President of Finance & Development at Chromatin, Inc. Prior to this, David was a sell-side research analyst for 10 years, most recently publishing investment research on companies in the areas of alternative fuels and water technology for boutique investment bank ThinkEquity. Earlier, David provided research coverage of Specialty/Generic Pharma and Global Pharma for Prudential’s institutional equity business, being named in the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Street survey and frequently being quoted by Barrons, Reuters, Dow Jones, The New York Times, the Boston Globe, and others. David’s eleven years of healthcare industry experience include corporate strategy and merger integration at Searle Pharmaceuticals, and product design, global marketing, and business development within various divisions of Baxter Healthcare. David remains a co-owner of a Midwestern grain farm, Maplewood Farm, LLC. David is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Good Life Growing

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2018 | Status: Active

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What is Good Life Growing?

Good Life Growing believes that an incredible transition to revitalizing blighted property is possible through urban agriculture. Due to the availability of space otherwise deemed vacant or undesirable there are an abundance of hidden resources in Urban Cities across the country. Our plan is to uncover those resources and utilize them in benefit of society as a whole. We propose to put into motion the necessary means of creating sustainable agriculture and learning hubs. Through growing food, job creation, education, exposure to agriculture, extensive hands on training, and providing healthy food to the community it is possible to create a functioning economy that satisfies the triple bottom line. With a blend of traditional Organic Farming, Aquaponic, Hydroponic, and Aeroponic techniques we will grow as much food as efficiently possible while using minimal resources. With a lot of hard work, a little luck, and some help from our friends we believe it is possible.

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James Forbes

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

I’m a lot of things: a risk taker, an adventurer, an opportunist; but most importantly I’m a “people person” in the sense that I love helping out in any way that I can.

I am the Co-Founder and CEO of Good Life Growing. We are a St. Louis based Urban Farming company with a conscious minded agenda to spread the Good Food Movement across the planet. Our goal is to blend diverse urban farming techniques with other methods of traditional farming. We have hopes of transitioning vacant property in to vibrant food sources and jobs. With a little luck, a lot of hard work, and the help of our friends we believe we can save the world one seed at a time.

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James E. Hillis, MS

Co-Founder & COO

Entrepreneur, advocate, and researcher with multi-industry experience in community development, stakeholder engagement, business development, university-community partnerships, grants, GIS mapping, urban agriculture, higher education, and the social sciences. A strong multidisciplinary background with a Master of Science (M.S.) from Creighton University and a current doctoral student in the Public & Social Policy Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University focusing on geospatial and policy analysis.

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Bobby Forbes

Co-Founder, Chief Product Management

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Matt Stoyanov

Co-Founder, Chief of Horticulture

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Agrela Ecosystems

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2017 | Status: Active

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What is Agrela Ecosystems?

Agrela Ecosystems is a technology company focused on plant science research and precision agricultural tools. Their product, PheNode, is a cloud-connected, solar-powered field sensor system that provides detailed information in real-time for users to save money, effort, and increase production.

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Nadia Shakoor, PhD

Co- Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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William Kezele

Chief Operations Officer

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