Who We Are

AgTech Accelerator™ is a unique startup accelerator focused on discovering and developing emerging agricultural technology companies.

Agtech Accelerator Solves Critical Early-Stage Business Formation Gaps:

Business Buidling Toolkit

Our network of advisors, strategic partners, and university relationships equip us to design deals with big visions.

Deep Operational Involvement

Hands-on relationship with our investments brings operational rigor and business savvy to early-stage technology and access to a network of industry talent as our companies grow.

Capital Efficient Model

Portfolio fully aligned with industry strategics to attract follow-on growth equity and provide path to successful financial futures.

Unlike other incubators that cross multiple industries or use a volume-oriented crowd- funding approach, AgTech Accelerator™ is hands-on, directly managed and leverages the same experienced management team, advisory board and board of directors across multiple opportunities, removing common business development hurdles faced by science start ups.

LEADERSHIP

JOHN W. DOMBROSKY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

John W. Dombrosky
JOHN W. DOMBROSKY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

John W. Dombrosky serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AgTech Accelerator.  Launched in 2016 with a consortium of leading venture and industry strategic investors, AgTech Accelerator identifies, forms, capitalizes, and builds from scratch the most promising early-stage agricultural technology companies.   The AgTech Accelerator team exclusively focuses on Series Seed to Series A company creation across the ag and food tech economic value system. 

Prior to joining AgTech Accelerator, Mr. Dombrosky spent eight years at Syngenta, where his responsibilities spanned licensing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and business unit leadership roles.  In addition to his experience in the agriculture sector, Mr. Dombrosky developed a deep understanding of software and value-added information platforms at Thomson Reuters while serving in finance, business development, and mergers & acquisition roles.  Fostering his lifelong fascination with speed and flight, Mr. Dombrosky’s first professional job was as a Corporate Planning Analyst at Northwest Airlines. 

Mr. Dombrosky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Management from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.  

TRACY T. JACKSON

CFO & CONTROLLER

TRACY T. JACKSON
TRACY T. JACKSON

CFO & CONTROLLER

Tracy Jackson has over 20 years of experience in senior financial roles developing and growing early-stage technology companies.  Ms. Jackson has a strong background with private equity/venture-backed companies building cost-effective financial, human resource and business operations, as well as equity and venture financings and investor relations. 

During her career, she has completed numerous rounds of private and public equity and debt transactions, including two initial public offerings.  Ms. Jackson started her professional career in audit with KPMG LLP in both Norfolk, VA and Raleigh, NC.

Ms. Jackson received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from James Madison University.  Ms. Jackson has served as a National CPE instructor on various accounting and auditing topics including revenue recognition, equity compensation and Sarbanes-Oxley.

COREY L. HUCK

VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

COREY L. HUCK
COREY L. HUCK

VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Corey Huck has 25 years of success across the global biotech and agribusiness industries. The scope of his expertise encompasses execution of practical applications in business development, investments, raising capital, acquisitions, marketing, sales, and new product launches in agribusiness.

Mr. Huck has held leadership positions at biotech and agribusiness companies including Intrexon, EnviroFlight, and Syngenta. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development with AgTech Accelerator, a venture capital & private equity firm focused on early stage technologies in the biotech sector aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing needs.

He has been responsible for multi-billion-dollar P&L management, architecting commercial marketing and business plans catalyzing numerous cutting-edge developments in the agribusiness sector.

MEGAN E. LYMAN

CORPORATE COUNSEL: IP/REGULATORY

MEGAN E. LYMAN
MEGAN E. LYMAN

CORPORATE COUNSEL: IP/REGULATORY

Megan Lyman serves as Counsel specializing in IP and Regulatory strategy.  She has extensive experience in creating and supporting IP portfolios for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and universities.  Starting her legal career at Jones Day, Ms. Lyman practiced in IP litigation and prosecution before opening her own practice in RTP. 

With a focus in the life sciences, Ms. Lyman assisted scientists and business people alike in determining comprehensive IP strategies as well as corporate counsel needs.   She has specific expertise in patent landscaping, freedom to operate, patent prosecution, appeal, IPR, and licensing.  Ms. Lyman also provides IP diligence, licensing, trademark, and general counsel support.

 Ms. Lyman has a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College, a Masters in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, and a J.D. from Pepperdine University.  She has had multiple speaking engagements on subjects including patentability, obviousness, IPRs, and IP portfolio analysis and creation.

ELAINE R. HUSPENI

DEAL PRINCIPAL

ELAINE R. HUSPENI
ELAINE R. HUSPENI

DEAL PRINCIPAL

Elaine Huspeni comes to AgTech Accelerator bringing experience in both startup operations and business development.  Elaine worked for soil nutrient analysis startup, Solum Inc., where she developed new analysis methodologies and later led the construction and launch of Solum’s commercial lab in Ames, IA.

After a detour to business school, Elaine joined Koch Ag & Energy Solutions’ Strategy & Business Development team where she performed financial and market analysis of potential investments and acquisitions, as well as provided focused support to Koch Agronomic Services’ strategic business planning initiatives.

Ms. Huspeni earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and her MBA from the University of Kansas.

JADE A. STINSON, PH.D

CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

JADE A. STINSON, PH.D
JADE A. STINSON, PH.D

CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

As CSO of AgTech Accelerator, Jade Stinson, Ph.D brings to the company more than 10 years of Chemical Manufacturing, Technology Management and Product Launch Excellence experience.

Dr. Stinson’s AgTech experience includes doctoral research and publications for the UK’s Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, combined with Technology Management and Head of Global Operations for BASF’s Professional and Specialty Solutions business. As the Head of Global Operations Dr. Stinson provided Operations leadership for Manufacturing and Technology Management. Dr. Stinson managed selection of manufacturing sites, formulation technology, contract manufacturing and accelerated technology transfer from R&D.

Dr. Stinson holds a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Manchester, UK, an MBA from Manchester Business School, UK, an MS in Instrumentation and Analytical Science from

The University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST) UK and a BS in Biomedical Science from the University of Sunderland, UK.

Barbara Roberts

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

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Barbara Roberts

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Barbara Roberts provides administrative support to the AgTech Accelerator team as their Office Administrator. Barbara started her administrative career over 30 years ago in a small regional bank, but since then has spent much of her time assisting executives and their team members within large corporations, including IBM and Syngenta. Mid-way through her career, Barbara detoured from the corporate world when she was hired as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of an ambitious start-up company. She is currently enjoying the return to the start-up environment where she can utilize her skill set in helping the AgTech Accelerator team accomplish its goals.

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