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Champaign-Based AgTech Accelerator Hires Jack Marck as Managing Director

Applications for First Program Due November 30th.

Champaign, IL – WEBWIRE

CHAMPAIGN, IL - Serra Ventures and gener8tor announced the hiring of Champaign local Jack Marck as the Managing Director of the Illinois AgTech Accelerator. The Illinois AgTech Accelerator will consist of biannual programs: gBETA AgTech and gener8tor AgTech. In this role, Marck will run gBETA AgTech and gener8tor AgTech, two new accelerator programs designed to help agtech startups grow and raise venture capital. Marck’s experience includes product engineer at Agrible, a Serra Ventures’ portfolio company that was acquired in 2018 by Nutrien, the world’s largest fertilizer and ag retail business.  

Applications are now open and will close on November 30th. The program will kick-off on January 13th and conclude with a pitch night on March 9th. The pitch night will be part of the annual AgTech Summit. gBETA AgTech will be hosted at the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Startups can apply now at  

Local investors and funders supporting the Illinois AgTech Accelerator include Serra Ventures, Agrifab, Fox Development Corporation, GEM Realty Capital, UI Research Park, U of I, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation. 

“We are excited to have Jack leading the Illinois AgTech Accelerator. We believe the accelerator will build on an already impressive agtech ecosystem in East Central Illinois. This community effort led by the U of I and local business leaders has worked hard to pull the accelerator together. Jack is a great fit to lead as the first groups of entrepreneurs join the program.” said Dennis Beard, partner at Serra Ventures. 

About Serra Ventures 

Serra Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in technology companies in emerging Midwest technology centers and selected other geographies. Sectors of focus include information technology, devices/instrumentation, and agricultural technologies. The profile of an ideal startup for consideration by Serra is one that has just finished an accelerator program, an I-Corps program or has been through a round of seed funding to establish and prove a strong product-market fit. Serra Ventures is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, with additional offices in Chicago and San Diego.

About gener8tor

gener8tor’s turnkey platform for the creative economy connects startup founders, musicians, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships.

About gBETA

gBETA, a program of nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor, accelerates the growth of early-stage companies through its network-driven model. gBETA supports five teams per cohort and requires no fees. Since launching in 2015, gBETA program alumni have raised $111M+ in  capital and created 1,000+ jobs across the US and Canada. 

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