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The Start-Up Stadium @ BIO World Congress provides high visibility to early-stage emerging companies. During the sessions, 32 start-up companies across 7 sessions will share their new technologies and value proposition through formal 8-minute presentations followed by a 6-minute Q&A to an audience of investors, analysts and strategists from across the value chain.  

 Congratulations to the Start-Up Stadium @ BIO World Congress Winners!
Winners Session Focus Area
2 Agricultural Technologies
4 Agricultural Technologies
5 Renewable Chemicals and Bio-based Products
6 Renewable Chemicals and Bio-based Products


Download Program Overview           View the 2019 Finalists 

Industry Categories  

Start-Up Stadium is accepting applications from early-stage companies based in the 6 industry categories below: 



Exclusive Prizes

Four winners will be selected from the pool of finalists and awarded with these two exciting prizes: 

One-year membership to Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

One-hour advisory discussion with venture capital firm, Emerald Technology Ventures

One-hour advisory discussion with venture firm, Prairie Crest Capital


Investor Panel

Investment in Rural America – How to Attract Entrepreneurs and Capital?


Advisory Committee
The 2019 BIO World Congress Start-Up Stadium Advisory Committee is comprised of experienced leaders with perspective on current issues and priorities for the industry.

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The 2019 BIO World Congress Start-Up Stadium Judges come from the public and private sectors with collective expertise in early-stage investing, entrepreneurship, the start-up landscape, industrial biotechnology, and GreenTech space. They will be evaluationg applicants and finalists.

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2018 Participating Investment Firms

Akoya Captital, Chicago, IL

ARCH Venture PartnersChicago, IL

BASF Venture Capital, Cambridge, MA

BioCognito, Battle Ground, WA

BP Ventures, San Francisco, CA

Braemar Energy Ventures, New York, NY

Cargill, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Emerald Technology Ventures, Toronto, Canada

Genoa Ventures, San Francisco, CA

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Washington, DC

Marc IV, Kearney, MO

Spruce Capital Partners, San Francisco, CA

Sustainable Conversion Ventures, Sun Lakes, AZ

Tecton Captial Partners LLCSan Francisco, CA

Ultra Captial, San Francisco, CA

Xeraya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Example GreenTech Finalists from 2018

Biomere TechWorcestser, MA

DMC Biotechnologies, Inc., Boulder, CO

Global Bioengergies, France

Kalion, Inc.Milton, MA

Leaf Resources Limited, Australia

For Investors

Are you an investor interested in participating in Start-Up Stadium @ BIO World Congress 2019? Click here to learn more.


A Proven Success

At the 2017 BIO International Convention, one agriculture technology company became a true Cinderella story after pitching the Start-Up Stadium judges on its “gene switch” application to improve agriculture productivity. This kicked off a business relationship that would lead to Lateral Capital investing in the company in early 2018. Read Agribody Technologies' success story here...