We work to promote the use
of technology in the agricultural
and food sector in Central America.
Pomona AgTech

In Central America, approximately 30% of jobs and more than 30% of GDP is dependent on agriculture. Yet there is currently a lack of leadership and support focused on agricultural entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.

 

This lack of resources has a substantial impact. Some of the most significant consequences include:

 

  • Small producers are increasingly falling behind in productivity levels compared to larger local and international producers that have better access to the latest technology and larger markets.
  • Central America is one of the regions in the world that is more susceptible to climate change; the use of agricultural technology is the best way to prepare for and mitigate the harm that these changes will continue to cause.
  • The region needs innovative entrepreneurs to develop and scale commercially viable solutions to these challenges.

 

Pomona AgTech is the first program of its kind in the region, designed to engage with entrepreneurs who are at different stages in their ventures, providing support from the initial idea phase to scaling a tried and true business model. With a focus on a particular sector in a specific geographical area, we are creating a network with key people and knowledge which adds more value to the region and better magnifies the impact of our programs. These advantages include, among others:

 

  • Pomona has developed a much deeper knowledge of the industry, which can be shared with different members of the communities and networks connected to our work.
  • The opportunities for collaboration and synergy within the Pomona AgTech community are much greater.
  • Our network of mentors, investors, and consultants have a multifaceted knowledge of the sector in which the businesses and entrepreneurs are working, allowing them to add more value in their support and collaborative efforts.

Objectives

 

Our principal goal is to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector in Central America through building skills and creating community and investment.

Our objectives are the following:

 

  • To create a community of businesses that are better prepared to receive investment through the Bootcamp, Incubator, and Accelerator programs.

 

  • To connect investors with entrepreneurs in the region.

 

  • Be the leaders in the AgTech sector in Central America.

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Pomona Impact in numbers

+ US $

5.3

mm invested in our graduates

+

100

companies graduated from our Accelerator

Our team

Julio Martínez

Julio Martínez

AgTech Director
Richard Ambrose

Richard Ambrose

Managing Partner
Daniel Granada

Daniel Granada

Partner
Javier Fresco

Javier Fresco

Incubation Manager
Andrea Fión

Andrea Fión

business advisor
Juana Simaj

Juana Simaj

Operations Coordinator

Advisory Board AgTech

AgTech Leadership

We have established an advisory board composed of leaders from the best agricultural universities and prominent private and public institutions in the region. The Advisory Board includes...

Juan Carlos Zapata

Juan Carlos Zapata

Director | FUNDESA
Ricardo Santa Cruz

Ricardo Santa Cruz

DIRECTOR | DIVISIÓN AGRÍCOLA AGEXPORT
Yanine Chan

Yanine Chan

EARTH University
Roger Norton

Roger Norton

Research Professor | Department of Agriculture Texas A&M
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Partners

Pomona believes firmly in the power of partnerships and alliances. As an investment fund, we have created a very strong network of companies and institutions that are helping us achieve our goals. Focusing in the AgTech program, the following partnerships are the ones that will prove more essential.
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