Search Icon

Austrian ag tech startup visits Iowa, looks to work with university

October 20, 2016

Austrian ag tech startup visits Iowa, looks to work with university

During a March trade mission, officials from the Iowa Economic Development Authority visited Geoprospectors, an agricultural tech startup in Austria. That connection led to an August visit to Iowa, and now the company is in talks to work with Iowa State University and establish a legal presence in the U.S.

Geoprospectors developed a system to measure and visualize topsoil to help farmers increase crop yield while maintaining soil nutrition. The Austrian startup demoed the technology for industry and university researchers at the Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm in Boone, Iowa. The next day, the startup met with potential customers at the Farm Progress Show, also in Boone.

According to a post on the company’s blog, Geoprospectors may work with Iowa State on further product development, and the company is seeking to establish a U.S. legal presence and hire U.S. staff.

Iowa is the natural place for ag-tech – it’s the #1 state in corn, egg, pork and soybean production in the United States. For more information about working in Iowa email



See how we stack up

The 50-State Comparison Tool

Stay Informed.
Sign Up to Receive Updates.
Emails highlighting economic development news, program updates and upcoming events.