The Food + Ag Tech Accelerator

It’s Time To Accelerate Food + Ag Innovation

TERRA is a first-of-its-kind program bringing together the industry’s most disruptive startups and progressive corporations to fuel cross-industry innovation and set a new standard for food and agriculture. Unlike other accelerator programs, this program is designed to be an ongoing innovation platform that will result in a continuous stream of commercially viable solutions. Combining RocketSpace’s global tech ecosystem and startup network with Rabobank’s food and agribusiness leadership and expertise, TERRA’s unique model will provide startups with the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our corporate partners in a dedicated product validation program.

What Makes TERRA Unique?

Attracts the Best Startups

Proactive outreach, a multiple corporate model, and no equity requirements generate greater interest in the program among a higher caliber of startups.

Corporate-Driven Program

Our program is designed with the corporate needs in mind – from crafting strategy and tech themes, to identifying startup selection criteria, to the pilot designs for each cohort.

Embedded Pilot Testing

A product validation phase helps advance corporate-startup partnerships. Participating corporations are able to design and test new startup technologies for their business.

Unbiased & Independent Partners

Partnerships formed with industry organizations to provide support, coaching and resources to participating startups during the program. Partnerships include access to a commercial kitchen.

What Kind of Startups Should Apply?


  • Consumer Food Products
  • Connected Kitchen
  • Food E-Commerce
  • Sustainable Packaging
  • Functional Nutrition


  • Precision Engineering + Support Tech
  • Smart Equipment + Hardware
  • Biologicals + Biochemicals
  • Irrigation + Water Tech
  • Soil + Crop Tech
  • Indoor Agriculture
  • Animal Health

Food Tech

  • Dairy Alternatives
  • Novel Ingredients
  • Food Safety + Traceability
  • Sustainable + Alternative Protein
  • Meal Replacements + Supplements
  • Waste Technology
  • Food Science

Unparalleled Benefits

  • Gain brand and product exposure
  • Expand your business knowledge with the tailored 8 week curriculum
  • Zero equity requirements
  • Work on the San Francisco RocketSpace campus
  • Access to a commercial kitchen  

Minimum Requirements

  • Seed funded startups preferred
  • Product in market or ready to launch
  • Connection to growth sectors
  • Some travel required

Cohort II Timeline

The TERRA Cohort II program kicks off in late October, with an eight week curriculum of workshops and mentoring for the startups followed by an eight week pilot phase. The program wraps up with a final demo day in San Francisco.


Jul '17

Applications Open


Oct ’17 – Nov ’17

8 Week Curriculum


Dec ’17 – Feb ’18

8 Week Pilot Phase


Feb ’18

Demo Day




FoodBytes! by Rabobank is a pitch competition-meets-networking event brings together the game-changing startups, investors and industry leaders pioneering the future of food and agriculture.

KitchenTown is a food startup incubator and commercial production facility just outside San Francisco. It serves as the program’s officials test kitchen.