Kevin Kimle

Kevin Kimle currently serves as the Rastetter Chair of Agricultural Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University, Director of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, and Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics. Kimle’s work includes development and delivery of entrepreneurship curriculum and programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, outreach programs to aspiring entrepreneurs and agribusiness executives, and research on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Prior to his appointment at Iowa State University, Kimle worked in a variety of capacities in agriculture. His professional experiences range from start-up companies, the seed industry, venture capital, commodity risk management, and agricultural and trade policy. Businesses founded or co-founded by Kimle include Ag Startup Engine (2016), Inland Sea Company (2014), Heartland Global (2011), Decision Commodities (2002), and E-Markets (1996).

Business expertise that Kimle has gained in starting and running companies as well as incubating them includes equity capital formation, business model design, business plan development and financial model development and design. He a frequent speaker to audiences across the U.S. about building and using an entrepreneurial mindset, megatrends in agriculture and the food industry and building innovation cultures.

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August 3, 2021 9:56 AM

Where does entrepreneurial inspiration come from? Each of us has to answer that question individually, but it is interesting when inspirational themes (or perhaps memes) emerge.

I loved the original Star Trek when I was a kid. The opening line from Captain Kirk:

Business development
June 25, 2021 4:12 PM

What do investors look for when evaluating innovative opportunities? It depends on the investor, but I am in search of surprise. Innovation cannot be predicted. Innovation cannot be planned. It is not foreseeable.

Business development
May 10, 2021 2:25 PM

This semester’s domestic travel course was project-based, the Farm to Fork Project. Twelve students explored the frontiers of entrepreneurial opportunity for direct-to-consumer agricultural businesses.

Business development
October 16, 2020 11:41 AM

I am occasionally asked by venture capital investors in agricultural and food technology businesses (agri-food tech) about the technology-based interests of the students at Iowa State University.  The investors view student interests as a potential leading indicator of technology trends

Business incubation
September 21, 2020 2:43 PM

We recently made a change in the Wall of Fame, moving ScoutPro’s status to ‘merged/sold’ to mark the business becoming a part of Farmers Edge

Business incubation
August 26, 2020 11:34 AM

At the beginning of my appointment at Iowa State University in 2009, I traveled to Palo Alto, California for a conference for venture investors.  The event, during the height of the financial crisis, had one panel where a representative of the consumer electronics industry had a bit of a rif

Business development
April 16, 2020 3:20 PM

We were delighted to have Jim Fay join students in ECON 334/Entreprenuership in Agriculture recently for a discussion on innovation, prototyping and new product development.

Business development
April 2, 2020 3:17 PM

It was mid-2019, and Jeb Gent (’13 Ag Education) was ready.  “I’ve always had in mind that at some point in my career I would start my own business,” commented Gent.  “My wife and I have been saving money to help make that transition, so we parted ways with my job and hit the ground run

Business development
March 26, 2020 2:09 PM

March 25 was scheduled as a guest-day for ECON 334/Entrepreneurship in Agriculture, part of a regular dose of guest agricultural entrepreneurs that speak to students over the course of the semester in the classroom in Kildee Hall. 

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