Raised on a corn and soybean farm in Kenton, Brandi Barrett was destined to become an agricultural entrepreneur.
Barrett is a recent graduate in agricultural business at Iowa State University. This summer, Barrett was selected and is currently going through a 10-week summer accelerator at Iowa State University called CYstarters. The program is led by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship for students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea. Students receive $6,000 for individual or up to $12,000 per student team for the opportunity to spend their summer dedicated to achieving their startup goals and pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations.
She is working on a business plan called Fast Farm. Fast Farm helps farm equipment dealers find qualified leads so they can make more sales and save more time. On the flip-side, Fast Farm helps rural American farmers find necessary farm equipment in a timely manner so their time can be spent on what matters most — livestock, crops and family. By playing the matchmaker, Fast Farm is a platform to connect farmers with dealers in a space ripe for technological innovation. One of Barrett’s startup goals is to have her product built and ready for launch for the National Farm Machinery Show taking place in Kentucky next February.
“My ultimate goal is for any buyer to be able to find any piece of equipment through my app in a timely manner,” Barrett said. “Success is about speed and access to the market, and I think the show is a perfect place to launch Fast Farm.”
To date, the application for farmers is built thanks in large part to AgEI (Agricultural Entrepreneurial Initiative at Iowa State) and their partnership with a developing firm in Iowa City (Launch Deck). The development discussion started in February and took only six weeks to complete the build out. The next steps for the product are to build out the website interface for the dealers.
When Brandi first came up with the concept behind the company she is building today, she sought the advice of her father who has over 30 years of experience in the agriculture equipment business as a mechanic, salesman for a dealership and manufacturer, and now a territory manager for Ritchie Brothers. She was able to leverage her father’s expertise to develop Fast Farm.
To read the full story and interview, link here: https://medium.com/@ISU_JPEC/cystarters-spotlight-story-fast-farm-c57e5bc0a4cf
More information about CYstarters, link here: http://www.isupjcenter.