AgLocal, a meat-to-table online marketplace connecting independent farms and producers with the demand of businesses and consumers, was selected as a finalist in the 4th annual SXSW Accelerator presented by Microsoft BizSpark. Sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, HTC, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Turner Broadcasting, and .net, hundreds of companies submitted to present at the SXSW Accelerator, where the Kansas City based start-up, AgLocal, was selected as one of 56 finalists in seven different categories.
At the SXSW Accelerator event, Founder and CEO, Naithan Jones will present AgLocal as the best way to source meat in 2012 and beyond. During the event, he will demonstrate why this user-powered exchange and community is recreating the connection between the local farms and the communities that value and sustain them.
“Being a finalist in the SXSW Accelerator event demonstrates the opportunity and power of technology to revolutionize the traditional farmer-consumer relationship,” said Jones. “Ninety percent of the farms in the U.S. are owned and operated by individuals or families. If we can use fresh technology to increase demand by connecting producers with consumers, AgLocal can potentially change the way we traditionally think of buying meat.”
The company will launch in select markets across America in the first half of 2012, with plans to scale up to 30 cities before years end. Aglocal is currently recruiting local producers in those regions to participate in the roll out.
AgLocal will present alongside seven other companies in the Innovative Web Technologies at 3:30 pm on Monday, March 12th in Salon B on the fourth floor of the Downtown Austin Hilton. Judges will select a winner, which will be revealed on March 13th at 6pm at the Austin Convention Center.
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