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Grand Angels President Joins ACRE AgTech Board of Directors!

Grand Angels President, Tim Parker

Grand Angels President, Tim Parker

Grand Angels President Tim Parker has joined ACRE AgTech as the newest member of their board of directors! ACRE AgTech is a Michigan-based entrepreneurial support organization that specializes in helping farmers and ag-related entrepreneurs commercialize, license, or sell their ag-technology inventions. Read why Parker chose to join the organization’s board and what excites him about the agtech industry.

Everyone has their preferred way of investing money, whether it is mutual funds, the stock market, or perhaps bitcoin.  But for MVCA Member Grand Angels, led by President Tim Parker, the investment vehicle of choice is startup companies and the entrepreneurs who lead them. Selecting high potential startups takes a unique skill set that Tim Parker will bring to ACRE AgTech as the newest member of their board of directors.  ACRE AgTech is an entrepreneurial support organization that specializes in ag-technologies that can increase efficiencies in agricultural processes and reduce environmental impacts.

“Agtech is such an interesting, rapidly growing, and critically important industry right now. I knew I had to get involved and ACRE AgTech leads Michigan in providing services geared toward ag-technologies,” Parker said.

Acre AgTech Executive Director, Paul Sachs

Acre AgTech Executive Director, Paul Sachs

ACRE AgTech’s Executive Director, Paul Sachs, was thrilled when Parker showed an interest in joining the ACRE team.  Sachs commented that for ACRE’s entrepreneurs, who are navigating a challenging and competitive industry, having direct access to someone who sees startup successes and failures every day is a huge advantage.

“His experience with entrepreneurship combined with his vast corporate skillset makes him a valuable asset to our organization.  ACRE and our clients will greatly benefit from his insights and leadership,” said Sachs.

Entrepreneurs that come to ACRE seeking services are from a wide variety of backgrounds – from engineers to mechanics, chemists to software developers, biologists to farmers. ACRE can help agtech entrepreneurs with the challenges that are specific to agriculture, like on-farm product testing and ag sector venture capital, and also with those challenges that every startup faces, like business planning, prototype development, and market research. West Michigan is the nexus of all the things agtech startups need for success: a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, engineering expertise, and a strong agriculture economy (read more about West Michigan’s entrepreneurial & investment community in the 2017 West Michigan Entrepreneurial Study!).

Congrats, Tim!

Read the original press release here.

About ACRE AgTech

ACRE AgTech is a non-profit entrepreneurial support organization that has been providing connections and resources to agtech entrepreneurs in Ottawa County and across Michigan since December 2014. For more information about ACRE AgTech, please visit the organization’s website,, or contact at 616-994-4745 or [email protected]

Posted February 20, 2018 in Angel Group News | MEMBER NEWS