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Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center

The UC Davis Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center (SATIC) supports the commercialization of clean ag technologies by identifying and accelerating new ventures that promote sustainability in the agricultural field—including new agricultural practices, water and energy efficiency in production and food processing, advances in nutrition, food quality and safety, and new food products. 

SATIC Spotlight: Lessons in Sustainable Food Animal Production
Image of Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center“We will showcase the complete circle of sustainable animal agriculture.” — Anita Oberbauer, UC Davis Department of Animal Science

The center is a nexus for achieving the economic and environmental outcomes essential to the long-term competitiveness, prosperity, health and quality of life in the Sacramento region, including food security. It provides a virtual incubator of programs and services that include Sustainable AgTech Workshops, AgVentureStart mentoring and access to capital, the Big Bang! Business Competition, a prototype fund to test the market and technological feasibility of commercial prototypes, several campus mentoring programs and regional showcase events.

SATIC is a collaboration of UC Davis and SARTA, and leverages their extensive internal and external resources and partnerships. The center is made possible, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s 2012 i6 Challenge: Sacramento Region Clean AgTech Innovation Center Development Project.


SARTA, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2001, supports the growth and success of technology companies—those with intellectual property at the core of their competitive advantage in the marketplace—in the expanded nine-county Sacramento region, serving also Butte, Nevada and Solano counties.

SARTA manages programs that accelerate entrepreneurship and business expansion, including industry showcase events, networking and intensive one-on-one mentoring and business counseling through the VentureStart mentoring program. It also manages the Sacramento Venture Lab, offering highly discounted office space to companies and incubator services.


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