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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/AgStart, 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, was conceived to support 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. In September 2015, SARTA transitioned operations to the following entities:

  • AgStart, is transitioning to become an independent nonprofit focused on agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship, now located in Woodland.
  • CleanStart, an independent nonprofit focused on clean tech innovation and entrepreneurship, now located in Downtown Sacramento.
  • MedStart, focused on technology and innovation in healthcare, is now sponsored by Social Interest Solutions in Sacramento.
  • I/O Sacramento has taken over as the regional partner for the state’s iHub program. The organization will be housed in I/O Labs’ downtown facility when it opens in fall 2016.

AgStart/SARTA continues to partner with UC Davis and SATIC through the grant period ending September 30, 2016.


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