Building India's largest Agri collective

We will help you with Market Access, PR, Brand building, and access to our group companies and partner investors

Application closes on

31st August 2021

Accelerator Themes


Agri Inputs


Agri - Financing


Agri - Equipment


Market linkages & Ecommerce


Veterinary Health


Logistics & Cold Storage


Emerging Technologies


Agri tech Advisory

Accelerator Benefits


Market Access

Access to 500+ retail distribution points 
Access to 125+ corporates through our program partners

Access to an extended sales team of 200+ through our anchor partners

Access to farmers

Reach more than 2.5 million farmers through AGROWON MART retail stores

Access to Investors

Access to our vast network of Investors & corporate partners

Agriculture land

Access to farmland for real-time testing & product development


Connect and learn from our wide range of mentors and domain experts

Brand exposure

Get brand exposure from our media group of companies


Who we are?

Lighthouse accelerator is powered by DCF Ventures

DCF Ventures is a global Innovation-as-a-service provider and leverages an international network of over 25000 start-ups to assist corporates to drive innovation resulting in increased revenue, reduced costs, enhanced customer experience, and/or gaining a competitive edge. DCF Ventures collaborates with corporates & governments on large-scale impact projects, innovation strategy, leveraging & tapping into the strengths of the start-up ecosystem, and cross-border collaborations with leading startups.


DCF Ventures is part of  AP Globale group

AP Globale is a privately owned impact-driven group, spanning over eighty years with principal operations in SIMACES (Skilling & Education, Impact Funding, Media, Advisory & Consulting, Community Transformation, Events, and Special Projects/ SPVs). To Know more about group companies please visit AP Global


Meet The Team

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Nikhil Srinivas

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Innovation Lead, DCF Ventures


Rammohan Reddy

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Program Manager, LightHouse Accelerator 


Nilesh Shejwal 

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Director & CEO Agrowon

Agrotech Industries


Lakshmi Potluri

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Chief Executive Officer, DCF Ventures

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Agrowon is the first agriculture daily worldwide. Launched with an objective of making farmers globally competitive, Agrowon equips farmers with factual information as well as latest technology in the field of agriculture. The popularity of Agrowon is evident from the fact that the newspaper achieved a readership of 1 million within the first 12 months of being launched itself.

Corporate Sponsors

Artis is a Pune-based company engaged in the business of crop nutrition, especially micronutrients and plant bio-stimulant. The company is a specialist in the domain of fertilizers especially water-soluble and crop nutrition adhering to high-quality standards.

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Rahul Saria

Co-Founder, NimbleGrowth Organics

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UPL Limited

Leader in biosolutions for sustainable agriculture

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Manufacturers of bulk and speciality fertilisers



Bulk Fertilizers, Water Soluble, and Pesticides.

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Smartchem Technologies

Bulk fertilizer and Water Soluble Fertilizer

Corporate Partners


Adinath Chavan

Editor Director, Agrowon

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Dr. Rajaram Deshmukh

Ex.Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Phule Krushi Vidhyapeeth Rahuri

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Vijayrao Patil

Associate  Vice President,Smartchem technologies, 

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Dr. Dinesh Bhosale

Regional Sales Director - AB Vista South Asia

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Mentors, Domain Experts


Mayuresh Gaikwad

Value Chain Manager, Syngenta

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Ninad Panse

Principal and CEO, Design Derivatives

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Vamsi Udayagiri

Founder & CEO, Hesa

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Amit Kumar

Partner, ah! Ventures

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Ramesh Jadhav 

Content Chief,

Agrowon Digital

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Navin Kalra

Organic Food, FMCG, Exports

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Santosh Panda

Board Member, Explara

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Sanjay Dwivedi

CXO Corporate Seismologist

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Rahul Saria

Co-Founder, NimbleGrowth Organics

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Emmanuel Murray

Senior Advisor,  Caspian Impact Investment Adviser

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Jonathan Philroy

Manager, Agri-Business Incubator of ICRISAT

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Rahul Soni

Marketing Lead, Grow Indigo

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Bhoopendra Kumar

Co-founder, CEO KrishiHub(Exited)

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Nitin Sonawane

Agriculture and Agro Commercial Advisory

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Sriram Chidambaram

Spice Route Finance, Founder & CEO

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Vivek Kumar

CEO, VentureGarage

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Accelerator Partners

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The Answers you need

What kind of companies does Lighthouse Agri tech accelerator work with?

​We work with Agri & Dairy inputs, Agri-financing, Agri-equipment, Market linkages & E-com, Animal Health, Logistics & cold storage Emerging technology Agritech Advisory. If you fall into any other category related to Agri or dairy, please do apply.

What stage companies should apply for the program?

​Early to growth stage.

Do I have to be located in the Maharashtra region to be considered?


​No, But you must be willing to come if there is an opportunity that will help you grow.

Do you take equity?

No, we do not; however, we take a royalty on sales.


What percentage of royalty do you take?

It will be on a case-by-case basis and may range from 1 to 3 percent for 2 to 3 years.


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