Universal Microbes’ Elevator Pitch:
At Universal Microbes, we are at the forefront of the microbial revolution that is poised to transform the $200 billion global fertilizer industry. Our company specializes in researching and manufacturing a diverse range of bacterial and fungal species with universal applications, extending beyond agriculture. With our robust portfolio, we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the immense potential of microbes across various industries. Our innovative microbial solutions provide sustainable alternatives to traditional fertilizers, revolutionizing crop growth, enhancing nutrient uptake, and promoting soil health. Join Universal Microbes as we shape the future of agriculture and beyond, harnessing the power of microbes to revolutionize the global fertilizer market and pave the way for a more sustainable future.
How did you get the idea to start your company?
Our extensive research in microbial science has revealed a crucial interdependence between our food system and the environment. The excessive use of synthetic inputs in food production has resulted in the systematic degradation of our environment. However, through our research, we have discovered that microbes play a pivotal role in addressing this issue
Microbes act as the common factor that aids in the restoration and enhancement of both our food system and the environment. They possess incredible capabilities to improve soil health, increase nutrient availability, and promote sustainable agricultural practices. Our core idea is to harness the power of beneficial microbial strains, so we can minimize the reliance on synthetic inputs, mitigate environmental damage, and ensure the long-term viability of our food production systems
What does it mean to be a part of Plug and Play’s North Dakota Agtech Program?
As a participant in the North Dakota Agtech Program, UM has the chance to engage with a network of industry experts, mentors, investors, and potential partners within the agtech ecosystem. The program offers a structured framework to help accelerate our growth, validate the business models, and access funding opportunities. Being part of the program provides us with the valuable support, connections, and resources we need to accelerate growth.
If your product/service was already being used by everyone globally, what impact would that have?
If our microbial products were to be globally adopted, it would have significant impacts on agriculture and the environment. In agriculture, microbial solutions enhance crop productivity, improve soil health, and reduce reliance on chemical inputs like fertilizers and pesticides. This would contribute to global food security, promote sustainable farming practices, and mitigate environmental impacts. Microbials also play a crucial role in environmental conservation by aiding in wastewater treatment, pollution control, and bioremediation, leading to the degradation of harmful pollutants and restoration of ecosystems. Universal adoption of our microbial solutions could combat pollution, restore habitats, and promote a cleaner and healthier environment overall.
How are you incorporating growers into your business plan?
Incorporating growers into our business plan is integral to our approach. At UM, we prioritize a collaborative approach, actively seeking input from growers and involving them in decision-making processes. Through needs assessments, field trials, and pilot programs, we tailor our products and services to address growers’ specific pain points and requirements. We offer educational resources and ongoing technical support to empower growers and maximize the value of our offerings. By establishing feedback loops and fostering long-term partnerships, we continuously gather input, address concerns, and evolve our solutions to meet growers’ evolving needs. This customer-centric approach ensures that growers are at the heart of our business, creating a mutually beneficial relationship that drives our success and supports the success of growers
Where do you see your company in 10 years?
In 10 years, Universal Microbes envisions itself as a leader and innovator in the microbial industry, making significant contributions to sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, and other sectors it serves. With an expanded product portfolio, Universal Microbes aims to offer a broader range of microbial solutions that address various global challenges.
UM strives to establish a strong global presence, building a widespread network of partners, customers, and collaborators across different industries and regions. The company aims to be recognized as a trusted and reliable partner, renowned for its high-quality products, scientific expertise, and exceptional customer service.
In terms of impact, UM aims for its microbial solutions to play a pivotal role in addressing critical issues like food security, environmental degradation, and resource sustainability. Through innovative products and sustainable practices, we seek to transform traditional approaches and promote a more resilient and environmentally friendly future.
Continued investment in cutting-edge technologies, scientific advancements, and strategic partnerships will drive Universal Microbes to push the boundaries of microbial research and development. This commitment to continuous innovation will unlock new potential in the field of microbial applications.
Ultimately, Universal Microbes aspires to lead the microbial revolution, driving positive change and shaping the future of industries through the power of beneficial microorganisms. By leveraging its expertise, fostering industry collaborations, and maintaining a customer-centric approach, UM aims to position itself as a trusted leader and trailblazer in the microbial industry, delivering sustainable and impactful solutions that benefit society and the planet as a whole.
By participating in Plug and Play’s North Dakota Agtech Program, what do you hope to accomplish? Have you considered expanding your operations to the Upper Midwest?
By participating in Plug and Play’s North Dakota Agtech Program, UM hopes to accomplish various objectives. These include validating our business models, accelerating our growth, accessing expertise, and networking with industry experts, mentors, investors, and potential partners in the agtech ecosystem. Additionally, we may consider expanding our operations to the Upper Midwest to tap into the agricultural ecosystem, conduct pilot programs and field trials, and cater to the specific needs of growers in the region.
This magazine reaches 16,000+ farmers. In one or two sentences, what would you like to tell them?
Attention, farmers: if you’re not utilizing our microbes on your farm already, it’s crucial to know that you’re overspending on chemical fertilizers, compromising your soil health, increasing susceptibility to infections and pests, and potentially yielding less nutritious crops. Explore the transformative power of Universal Microbes to optimize your farming practices, promote sustainability, and unlock the true potential of your harvest.