John Selep’s recognition as Innovation Leader of the Year at the Nov. 2 Awards, showcasing his impactful contributions to agtech and notable achievements in establishing AgStart and fostering agtech incubators nationwide.

Congratulations to our colleague, John Selep!

At the Nov. 2 Innovation Awards ceremony, a very special award was given to John Selep, President of AgStart, as the Innovation Leader of the Year. AgStart is a sister company to CleanStart, having both been under the umbrella of SARTA prior to 2015. John has done a remarkable job in establishing an office and full-featured wet lab in `13,000 square feet of space in Woodland. He also organized similar agtech incubators across the country into a powerful network, as well as landing generous sponsorships from leading ag tech companies. This award was well-deserved. Good work, John!

Thomas Hall


Gary Simon is the Chair of CleanStart’s Board. A seasoned energy executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience in business, government, and non-profits.

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