NEW WAYS IN AGRICULTURE
WITH LIFEBLOOD AND SCIENCE
FOR A FUTURE PROOF AGRICULTRE

FORWARD TOGETHER

At SEEDFORWARD, a wide variety of personalities work towards a common goal. This requires many talents and sound know-how. Scientific expertise and pragmatic organization. Inventive spirit and tenacity. An obsession with detail and a sense of the big picture. And last but not least, the shared joy of progress.

Jacob Paul Rohn

Founder & CEO

Jan Ritter

Founder & CTO

Dr. Rieke Minner-Meinen

Research & Development

Anna Gröhn

Research & Development

Jan Großterlinden

Research & Development

Vadim Kraus

Office Management & Purchase

Sabrina Heckt

Office Management, HR & Accounting

Manuela Beeck

Product Management & Marketing

Moritz Meyer

Research & Development

Theresa Schnitker

Project Management

Carsten Bammann

Product Management & Sales

Marco Petersen

Product Management & Sales

Bernd Belitz

Sales International

Alina Detmer

Office Management & Internal Sales

Ines Heckt

Facility Management

Anja Großterlinden

HR Management

Naomi Oßwald

Research & Development, Product Management

Julian Albers

Production & Techn. Facility Management

Roman Sandkämper

Research & Development

Amalie Glied-Olsen

Content & Community Management

Philine Ogal

Working Student

Johanna Groß

Working Student

Julian Siebert

Working Student

Rani

Controlling

Calle

Feel Good Manager

OUR VISION AND MISSION

At SEEDFORWARD, we do not see our mission solely in the development, production and distribution of natural seed treatments - we work on as many levels as possible for the transition to regenerative agriculture.

THINK LONGTERM, DEVELOP SOLUTIONS

At SEEDFORWARD, our mission is to develop future-proof solutions for farmers to overcome current challenges such as climate change and changing legal regulations. Our focus is on the development, production and marketing of natural seed treatments that are tailored to the specific needs of the target crops and support healthy plant and root growth from the outset, providing the best conditions for stable yields.

Our long-term vision is regenerative agriculture with healthy soils and sustainable, efficient production of high-quality food and feed. Intensive research and development work according to strict scientific standards and close cooperation with farmers form the basis for this. We attach great importance to developing real solutions for agriculture, thereby contributing to safeguarding yields and thus positioning agriculture securely for the future.

IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

Human economic systems, which generally aim at growth, have so far only been successful to a limited extent. Collateral damage threatens health, peace, social conditions, ecological foundations and much more. Yet there is a functioning and proven economic system that generates infinite growth, creates new things from within itself again and again, and knows neither waste nor legacy.
This system is called nature and it is immeasurably powerful.

We believe that we can only do business sensibly with nature - we have no chance against it in the long term. In the current discussion about possibilities of sustainable economic systems, we talk about circular economy, grandchildren's economy and triple top-line sustainability.

It is time to act. Because we have a lot to lose.
Or: much to gain!

TWO FOUNDERS, ONE STORY

UNDER THE HOT SOUTH AFRICAN SUN

two young Germans get to meet each other back in 2015. They have come to this country independently as consultants for various agricultural projects, where farmers are struggling with severe drought and other growing problems in adapting to climate change. In their professional exchange, the two quickly discover that they tick quite similarly. They see major challenges in today's agriculture in the lack of resilience to global climatic changes and the sometimes heavily stressed soils - and the two want to do something about it!

Jan Ritter, an agricultural and plant scientist from Balingen in Baden-Wuerttemberg, has been working on the idea of a natural soil conditioner for a while.

Jacob Paul Rohn, a forestry and environmental scientist from Osnabrueck in Lower Saxony, gets on board and together they continue to spin the idea until it takes on more and more concrete form:

How about a sustainable seed treatment that gives the individual seed all it needs for a healthy start in the field, making plants more resilient from the start, and strengthening shoot and root growth while improving the soil?

ON THE SPOT

The first tests are carried out on the spot and achieve positive results. The two set up a company in South Africa, but soon realize that successful development is extremely difficult under the circumstances there.

A FRESH BEGINNING IN GERMANY

But they don't want to give up their goal - so they return to Germany. Here, Jan immerses himself in research and development, Jacob single-mindedly builds up a network with researchers at the universities of Osnabrueck and Oldenburg as well as various specialist institutes and commercial enterprises and looks for ways to obtain funding.

PROMOTION FOR A GOOD FOUNDATION

Moving forward. When the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection grants the start-up SEEDFORWARD an Exist start-up grant at the beginning of 2017, further funding is made available as part of the European Climate-KIC Accelerator Program, and at the end of the year the StartGreen Award, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment as part of the National Climate Initiative, is awarded to SeedForward, Ritter and Rohn see themselves in the home stretch. The freshly founded Aloys & Brigitte Coppenrath Foundation selects SEEDFORWARD as its first grant recipient. In the years that follow, government funding projects continue to enable further research and development work.

NEW PARTNERS - INTEREST FROM THE INDUSTRY

And things continue to move forward, even though there are always new hurdles to overcome. A promising strategic investor suddenly drops out, but eventually new partners are found. And then comes the day when not only people from your own network or funding institutions get in touch when the phone rings, but also representatives of large companies who have become curious.

CONCRETE RESULTS AND MARKET INTRODUCTION

Scientific research in the laboratory and greenhouse, as well as broad-based field trials, lead to formulation improvements so that seed treatments not only perform in the field but also meet all other parameters, such as Heubach values and sowing and flowability.

In spring 2019, MAISGUARD, SEEDFORWARD's first product, will be commercially available. GRAINGUARD and LEGUGUARD, two other crop-specific seed treatments, are now established in the market. SEEDFORWARD works with various renowned partners in the agricultural industry. In 2023 SEEDFORWARD already sold GUARD products for 270,000 ha of conventional and organic farms throughout Europe.

The product portfolio, as well as requests for research collaborations, are constantly growing.

And it goes on!

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