corporate venturing

Since 1948, we have been spending every day to make the farmers’ life easier by innovating smart solutions for them. That job is never done. It’s our drive to continue our innovation journey in the coming decades to help safeguard the farmers license to produce.

Innovation is deeply rooted in our DNA. We believe that through innovation we can realise our vision on the Farm of the Future. And for that, we need valuable partners to enlarge our innovation power. Smart startups that focus on solutions and technologies that can be applied in the dairy sector, making it more sustainable, profitable and enjoyable. 

Together we innovate for a sustainable, enjoyable and profitable future in farming.

Partnership beyond investment

Working with us is starting a long-term partnership with a global leader in agricultural technology innovation. You can rely on a global network of professionals with over 75 years of experience in the field of innovation and technology. Including our Lely Campus with resources to create, test and improve your innovation. A sparring partner to further develop yourself as a startup. And – finally – your launching customer with a network of thousands of customers worldwide. 

Tailormade approach

One size fits all doesn’t work. Not for farms and farmers and – to our belief – also not in working together with startups. For every partnership that we launch, we will create a tailormade approach together with you. Whether that be helping you optimize your sales strategy, fast-track your product development, support your IP protection or grow your customers base with our global sales and service network. 

Our goal is to create a win-win situation where our dairy farmers can optimize their business with your solution. Our portfolio startups are our valued business partners which we actively support. Together, we bring our farmers further in our journey towards a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable future in farming.  

Startup challenge

5 - 7 November 2024

Join our Lely Startup Challenge to shape the Farm of the Future! We are on the lookout for ambitious startups from around the world to showcase their solution and explore collaboration with Lely to innovate faster together. Are you a startup with a groundbreaking innovation in the field of dairy farming, for example cow health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, automation, or the quality of the feed or soil? Then wait no longer and subscribe!

How can I help you?

Contact us for more information
Marlieke Lingmont

Do you want to learn more about our corporate venturing activities and how you could join? Please contact Marlieke Lingmont, Head of Startups at

Why Lely?

Farmers all over the world make choices about how they set up and run their farms. Every day, we help them make the best choices for themselves and their farms. We do this by providing advice and innovative solutions that contribute to efficient farm management. For sustainable milk and meat production. Present and future.