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Sustainable Food & Agriculture Innovation Forum

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The Penn Club of New York

30 W 44th Street

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CleanTechIQ and the Columbia Club of New York invites you to join leading corporations, project developers, investors, startups and smart city leaders to discuss evolving business models, new technologies and innovative financing that is driving the development of sustainable agriculture and innovative food technologies.

Key topics and innovations discussed at our Forum includes: corporate food and ag innovation, AgTech venture capital investment, urban farming, aquaculture, precision agriculture, bio-agriculture and food waste-to-value.

Our event sponsors include: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Hobbs & Towne and Illumitex

7:30am Breakfast Networking

8:15am Welcome Remarks

8:20am Keynote: Food Sustainability Trends

Our food industry corporate presenter will cover topics such as food sustainability, health and global food security. They will address how sustainable food and agriculture innovation is increasing safety and traceability through the agriculture value chain.

8:40am Urban Farming Trends: Financing & Partnerships

Our panel of leading developers, corporates and financiers will discuss how their urban agriculture projects got up and running and financed, their project's performance and the key lessons learned.

The panelists will provide insight on innovative partnerships and new models that are driving the growth of urban farms. They will also address issues/challenges around food safety, scalability, efficiency and project financing of controlled environment agriculture projects.

Moderator: Rajiv Singh, CEO, Rabobank North America Wholesale Banking

Panliests include:

9:25am Venture Capital & Corporate Investor Perspective

This panel will provide insight on the venture capital perspective on emerging agriculture technologies from top venture investors and corporates who are actively investing in this space. This panel will cover major food and agriculture trends coming over the next 5-10 years that VCs and corporates are investing in today.

Panliests include:

  • Sara Olson, Senior Analyst, Lux Research
  • William R. Aimutis, Ph.D., Global Director – External Innovation, Cargill Inc.
  • Victor Friedberg, Founder, S2G Ventures

10:10am Coffee Networking Break

10:15am Food & Ag Innovator Presentations

Food and agriculture innovation is a major trend as this industry contends with how to feed the world, growing health concerns and food security issues. These issues are driving enhanced innovation activity by large corporations, entrepreneurs and investors.

Andrew Ive, Executive Director, Food-X on Early Stage Investment Trends

  • Which companies and business models are having the greatest success?
  • How are investors supporting food-tech entrepreneurs?
  • How will the food-tech investment landscape evolve in 2018 and beyond?

Food-X is the #1 Food Innovation Accelerator, backed by venture capital fund, SOSV.

We will also hear presentations from leading AgTech & food innovators including:

10:45am Blockchain & Food Traceability

  • Oliver Meeker, Business Development, Blockchain Research, IBM
  • Philip Harris, Founder, Ripe.io

Blockchain technology is being used by the food industry to strengthen food safety and inventory management. IBM and Walmart recently performed a test of blockchain technology applied to food safety and traceability.

11:00am Coffee & Networking

Please contact CleanTechIQ at info@cleantechiq.com with any questions about this event.



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