THRIVE Innovation Summit

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Santa Clara University, Recital Hall

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053

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Top Food & Ag Industry Leaders Convening in Silicon Valley

The THRIVE Innovation Summit is held annually in Silicon Valley and each year attracts 250+ agribusiness leaders, investors, agtech and foodtech startups, and California and Midwest growers. The summit is a unique opportunity to meet and hear from our THRIVE Top 50, fifty companies shaping the future of the agriculture supply chain as well as leaders of Fortune 500 food and agriculture corporations implementing these disruptive technologies.

The Innovation Summit will include an Innovation Showcase featuring THRIVE Top 50 startups, THRIVE Accelerator companies and alumni as well as panels and fireside chats covering topics such as blockchain, indoor/vertical farming, biotechnology and automated agriculture.

Keynote Speaker

Beth Ford, CEO, Land O’Lakes

Beth Ford is the 9th President and Chief Executive Officer at Land O’Lakes, Inc., a role she was named to July 26, 2018. Ford was named President and CEO by Land O’Lakes’ board of directors after a series of successful executive postings within the company since she joined in 2011.

Most recently, as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Land O’Lakes Businesses, Beth was responsible for the Purina Animal Nutrition, U.S. Dairy Foods and WinField United businesses, which reported 2017 net sales totaling $14 billion.


8:00 am – Registration & Networking

8:30 am – Welcome From Mayor Lisa Gillmor, City of Santa Clara

8:40 am – Opening Remarks by John Hartnett, CEO, THRIVE AgTech, SVG Ventures

9:00 am – Opening Keynote by Beth Ford, Land O’Lakes

9:20 am – Fireside Chat between Beth Ford (Land O’Lakes) and Rob Dongoski (EY)

9:45 am – Investment Panel feat. John Hartnett (Moderator), Arama Kukutai (Finistere Ventures), Laurie Menoud (BASF Ventures), and Ganesh Kishore (Spruce Capital)

10:15 am – Break

10:45 am – Top 50 Showcase Part I

11:15 am – Digital Transformation Panel feat. Michael Kanazawa (EY), Darryl Matthews (Trimble), Claudia Rossler (MSFT) and Teddy Bekele (Land O'Lakes)

12:05 pm – Lunch and Networking

1:15 pm – Ag Biotech Panel feat. Vonnie Estes (PMA), Neal Gutterson (Corteva Agriscience) and Poornima Parameswaran (Trace Genomics)

1:55 pm – Top 50 Showcase Part II

2:25 pm – Blockchain Panel feat. Mareese Keane (THRIVE, SVG Ventures), Deborah Magid (IBM Ventures), Ryan Barr (E&J Gallo), and Peter Jorgensen (Maersk)

2:55 pm – Break

3:40 pm – Forbes Partnership Session feat. Sherry Phillips, Forbes

3:50 pm – Animal Health/Livestock Panel feat. Aidan Connolly (AgriTech Capital, Cainthus), Aaron Schacht (Elanco), Bill Even (National Pork Board) and Joe Weber (Smithfield Foods)

4:20 pm – International Perspective Speed Talk feat. Laurent Martel (InVIVO France)

4:30 pm – Automated Agriculture Panel feat. Walt Duflock (THRIVE), Manish Kothari (SRI) and Michael Christensen (Driscoll’s)

5:00 pm – Closing Remarks feat. John Hartnett, THRIVE, SVG Ventures

5:20 pm – Networking Reception

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