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AGTECH INNOVATION FORUM

February 1, 2017 | Menlo Park, CA

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AGTECH INNOVATION FORUM

February 1, 2017 | Menlo Park, CA

Visit the Future of Agriculture

Join corporate executives, investors, farmers, and startups to discover technologies that are changing the way we grow food today and in the future. 

Program Agenda

8:30 Registration and Networking

9:30 Introduction by John Hartnett

9:45 Keynote: Harnessing Innovation to Feed the World

Michael Macrie, CIO, Land O'Lakes

10:15 PANEL: Banking AgTech: exploring trends and horizons

What is the state of play of agtech investment? This panel will explore the investment themes of the past year and the funds and programs best suited to the sector in the coming years, including the growing number of grants, new venture funds, accelerators, and incubators.

Sean O'Sullivan, Managing Partner, SOSV, Food-X
George Kellerman, Partner, Yamaha Motor Ventures
John Hartnett, CEO, SVG Partners, THRIVE AgTech
Geoff Eisenberg, Principal, Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Moderator: Paul Noglows, Executive Producer, Forbes

11:00 Technology presentations

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11:40 THRIVE TOP 50 PHOTO AND AWARDS CEREMONY

11:45 Lunch

Lunch sponsored by: 

Engineering for AgTech

Engineering for AgTech

 

12:45 PANEL: Driving Innovation for the 21st Century consumer

From the consumer facing retailer through the supply chain and back to the farmer, this panel will explore how consumer preference and demand is changing in this century and what technology responses are required to address these needs.

Panel Introduction by Michael Teel, CEO, Raley's Supermarkets

Michael Teel, CEO, Raley's Supermarkets
Karen Caplan, CEO, Frieda's Specialty Produce
Hank Giclas, SVP, Western Growers Association
Gareth Keane, Senior Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures
Moderator: Mareese Keane, SVG Partners, THRIVE

Panel sponsored by:

 

1:30 TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS

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2:10 PANEL: Breakthrough Technologies Creating the Farm of the Future

This panel takes a deep dive into precision agriculture technologies for wine and specialty crops and explores the impact that these innovations are making on farm operations, financials and the environment.

Andy Mitchell, Director of Viticulture, Hahn Family Wines
Saida Ruscitto, Product & New Business Innovation IoT, Verizon
Matt Bohnert, President, Suterra, A Wonderful Company
Eric Jallas, CEO, ITK
Moderator: Rich Moran, President, Menlo College

2:55 Break

3:25 PANEL: Catalyzing Industry Transformation

Bruce Taylor, CEO, Taylor Farms
Kevin Murphy, CEO, Driscoll's Berries
Moderator: Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

4:10 Technology presentations

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4:40 Networking reception

6:00 EVENT CLOSE


Mike Macrie, CIO, Land O' Lakes

Mike Macrie, CIO, Land O' Lakes

Karen Caplan, CEO, Frieda's Specialty Produce

Karen Caplan, CEO, Frieda's Specialty Produce

Bruce Taylor, CEO, Taylor Farms

Bruce Taylor, CEO, Taylor Farms

Michael Teel, Owner & CEO, Raley's Family of Fine Stores

Michael Teel, Owner & CEO, Raley's Family of Fine Stores

Kevin Murphy, CEO, Driscoll's Berries

Kevin Murphy, CEO, Driscoll's Berries

George Kellerman, COO and General Partner, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Lab Silicon Valley

George Kellerman, COO and General Partner, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Lab Silicon Valley

Sean O' Sullivan, Managing Partner, SOSV, Food-X

Sean O' Sullivan, Managing Partner, SOSV, Food-X

Saida Ruscitto, Product & New Business Innovation IoT, Verizon

Saida Ruscitto, Product & New Business Innovation IoT, Verizon

Gareth Keane, Senior Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures

Gareth Keane, Senior Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures

John Hartnett, Founder, SVG Partners, THRIVE AgTech

John Hartnett, Founder, SVG Partners, THRIVE AgTech

Andy Mitchell, Director of Viticulture, Hahn Family Wines

Andy Mitchell, Director of Viticulture, Hahn Family Wines

Matt Bohnert, President, Suterra, A Wonderful Company

Matt Bohnert, President, Suterra, A Wonderful Company

 
Geoff Eisenberg, Principal at Ecosystem Integrity Fund

Geoff Eisenberg, Principal at Ecosystem Integrity Fund

Hank Giclas, SVP, WGA

Hank Giclas, SVP, WGA

Eric Jallas, CEO, ITK

Eric Jallas, CEO, ITK

 
Moderator Elizabeth Weise, Reporter, USA Today

Moderator Elizabeth Weise, Reporter, USA Today

Moderator Paul Noglows, Executive Director, ForbesLive

Moderator Paul Noglows, Executive Director, ForbesLive

Moderator Rich Moran, Menlo College, Moran Manor

Moderator Rich Moran, Menlo College, Moran Manor

Moderator Mareese Keane, SVG Partners, THRIVE AgTech

Moderator Mareese Keane, SVG Partners, THRIVE AgTech


WHAT DOES OPEN INNOVATION LOOK LIKE AT THRIVE?

We work with partners large and small to address major opportunities in agriculture

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IDENTIFY. ITERATE. SCALE PROVEN TECHNOLOGY.

Open Innovation at THRIVE AgTech offers startups and corporations the opportunity to identify, iterate, prove, and scale new technologies together. Such collaborations build the trust and credibility that are critical to making inroads to the broader agriculture community.

Problem Areas

 

Data Privacy

 

Energy & Environment

 

Labor Shortages


Technology themes

 

Analytics

 

Automation

 

Cybersecurity