THRIVE Innovation Summit
27 March, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Top Food & Ag Industry Leaders Convening in Silicon Valley
The THRIVE Innovation Summit is held annually in Silicon Valley and each year attracts agtech 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 agriculture value chain, as well as the leaders of Fortune 500 food and agriculture corporations implementing these disruptive technologies.
The Summit will be held March 27, 2019 and will include an Innovation Showcase featuring THRIVE Top 50 startups, THRIVE Accelerator current companies and alumni, and panels and fireside chats featuring experts in the areas of biotechnology, next gen farms, robotics & automation, digital technology, and international innovation.
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.
8:00am Event Open & Networking
8:45 am Introduction | John Hartnett, CEO, THRIVE, SVG Ventures
9:00 am Opening Keynote
9:30 am Panel: How the investment industry will continue to redefine Ag and Food Tech in the future
10:00 am Networking Break
10:30 am Top 50 Showcase11:30
11:00 am Panel: Disruptive Data – The Path to Zero Waste Across the Ag Value Chain
11:30 am International Perspective: Global Innovation in AgTech
11:45 am Lunch Break & Networking
1:00 pm Afternoon Keynote
1:20 pm Fireside Chat
1:40 pm Top 50 Showcase
2:10 pm Panel: The Potential of Biotechnology to Address Critical Food Security Issues
2:40 pm Afternoon Networking
3:10 pm Panel: Automated Agriculture From Planting to Harvest
3:40 pm Panel: Mega City Farming – How Indoor and Vertical Farming Can Help Feed the World
4:10 pm Panel: Blockchain – Solving Agricultural Supply Chain Problems One “Byte” at a Time
4:40 pm Closing Keynote
5:10 pm Closing Remarks | Mareese Keane, THRIVE Platform Director
5:25 pm Cocktail Reception