Где: Лондон (Великобритания)

Организатор: Rethink Events Ltd

Дата: 2017-10-17 - 2017-10-18

Добавлено: JSON TV

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit состоится в рамках Rethink Ag & Food Innovation Week. Крупнейшее тематическое мероприятие в мире соберет инвесторов и технологических стартапов из США, Европы, с Ближнего Востока и Африки. Темы саммита этого: изменение бизнес-моделей для ускорения инноваций и роста; внедрение инноваций посредством надежных цепочек поставок; монетизация микробиома и здоровья почвы; Fintech в сельском хозяйстве; AI, робототехника и IoT; редактировании генома, генетическое разнообразие и цифровые инструменты и др. темы.


Day One — October 17, 2017 Morning

Ministerial Welcome Address

• What does the UK agricultural policy agenda look like post Brexit?
• How will subsidies and investment be directed across the industry?
• What technologies and know-how can be leveraged to build export markets and add value to the British economy?

Can Open Innovation Deliver Greater Food Security & Climate Smart Eating?

Fast-paced advances in highly technical agricultural systems and data-driven platforms using machine learning and artificial intelligence are pushing the notion of radical efficiency and creating a demand for ever greater expertise, and for the industry to rethink how they collaborate.

• What collaboration models and partnerships are being rolled out to push the boundaries of innovation in agriculture and deliver new insights and new solutions?
• How are solutions and challenges being positioned to create more effective platforms that are transformative to the right partners?
• How do corporates inspire internal innovation and how do they work with external innovation platforms to accelerate growth?
• Where are the opportunities to collaborate and build a bridge between silos in the food value chain?

Session Chair:
Robert Berendes, ‎Co-owner and Partner, A-CONNECT, SWITZERLAND
Sven Thormahlen, Senior Vice President Research & Development, ARLA FOODS, DENMARK

Fireside Chat: How are Farmers Adopting Innovation Today and What Will They Need Tomorrow?

• What pain points do farmers have and what technologies are being used today?
• How do farmers view the technology that is coming down the pipeline?
• How do solutions arrive at the farm gate and who are the key influencers in getting farmers to trial and adopt new technologies?

Geoff Calder, Chairman, THE GREEN PEA COMPANY, UK
Tom Green, Non-Executive Chairman, SPEARHEAD INTERNATIONAL, UK

Networking Coffee Break
Technology Adoption in Fast Growing Global Markets

• How is the agri-tech ecosystem developing in the world’s fastest-growing economies?
• Where is the potential for international collaboration, and to what extent could we see farmers leap-frogging their international counterparts in agri-tech adoption?

Matilda Ho, Managing Director, BITS X BITES, CHINA

Networking Round Tables:
Delegates break into round table discussion groups, each focused on a business-critical issue within agri-tech and hosted by an industry leader – bring lots of business cards!

1. UK Farming & Brexit: The future of farming in the UK
2. Alternative Protein & Animal Feed: Opportunities for innovation in animal feed
3. Growing Your Business: Successful strategies for growing your distribution networks in ag
4. Fintech & Agriculture: Opportunities at the intersection between crop insurance and weather data
5. Future Farms: How will we be farming tomorrow? What is the potential vs the reality?
6. Food Companies: What role should food companies have in investing and facilitating on-farm adoption of innovative technologies?
7. Food Waste & Food Security: How should we be tackling the issue of food waste?
8. Blockchain & IoT: What does the Industry need to be ready for?
9. AI & Machine Learning: How are technology companies betting big on artificial intelligence?
10. Accelerating Innovation: How can accelerators best support startups?
11. Soil Heath & Microbiome: What will the future value chain look like?
12. Corporate/Start-up Intersection: Future proofing innovation through collaboration
13. Gene-Editing & Nutrition: Targeting crops to meet nutritional demands
14. Indoor Agriculture: Can indoor agriculture compete with traditional farming?
15. De-Risking Early-Stage Investment: Business models for attracting commercial partners and investors?

Day One — October 17, 2017 Afternoon

Networking Lunch Break
Breeding Better Crops for Accelerating Food Security & Targeting Nutrition

• Powerful new technologies and techniques including RNAi, gene-editing, artificial intelligence systems and harnessing genetic diversity have the potential to solve some of the greatest food challenges. But what is possible now and how are next generation technologies being directed to achieve useful ends? How will it change the way we eat tomorrow?
• How are smaller start-ups re-writing the model for bringing R&D to the field? What research collaborations are helping to level the playing field and speed up the time to market?
• What new investment opportunities are arising from these developments and how can regulation keep pace?

Session Chair:
Maurice Moloney, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, GLOBAL INSTITUTE FOR FOOD SECURITY, CANADA

Jonathan Jones, Professor & Senior Scientist, THE SAINSBURY LABORATORY, UK
Dirk Inzé, Science Director, Plant Systems Biology, VIB, BELGIUM

Could Synthetic Biology Revolutionize Agriculture?

• The global synthetic biology market is growing quickly and the UK Government is driving forward R&D efforts in this space. How will developments in this sector open the door to innovation in agriculture?
• Technology companies are rapidly developing scale and scope in this field, but what partnerships are needed to accelerate and de-risk the development of commercially viable solutions?

Steve Webb, R&D Director, DOW AGROSCIENCES, USA

Monetising Soil Health and the Microbiome

• Healthy soils could be the greatest sequester of carbon. How are microbials, bio-based solutions, satellites and data-driven platforms being leveraged to develop innovative solutions and build a healthy soil environment?
• How are microbials being brought into commercial use? What strategies are traditional input suppliers using and how will this impact the future value chain of the industry?
• Are retailers looking to develop or acquire their own product lines? What does this mean for smaller companies accessing distribution channels?


Networking Coffee Break Hosted by Tropic Biosciences
The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Dragon Investors:
Ben Belldegrun, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, PONTIFAX, USA

Presenting Companies:
Steve Tanner, CEO and Co-Founder, ECOROBOTIX, SWITZERLAND
Mohammed Ashour, Co-Founder & CEO, ASPIRE, USA

Investment Models & Partnerships to Promote Technology Advances in Agriculture and Foster Sustainable Economic Development

• How are private equity, institutional investors, pension funds and large-scale family offices ready to support new opportunities they are seeing in agri-tech? How can investments in this sector generate value for their assets and future growth?
• What opportunities are they seeing to translate agri-tech to different economies and emerging markets? What collaboration and partnership models are needed between the public and private sector to deliver sustainable scale-up and transformative solutions?

Session Chair:
Scott Horner, Managing Director, MIDDLELAND CAPITAL, USA
Vipula Shukla, Senior Programme Officer for Agriculture & AgTech, BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, USA
Charles Hunting, Managing Partner, TSING CAPITAL, AUSTRALIA
Ben Belldegrun, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, PONTIFAX, USA

Presentation: AgFunder’s Mid-Year AgTech Investment Report

• What is the current state of agri-tech investment?
• Where were the biggest exits in 2016-17 and who will become the biggest buyers in agri-tech?
• What new landscape is emerging and where can we expect to find the most growth?

Rob LeClerc, Co-Founder, AGFUNDER, USA

Networking Drinks

Day Two — October 18, 2017 Morning

Delivering Precision Agriculture, Robotics & Automation to a Global Platform

• How quickly are we moving towards a smart connected automated farm? Developments in robotic tractors and autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a solution to labour shortages, but what solutions will deliver the greatest benefits?
• What collaboration, technology innovation and investment is needed to drive forward growth in this sector and take these systems closer to market?

Session Chair:
Adam Anders, Managing Partner, ANTERRA CAPITAL, NETHERLANDS
Stefan Caspari, VP Strategy & Integration, AGCO CORPORATION, SWTIZERLAND
Mathias Muller, Business Development Manager, DUPONT PIONEER, USA

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase: Early Stage Technology Innovators Pitch Seven-Minute Snapshots of their Solutions

Dragon Investors:
Kiersten Stead, Investment Director, MGV, USA

Presenting Companies:
Thérèse van Vinken, Director, CERESCON, NETHERLANDS
Andy Diprose, Managing Director, ROOTWAVE, UK
Andre Moreira, CEO, NOVIHUM, Germany

Networking Brunch & Blockchain Workshop


Day Two — October 18, 2017 Afternoon

Satellites, Data Platforms and AI for Greater Resource Efficiency & Yield Prediction

• Advances in satellite data, remote sensing, IoT and AI are converging to create the next generation of prediction models. How will this lead to actionable and more accurate insights into how we optimise the use of resources?
• What is the potential for open source data and where are the pre-competitive spaces for greater collaboration between stakeholders, governments, agribusiness and farmers? What regulatory hurdles remain?
• What efforts are being made to establish a global platform and effective partnerships for shared data? Could blockchain provide a solution for data sharing and faster integration?
• How is the insurance industry looking to monetise data? In the future could we use crop insurance to promote more sustainable and resilient farming?

John Lord, Ag Sales Director EMEA, ITERIS, UK
Mark Doherty, Division Head, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, ITALY

Start-Up Economy: Nurturing Tomorrow’s High Growth Investment Opportunities

• How can the industry support the emerging start-up ecosystem in agri-tech and biotech? What solutions do universities, accelerators and corporates offer start-ups to de-risk early-stage discoveries and attract reliable capital?
• What critical factors should start-ups be assessing in these partnerships to ensure ultimate success?

Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive, INNOVATE UK
Duncan Ferguson, Director Commercial Engagement (Agriculture), UNIQUEST, AUSTRALIA
Bor Boer, Group CEO & Partner, JB EQUITY, UK

Closing Investor Debate: Attracting Growth Capital for the Next Agri-Tech Investment Horizon

• How is the capital flowing in agri-tech? What is driving current activity in seed-stage funding and what are we seeing for later stage investments?
• How are companies being valued and is there a clear benchmark for different businesses and regions? How does Europe compare with other global hotspots?
• With companies struggling to find scale and scope, where are we seeing the greatest consolidation in the market? What are investors doing about this?
• Which companies/sectors will be the ones to watch for 2018 and beyond?

Session Chair:
Gideon Soesman, Managing Partner, GREENSOIL INVESTMENT, ISRAEL
Jean-Francois Laurain, Director General, UNIGRAINS, FRANCE
Andy Ziolkowski, Managing Director, CULTIVIAN SANDBOX VENTURES, USA
Jean-Baptiste Cuisinier, President of the CapAgro Board, CAPAGRO, FRANCE
Jure Mikuz, Managing Partner, SOUTH CENTRAL VENTURES, SERBIA

Close of Summit